What is microfilm?

What is microfilm? It’s the safest, most secure way to protect your documents.

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what-is-microfilm?Think of microfilm as a very small black and white photographic negative image of a document—a paper or digital document.

In fact, the original method of making microfilm was very similar to taking a photograph of a still image; in the case of microfilm, the still image was a piece of paper that contained handwritten, drawn or typewritten information.  Through the optics of a camera, the size of the image was reduced to film. Initially this film was 105mm by 135mm. Later, film with smaller size widths such as 16mm and 35mm were developed.

Second, think of microfilm as an analog image of a document similar to a document on paper.  Microfilm is an image that is readable by the human eye with the aid of a magnifying glass. This is in contrast to a digital image which is made up of digital bytes that are only readable by a computing machine with the appropriate interpreting software.

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Microfilm Creation Today

The most up-to-date method for creating microfilm is very different than previous processes. Today, microfilm creation is similar to making a paper print with an LED digital plain paper printer. Digital printers create rows of dots (pixels) on an LED light bar that are exposed to an imaging drum. The imaging drum transfers the dots to the paper as it moves past the imaging drum. In the same way, microfilm images of digitally created documents or scanned documents are created using a recording device (a 16mm or 35mm Archive Writer) that exposes the film to a row of pixels using a high resolution LED light bar combined with precision reduction optics as the film moves past the LED light bar.

Why preserve your documents on microfilm?


It’s the most economical way to archive business or government records and comply with laws and mandates

Preserve and secure records on media that will last more than 500 years.

Eliminate worries about data loss, migration issues, manmade and natural disasters.

Get true, readable images from document sizes greater than 17″ x 22″ (A2) on 35mm microfilm.

What are you waiting for?- Create your permanent archive today. Get a free sample roll of microfilm.

The best way to preserve documents.

Microfilm is the most trusted form of document preservation for critical information among manufacturers, utilities and government agencies where documents must be kept for 10-200 years or more.

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Partnering with us eliminates headaches.

Tameran’s Microfilm Archive Production Services will help you transform inefficient microfilm production operations into highly efficient workflows and decrease document preservation costs.

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There are some “myths” about microfilm.

There are many misunderstandings about microfilm and its role in our digital world. We’ve put together a list of nine common misconceptions.

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