ScanCorner: Digitise analogue video and photo formats

Analogue photo formats do not last forever. UV radiation, humidity and mold can damage valuable personal treasures like a photo. In order to protect such memories against long-term natural decay, it is important to restore and digitalise those analogue old formats. ScanCorner helps you with preserving all of life’s special moments in digital form. We digitise negatives, slides, old photographs, VHS tapes and Super 8 mm films. We serve Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia and India.

Place an order online

It all starts with the customer placing an order online giving the order details and shipping address. Once the order is placed online, a confirmation email is generated which has to be printed out and sent along with the order to us. Once we receive it, we weigh the order and make the estimate of the order size.  And don’t forget to quote your voucher code to receive your special discount.

Manual Scanning and Restoration

Our professionals clean and scan all the images manually on high-end scanners. They check for scratches and colour correction, edit and enhance them by special procedure, providing you with the best quality. The video digitisation involves optimization of image and sound quality, brightness and colour correction and digital noise reduction.

Personalised online gallery and DVD

After the restoration process, a link to your personal online gallery is sent to you, with low resolution photos of the processed negatives, slides and photo prints, for you to review.  For videos, a short 3 minute preview is uploaded to the online gallery, again with link being sent to you. If there are any concerns with the quality of the digitisation, please let us know and ScanCorner implements the correction requests.  You are then provided with your personalised DVD along with all the originals which are shipped back to you. This personalised DVD is easy to preserve, access and share.

Finally a download link to the digitised photo or video formats is available on request.

Best ways to preserve your kids’ memories forever!!

1. Make a photo book out of your kids’ artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. You can also save and share your kid’s photos and videos on keepy – The online album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Try to make a quilt out of your kid’s baby clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Make a family yearbook.

 

 

 

 

 

You can get the photos scanned and make a photo book. You can choose a professional service company which does the scanning job for you. Using ScanCorner’s service, you not only save your valuable time and money incurred, but you also get a better quality scanning output. Image scanning is a one-time activity. So, go for the best quality. Your precious memories deserve the best.

5. You can turn  your kid’s artwork into a softie or key chain.

 

 

 

6. Imprint a damaged teddy bear before throwing it away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Make a teddy bear out of your kid’s baby clothes.

 

Results of the customer survey in April 2015

In April 2015 we asked our customers to provide feedback for the quality of our services. The purpose of the survey was to find out how our client’s rate our website, the quality of our digitised formats and our customer support.

We summarised the most important results of the survey for you:

Usability of the website

In terms of the website appearance and regarding the question how easy the order process at ScanCorner is, 53% of the customers rated the order process at our website as very easy. Furthermore 46% of our clients rated our website as very helpful to get an overview of the offers and prices of our services.

Quality of the digitised formats

For a more detailed analysis the results regarding the photo digitisation and video digitisation were considered separately.

In terms of photo digitisation, 44% of our customers were deeply contended with the quality of their digitised images, negatives and slides. Another 49% are deeply contented with the colour correction of the pictures.

In the field of video digitisation (VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Hi8, Video8, Super8, MiniDV) 50% of the respondents are satisfied with the image quality of their digitised videos. Furthermore 53% of our customers are satisfied with the sound quality of the videos.

Packaging

It is very important for us that the precious memories of our customers arrive safely and without any damages at their homes. This is why we package any analogue formats like slides, negatives, photos, APS and other analogue photographic material very carefully. Regarding the question of whether the received videos or photos were sufficient and carefully packed, 70% of respondents answered that they are deeply contented with the packaging.

Customer Care

According to the motto “The consumer is the boss” it is important for us to analyse how our customers evaluate our support. The results help us to find solutions how to communicate with our clients more effectively and optimise our services.

The proportion of respondents, who rate the customer service as very friendly is 62%. For good customer service, it is particularly important to answer customer inquiries in a timely manner. Regarding the questions of whether the customers received a quick response to their requests, 58% answered that they were deeply contented with the quick responses of the customer support. 

All in all, more than half of our customers was satisfied with our service. Overall, 66% of our clients would digitise their precious memories again at ScanCorner and 60% of the respondents would recommend ScanCorner to their friends and acquaintances.

