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A NEW LOOK, SAME INDUSTRY-LEADING SERVICE & SUPPORT

Digital Transitions History Digital Transitions was founded in 2003 with the goal to help professional photographers achieve their creative vision with the absolute best hardware and service in the industry. With this goal in mind, we grew beyond being a basic “camera store” into a multi-divisional, multi-disciplinarian digital imaging resource leader. Our Division of Cultural Heritage launched in 2005 to serve the library, museum, and archives communities with...

DT PixelFlow: Artificial Intelligence and Application

March 23, 2021 | by Hannah Storch Artificial Intelligence (AI) has great implications for cultural heritage preservation. Gathering metadata for a collection can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, often involving the individual knowledge and experience of one person. Without this identifying descriptive metadata, valuable information can be lost and collections can remain incomplete. AI can be used as part of a metadata workflow to reduce the cost and tediousness of enriching a collection...

Deliverables and Packaging With DT PixelFlow

February 18, 2021 | by Hannah Storch For years, Pixel Acuity has been at the vanguard of cultural heritage imaging. Automations and advances in technology have allowed us to explore the limitless possibilities of digitization solutions and revolutionized the way that we approach cultural heritage collection digitization. By capturing images using RAW rapid capture and utilizing our DT PixelFlow software to automate derivative generation, output directory structures, and deliverable packaging,...

Managing and Mastering Metadata with DT PixelFlow

January 21, 2021 | by Hannah Storch For cultural heritage professionals, metadata provides invaluable descriptive information about an object or resource, but it is also time-consuming to accumulate. Creating and maintaining metadata for a collection is an integral part of taking cataloging one step further and creating a digital collection. Metadata provides context for an item within a collection and can either be embedded in the digital file at or after the time of creation or maintained in...

International Digitization In Estonia with Pixel Acuity

January 21, 2021 | by Kate Stone The Pixel Acuity team was recently selected for an international digitization project by The National Archive of Estonia, in which we will digitize a collection of approximately 100,000 pieces of film and glass plate transmissive materials. The collection was amassed from several collections and cultural heritage institutions around Estonia and we will be imaging the location at two different sites within the country, producing high-quality, preservation-grade,...

Shining Light On Film Scanning

December 10, 2020 | by Hannah Storch Preservation grade film scanning is no simple task, and it becomes considerably more complex in mass digitization projects with large collections. Transmissive materials (a catch-all term used to collectively refer to film, glass plates, and any other media designed to be viewed in front of a light source) present many obstacles in handling and imaging not found with reflective media, and there are other considerations in terms of digitization method and...

The Word On Optical Character Recognition With DT PixelFlow

At The Phillips Collection Archive November 19, 2020 | by Hannah Storch DT PixelFlow Pixel Acuity has offered the cultural heritage community unparalleled imaging and digitization services for the better part of a decade. Recently, we have added new automations and related offerings to our repertoire. One of the most impactful innovations in Cultural Heritage imaging technology has been the ability to use the next-generation Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in our DT PixelFlow software to...

Optical Character Recognition Now Available with DT PixelFlow

Pixel Acuity is proud to announce DT PixelFlow 2.0 OCR. It’s a game changer for the OCR of challenging historic collections such as faded handwritten correspondence, early printed material with esoteric typefaces, and manuscript material written in cursive. Cultural Heritage institutions have long complained of subpar results from the legacy OCR applications because they were designed primarily for the modern office material context. We’ve built our next-gen OCR workflow that...

PA ArCHER Grant | Winner Announcement

Featured Image courtesy of the the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. We are excited to announce the winner of the Pixel Acuity Artificial Intelligence in Cultural Heritage Exploratory Research Grant (PA ArCHER Grant): The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Winner Based on the quantity and quality of proposals we received, it’s clear the CH community is excited to explore the use of Artificial Intelligence. The proposed projects were diverse...

Digitizing an American Painting Collection with the Phase One iXH 150MP

We were recently tasked with digitizing and preserving a special collection in partnership with the Mennello Museum in Orlando, Florida. The Mennello Museum holds the Melanson Holt Collection, displaying the works of a variety of artists, including indigenous artists, portraying the American southwest. This American Paintings collection illuminates the land and people of the American southwest, “document the awe-inspiring desert light, remote lands, and extraordinary way of life in the...

“Pixel Acuity consistently delivers high-quality, professional images with an attention to detail that is second to none. Working with their team, collaboration and project integration couldn’t have been easier.”

~Patricia King, Colby College Museum of Art

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