You can digitise your family’s pictorial stories at Belmont, Leopold and Newcomb Libraries with our Epson V600/V850 Perfection Scanner, Elgato Video conversion software and Kodak Reels Film Digitiser. Free to use with your library membership!

You can digitise the following media types:

  • VHS tapes
  • DVDs
  • Super 8 and 8mm film
  • Film negatives
  • Slides
  • Photographic prints

Note- Beta/Betamax video tapes, 16mm film, and camcorder tapes are unable to be digitised.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate copyright approval to digitise your items. Visit the Australian Copyright Council for fact sheets and information.

If your materials are particularly fragile or precious, you may prefer to take them to a professional scanning service. This might also be appropriate if you have a large volume of items to scan.

Any use of the equipment must comply with the Geelong Regional Libraries’ code of conduct for computer usage.

Library of Things: Kodak Mobile Film Scanners

In addition to our in-branch Digitisation Stations, sponsorship from Kings Funerals has enabled us to purchase 10 Kodak Mobile Film Scanners to the Library’s collection, which will form part of our ‘Library of Things’.

The scanners will be available for library members to borrow through the library catalogue for use at home. These mini "light boxes" will enable you to scan, edit, save and share slides and negatives with your smartphone and a free-to-download app.

What skills do I need to use the equipment?

Intermediate computer skills are required. If you are not confident with computers, please bring someone along to help you.

How long does it take to scan an item?

  • It takes about 1 minute to scan each slide, negative or photo.
  • VHS and DVD items need to be played in real time to be recorded.
  • As a rough guide, 7 minutes of Super 8/8mm film takes about 30 minutes to digitise.

You will need to be in attendance for the whole digitisation process; luckily you are in a library, so feel free to read our newspapers, magazines, books or listen to an eAudiobook while you’re here!

How do I book the equipment?

  • You can book the equipment for 2 hours to digitise your items.
  • There are 4 stations available for booking at Belmont, Leopold and Newcomb Libraries.
  • Click here to book your session, or call Belmont Library on 4201 0665, Leopold Library on 42010675, or Newcomb Library on 42010657.

What do I need to bring?

Bring the items you would like to digitise. It is worth spending time at home sorting and prioritising your items to scan before coming in to digitise them, to maximise your time scanning.

  • You will also require a USB memory stick to save your scanned images.
  • Bring an SD card if you wish to use the Kodak Reels Film Digitiser for Super 8/8mm film.
  • Consider bringing cotton gloves for handling slides and negatives.

How will I know how to use the equipment?

You will find step-by-step instructions at the digitisation station. You can also view short videos here on our YouTube.

Here’s how you can digitise your VHS cassette or DVD at Belmont Library with the Elgato Video Capture Software.

Here’s how to scan and save your photo negatives at Belmont Library with the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner.

Here’s how to scan and save your slides at Belmont Library with the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner.

Here’s how to scan and save your photos at Belmont Library with the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner.

A library staff member will show you the equipment, but they are unable to scan the items for you or stay for the entire session.

You can also attend a small group introductory training session which you can book here on our events calendar. The session will give you an overview of the equipment and how to use it.

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