DigitalNC: North Carolina's Digital Heritage

What We Use to Digitize Materials

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center uses a wide variety of equipment to capture the best quality digital images possible without harming the often fragile original materials. The digitization equipment is managed by the UNC Library’s Digital Production Center.  For more information on our digitization practices, please visit our page on our Digitization Guidelines.

Scanning Equipment

Betterlight Super 8K-HS Scanning Back

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Used primarily for digitizing large and over-sized materials such as maps, posters, broadsides, and three-dimensional artifacts. The BetterLight Super 8K-HS achieves a high-resolution digital capture in a minimal amount of time. The 192 megapixel scanning camera back can produce a 549MB, 24-bit RGB file. Combined with NorthLight High-Intensity Discharge [HID] lighting, the scanning back reduces infrared and UV exposure of the source material, while keeping a cooler production environment.  The camera hardware is paired with the Viewfinder software to deliver the content.  Many over-sized, flat items are held in place during digitization with a 48″x60″ Teaneck upright vacuum table.

Example of materials scanned on the Betterlight

This equipment was purchased for the North Carolina Maps project using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Epson Expression 10000XL

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Epson 10000XL flatbed scanners with transparency adapters allow for the digitization of flat reflective and transparency materials. 2400 pixel per inch optical resolution can produce 24- or 48-bit RGB files or Grayscale files. Used primarily for photographic print originals where high-resolution, high-quality image captures are required. Also used extensively for digitizing sheet film originals, such as 4×5, 5×7, and 8×10 sheet negatives as well as glass plate negatives.  The Epson 10000XL works with the Silverfast Software.

   Examples of materials scanned on the Epson Expression 10000XL

This equipment was purchased for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Fujitsu 5900 Sheet-feed Scanner [fi-5900C]

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High-volume production scanner provides fast (120 pages per minute, simplex ~ 240 images per minute, duplex), high-resolution image capture from uniform sized unbound materials. Can digitize original material from business card size up to 11×17. The Fujitsu utilizes the ScandAllPro software and has multiple output format options for both color and black & white images.

  Example of materials scanned on the Fujitsu

This equipment was purchased for the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina project using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Internet Archive Scribe Book Scanner

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Provides high-speed, high-quality mass digitization techniques for bound materials. The scanners can produce approximately 3,000 digitized pages of original text per day. Digitized materials are hosted on the Internet Archive Web site and are fully available for download in multiple formats.

   Example of materials scanned on the Scribe Book Scanner


Zeutschel 12000C Overhead Color Scanner [OS12000]

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High-speed/high-resolution overhead scanning system, designed specifically to allow for digital capture of books, manuscripts, and fragile documents with minimal handling and fast image capture times. Completes a 300 pixel per inch 24-bit RGB capture in approximately 5 seconds. Allows for multiple file format image delivery and utilizes the Omniscan software.

   Example of materials scanned on the Zeutschel


Cameras

PhaseOne [P65+]

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The PhaseOne 645DF+ camera system is composed of the 645DF+ camera, which works with a lense and a digital back to capture high quality images of materials that are too large or fragile for a flatbed scanner, such as newspapers, scrapbooks, and framed items.  It utilizes the Capture One software.

    Example of materials photographed by the PhaseOne

This equipment was purchased for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Nikon D700

The Nikon D700 is a full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera and uses a 12.1 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor.  Adobe Bridge and Photoshop are the software products used with the camera.  The Nikon D700 is used to photograph objects such as clothing, stuffed animals and other 3D objects that are included in Digital NC.

    Example of materials photographed by the Nikon D700