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The process of taking a film or printed image and converting it into digital information is called scanning.  Scanning thus bridges the world between the film camera and the computer. 

There are several basic types of scanners.  The most expensive is a drum scanner, which uses vacuum to curve the film around a scanning head. With such perfect alignment, the drum scanner is able to achieve the highest resolution.  Needless to say, we don't have one.

Nearly as good is a film scanner.  We have one of the best, a Nikon LS-2000.  It accepts 35 mm film and mounted slides.  With it, you can take the information from a 35 mm frame and produce a file of about 30 mb (this of course can be reduced through compression).

For material which is not transparent (or which is larger in size) a flatbed scanner is used.  Not as precise as a film scanner, a flatbed scanner can still achieve good results, especially if your final output will be to the web.   The department has a number of good-quality scanners, all of which can be adapted (with varying success) to scan film and other transparent media.

Finally, of course, it may be possible to "scan" material into the computer by photographing it with a digital camera.

 

You can use one of these links for details on how to use the scanners available in the department.

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