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

Einstein Papers Online

Princeton University Press, sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and supported by the California Institute of technology, has taken up the ambitious venture of providing online access to Albert Einstein’s writings to a wider audience than ever before. This unique initiative provides free and full public access to the translated and annotated document giving insight into Einstein’s scientific ideas and the other details of his life.

The website einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu contains the contents of 13 volumes, containing 5,000 documents covering the first forty-four years of Einstein’s life, including the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics. This will enable the users to discover the articles on Albert Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific writings, his professional and personal correspondence, notebooks, travel diaries, personal documents. The collected Papers of Albert Einstein published by Princeton University Press is edited by The Einstein Papers Project located at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, with the assistance of The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Princeton University Press and The Einstein Papers Project have planned to continue the project adding new documents to their collection till date.

On 5 december2014, the related universities and archives announced the release of the digitised archives of Albert Einstein freely available online.

For more information see: press.princeton.edu/Einstein/digital

ScanCorner presents exclusive World Cup 2014 contest

Football fans all over the world are waiting for the launch of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  The biggest sporting event is going to start on June 12 with the match Brazil against Croatia. According to this special tournament ScanCorner proudly presents its exclusive World Cup competition.

Facebook fans of the page ScanCorner have the opportunity to predict the result of the upcoming England matches and have the chance to win a 25% discount if the guess the final score correctly. All of the participating individuals receive a 15% discount for all digitisation services.

If you want to join the contest, you should follow the following steps:

First visit Facebook site and like the page (https://www.facebook.com/scancorneruk?ref=hl)

2. Like or share the Facebook post

3. Predict the result and type it in the comment box

(Prediction must be typed before kick off and only one guest per person is allowed)

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The competition begins on June 15 with the match England against Italy.

 

ScanCorner wishes the Three Lions and every participant of our competition good luck!!!

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!

How to avoid Newton Rings when scanning films

Have you experienced ring shaped patterns when scanning images? If your answer to this question is yes, then I’m pretty sure that you are searching for ways to avoid Newton Rings. In this article, we shall explain you about Newton Rings and ways to avoid those when scanning a film.

Before we start with the steps, let us first get ourselves acquainted about Newton Rings. Newton Rings are ring-shaped patterns that may appear in images that come from scanned films. They are usually formed due to the interference that was created by the reflection of light coming from a flat surface (the scanner) onto a spherical surface (the film).

The standard method to avoid Newton Rings is to sandwich the film between the Anti-Newton Ring (AN) glass and the standard glass.  However, to make things easier, here are the steps that you can follow so that you will not get any Newton Rings on your images.

Step 1: Find the Anti-Newton Ring (AN) side of the glass and put it on the scanner with AN side facing upwards.

Step 2: Lay the piece of film on the glass with the shiny side of the film facing the AN side of the glass.

Step 3:  Carefully tape down one end of the film to the glass.

Step 4:  Place some tape on the other end and tape it down while applying tension along the length of the film. This tension will keep the film firmly against the glass in the middle although the sides might still curl away.

Step 5:  Place the glass in the holder with the film facing down.

Step 6: Scan the film.

You can now start scanning your films without the fear of getting Newton Rings in your images.

In case you feel like you cannot do this task on your own, don’t worry, ScanCorner is here to help you. We are skilled in providing professional photo and video digitization services. We not only scan but also restore the photographs to retain their old glory.  Check us out at http://www.scancorner.co.uk/.

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.

Get to Know Digital ICE

What is Digital ICE?

Digital Image Correction and Enhancement or Digital ICE is a set of technologies that is related in the production of an altered image in a variety of frequency spectra.

These technologies aim to render an image as more usable by Fourier or other techniques used in filtering. These types of technologies were most actively used in the 1960s and early 1970s in the fields of medical and strategic reconnaissance electronics.

The term “Digital ICE” was initially applied specifically to a proprietary technology that was developed by the Austin Development Center of Kodak, which was formerly known as Applied Science Fiction, which automatically removes surface defects, including dusts and scratches from scanned images.

It is a hardware-based method which automatically and effectively removes dust and scratch marks without affecting the composition of the image that was scanned. However, using this method in scanning images usually takes time and it also utilized more of your system resources. Compared to other software-only solutions, the Digital ICE technology does not soften, blur nor alter any underlying composition or details of the original image. It actually works from within the scanner, during the scanning process, thus users are given a clear and authentic base image which shows an improved look of the original one.

How does Digital ICE works?

This technology, as early mentioned, works from within the scanner which means that alterations on the original image are most likely not to happen.

The original “Digital ICE” technology used infrared cleaning, however over time it has already improved, Applied Science Fiction and Kodak has marketed other image enhancement technologies in addition to the infrared cleaning capabilities.

This ICE technology utilizes a scanner which has a pair of light sources, an infrared (IR) lamp and a normal RGB lamp. When in use, the technology does scanning twice, once with each lamp. They IR lamp will detect the dust location through its unique detection method, then afterwards the inpainting will be applied based on the data produced by the IR lamp. The general purpose of this method is to lessen the position of scratches and dust from the RGB image.

 What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this technology?

The advantage of the Digital ICE is that it helps in the production of digital images from conventional photographic negatives and slides that are free of defects. The PC and desktop publishing industries as well as most internet users benefit from this.

The disadvantage of this technology is that is only detect scratches and dust during transparent film scan, it cannot be used for in opaque document scanning processes. This is due to the fact that the long wave infrared only passes through the slide but not through the dust particles.

If you have any question or doubt, feel free to contact us: info@scancorner.com.au.