Digital Capture Equipment

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The Rare Books and Special Collections Library makes use of a variety of digital capture devices, including flat bed scanners, film/slide scanners, feed scanners, and digital cameras to provide online access to unique cultural heritage resources. All capture settings are based on the Rare Books and Special Collections Library Best Practices for Digitizing and Describing Cultural Heritage Materials. [1]

Document Type Equipment
Architectural drawings SmartLF Gx+ 56
Art Canon EOS 600D
Books Canon EOS 600D
Maps SmartLF Gx+ 56
Photographic prints Epson Expression 10000XL
Photographic film negatives Nikon Super COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Realia Canon EOS 600D
Slide transparencies Nikon Super COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Text documents Epson GT-20000
VHS Panasonic NV-SD205 HQ and Canopus ADVC110

Scanners

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library uses a variety of scanners to capture unbound documents, such as photographs, records, and architectural drawings.

Epson GT-20000

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library has 2 Epson GT-20000 flatbed scanners. These scanners are best for text documents.

Tech Specs

  • Type: Flatbed document scanner
  • Area: 12.2 x 17.2 in.
  • Max Resolution: 1200 dpi

Epson Expression 10000XL

This scanner is best used for digitizing photographic prints.

Tech Specs

  • Type: Flatbed photograph scanner
  • Max Area: 12.2 x 17.2 in.
  • Max Resolution: 2400 dpi

Additional settings are described in the Epson Expression 10000XL Color Graphics Scanner User's Guide [2]

UMAXPowerLook 2100XL

Tech Specs

  • Type: Flatbed photograph scanner
  • Max Area: 12 x 17 in.
  • Max Resolution: 9600 dpi

Nikon Super COOLSCAN 5000 ED

Tech Specs

  • Type: Slide scanner
  • Formats:
    • 35mm slides: Slides with mounts 1.0-3.2mm thick, 49-50.8mm wide; optional slide feeder SF210 can be used to scan up to 50 slides with mounts 1.5mm thick.
    • 35mm film strips: 2-6 frames (2-40 frames with the optional roll film adapter SA-30); strips of 1-6 frames can be scanned with the optional strip film holder FH-3.
    • APS (IX240) film: Cartridges of 15, 25 and 40 frames can be scanned with the optional IX240 film adapter IA-20(s).
    • Slide glass for microscopes: Prepared slides (26x76mm, 0.8-1.5mm thick) can be scanned with optional medical slide holder FH-G1.
  • Max Resolution: 4000 dpi

SmartLF Gx+ 56

Tech Specs

  • Type: Large format feed scanner
  • Max Width: 56 in. (142.3cm)
  • Max Thickness: 0.08 in. (2mm)
  • Max Resolution: 600 dpi

Digital Cameras

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library uses digital cameras to capture 3 dimensional, fragile, and large objects. Most digital camera capture work is accomplished using the Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera. The Rare Books and Special Collection Library has discontinued the use of the Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 and Canon PowerShot G10 digital cameras.

Canon EOS 600D

This camera is used with the following equipment:

  • PhotoPRO GY-200 2 channel flash with 23W bulb
  • Beseler Company CS-20 copy stand
  • Matte black cardboard background

Tech Specs

  • Type: Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera
  • Lens: Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
  • MP: 18.0
  • Output: RAW, JPG

Settings

Additional settings are described in the Canon EOS 600D Instruction Manual. [3]

Setting Option
Image-recording quality RAW
Shooting mode P/Program AE
Picture style N/Neutral
White balance AWB
Auto lighting optimizer Off
AM mode MF/Manual focusing
Drive mode Single shooting
Metering mode Evaluative metering
Red-eye reduction Disable
Color space Adobe RGB
AF mode Live mode
ISO Speed 200
Aspect ratio 1:1
Auto rotate On
Exposure compensation/AEB setting 0

Set Up

RBSCL Digital Photography Set Up.jpg

Sony Cybershot DSC-R1

This camera is primarily used for reproduction orders, not library digitization projects.

Tech Specs

  • Type: Bridge digital camera
  • Lens: Fixed 14.3–71.5 mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 5x optical zoom lens
  • MP: 10.3
  • Output: RAW, JPG

Canon PowerShot G10

This camera is primarily used for reproduction orders, not library digitization projects.

Tech Specs

  • Type: Compact digital camera
  • Lens: 6.1-30.5 mm Canon 5x optical zoom lens
  • MP: 14.7
  • Output: RAW, JPG

Digital Video Camera Recorders

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library uses digital video recorders to capture interviews and events.

Sony HDR-XR500

Tech Specs

  • Type: Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
  • Lens: Sony G 1.8/5.5 x 66.0 12x optical zoom lens
  • MP: 12.1
  • Output: MTS, CPI, JPG

Movie Settings

Additional settings are described in the Sony HDR-XR500 Handbook. [4]

Setting Option
Movie settings HD Quality
Rec Mode HD FH (AVC HD 16M (FH))
Audio Mode 5.1 ch surround
AE Shift Off
WB Shift Off
NightShot Light On
Digital Zoom Off
SteadyShot Active
X.V. Color Off
Guide frame On
Flash mode Auto
Flash level Normal [5]
Redeye reduc Off
Auto backlight On

Photo Settings

Additional settings are described in the Sony HDR-XR500 Handbook. [4]

Setting Option
Image size 12.0 M
AE Shift Off
WB Shift Off
NightShot Light On
SteadyShot On
X.V. Color Off
Guide frame On
Flash mode Off [5]
Flash level Normal [5]
Redeye reduc Off
Auto backlight Off

Digital Audio Recorders

Zoom H4n Handy Recorder

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library makes use of 6 Zoom H4n Handy Recorders to collect oral histories.

Tech Specs

  • Type: 4-Track Recorder
  • Output: WAV(16 and 24-bit), MP3 (48 to 320kbps)

Settings

Additional settings are described in the H4next Handy Recorder Operation Manual[6]

Setting Option
Rec format WAV 48kHz/24bit
Mic Level 100
Mode Stereo

Video Cassette Recorders

Panasonic NV-SD205 HQ

Tech Specs

  • Type: VCR
  • Formats: VHS

Digital Video Converters

Canopus ADVC110

Tech Specs

  • Type: Converter
  • Formats: NTSC, PAL, SECAM

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References

  1. Best Practices for Digitizing and Describing Cultural Heritage Material
  2. Epson Expression 10000XL Color Graphics Scanner User's Guide
  3. Canon EOS 600D Instruction Manual
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sony HDR-XR500 Handbook
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Adjust as needed.
  6. H4next Handy Recorder Operation Manual
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