ScanCorner thanks you for participating in the survey. We look forward to more orders from you, your friends and acquaintances.

Regards

Your ScanCorner Team

ScanCorner digitises photos of a sailing legend

Sailing legend Sir William Robin Knox-Johnston entrusted the digitisation of his world famous pictures to ScanCorner UK. This is another feather in ScanCorner’s cap, who have earlier digitised and restored rare, historic photos of the german pilot Manfred von Richthofen also known as “Red Baron”.

Robin Knox-Johnston became world famous in the year 1969. As a participant in the Sunday Times Global Race in June 1968 he left the port of Falmouth (Cornwall) in his boat called “Suhaili” and his biggest sailing adventure begun. One year later on 22th of April 1969 he returned to Falmouth and became the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. On his journey he has traveled a total of 30,123 nautical miles and spent 312 days at sea. In the year of his arrival he was conferred Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Robin Knox-Johnston consigned ScanCorner to digitise and restore his famous images in his boat. He was really impressed with the results of the digitisation. Here is what he has to say about ScanCorner in his own words: “I’m really impressed with the service. ScanCornerUK has done a marvelous job in scanning these old images then removing blemishes from the digital files that they are ready to print straight from the DVD.”

Historic. Circa 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the World, aboard his 32ft 5in yacht SUHAILI. Pictured here returning to Falmouth, England on 22nd April 1969, to complete the 30,123 mile voyage in 313 days - an averag
1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world returns to Falmouth
(Photo Credit: Bill Rowntree / PPL)

In addition to his record of being the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, Robin Knox-Johnston and his friend Peter Blake won the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994. Both of them achieved the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by boat in 74 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds. In 2008 the famous sailor was one of the first inductees ever into the ISAF Hall of Fame.

Although the sailing legend has participated in a variety of contests and received lots of honors, Robin Knox-Johnston, currently 75-years old still can’t get enough of sailing. In April 2014 he announced his entry to the Route de Rhum solo transatlantic challenge in his Open 60 yacht Grey Power. The tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Route de Rhum from St Malo in France to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe starts on 2 November 2014.

ScanCorner wishes him great success!

Creating and Editing Digital Photos (Part 2): Storage

This is the second part of the four-part discussion on the topic Creating and Editing Digital Photos. In the first part we have discussed the steps in scanning old photos. If you have not read it, check out http://www.scancorner.co.uk/blogcreating-and-editing-digital-photos-part-1-scanning/.

On this second part we will be discussing about how to store your digitized photos.

Here are the steps:

  1. Select the file type that you will be using. There are two file format options that you can choose from.
    1. When you want the best quality in scanning and storing picture you better us the Tagged Image Format or TIF.
    2. Another option is the JPG or JPEG file format which is also good because it has a compression algorithm that enables it to create smaller file sizes, thus making it the most popular photo format used in web pages and file sharing.
  2. Save a copy of the original photo in TIF format. You can place it in a special folder on your computer hard drive or save it in a CD or in another digital medium, like a flash drive. This is intended to preserve the original look of the photo in a digital format.
  3. Create a copy of the scanned photo. In order for you to start manipulating or editing your photo. Create a copy of the scanned photo and save it using a different file name. This file name will remind you that you are working on the copy and not the original digital copy.

Now you know how to store your scanned photos. You might be asking yourself, what’s next then? Well, in the next discussion we will be learning about how you can choose the best graphic software program that you will use as well as the steps in editing digital photos. So stay tuned!

Creating and Editing Digital Photos (Part 1): Scanning

Do you want to create newer versions of your old and torn photos?

This article is just the first part of the four-part discussion on how to create and edit digital photos. On this article we will learn about scanning old photos.

Scanning is the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer.

Now let us learn the steps in scanning old photos.

