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I'd like to get a roll of 16mm silver emulsion camera film and then transfer a HEAP of digitised documents to it for storage in hard copy, in the micro film format.

I know how to do it, but doing it is a different thing.

In fact I'd like to make the whole system, from scanning on a desk top scanner, and or, perhaps photographing documents directly. I'd like to be able to record digitised documents onto film and film to digitised documents.

But the real need is to convert scanned in documents to microfilm - so we can forget the rest for the time being.

I'd like to do just the conversion of digital documents to microfilm - but on the cheap, and I'd be prepared to compromise a bit of speed and other factors as long as the imagry was up to a reasonably high standard for documents.

I will read up and contact these people and Kodak etc.. but I am also looking to improvise as I am on a limited budget and I guess it's really a case of finding a USB type projector with the lighting and the lensing that instead of putting it up on the big screen, shrinks the image to fit in a frame on 16mm film. That may require specialist imaging equipment, parts and very accurate adjustment.

So if anyone knows how to do this on the cheap, it would be appreciated.

Here is the more or less cashed up way of getting it all done, this covers it in a nutshell:


Digital Document Archival to Microfilm
The Digital Revolution

Digital imaging has revolutionized document management. Imaged documents occupy almost no physical space, can be easily secured, searched for content, or made centrally accessible to an office PC. With a proper backup schedule, digital documents can be safely stored for years.
Digital Memory Loss

Digital documents also introduce a number of new problems. Hardware, encoding and software obsolescence loom over any digital collection. Obsolete hardware can prevent access to the data itself. Digital document also require software to read, interpret and render documents in a meaningful way. Your ability to manipulate your documents could be tied to a proprietary file encoding which leave you few options if the software company goes out of business. Even migrating from one system to another creates the possibility of data loss.

Digital Archival to Microfilm

How do you save your digital documents from potential oblivion?
Simple; convert them to microfilm. Microfilm has been a mainstay of librarians for the last century. Documents are eye-readable and have a shelf life of at least 500 years. Compare that to CD's which degrade after as few as 5 years or hard drives and DAT tapes that can degauss after only 20 years. With our digital archival services, you can have the best of both worlds; Instant access and long-term storage.
Benefits of Digital Archival:

    Eye readable with simple magnification
    Archival longevity
    Easily re-digitized




Turn a standard 50mm camera lens round and you get a quality lens system that produces reduced size images. The rest is up to your design skills.

I don't know the life span of film stock - worth looking into.

BUT do you REALLY need to keep data for 100's of years -

Several HD crashes and less than 100% (intentionally) back up teaches me that anything a couple of years old is more then likely superseded by something new anyway

- even data.

Part of "the cloud" will be that it it can be redundantly held anywhere, in essentially non-degradable form. Once its digital, its essentially immune to decay

....and the availability of film stock. Another obsolescent technology....

Why not have them encoded onto punched-tape instead? It's effectively digital in a physical-format.


Can't help but think that this is a Quixotic idea, in the face of The Cloud