Cultural Heritage Imaging
Cultural Heritage imaging is rooted in the idea of preserving the past for the future. The need for digitization of historic collections in museums and libraries is rapidly growing, with increasing focus on public access, research and preservation of information for the future. Institutions with valuable collections often have a dedicated photographic studio for creating photographs of sensitive material, or for producing paper copies for researchers and scholars, protecting the original objects from wear and damage. Preserving the past for the future is often a race against time, as much of the material has a limited lifespan before it is gone forever, thus solutions that enable rapid capture are not only necessary, but often crucial.
All Cultural Heritage collections are unique and diverse. In order to address this diverse nature, Phase One invests in developing, implementing and delivering specialized and tailored solutions, designed to produce the best output quality, while ensuring material safety and efficient workflow. Explore the different types of collections that Phase One Cultural Heritage solutions address below.
Archives and Manuscripts
An archive and manuscript collection includes documents, drawings, maps, manuscripts, photos, newspapers, musical scores, letters, post cards, and other flat objects in all sizes and shapes.
This type of work often requires a “set and forget” workflow where the camera and software are set up so that large numbers of flat objects can be recorded quickly while maintaining high resolution and accurate, consistent color and luminosity.
The high resolution of the Phase One Digital Backs allows capturing several smaller objects at the same time, thus increasing speed and efficiency.
A large part of the Cultural Heritage community works on digitization of rare and delicate bound materials, such as books. Digitization of books often requires special attention to the binding, that can be fragile, and will determine how the material can be treated in the process. This fact can sometimes be the limiting factor when looking for fast capture turnaround.
Using a leveled glass plate with the camera set for fixed focus on a copy stand will accelerate the capture process, and photographing both pages at the same time with one or two cameras will also increase productivity.
Transparent Film and Glass Plate Negatives
This type of collection includes vintage glass plate negatives, medium and large format negatives, transparencies, including 35mm mounted slides, microfilm and all other transparent material.
Uniform illumination of the materials with good color reproduction is mandatory so that all color information may be retrieved during processing, sometimes involving inverting the image from negative to positive.
There is a tremendous speed advantage in the instant medium format capture over scanning, which can speed up the process by a factor of 300 or more.
Collections with 3D and large flat objects such as sculptures, pottery, decorative arts and paintings, are often captured from a tripod in the photo studio or in the gallery and exhibition halls, ideally with uniform lighting to suit the object’s character and the curator’s requirement.
Best results are always obtained by using medium format camera solutions; either based on an SLR-type, or view cameras with tilt & shift movements. The fastest workflow solutions are comprised of a camera system such as the Phase One XF, available with the highest resolution sensors on the market, to capture the most detail and accurate color in a flexible set up.
Multi-spectral lighting systems, in conjunction with the use of narrow-band optical filters and special image processing can be utilized to retrieve and discover information in materials that have been subject to damage or decay that is invisible under normal lighting conditions. This provides invaluable data for the research and conservation processes.
Phase One offers a number of unique camera solutions capable of capturing wide-spectrum color, as well as narrow-band achromatic images.
Many objects that are fragile or sensitive due to various types of damage and decay are often very sensitive to human touch and thus require careful handling. Using high resolution, high precision cameras and optics allow researchers and scholars to perform non-invasive investigation and analysis with minimal or no exposure to aggressive light rays or chemicals, and bring out data that cannot be retrieved with traditional imaging techniques.
3D scanning combined with advanced photogrammetry, image analysis and calculation tools are used for measuring and evaluation of damage in historical objects. The same technology is used for creating exact replicas of precious sculptures and art work.
Phase One Cultural Heritage instant capture solutions for both flexible and high volume productions are well-suited for a broad range of Cultural Heritage applications. Learn about the XF and iXG Camera Systems below.
iXG Camera System
For high volume digitization
The iXG delivers to the need for intelligent capture solutions built to process high volume digitization programs with speed and accuracy. The iXG Camera System is designed with ease of use in mind, reliability, flexibility and with phenomenally sharp imaging capabilities to ensure accurate recording of cultural artifacts. With industrial build quality, and using the most durable mechanical and electronic components available, the iXG is offered with a guarantee of one million actuations.
XF Camera System
For flexible studio digitization
The XF sets a new standard for a flexible platform equipped with everything that is needed for reproduction at the highest level. The XF Camera System uses a custom autofocus processor, allows for sequence photography, has a changeable digital back, and is compatible with the entire range of Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses. And the seamless combination of intuitive dial, key and touch screen interactions is designed with the goal of making controls simple.
