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How to Use the ZSR Microfilm ScanPro 2000

Sunday, April 18, 2010 8:48 pm

Accessing the PowerScan 2000 Program
The Microfilm ScanPro is located in the back-right corner of the Reference section of the ZSR Library, closest to the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room (The station is easily identified by its large Dell Desktop Screen). At the desktop screen, double-click on the PowerScan 2000 icon and immediately, the Microfim ScanPro 2000 will be ready for operation.

Identifying the Parts of the Microfilm ScanPro 2000
Before entering the basic controls of the microfilm program, first let us become familiar with the basic components of the machine:

The most essential component of the machine is the Fiche Carrier Handle. From here, the user can manually shift the film in order to properly arrange it upon the screen. Although the program offers many automatic options for film movement, never forget that the film can be adjusted by the carrier handle.

Compatible Types of Microfilm

Microfilm Reel

Positive Microcard

Negative Microcard

Loading the Microfilm
To load the microfilm, pull the carrier handle outwards until the glass slate opens wide to about a 45 degree angle. From here, a diagram should appear on the screen, displaying the proper way to load a film reel. The diagram is shown below. ***Note- all film rotation is CLOCKWISE***

To load a microcard, simply place the film underneath the glass slate. Once any of the three types of film are loaded properly, push the handle carrier back under the lens.

PowerScan 2000 Toolbar and Film Alignment

The PowerScan 2000 Toolbar (pictured above) provides various options to edit any type of microfilm. However, to avoid being overwhelmed, here are some initial adjustment tips that can help you get started:

  • First, make sure to use the carrier handle as the initial mode of alignment. Simply move the handle around until the film can be seen upon the monitor
  • Use the manual scrolling handle on the right side of the machine to help find where the print begins – by scrolling, it may also be easier to assure that the carrier handle is in the right position for monitor viewing
  • Once the print is visible on the screen, use the motorized roll film control to help scroll through the slides- click the center rectangle and drag in the desired direction OR use the double arrows for speedy scrolling. When the carrier handle is pulled all the way outward, double-click the button with the circular icon on the far left to roll the film all the way back to its start position.
  • It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to select the correct Film Type (Positive, Negative, or Microcard) – select the respective film type within the icon below in order to achieve maximum viewing capabilities

  • The PowerScan program provides three keys that are perfect for initial film correction: Rotation, Film Orientation, Mirror. After the film type is selected, the film may need rotation, orientation and/or mirroring. Many times the roll is loaded in a manner that forces the print to appear different than normal, whether it is upside-down or inside-out. The keys shown below are very useful for proper film correction.
  • The PowerScan program also allows for both auto and manual correction of features such as:

    • Auto-Adjust-All of the blue buttons above are used to automatically adjust a specific feature of the microfilm. However, the most important button is located on the far left. After initially setting up the film, hit the auto-adjust button to automatically straighten, crop, contrast and brighten your document.
      ***As you can see below, most of these features can be manually adjusted***
    • Zoom- Another important feature for initial orientation, zoom can be identified by it’s “AZ” tag. The zoom buttons, both positive and negative, must be HELD DOWN, in order to work. If simply pressed, the lens will only zoom in or out very slightly.
    • Brightness, Contrast, and Tilt- Auto-adjust is not 100% perfect, therefore the green buttons allow you to manually adjust brightness, contrast and tilt. These buttons are perfect for minor adjustments
    • Spot Editing

      Many times, with film that is older, there will be particular areas (as opposed to the entire film) that need contrast or brightness adjustment. Spot Editing is perfect for fixing these blemished areas. To activate Spot Editing, click on the pencil icon. Next, as shown below, circle the area of concern by simply holding down the left mouse button and dragging OR by creating a square around the area, clicking at each corner surrounding the text.

    Once your area is enclosed, you will notice the spot editing icon has changed:

Click the red “X” button to erase your enclosure and start again OR adjust the brightness and contrast appropriately, and click the blinking blue button to view your adjustments.

Scanning and Printing
The option to both scan and print material from microfilm is arguably the most important and useful aspect of the PowerScan program. Thankfully, both are very easy.

***Above all, it is important to note that the PowerScan program will only scan or print the material that is within the green crop box shown below. This box can be adjusted appropriately by clicking on the corners and moved by clicking its body and dragging towards the desired location.

To scan the material within the crop box, simply click on the Scan icon:

All scans will be transferred to a file on the desktop of the computer, titled My Scans.

To Print the material within the crop box, simply click the Printer 1 Icon:

Selecting this button will put your print selection into the ZSR library print queue.
***REMEMBER!!!!! All material within the crop box will expand or contract to fit an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper! Therefore, position the crop box accordingly***

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