Microfilm Conversion Services

Digitally Convert Any Microform Into Digital Files

BMI has been in the microfilm business for over sixty years – archiving information to microfilm and now digitally converting information from microfilm. For businesses and government agencies with microfilm and microfiche archives, we offer a wide variety of secure microfilm conversion solutions, including our hosted Digital ReeL application, standard scanning to PDF/TIFF services, and scanning and import to your existing electronic document management system.

Custom microfilm scanning options, thousands of customers across the country and millions of microfilm images converted make us the right choice for any microfilm requirement you may have.

Not sure what kind of microfilm you have? Learn more about the different types of microfilm here.

Microfilm Services Available:

  • Microfilm (16/35mm roll film)
  • 3M cartridge film
  • Microfiche (jacketed, COM, aperture cards)
  • For the Western States, BMI vehicles provide pickup and delivery services; drivers are BMI employees and vehicles are owned and operated by BMI only
  • For other national clients, BMI can offer standard shipping services and secure packing methods for valuable client film records
  • Analysis of microfilm status and determination of whether film repair is needed, including checks for vinegar syndrome or redox
  • Repair of tears and old splices and removal of surface obstructions
  • Verification of label and roll matching, when possible
  • Density readings and multiple point charting analysis of each microfilm roll
  • Digital camera capture of box label and any roll notes/title information
  • Preparation of faded film or film with surface colors resulting from redox, crystalline deposits or silvering
  • Programmatic image quality maximization
  • Image rotations, manual or programmatic cropping/trimming of edges (e.g. black border or copy board cropping)
  • Inverting (polarity): from negative to positive
  • Annotations: graphics and text added to an image page that wasn’t part of original
  • Redaction of sensitive information (e.g. Date of Birth, Social Security Numbers, Names)
  • Watermarks for security or copyright protection; bits altered within an image to create a pattern which indicates proof of ownership
  • Deskewing: removing the slant of an image that prevents it from being perfectly squared on the page or screen
  • Despeckling: removing isolated speckles from an image file
  • Document acquisition for integration with existing systems like Microsoft SharePoint, Laserfiche, Hyland OnBase and EMC (Documentum, ApplicationXtender)
  • Data delivery to back-end databases, workflow and other custom applications within your IT environment
  • Automatic capture and indexing using the latest technologies like multi-engine optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Manual data entry for poor quality and handwritten documents using on-site and off-shore options
  • Results guaranteed up to 99.95% at the character level for verified double-entered data entry
  • FTP – which may enable tax advantages
  • CD-ROM/DVD (including searchable database options if you do not have a document management and retrieval system)
  • Hard drive
  • Document Hosting (images are hosted at BMI’s secure data center and accessed from a Web browser) which may enable tax advantages
  • One of the largest and most experienced microfilm laboratories in the Western US
  • Deep tank processing, archival status certified through regular testing
  • Paper and digital (e.g. TIFF) to microfilm (archive writing)
  • Duplication of any microform for disaster recovery