Through the process of digitisation of originals, Abergower provides a highly professional and quality orientated method to store and preserve valuable material in a way that meets all international standards.
The process uses the most advanced systems to carefully take each item of original material and make it available via the digital repository to a wide variety of approved users of the system.
Abergower have been accurately digitising historical photographs over the last 15 years, this is often one of the most challenging of all statistic media types. We recognise that prints and films are both representational media that often have subtitles in tones and colours. We therefore scan at higher than normal resolutions using our advanced systems toi allow subsequent enlargements to take place and to view very small elements within the original material clearly and concisely.
We consult closely with our clients at every stage of the initialisation phase of the project and we adjust our processes and procedures to incorporate the myriad of potential size variations in the original material to always achieve the balance in the work that we produce to achieve the optimal result.
Where there are situations where fine details cannot be adequately captured we will adjust the resolution settings and always seek to gain to optimal result.
Photographic, film scanning and post processing scanning be technically challenging, we understand that high reformatting resolution requirements, proper shadow and highlight values, colour encoding and variate substrate issues are critical to the success of the process. Our commitment is to deliver to the standard that is expected and to ensure the quality of our output is always the very best possible.
To perform our service Abergower will sort all original pictures by kind/size/type. Digitisation hardware will be an overhead medium-format, technical camera system. The sensor will be a 50 mega pixels CMOS digital back, 72mm or 120mm Schneider lenses will be used. Film holders will be used throughout the digitization process to stabilize the film. The illumination source will be a full spectrum LED with upwards of 98% CRI and CQS.
The capture will render a .raw image file. Settings will be applied to the .raw images and the first round of QC will also take place at this time. The images will then be put in the process queue to be converted into their final derivatives. QC will then take place again to ensure that every file has been successfully processed.
Calibration will take place before and after every shift using a Device Level Target. White balance will be taken from the clearest film substrate available in the frame. Colour values will be automatically estimated in the acquisition software's colour processing engine.
Our process is meticulous and precise and will be designed to the customers exact specification