Heritage scanning digitisation

Heritage scanning and digitisation

Storing hard copies of documents and archives will result in severe deterioration over time. This can be both disappointing and heart-breaking if the documents had particular historic or sentimental value. In this situation, you have two options; you can either try your best to preserve your hard copy in whatever way you can (such as via protected storage or basic scanning) or you can have your archive professionally and digitally conserved. This expert process follows the standard digitisation scanning process and involves post-scan image processing in order to uplift any lost or faint information. This service can restore archived historical and antiquarian documents to their former glory – or at least close enough.

Family photo archiving

With the rise of genealogy websites, such as ancestry.co.uk, more and more people are looking to digitise old family photos for others to view online – whether it be in the form of photo prints or unprinted negatives. Those who have large collections will find it time consuming to individually scan photos on an ordinary office scanner, while it can prove to be an expensive exercise to have large collections of negatives developed. This is where Pearl Scan’s family archiving service provides the best possible solution.

Cine film scanning and digitisation

Cine film scanning and digitisation is another professional scanning service we offer here at Pearl Scan, in order to help organisations and individuals digitise film archives. This specialist service offers a range of benefits, including saving on storage space and increasing the accessibility of the footage. We can digitise a range of formats, including regular 8mm – right up to larger sized 35mm film.

Glass plate scanning

Glass plate negatives have not really been used since the beginning of the 20th century, however a lot of heritage collection archives use them to display negatives of events in history. As you can probably guess, glass plates are not the most secure medium to store such important images on – which is why we offer a glass plate scanning service in order to fully digitise, and even enhance, the original image. This digitisation will also make glass plate images available to be uploaded to websites and archives for quick access. We cater for both small and large scale glass plate scanning projects, with conversion to any required format.

Video digitisation

The world of film has moved on considerably since VHS was the most popular form of film storage. With original video players disappearing fast, it is now more important than ever to digitise VHS to continue to make them accessible for future generations. Whether it’s recordings of your now not-so-young one’s first Christmas, or an amateur dramatic group’s archives, here at Pearl Scan we can transform these and bring them bang up to date. We digitise videos from a range of mediums, including VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, Digital 8, Betamax, Mini DV, Micro MV Video, Hi-8 and U-matic to a whole host of formats to suit individual needs.

Audio digitisation

Converting analogue sound recordings to a digital format can bring a number of benefits. Improved access to recordings and the peace of mind that they will now be preserved in the best possible way – without being susceptible to loss, theft or damage are just some of the tangible benefits. However the latter is one of the most important benefits for our customers in this digital focussed age. Analogue formats are also no longer supported by a wide range of devices, making these recordings at risk of getting to the point of being inaccessible.
We digitise audio recordings from a range of formats, including cassette tapes, reel to reel tapes and Shellac/Vinyl records. If the original copy is badly degraded, although we cannot promise a perfect quality digital version, we do our best to capture as much information as possible from the original analogue version. We can, however improve sound quality with special techniques to remove background noise etc.

Online image sales

If you have completed a photo scanning or digital archive conservation project with us to digitise your prints, we can also offer online image sales for your newly digital images. If you feel your photos are worth sharing and selling to the mass market, we can spread the word to help you sell your photos to interested and relevant parties. We can host your photos and related data onto our image sales website and give you complete control over the way your photos are marketed. This service will also provide others with the opportunity to browse a broad range of fascinating historical photos in the best quality possible. Once sold, we can print your photo in high quality onto a range of top quality materials ready to be sent to the customer.

Flipping book digital page turning service

One of the increasingly popular services here at Pearl Scan is our flipping book conversion service. This service allows companies to add a feature to their digital archives that gives the illusion of actually turning the page of a book. Flipping book makes digitised archives interesting and easy on the eye, while helping to make the transition to digital much easier by giving archives an extremely manual feeling – along with all the benefits of going digital. This is a fully bespoke service, with customers able to tailor the style to suit the needs and feel the project.

Halogen digital preservation software

Here at Pearl Scan we understand the importance of preserving heritage collection archives. And with our digital preservation software, you can do just that! Halogen can help you to store and retrieve documents safely – but with ease. The software is able to run on a wide range of systems, while the customisable interface enables customers to tailor the system to suit users. With Halogen digital preservation software, your heritage collection archives will be stored and kept safe from theft, loss and damage – all while also bringing you space, time and money saving benefits.
If you would like more information on the heritage collection archives scanning services we offer here at Pearl Scan, get in touch today. We can provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your next scanning project.