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Onion Skin Archive Book Scanning - What is this and how do we process the pages?

CURRENT PROJECT We are currently working on a very large archive of old books that require HQ scanning to Archival TIFF images.  Once processed, these images will be OCR (optical character recognition) applied before being prepared to PDF format.   The difficulty in this order, is the books are prepared using a medium called Onion Skin Paper. Whilst we are very confident in preparing this type of medium, it is very important to be aware that there are risks with scanning, given the sometimes-fragile nature of the paper.   Tears and rips can occur, so a very gentle white glove approach is required. Equally, with the nature of onion skin, the paper is very translucent which requires a sheet of white paper to be placed under each page before scanning. This then grants a very good HQ image that we can work with.   WHAT IS ONION SKIN PAPER? Onion skin paper is a type of very light weight, almost translucent paper that somewhat resembles the outer skins of an onion.  It is also
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What is high-resolution audio?

What is high-resolution audio? Our studio works with many clients offering options for audio outputs.  More often we get asked by corporate or archives for high resolution audio.   There are several options for audio output which is explained below. Unlike  high-definition video , there’s no single universal standard for hi-res audio. In 2014, the Digital Entertainment Group, Consumer Electronics Association and The Recording Academy, together with record labels,  formally defined high-resolution audio  as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD quality music sources". In its simplest terms, hi-res audio tends to refer to music files that have a higher sampling frequency and/or bit depth than CD, which is specified at 16-bit/44.1kHz. Sampling frequency (or sample rate) refers to the number of times samples of the signal are taken per second during the analogue-to-digital conversion process.

World War II Historical Photograph Scanning for Publications

Current Project:   We are working on photograph albums dating back to 1939 which holds historical images from World War II.   It is important to handle these rare albums with a ‘white glove approach’, to ensure oils from our hands are not transferred across to the media.   All images are gently brushed and cleaned before being converted to high quality TIFF images at 600dpi.   We use the most advanced software from Silverfast, a leading archive scanning suite which offers the very highest in scanning.   The software is designed to work precisely with our dedicated scanners. The output is an accurate true image representation.  Working with many consumer and corporate clients, our photograph scanning services are extensively used.    From family albums to historical TIFF preservation of photographic images, we can support all clients. If we can support you with your archival or consumer collection, please do not hesitate to contact us.   Cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com or ca

Digitalisation is impacting businesses and it’s here to stay

Digitalisation is impacting businesses and it’s here to stay. Companies are starting to make the transition online to support an ease of  day to day operations running and streamlining management.  New technology allows companies of all sizes to become more stategic and efficient in their businesses.  It is now the time to start capitilising on the benefits of digitisation. Oxford Duplication Centre  28th January, 2021 23 Digitalisation is the process of converting material, media, or information into a digital form. Companies are starting to make the transition online to support an ease of day to day operations running and streamlining management.  New technology allows companies of all sizes to become more strategic and efficient in their businesses.  It is now the time to start capitalising on the benefits of digitisation. Out of Sight out of Mind Many companies have stored documents and media within the fields of audio, video, film, image, and text. These are laid in la

History of U-Matic VCR Recorders

WORKING WITH UNIVERSITIES, PRODUCTION AND INDUSTRIES TO CONVERT ARCHIVES OF U-MATIC TAPE We are highly recommended for our archival conversions to 10bit uncompressed, FFV1 and Pro-Res digital files.  Our services start from 1 unit to the many 1000's, supporting archives in the important conversion of magnetic tape media. Please contact cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com or call 01865 457000 for more information. History of U-Matic Players U-matic  is an analogue recording videocassette format first shown by Sony in prototype in October 1969 and introduced to the market in September 1971. It was among the first video formats to contain the videotape inside a cassette, as opposed to the various reel-to-reel or open-reel formats of the time. By 1974, U-matic had established its dominance in the non-broadcast AV field:   “The U-matic has become so widespread in industrial and business communications,” wrote Broadcast Management/Engineering, “that tape is a new vernacular in broad