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Corporate Digital Archiving: The Essential Understanding of Scanning and Digitising

Corporate Digital Archiving: The Essential Understanding of Scanning and Digitising   A digital image consists of tens of thousands of tiny dots or squares called pixels. We work with many corporate and heritage companies, preparing documents, deeds, maps, photographic film and large archives of mixed media.  Many of the corporate and heritage digital archiving questions we have are about scanning and the ideal digitisation.  Scanning generates digital files for preservation.  Our studio typically prepares TIFF files at 600dpi. TIFF is the ideal choice for archival digitising. This format captures all information in a non-compressed format, which can then be archived or converted down to JPEG, PDF, Word etc. When we scan a document, our scanning devices create a digital version of the media, which is made up of tens of thousands of tiny dots or squares called  pixels . This document-to-digital conversion process is called digitising , though the act of digitising is not limited

Understanding the Difference Between MPEG-2 & MPEG-4

  Understanding the Difference Between MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 Encoders In a world where technology is rapidly expanding the way that we send, receive, compress, and decompress data, it can be difficult to maintain a full understanding of formats and processes. One of the most common sources of confusion when it comes to video encoding arises when trying to understand the difference between MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. As a way of bringing clarity to this difference, we will explain how MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoders handle compression, file size, quality, and application. MPEG-2 MPEG-2 encoders have been around since the late 1990s and are responsible for great strides in the capabilities of video encoding as compared to their predecessor, MPEG-1.  MPEG-2 video coding uses an algorithm for compression that uses a block-based 8 x 8 discrete cosine transform (DCT) and allows for high-quality, but restricts the ability to shrink file size, which has become integral in the world of digital multimedia.  Due

Preserving and archiving television history with AWS Elemental Archival Encoding Services

  We are taking our name even further within corporate and heritage digitisation. We took a competitive and carefully driven plan over the past year to offer clients one of the world leading AWS Elemental high performance, high quality encoding services.  We are currently one of the only business in the UK offering this service, leading our company towards  professional archival conversions of the highest quality output. Our services start from 1 U-matic tape to 1000’s of corporate and heritage archives.   We can convert all formats of magnetic tapes to broadcast quality streams, whether for editing, archive, or playback. Working inline with iASA guidelines, the authority in sound and audiovisual archives, we can provide companies long-term preservation of sound and moving image with future proofing material. Our services extend further to incorporate motion picture film, photographic film and book/document scanning.    Please contact cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com or call 0

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

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