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Guide to Microforms: Operating Scanners

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Introducing the Scan Pro 2000

Before entering the basic controls of the microfilm program, first let us become familiar with the basic components of the machine:


The most essential component of the machine is the Fiche Carrier Handle. From here, the user can manually shift the film in order to properly arrange it upon the screen. Although the program offers many automatic options for film movement, never forget that the film can be adjusted by the carrier handle.

Loading the Microfilm

To load the microfilm, pull the carrier handle outwards until the glass slate opens wide to about a 45 degree angle. From here, a diagram should appear on the screen, displaying the proper way to load a film reel. The diagram is shown below.

***Note- all film rotation is CLOCKWISE***

Loading the Microfilm

To load a positive/negative fiche, simply place the film underneath the glass slate. Once any of the three types of film are loaded properly, push the handle carrier back under the lens.


Getting Started

Check for a small green power light on the front of the scanner. If no light, turn on power switch at back right rear of the scanner.

  • Login using your Campus Username/Password. (without
    • Public/Community Members, see librarian at the Research Help Desk (1st floor)

Start PowerScan program by double-clicking ScanPro 2000 Software Icon icon

Movement Controls

Fiche: move tray in the desired direction to view different pages


  • Motorized Roll Film Control

ScanPro 2000 Movement Controls

A: CLICK and drag for low speed film movement
B: CLICK and hold for Fast or High Speed film movement. (High Speed, be sure to pull carrier forward to open glass)
C: DOUBLE CLICK for high speed rewind (be sure to pull carrier forward to open glass)


View Controls

film type icon FILM TYPE, switch between negative & positive.

zoom icon ZOOM, CLICK AZ to auto-zoom or CLICK & hold down – or + to zoom in or out.

magnifier icon MAGNIFIER, CLICK to open window. CLICK down arrow icon to select magnification.

rotate icon ROTATE 90, rotate image 90 degrees.

film orientation icon FILM ORIENTATION, CLICK to rotate the camera 90 degrees to match the orientation of image on the film.

auto adjust icon AUTO ADJUST, includes Straighten, Crop, Contrast, Brightness.

 manual straighten icon MANUAL STRAIGHTEN, CLICK – or + buttons to manually rotate/straighten the image.

mirror icon MIRROR, if image is backwards, CLICK to reverse.


Image Adjustment

focus icon FOCUS, default is Auto Focus, but you can use + and – to manually focus.

spot edit iconspot edit tools icon EDIT SELECTED IMAGE AREA (spot-light), affects only the selected area. CLICK the pencil tool to draw around the area to be edited. Adjust brightness and contrast, select erase or redact. CLICK X to restore.


Output Format

scan resolution icon SCAN RESOLUTION, CLICK the down arrow to select resolution. 300DPI is recommended.

scan size icon SCAN SIZE, CLICK the down and up arrows to change the image size (the dimensions are shown on the Crop Box). CLICK AS to auto size to the paper size (normal mode).


Saving & Printing

scan to drive #1 icon SCAN to Drive #1, CLICK to save the image within the green crop box to the “My Scans” folder. Be sure to select file type.

scan to usb icon SCAN to Drive #2, Insert USB Drive, then CLICK to save the image within the green crop box to the USB Drive.

print icon PRINT #1, CLICK to send the image within the green crop box to your Baylor print queue. Public/Community Members cannot use this feature.

ScanPro 2000 Tutorials

The Central Libraries has two ScanPro 2000 Microform Scanners available for patron use.  These scanners are located on the First Floor of Jones Library, Rm. 116.  

Primary Sources found on Microform

How Do I Cite a Microform Source?

University Libraries

One Bear Place #97148
Waco, TX 76798-7148

(254) 710-6702