  1. Clean your photos. Gently remove the dust and dirt on your old photo using a soft brush or a lint-free photowipe. Make sure that you wear clean white cotton gloves when doing this, so that you will not leave any skin oil on your photo.
  2. Clean the scanner glass. Clean the glass thoroughly using a lint-free pad or wipe. Make sure that you wear clean white cotton gloves when doing this, so that you will not leave any skin oil on your scanner.
  3. Specify your type of scan. There are two basic choices in scanning photos, the color and the black and white options. For your old family photo, it is best if you choose the color option even if the old family is black and white.
  4. Determine the best scan resolution. In order to ensure the quality and usefulness of your output you must determine the best scan resolution that you will be using.
    1. A good rule of thumb is to scan your old photos using the minimum 300 dpi (Dots Per Inch) in order to ensure a decent quality for further enhancement and restoration.
    2. If you’re planning to eventually store your scanned photos on CD or DVD, you should use the 600 dpi or above.
  5. Carefully position your photo on the scanner. Place your photo face down on the scanner glass. Press the “prescan” or “preview” button. The scanner will then provide a rough display of the image on your screen.
  6. Crop the previewed image. Make sure that your crop the original parts of the actual photos.
  7. Avoid corrections while you are scanning the photo. While on the process of scanning you have to avoid making corrections. You can do this later.
  8. Check the size of your file. Make sure that the resolution that you have chosen for your image is not going to create a photo that is too large for your computer.
  9. Scan the original photo. You may start scanning your original photo. This process does not take too much time.

Now that you’ve learned how to scan your old and torn photos, stay tuned for the next part because we will be discussing how to save your scanned images in your hard drive.

How to best archive your digitized photos on PC

Are you the type of person who loves to capture each moment of your journey? If you are, I believe one of your biggest concerns now is how to organize and manage the images that you have in your computer. To help you organize and manage your photos, here are some of the “non-destructive” photo management softwares that you can use.

a. Picasa. This is a free software which is rich in features. This software makes it easy to manage vast photo collections that are stored in your computer. It has new photo editing effects, like Vignette, Borders and Duo-tone. It also has a “side by side editing” feature where you can compare two different photos side by side. Picasa has both cloud and desktop versions. You can directly upload from desktop to cloud through Picasa desktop software. Learn more about Picasa here: http://picasa.google.com/

b. iPhoto. This software is somewhat similar to Picasa, however, slick Apple “Entire-OS” features are integrated to it. It speeds up the organization process by offering the ability (by default) to automatically manage all of your digitized photographs in a self-contained folder. For more information about iPhoto, check this https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iphoto/id408981381?mt=12 out!

c. Lightroom 4. This software helps in creating amazing images which inform, delight and inspire its audience. It brings out the best in every image with powerfully simple one-click adjustments as well as a full range of cutting-edge advanced controls. This software enables you to perfect your images as well as organize them. Read more on this software here: http://www.adobe.com/inspire/2012/06/getting-started-lightroom-4.html.

d. Aperture. This software is somewhat similar to iPhoto, but it has additional features that those with advanced goals in editing or enhancing their photo collection would surely love. It is packed with innovative adjustment tools that are helpful in refining your images. For additional readings regarding this software, try this https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aperture/id408981426?mt=12.

Now you’re equipped to organize as well as enhance your digitized photographs with ease! Just choose the best software that fits your needs.

On the other hand, if you need help in the digitization of your photos, we are here to help you. Check out http://www.scancorner.co.uk/, we are a photo and video digitization company that not only scans but also restores photographs to retain their glory.

Digital ROC Technology: What Is It All About?

Digital ROC Technology or Digital Reconstruction of Color Technology enables users to automatically restore the color quality of an image no matter what condition the original image is at the moment. It can also reconstruct the color in faded slides or negatives.

This technology “reads” the dye signature that is present in the color film and slides through the use of proprietary algorithms. It also analyzes the color gradient of the image in order to remove the color cast as well as compensate for the over and under exposure which results in an improved image output in no time. It may also rebuild the original color values of the image based on the data that the technology was able to gather during the scanning process.

The Digital ROC Technology is addressing the need for high-quality scanned-image output and it does not mind the color condition that the original negative or slides are in. This technology is software-tuned to the characteristics of a specific scanner.

