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SCC - Digital Services

About Digital Services

The SCC employs highly specialized imaging and multimedia tools in the development of digital projects. The large-format scanner, one of the few available in the entire state, is ideal for digitizing large objects such as sheet maps and broadsides. The large capacity storage devices, servers, and backup systems enable the SCC to provide specialized digital services to the Rutgers University community.


Who Can Use?

The SCC and its resources are available to members of the Rutgers University community, to project partners, and on a limited basis, the general public. Grant funded project partners have priority use of funded services and tools. The facilities of the SCC supplement the digital resources already available on campus. Rutgers University Computing Services (RUCS), Creative Services, and the Teaching Excellence Center (TEC) provide a variety of general digital production services. Please consult "Scanning and other Multimedia Production Services Available at Rutgers - New Brunswick Campuses" to determine if your project is better initiated in one of the general labs on campus.


Digital Services

Large Format Scanning Service

Introduction

Large Format refers to documents exceeding the dimensions of 8.5" x 17". The Large Format Scanning system in use is a PhaseOne P45 mounted on a Hasselbach H101, with the capacity to scan documents up to 36" in width and 48 " in length with full 32-bit color. The scanner provides true optical resolution of up to 600 dpi. Several file formats are available for high quality presentations.

Scanning Services

The SCC staff will scan projects of 20 items or less. Projects encompassing greater than 20 items can be self-scanned by the user, after receiving training on the operation of the scanner. Scanner use is scheduled by advance reservation.

Smaller projects are temporarily stored as uncompressed tiff files, until retrieved by the requestor. Larger projects can be temporarily stored on the network in a selected format, for eventual retrieval by the user. The SCC does not retain any file copies. The dimensions of the copies and the resolution required must be submitted in advance of scanning.

Fees

A modest usage fee is charged to cover the cost of experienced personnel required to administer and operate the underlying technology. Pricing is determined by the final size of the scanned image as described in the pricing grid below:

Affiliation First 150 MB Additional 150 MB (per 150 MB)
RU Faculty, Staff and Students $10.00 $5.00
Grant affiliates $10.00 $5.00
General Public $15.00 $6.00

* A 310 MB scan would cost either $15.00 or $20.00 depending on your affiliation

Reserving the Scanner

To make a reservation, please contact Isaiah Beard at (848) 932-5932 to set up an appointment. Be sure to bring with you a completed copy of the Large Format Scanning Request and Control Form (pdf document).

Large Format Printing Service

Introduction

In addition to scanning Large Format documents, the SCC has the ability to take a digital image or document and print it as a large format item at up to 600 dots per inch (dpi). Using our Hewlett-Packard DesignJet Z3200PS Archival Quality printer, high resolution full color prints can be made of your digital files on either standard or photo-quality paper.

Printing Services

Printing of large format documents is done by reservation, and generally requires a 24 to 48 hour turnaround time, depending on the size and number of documents printed. Digital images submitted for printing should either be pre-sized at the correct dimensions and resolution required, or should be of a high enough resolution that they can be enlarged for printing without degradation. If you are printing a scanned photograph or Photoshop-based image, we stronlgy recommend that the image have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi if the image is already at full size, or 600 to 1200 dpi if the image must be enlarged. PowerPoint files, EPS files, and some PDFs are usually vector-based and will not have a minimum resolution requirement.

The SCC can accept documents and images stored on CD/R/RW, DVD, or USB drive formats. We can also read most CompactFlash (Type I and II), SD/MMC cards, and Memory sticks. Images stored on ftp or web sites can also be retrieved. The preferred file formats are as follows:

  • MS Powerpoint (please use "page setup" to size your presentation slide to correct dimensions)
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
  • TIFF
  • High Resoluton JPG with minimal compression
  • Most "RAW" formats from digital cameras (for best results, please submit images that are 6 megapixels or higher)

Please note that image formats which incorporate data compression may degrade the image quality. This degradation will be become more apparent when such images are printed in large format sizes.

The SCC can also accept files in the following formats, on a limited basis. When using these formats, please make sure that any text is formatted using commonly available (or embedded) fonts, or that text is converted to outlines, to ensure that the text appears as expected.

  • Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop (up to version CS4)
  • Encapsulated EPS

Fees

In order to recoup the operating cost of the large format printer, including supplies, maintenance and the use of skilled staff to operate the printer, modest printing fees are charged. Pricing is determined by physical size of the printed document in square feet, according to the table below:

Paper Quality Price per square foot
Standard Paper $3.00
Photo Quality Paper (Semi-Gloss) $4.00
Photo Quality Paper (Glossy) $5.00

A typical print, such as a 24"x36" poster, would cost $18.00 for standard paper, $24.00 for semi-gloss, and $30.00 for high-gloss photo quality paper.

Requesting a Print

To schedule an appointment for documents to be printed please use the online form (suggested) or contact: James Hartstein, Digital Media Coordinator 848-932-5930
jamesmh@rci.rutgers.edu

For more information about any of the services described above, please contact: Rhonda Marker, Head, Scholarly Communication Center 848-932-5923
rmarker@rci.rutgers.edu

Isaiah Beard, Digital Technologies Coordinator 848-932-5932
poet@rci.rutgers.edu

James Hartstein, Digital Media Coordinator 848-932-5930
jamesmh@rci.rutgers.edu