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Digitisation standards

Our digitisation officers are skilled and equipped to convert a large variety of materials from analogue to digital formats.


We adhere to international best practice guidelines developed by the following institutions:

UCT Libraries’ digitisation services adhere to the following basic digitisation standards for audio and visual media to ensure optimal reproduction and long-term preservation of legacy collections:

  • Flatbed scans: 600/300 dpi, 45cm long side, .tiff

  • Photographic film: 600/300 dpi, 45cm long side, .tiff

  • Audio: 24bit / 96kHz, .aif/.wav

  • Video: .mov, uncompressed, 720x486px, 29.97 fps

All archival files are digitally preserved along with their (edited) high resolution derivatives. Lower quality web derivatives are made available for research and educational use.



  • Fujitsu fi-6240 colour duplex scanner

  • Fujitsu fi-5220C colour duplex scanner

  • Kodak i2600 colour duplex scanners


  • Hasselblad X5 virtual drum scanner

  • Epson Perfection V750 Pro A4 flatbed scanner

  • Epson Expression 10000XL A2 flatbed scanners

  • iMacs and PCs with Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Lightroom

  • Epson Stylus Pro 4900 A2 archival inkjet printer


  • Revox PR99 ¼” reel-to-reel player

  • Tascam MD-350 MiniDisc deck

  • Tascam 202 Mk V cassette deck

  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 sound card

  • Edirol FA-101 AD sound card

  • Lucid AD 9642 AD converter

  • Focusrite Platinum Mixmaster

  • Mac Pros with Apple Logic and Steinberg Waves plugins

  • KRK Rokit 6 monitors and KRK 10 subwoofer


  • RTI Pro Line 4100 DLS BetaCam cleaner

  • RTI VT3100 U-matic cleaner

  • RTI 480 VHS cleaner

  • Sony HVR-M15AE (DVCAM)

  • Sony DVW-A500P (Digital Betacam)

  • Sony BVW-60P (Betacam SP)

  • Sony J-30 (Betacam)

  • Sony BVU950P (¾” U-matic)

  • Sony 5800PS, VO5850P, VO9600P and VO9850P (¾” U-matic)

  • Sony EV-S3000 (HI8)

  • Panasonic NV-MV21 (VHS)

  • SP-11D Kramer signal converters

  • Black Magic cards

  • Mac Pros and PCs

  • Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere

  • Sony PVM 20M2E CRT video monitor

  • JVC TM1750CG CRT video monitor

  • Audio desks

  • LTO 3 multi tape machine services and network equipment