In the past, paper documents were filmed directly on to microfilm using a microfilm camera that created the film by essentially taking a picture of the document. These microfilm cameras were capable of recording documents with good fidelity if you had a good quality document to film.

Create Microfilm Directly from Scanned Paper Documents

Today, a microfilm image of a paper document can be created by first converting the document to a digital image by scanning the document. The scanning process provides the opportunity to improve the quality of a document by digitally enhancing the image through the use of image processing software. The digital image can then be recorded on to archive microfilm using a high quality digital microfilm recording device (sometimes referred to as “archive writers”).

Merging paper and digital documents provides quick digital access to documents as well as long term preservation of those documents.

vivace software screenshotThere is also a synergistic benefit to scanning your paper documents to create a long term microfilm archive: creating a digital file of your paper documents that can be integrated with your other digital document files for quick access in today’s digital world.

Paper and Digital Documents Merged on Microfilm

digital-view-of-Microfilm-Roll-ComposerThe scanned images of your paper documents can even be combined with your digital documents before they are recorded onto long term archive media.