NOTE: If you plan on scanning content into the computer in order to later email the scanned document to yourself, you must make sure to turn on the scanner BEFORE the computer is turned on in order for the connection between the two pieces of equipment to work:

  • Turn on the Microform Scanner. The power button is located on the lower left hand corner of the scanner. 
  • Start or restart the computer.

On the Cannon 300 front panel:

  • The setting on the far left of the screenshot below allows you to choose to scan a negative or positive image of the film. The "A" setting will automatically detect positive film. Use the round button to the right of the options to toggle to the desired setting.

Loading and Reading Microfilm (film rolls):

Loading Microfilm

  • Pull the tray out towards you, so that the glass raises

  • Insert/push the reel onto the metal supply spindle until you feel it lock into place.  The film should be coming off the reel so the film would unwind if the reel moves in a clockwise direction.  Pull the film so that it goes under the white guide rollers and the lifted glass.

  • Adjust the guide rollers to secure the film.
  • Pull it out to secure wider film, push it in to secure narrower film


  • Thread the film through the take up reel and turn the right side fine adjustment knob clockwise, to advance and gather the film.  Then push the tray back in so the glass closes.
  • On the right side, there is fine adjustment knob


Focusing the Lens

  • Use the wheels above the glass to rotate, zoom and focus the lens.
    • Rotation (top)
    • Zoom (midle - grey)
    • Focus (top)


Browsing Microfilm

  • Browse to the desired section by using the functions on the browse panel, twisting the fine adjustment knobs on either side, and moving the tray and wheels.  
  • On the browsing panel
    • the black switch enables  hands-off browsing. Press the switch left to let the reel rewind automatically; right to advance. The black knob on the right side of the panel controls the hands-off browsing speed. Twist right to advance browse speed; left to reduce.
    • the red buttons browse quickly, backward and forward
    • the grey buttons browse slowly page by page, backward and forward

  • Tip: to speed up the rewind and fast forwarding process even more, pull out the tray and leave the glass open first.


Load and read Microfiche (flat sheets):

Loading Microfiche

  • pull out the tray, so that the glass is raised.

  • Place the film face down under the glass.  
  • Push the tray back in so the glass closes.
  • Move the tray in any direction to find the desired pages.  
  • Use the wheels above the glass to rotate, zoom and focus the lens.
    • Rotation (top)
    • Zoom (midle - grey)
    • Focus (top)



Scanning Using CapturePerfect 3.0 Software


  • Adjust whatever you want to scan and print out so that it fits within the tick marks, labeled LTR, on the Microform Machine’s screen.  The scanner will generally scan slightly outside these marks, but there may be discrepancies.  You may want to leave some extra room to make sure that nothing important is cut off in the printout.

  • From the computer Desktop, double-click on the shortcut to Capture Perfect 3.0 or from the Start Menu choose All Programs > Canon Microfilm Scanner > Capture Perfect 3.0. 
    • If you're only scanning one page as an image or PDF document, click on Scan --> Scan Page or click on this icon
    • If you wish to scan several pages and put them into the same PDF document, choose Scan Batch to File or click on this icon  and in the Scan Batch to File window that pops up, choose MultiPage (All Pages) setting. Click Save.

  • If you chose to Scan Batch to File, after each page scans a dialog box will pop up asking you if you wish to continue scanning more pages. Line up the next page of the document to be scanned and click Continue Scanning or Stop Scanning if you're finished.
  • If the preview of the scan doesn’t look very good, click on Scanner Settings and make adjustments.  (See the Scanner Settings section below)
  • To save, select File --> Save Page As… or
  • Choose where to save the file, name the file and choose a file type. PDF (for batch scans & single pages) or JPEG (for single page scans only) are recommended for size and quality.  Click Save.
  • You can now email this document to yourself, upload it to Google Drive, or print it by going to File --> Print or clicking on this icon


For tips on editing PDF files (combining files, adding or deleting pages, etc), click here.


Scanner Settings
In the Scan menu, choose Scanner Settings… or click the


Film Type (under Advanced):

  • Should be set to N/P Auto, to automatically detect positive or negative film.
  • If it is not properly detecting film, Positive or Negative should be chose.
  • Positive = white paper with black writing;  
  • Negative = black paper with white writing


  • Typically Black & White is the best setting for scanning text.
  • For more detailed film with drawing you may want to use 256-level Gray. This setting will create larger files.

Dots per inch:

  • 300 dpi is a good setting
  • Again is you have a detailed table or drawing you may want to use a higher dpi.


  • The box next to Brightness Auto should be checked.  
  • Otherwise the brightness can be adjusted manually by dragging the box along the bar.