We offer digitisation for curation and preservation services for a wide variety of audio-visual, photographic and paper documents to enable and support long-term preservation of, and access to, digital collections. We digitise objects according to international archival preservation and access standards. We also transcode, edit, and curate born-digital objects. 

Request for Digitisation

Our services are currently under review and we are not accepting any external digitisation requests at this time. Please contact us at dls@uct.ac.za for any inquiries or assistance.

Our Digitisation Services

Digitisation is the first step in transferring physical objects into a digital format.  At UCT, 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.  In line with the digitisation process, we can help you with curating and preserving this data. 

What we can Digitise

  • Documents and Images

    • Manuscripts (up to A3+)
    • Photographic prints (up to A3+)
    • Maps (up to A0)
    • Transparencies (colour and B&W negatives and slides): 
    • unframed: 35x24mm, 57x57mm, 57x42.5mm, 57x70mm, 57x120mm, 4x5’’, 24x149mm
    • framed: 35x24mm
  • Audio-Visual

    • Cassette tape
    • ¼-inch reel-to-reel tape 
    • MiniDisc
    • Vinyl and Shellac records
    • DAT
    • MiniDV, DVCAM 
    • Betacam, BetacamSP, BetacamSX, Digital Betacam
    • U-matic (3/4")
    • VHS (NTSC, S-VHS, PAL)
    • HI-8


  • Imaging

    • Zeutschel ScanStudio A2 with 100Mbp Phase One Camera
    • SCAMAX M06 feeder scanner
    • 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 A3+ flatbed scanners
    • iMacs and PCs with Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Lightroom
  • Audio-Visual

    • 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