Since the color of the films fades over time as an effect of the storage conditions that they were placed in, the need for color restoration for the film arises, thus Digital ROC holds an important role in making this possible. This technology automatically and meticulously does lost color value rebuilding which results in color-corrected digitized images in an instant.

The process in which the image is being restored, through the use of Digital ROC, happens during the image-capture phase, which enables the user to use other software which he or she finds useful in manipulating or modifying the images.

There are Digital ROC Technology-enabled scanners available in the market if you’re searching for an automated and single-button solution for image restoration.

Scan Images using the Digital GEM Technology

Digital GEM Technology or Grain Equalization & Management, which is developed by Applied Science Fiction, is capable of analyzing a film’s unique grain pattern pixel by pixel and extracting all data related to the image’s quality, sharpness and color. It also removes the grain from the scanned output of the image, which basically provides an improved look as a result.

Digital GEM Technology automatically enhances the clarity of the film image being scanned while preserving the image’s color, sharpness and gradations. This technology is equivalent to the noise reduction process in digital images.

This technology is basically very useful when you are scanning any type of film image into digital format. When this is applied, this technology will enable you to greatly improve the overall quality of the image that you scanned through the reduction or even the removal of unwanted grain in the output.

When you use this technology in conjunction with other forms of photo correction techniques or technologies you will surely be able to add a wow factor to your image.

Unlike the Digital ICE Technology which cannot be used on black and white films, Digital GEM works very well on these types of films.

The Digital GEM Technology is a part of the Digital ICE4 group of technologies, which include Digital ICE, Digital ROC, Digital SHO and Digital GEM.

PPI: Pixel Per Inch

What is PPI?

PPI or Pixels Per Inch is the number of the pixels located in every inch of an image.  In order to clearly understand PPI, let us discuss the term thoroughly.

Firstly, pixel stands for “picture element”. It is the smallest physical element that one can see in a digital printout that the eyes can see. Pixels are made up of “sub-pixels”, composed of red, blue and green light elements that the human eyes cannot see since additive colour processing will blend them together into a single hue that appears on the pixel level.

Always remember that pixels have a fixed size, thus the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on your computer screen is a fixed quantity. You cannot adjust the size of the PPI on your monitor. Most LCD monitors have PPI size between 67 and 130, which mean that an image with 70 PPI or 130 PPI will definitely look the same because your monitor has a fixed PPI.

If you want to determine the PPI of your monitor, you may set your browser’s zoom at 100% and then you may measure the squares displayed on the monitor – both the width and the height – in inches.

How does PPI affect your printout?

It is clear that PPI does not affect the display of the image, but it does affect the print size of the image.

During the printing process, all the physical pixels that compose the image will be translated into little square with different hues on paper. In this case pixels are projected in a more abstract sense of the word “square picture element”. This means that pixels on paper have no fixed size, unlike that of the monitor. So if you increase the size of your image by 300%, then the pixels on the printout will become three times larger, thus your printout will become bigger but it will look rougher.

There are two methods that you can use in order to change the print size of your image. You can either do re-sampling or not. Normally, not re-sampling will be done by most since this will only change the size of the printout. But, if you decide to do re-sampling, this will cause a change in the number of pixels, which eventually changes the size of the file, in order to match the print size of the image.

If you don’t do re-sampling, the change in the PPI setting will either increase or decrease the print size of the image. This means that if you decrease the PPI the print size will increase and if you increase the PPI the print size will decrease. This is the best method to use if you’re going to create digital printouts of your image.

On the other hand, during re-sampling, the change in the PPI may cause the loss or creation of pixels. This means that if you decrease the PPI you will be losing pixels and if you increase the PPI you will be creating pixels. Remember that it is not good if you create more pixels or if you increase the PPI, because they will be generated by the computer which will result to a poor printout. So if you decide to do re-sampling, better decrease the PPI. Most of the time, re-sampling is needed if you want to reduce the size of your image in order to fit your needs, like if you want to use a smaller size for online use.

Take note that re-sampling an image at a higher number of pixels is generally not a good idea because the computer will likely cram the image with lots of pixels that are out of place, meaning you will get a bad-looking printout.

If you have questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us: info@scancorner.com.au.