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Film

DIGITIZATION OF FORMATS FROM MODERN TO OBSOLETE

Transform your Film Collection with conservation image quality

Digitization of film, slides and other transparent and transmissive materials is especially demanding. Whether a museum, library, corporation or university, institutions looking to preserve their cultural heritage often hold common photographic media like 35mm slide film and microfilm. But your collection may also contain more esoteric material like glass plate negatives, nitrate film, lantern slides, medical x-rays, hand-cut film or large format film. Digitizing these collections requires a combination of preservation image quality, conservation handling, production speed and extensive flexibility. 

Image quality is especially important when scanning film. Film grain is measured in microns and depth of field is razor thin, requiring extremely high-resolution scanning and specially-designed lenses. Accurate color reproduction is also critical, requiring lights specifically designed and manufactured for the purpose. Fragile or unstable photographic materials, especially glass plate negatives and films with a nitrate base, need careful handling to protect them from fingerprints, scratches, excessive heat and further degradation. And fast, modern, enterprise-ready software demands output images in multiple formats that integrate into collections management systems.

That’s where DT Heritage really shines.

Our worldwide client base of major cultural and scientific institutions knows us as the authority on heritage digitization, with an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges of working with your often fragile collections. DT Heritage offers specialized skills, techniques and workflow experience, combined with advanced digitization technology purpose-built by our hardware division DT Heritage. Together, our team of experts in hardware, software, services and workflow optimization work hand-in-hand to deliver a seamless experience for film imaging projects of every possible scope.

 

Why Digitization

Chronicle your organization’s history for easy access and use

Today, it’s vital that archives, libraries and institutions not only preserve their cultural assets, but also bring to life compelling stories from the past in ways that resonate today. Make the most of your assets with a useful, well-managed archive created with the highest quality digitization

FUNDRAISING

  • Create new licensing and branding opportunities for the unique items in your collection
  • Cultivate relationships with internal or external stakeholders
  • Bring new life to digital marketing campaigns with ads, social media posts, and other brand-building efforts that you can monetize

STORYTELLING

  • Offer new experiences by combining historical records, artwork and objects of every kind
  • Tell new stories about the artifacts in your collection
  • Digitally display previously inaccessible and underutilized objects from storage and archives
  • Enhance exhibitions and events with immersive experiences

ACCESS

  • Allow journalists, historians, researchers, writers, filmmakers, and marketers to access your collections
  • Use metadata to make every record and artifact fully searchable
  • Create on-line galleries of works to stimulate interest and engagement
  • Preserve your history — handle and digitize the items once, but access and reuse them in perpetuity, with the highest appropriate resolution for all applications
  • Head off the ravages of time through strategic redundancy

EXPERTS IN FILM DIGITIZATION

DT Heritage can digitize all types of film from librariesarchivesart museums and galleriesnatural history museumsmedia and entertainment, and sports organizations. We help you realize maximum value from your collection and your brand by turning your film collection into searchable, accessible digital assets at the highest resolution available today. We have spent the better part of a decade perfecting film scanning workflows that conform to the highest image quality standards, optimize efficiency, and incorporate stringent quality and process control. With specially engineered equipment, DT Heritage is able to create high-resolution digital images from film originals in formats including:

  • 35mm negatives
  • 35mm slides
  • X-ray film
  • 120mm film
  • 8mm film
  • Glass plate negatives
  • Sheet film, including 4×5 and 8×10

Many companies offer digital imaging services, but no one understands the particular requirements of heritage preservation quite like DT Heritage. We have decades of combined experience working inside renowned collections including The Smithsonian Institution, and the Getty Research Institute. We expertly deploy imaging devices and software designed expressly for the job by our hardware division, DT Heritage, which was founded by the former Director of Digital Imaging at the American Museum of Natural History. Our cross-functional team of experts blend their unique insiders’ viewpoint with superior technical knowledge to perfect the art and science of heritage digitization. 

That’s who will be working for you — on-site and off — from planning through completion.

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  • 35mm negatives
  • 35mm slides
  • X-ray film
  • 120mm film
  • 8mm film
  • Glass plate negatives
  • Sheet film, including 4×5 and 8×10

Many companies offer digital imaging services, but no one understands the particular requirements of heritage preservation quite like DT Heritage. We have decades of combined experience working inside renowned collections including The Smithsonian Institution, and the Getty Research Institute. We expertly deploy imaging devices and software designed expressly for the job by our hardware division, DT Heritage, which was founded by the former Director of Digital Imaging at the American Museum of Natural History. Our cross-functional team of experts blend their unique insiders’ viewpoint with superior technical knowledge to perfect the art and science of heritage digitization. 

That’s who will be working for you — on-site and off — from planning through completion.

Complete End-to-end Systems

Industry-leading Imaging Technology

We fully appreciate the importance of blending seamlessly into your institution’s daily operations, and can digitize your artifacts in our own facility, or on your own site if they can’t be moved from their permanent location. Our digitization hardware, and software enabled by artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies, are designed to work together smoothly with carefully optimized workflows.

  • Purpose-built rapid-capture systems create an ultra-high-resolution digital copy of your collection quickly and systematically. The result: minimize cost and radically shorten the time required for capture.
  • DT Heritage’s DT PixelFlow software enables our team to make the most of digital assets by extracting, analyzing, and transcribing text using optical character recognition (OCR) and applying artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to provide facial, object, and geographic descriptive metadata information.
  • By combining DT Heritage hardware solutions, DT Heritage’s artificial intelligence (AI) processing software, and our team’s expertise, we can digitize anything – even deteriorating film or works on paper, and 3D objects like minerals, fossils, plants and animals – at a level of detail you cannot get anywhere else.

MAKE YOUR ASSETS WORK FOR YOU

PRESERVE AND SHARE YOUR ONE-OF-A-KIND STORIES

There is tremendous value in the film negatives and positives in your collection, and digitization unlocks that value. Reimagine the many ways your staff and all your stakeholders can use these one-of-a-kind heritage assets. You can quickly and easily produce retrospectives focusing on a photographer or genre, or capitalizing on current events. Create ads, social media campaigns, and other brand-building efforts. License images to publishers and advertisers. Inspire a director with the historic photos to accurately recreate set designs or costumes for the next big remake or sequel. The list is endless.

Digitization is the key to uncovering new value from artifacts in librariesarchivesnatural history and art museumsmedia and entertainmentsports franchises, and many other fields. The beauty of digital assets is that they are clearly differentiated, unique, endlessly reusable, and ideally suited to the digital and social media age! By digitizing your photographic or cultural collection and adding the assets to your content management system you can turn those precious items into new value… and create a digital record of your history in the process!

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Celebrating 20 Years of Digitization Excellence - 2003-2023

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