Use the Digital Microfilm Reader and Scanner

A digital microfilm reader and high resolution scanner are available for all to use in the Microfilm Area on the main floor of Preus Library. The instructions found below are also posted in the microfilm area.

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Microfilm Instructions
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Using the Digital Microfilm Reader

Getting Started

  1. Start the computer and log in
    1. Luther students, faculty, and staff can use their NorseKey.
    2. Guests must log in with the following:
      Username: .\public
      Password: public
  2. Load microfilm reel and flip scanner power button up to turn on scanner light.
  3. Double-click the “ViewScan” icon on the computer desktop.

Browsing

  1. Microfilm can be advanced by clicking on the white or red arrows appearing on the screen at the top of the film image, or by using the directional buttons located on the film tray.
  2. If necessary, rotate film using the “Rotate Left” or “Rotate Right” buttons on the computer screen.
  3. Use the “Optical Zoom” buttons to resize the film image so that it is comfortable to read, then apply the adjacent “Focus” buttons as necessary.
  4. To improve the appearance of the film, click the “Adjust Image” button, then select “Auto Contrast.”

Cropping

  1. Select the “Cropping” tab.
  2. The mouse cursor now transforms into a crosshairs, which will allow you to select or crop part of the viewable image to save or print.
  3. Select an area of the image by positioning your cursor in one corner of the area you would like to save, click and hold the left mouse button, then drag the mouse diagonally to create a box around the area. Release the mouse button when the box is the appropriate size.
  4. From the “Capture” menu at the bottom left of the screen, select “Selection.” A thumbnail image of the region you selected will appear in the image tray at the bottom of the screen.

Saving or Printing Selecting the “File” tab gives you the option to print or export (save) the captured images.

To print:

  1. Check the boxes for each image you wish to print.
  2. For most cases, the default printing settings will be appropriate for your image – click the “Print” button at the top of the screen.
  3. Your printout will sent to the Public copy machine/printer nearest the DVD shelving. See instructions by the printer to finish your print job. (Printouts cost $.10 a side)

To save:

  1. Select “Export” from the “File” menu.
  2. Check the boxes for each image you wish to save.
  3. In the “Save Location” box, choose where to save your images. The folder icon to the right will allow you to browse for a location.
  4. Choose the format for your image using the “Format” menu button. For basic use, the default selection (Multi Page PDF) will work well. If you plan to import your file into another image editing utility, select the alternative format most appropriate for you.
  5. Click the “Save” button at the top of the screen.

Finishing up

  1. When finished, click the “X” in the top right corner to close ViewScan.
  2. Log off by clicking the Windows Start button in the bottom left, then clicking the red Off button.
  3. Remove the film from the tray.
  4. Flip the microfilm reader switch to the center position to turn off the light.

Using the Scanner

Getting Started

  1. Start the computer and log in
    1. Luther students, faculty, and staff can use their NorseKey.
    2. Guests must log in with the following:
      Username: .\public
      Password: public
  2. Turn Epson scanner on by pushing the rectangular button on bottom left of the machine.
  3. Double-click the “ScanWrite” icon on the computer desktop.
  4. Click once on the “Welcome to ScanWrite” splash screen.

Loading Document/Image to be Scanned

The Epson scanner can scan opaque (paper) and transparent (slides, negatives) materials. Several trays for loading different types of materials are found in the rack next to the scanner.

Loading Opaque Materials:

  1. Open the scanner lid, and check that the white pad is affixed to the underside of the lid.
  2. Place the material face-down on the scanner bed, and close the lid.

Loading Transparent Materials:

  1. Open the scanner lid, and remove the white pad on the underside of the lid. This will reveal the the scanner’s backlighting.
  2. Place material face-down on the scanner bed, and close the lid.
  3. When finished using the scanner, reattach the white pad to the underside of the lid.

Scanning

With material to be scanned already loaded, follow the steps outlined in the ST Companion Control Panel, on the left side of the screen.

  1. Select the “Type” of material you are scanning. This will select presets for that type, which will provide a high-quality scanned image for most needs. (Advanced adjustments can be made in the dropdown boxes in the middle of the control panel).
  2. Click the “Preview” button.
  3. In the “Scan Preview Window” on the right, use the “box” tool to highlight the portion(s) of the image you wish to scan. Each box will be saved as a distinct image.
  4. Click the “Scan” button from the Control Panel window to capture the selected image(s).
  5. (optional) If you are scanning many objects of the same type (e.g. slides) and are using a tray, after loading new slides into the tray, you can click “Restore Preview Image.” While you will see a preview of the previous slides, the system remembers the croppings made in step 3, and will apply those to the new set.
  6. After scanning all materials, click “Finish” in the control panel.

Saving or Printing

You have the option to print or save (send to…) the captured images.
To print:

  1. Click the “Print” button in the “Actions” menu
  2. Highlight each image you wish to print.
  3. For most cases, the default printing settings will be appropriate – click the “Print” button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Your printout will sent to the Public copy machine/printer nearest the DVD shelving. See instructions by the printer to finish your print job. (Printouts cost $.10 a side)

To save:

  1. Click “Send to HD” to save to the local hard drive, or “Send to USB” to save to your removable flash drive.
  2. Choose the format for your image using the “Format” menu button. For basic use, the default selection (PDF [many files]) will work well. If you plan to import your file into another image editing utility, select the alternative format most appropriate for you.
  3. Click the “Send to HD/USB” button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Choose the folder in which to save the image(s), and click “OK.”

Finishing up

  1. When finished, click the “X” in the top right corner to close ScanWrite.
  2. Log off the computer by clicking the Windows Start button in the bottom left, then clicking the red Off button.