35mm Slide & Strip Scanning
TownsWeb Archiving’s 35mm slide scanning service uses digitisation technicians who are experts in scanning 35mm slides and film strips. They have a wealth of experience with this type of material and are fully aware of the challenges these items can present.
We use high-resolution, flatbed scanners to digitise your 35mm slides and can capture at any resolution, creating output formats in TIFF and JPEG (JPEG2000) and can create surrogate files for the use of thumbnails, for example.
We capture film strips in the same way as 35mm slides and we are experienced in digitising different lengths, creating either a contact sheet for every six images or cropped individual frames.Calculate the cost of your 35mm slide scanning project
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Hear what our clients have to say about our digitisation services
I can safely say that with TownsWeb I happily recommended them to other companies for similar scanning and digitisation [projects] because I know they can be trusted. They can be relied upon to get the job done… they get it right, first time, every time.
Thanks to the digitisation carried out by TownsWeb, we have been able to extend the reach of our collections, for example by using the high quality images on our website. This makes the material available for those that cannot physically get to our museum due to its rural location, but also globally for research and educational purposes.
Museum Curator & Project Leader
TownsWeb offered us a complete end-to-end service, from scanning and transcription, to web design and content management software. Their work was completed quickly and to a high standard, and we are extremely pleased with the results.
Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions
We use bespoke, specialist flatbed scanners and also 35mm slidesnap scanners for 35mm slides, which are mounted, allowing us to capture the film in its physical state and for us to make manual adjustments. We also use a film strip scanner for film strips and these are not mounted. The equipment allows us to place the absolute minimum of pressure on the material and mitigate against any chance of damage. We can scan any size in a variety of DPI and creating a variety of output formats. We will generally produce image files between 1200ppi and 4000ppi in TIFF and JPEG formats, although we can produce other file formats. Images can be produced in full colour or greyscale and we can enhance or graphically restore them too.
All files are captured by our highly trained digitisation technicians using overhead, daylight balanced, non-heat producing lighting, or other equipment like the Epson, Slidesnap, or Film Strip scanner before undergoing a formal quality assurance checking procedure. During the image capture process, we can create a folder structure to keep the project organised and incorporate metadata into the filenames; such as the date they were taken or what equipment was used to capture them. The final step in the process is the delivery of your electronic files by hard drive.
As standard, TWA survey all material prior to any digitisation project being carried out to ensure that it can withstand the scanning process. If there is evidence of fragility, brittleness, and/or mould, or any other signs of damage to your 35mm slides or film strips, then recommendations will be made for how to repair and stabilise the content appropriately.
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when costing your digitisation project, such as:
- Scale of the collection
- Slides and strips needing to be removed from and replaced into envelopes
- Any cleaning required
Consequently, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to cost, but you can get a rough estimate using our digitisation calculator.
The decision to capture in colour or greyscale must be made by you and will be motivated by the ulltimate aims of your digitisation project. Greyscale is appropriate for preservation purposes and general access whereas colour will offer the truest representation of your items, and is advised for the likes of exhibitions, displays and research websites.
Calculate the cost of digitising your film collections
Simply input your specifications into the FREE digitisation quote calculator below, to get an estimate of how much your project might cost. The prices quoted are indicative for your material quantity and type but are subject to any additional costs such as file naming, folder naming and any post-processing requirements you may have.
If you don’t see your specific material listed it might be that your content is more suited to an informal chat.
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Important Note: We charge a standard £500 project set-up and management fee in addition to the cost of digitisation.
Capture the data within your 35mm Slides & Film Strips
Digitisation places your 35mm slides & film strips in the perfect format to capture the valuable data contained within them, offering great potential for system integration and online access and discovery.
Capture the data within your collection with handwritten transcription, identifying any handwritten or cursive script within images and converting this to searchable and machine readable textual metadata through a process of scanning. Using bespoke transcription validation software we can guarantee highly accurate results, carrying out any preprocessing measures required and outputting to any format.Learn more about Handwritten Transcription
Publish your 35mm Slides & Film Strips online
PastView is the perfect platform for publishing your 35mm slides & film strips online, offering great potential for access and discovery. Manage and publish your collection with:
- High Resolution Zoom: Revealing every minute detail through large scale manipulation
- Featured Collections: Gathering specific images into their own collections to showcase them
- Digital Downloads: Making select items uniquely accessible in order to generate revenue
- Watermarking Security: Safeguarding and protecting your images from copyright infringement