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Scan to PDF, TIFF & JPEG


  • County Clerk Offices

  • Title Companies

  • Military Medical Facilities

  • Mortgage Companies

  • Schools & Universities

  • Litigation Support 

  • Law Firms

  • Libraries

  • State & County Archives

  • Historical Societies

NARA Microfilm
ribbon scnning capture

Guaranteed 100% image capture with ribbon scanning technique

No bad documents

No lost, undetected or improperly cropped images

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Images are adjusted before output, so no mistakes in final product

We scan both

16mm & 35mm Roll Film

35mm microfilm roll
16mm microfilm rol

Not sure what type of film you have? We can help. Visit our Microfilm Types page to help identify your film.

Ribbon Scanning of microfilm

Ribbon Scanning


Ribbon scanning is a process in which a film is scanned edge-to-edge so there is total capture which prevents lost images, improperly cropped pages and re-scans. By capturing each roll of microfilm as a continuous ribbon, which includes all empty spaces between images, Image Retrieval is able to run through the roll as many times as needed to properly detect frames and adjust for things like cropping and density shifts.

For an in-depth look at the advantages of the Ribbon Scanning technique  as opposed to traditional microfilm scanning, please read the PDF file

“NextStar with Ribbon Scanning: The Film Conversion Approach of the 21st Century” 

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Scanning Options

  • Grayscale or Monochrome

    • Monochrome (black and white) is ideal for laser printed pages

    • Grayscale maintains pictures, drawings and even the lightest pencil writing

  • Resolution

    • 200, 240, 300, 400 or 600dpi true optical resolution depending on the film size, quality, and reduction ratio

  • Image Enhancement

    • Image Rotation

    • Crop and black border removal

    • Deskew

    • Blip interpretation of pagination

    • Duplex separation to individual pages

  • Output File Formats

    • PDF and PDF/A

    • JPEG and JPEG2000

    • TIFF G4, RAW or JPEG

    • Other formats available upon request

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various microfilm rolls

Microfilm Preparation

Image Retrieval will:

  • Verify the label and roll match

  • Check density and quality of each roll

  • Set reduction ratio for each roll

  • Adjust settings for each roll as needed

Microfilm Scanning Process

After receiving the rolls in our Dallas office, Image Retrieval will inventory the collection, verifying that all of the microfilm was received. The rolls will then be reviewed and prepared for scanning. Each roll of microfilm is captured using the ribbon scanning technique where the whole roll is scanned edge to edge into one ribbon. Then using the nextStar software, we detect each individual frame, displaying the crop boxes on the screen. Images will then go through a QA / QC inspection before being enhanced with features like despeckle, cropping, and deskew. The final processed images, in a format of your choice, and physical rolls are returned to you with the guarantee of 100% frame capture. 

FlexScan Microfilm Scanner

1 Roll

2 - 5 Rolls

6 - 10 Rolls

11 - 20 Rolls

20 + Rolls





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Price per Roll


All microfilm orders are scanned at 200 to 300 dpi with the choice of JPEG or TIFF output.

Prices are for 100ft rolls.

Affordable Pricing

For more than 30 years in our DFW office, Image Retrieval has offered high quality microfilm to PDF scanning services to libraries, universities, governments, and service bureaus. For low 'per-roll' rates with numerous add-on options, you will receive:

  • 200 – 400 dpi, cropped, deskewed, despeckled images

  • Choice of JPEG, TIFF or PDF output

  • Metadata, including indexing, based on your specifications

  • Optional OCR output for easy searching


Image Retrieval aims to deliver you the best quality images with excellent customer service. For more information regarding our microfilm scanning services, please visit our pricing page and contact us for more information.

To place an order or for more information 

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