|Camera||iXG Specifications||XF Specifications|
|Imaging Sensor Options||iXG 50MP, 100MP and 100MP Achromatic||IQ3 50-100MP & IQ1 50-100MP
CMOS and CCD options available
|Lens Mount||Phase One iXG|
|Available Lenses||Schneider Kreuznach 72mm RS-iXG
Schneider Kreuznach 120mm RS-iXG
|Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lens range (28 – 240mm)
Phase One focal plane lens range ( 28 – 150mm)
|Shutter Type||Integrated Leaf Shutter (reliance shutter)|
|Shutter Speed||1/250s – 30s||1/4000s – 60 minutes|
|Focus Positions||Close range to near infinity|
|Focus Control||Motorized & Encoded, controlled from software|
|Mechanical Mounts||Threaded holes at top & bottom with dedicated L-Bracket|
|Triggering Options||Hand release, host capture from software|
|Flash Output||Via Secured LEMO connector|
|Live View/ HDMI*||1920×1080 25p/30p, 1280×720 50p/60p||1920×1080 25p/30p, 1280×720 50p/60p|
|Data Storage||USB 3.0 Tethered to Capture One CH, PRO and DB||CF card or tethered to Capture One CH, PRO and DB|
|Dimensions (mm)||Focused to infinity: 150 x 120 x 100
Focused to close range: 180 x 120 x 100
|152 x 135 x 160 (without lens)|
|Weight (g)||2300 (with 72mm lens and mounting bracket)||1390 (without lens)|
|Dynamic Range||up to 15 f-stops|
|Sensitivity (ISO)||50 – 12800 (51200 Achromatic)|
|16 bit Opticolor+ Output||Available on most digital backs|
|Auto Focusing||Honeybee Autofocus (HAP-1)
Hyperfocal point focusing (lens-specific)
|User Interface||OneTouch UI|
|Flash Trigger||Integrated Profoto wireless|
|Flash Sync Speed||Up to 1/1600s|
Buy your Camera System here
Phase One Industrial and Archival ImagingThe iXG delivers to the need for intelligent capture solutions built to process high volume digitization programs with speed and accuracy. The iXG Camera System is designed with ease of use in mind, reliability, flexibility and with phenomenally sharp imaging capabilities to ensure accurate recording of cultural artifacts.£52,285.00 Excl. VAT
Phase One Industrial and Archival ImagingThe iXG delivers to the need for intelligent capture solutions built to process high volume digitization programs with speed and accuracy. The iXG Camera System is designed with ease of use in mind, reliability, flexibility and with phenomenally sharp imaging capabilities to ensure accurate recording of cultural artifacts.£32,370.00 Excl. VAT
Phase One Industrial and Archival Imaging
The XF IQ3 100MP gives the highest resolution and flexibility, allowing capture of large objects such as drawings and maps, as well as smaller objects such as books, manuscripts and even collections of parchment.
Phase One Industrial and Archival Imaging
Material handling and its safety are key with sensitive glass and film transparencies. The Phase One Transparency Kit offers the ideal solution for a range of applications.
Capture One for Cultural Heritage
Capture One CH is a professional rapid capture solution dedicated to the Cultural Heritage community. Built on the renowned Capture One software, the Cultural Heritage edition offers a highly specialized feature set that delivers a significantly faster reprographic workflow during both capture and post-production.
An improved workflow that automates the conversion of negative transparent material in both black & white and colors. Use the exposure tools in an intuitive way to adjust exposure, contrast and colors, and get perfect results, ready for print or post processing. A selection of Cultural Heritage styles allow to quickly chose a set of conversion parameters for different film types.
Boost productivity by automating cropping in post-processing. Select cropping options for flat art reproduction or books, including corner or edge alignment with positive or negative padding. On-Capture multi-crop script increases productivity when scanning books that do not require the full resolution of the camera.
Allows marking a known length in inches or centimeters and calculating the exact capture resolution, so that the camera-to-subject distance can be adjusted and the required resolution can be reached.
Obtain high color accuracy with specialized ICC profiles optimized for both color precision and three dimensional gradients at the same time. Available for common studio light types such as flash, LED and tungsten as well as for specific types of film.
Logical setup of tools customized to optimize CH workflows during preparation, production and file storage. They can be used by an admin or an operator and include the required capture and processing tools for specific Reflective or Transmissive materials.
Phase One Copy Stands and Accessories
Copy StandsThe RSP 2Motion has an adjustable, motorized 100x80cm baseboard, allowing for greater flexibility and the use of different lenses when scanning larger objects. The baseboard can be fitted with a steel sheet plate up to DINA0 format for magnetic attachment of large drawings, maps, etc.£9,220.00 Excl. VAT
Other AccessoriesThe Phase One Glass Plate Holders are designed to work with the Film Capture Stage, ensuring smooth handling and efficient workflow.£325.00 Excl. VAT
Other AccessoriesThe Phase One Film Carriers are designed to work with the Film Capture Stage, ensuring smooth handling and efficient workflow.£277.00 Excl. VAT
Other AccessoriesThe film capture stage provides an adjustable, geared support mechanism and is compatible with a range of carriers for glass plate negatives, and most popular film strip and sheet formats. It can be easily adjusted to position the object directly under the camera.£4,279.00 Excl. VAT
Copy StandsHeld by many as the gold standard of copy stands, the Phase One RSP RePro Motorized Column is designed to carry a maximum of 15kg, and allows for accurate height adjustment with 2-speed remote control and self locking mechanism.£4,142.00 Excl. VAT
Copy StandsFor studios with limited space or specific needs, the Phase One RSDmot provides a compact and flexible solution, and is available with 2 different column lengths and base sizes. The RSD kit comes with the larger base plate.£2,825.00 Excl. VAT
Digital Transitions Copy Stands
Copy StandsThis capture system is used for digitization of books, maps and loose-document collections. The DT RGC180 is the optimum solution for the rapid capture of rare, bound and loose document collections.£42,849.00 Excl. VAT
Copy StandsThe BC100 cradle is a dedicated book capture system designed for the mass digitization of books. The V-shaped anti-reflective glass plate and adjustable book cradle secures and holds a large variety of bound materials with page sizes up to A2 size per side.£55,525.00 Excl. VAT