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.

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

All about slides and different types of slides

Slides:

Before digital photography was the norm, prints and slides were generally two methods of processing film. Prints were developed on a sheet of photo paper, while slides were small, transparent pieces of film in a cardboard sandwich.

‘Slide’ commonly refers to a 35 mm photographic positive image comprising chromogenic dyes on a transparent base held inside a plastic or card mount intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector. Without this mount, the transparent film material would not be able to slide from one image to another inside a carousel or magazine when projected.

Kodak Carousel slide projector
Kodak Carousel slide projector

A 35 mm slide can be magnified by a factor of 100 (from 35 mm to 3,500 mm) and still maintain a crisp and detailed projected image. The size of what you see displayed on the screen is based on the distance from the projector. The further away from the screen, the larger the 35mm Slides will display.

Kodak advertisement in LIFE, 5 October 1959 p.68
Kodak advertisement in LIFE, 5 October 1959 p.68

Kodak’s commercial slogan during the 1950s was: ‘For sparkling pictures big as life … Kodak 35mm colour slides’. During the 35 years of their popularity, from 1960s to the mid-1990s, processing costs for slides to create high-quality projected images were relatively low. They were widely used to capture performances, journeys and the lives of artists and used in contexts ranging from domestic to commercial applications such as advertising, arts, fashion and industry. No other medium could compete with the ability of slides to produce large-scale projected images of comparable excellence. Video technology, for example, could only produce a fraction of the quality. Alternative technologies such as 16 mm film involved elaborate production process. The only other format that was readily available on a similar budget, without the need of professional post-production was 8 mm film, produced for the home movie market. Both 16 mm and 8 mm film are moving image media and hence produce a very different quality of image.

Many art historians still refer to slide-based artworks as slide-tape. This term dates from the 1970s when magnetic audio-tapes in cassette format were used to store a tone that cued slide changes alongside the audio track or spoken word accompanying the images.

Information About the different slides in your Slide Collection

The image advertisements many movie theaters show before the movies are usually, projected 35mm slides. Below, you will find some of the different types of slides:

135 Slide (35mm Slide)126 “Instamatic” Slide

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127 Super Slide

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110 Slide

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old “3D” or “Stereo” slides

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Medium Format, 120  slide

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Airequipt slides

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Glass Slides

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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.

DPI: Dots Per Inch

DPI or Dots Per Inch is one of the commonly used digital imaging terms that people are getting confused with. It is an old term that has been used in relation to digital image resolution and size. Since there are many different situations where resolution is being used, it is quite understandable that using a single term is making people confused.

To clear out the confusion, let us discuss what DPI is all about. DPI generally refers to the printer. When a printer creates an output, the output is made up of different coloured inks, most of the time there are four to six colours, but some printers use more colours. Since the number of colours available is limited, the printer has to mix the inks in order to come up with all the colours needed for an image. Thus each pixel of the image is created through a series of tiny dots.

In general, if the DPI is higher then the tonality of image gets better. The colours will look better and their blending will also be smoother. But, when you use a higher DPI, the printing process will be slower and you will be using more ink. If you need to save on your ink and time you will have to settle for a lower DPI.

One of the instances where your knowledge on DPI is important is when you are scanning old photos. When deciding what DPI to use you will have to consider the quality of the original photograph as well as the purpose as to which the scanned image will be used, either it will be printed or stored on a CD.

There are two basic types of photos, the sharp and blurred one.

Blurred photos are better scanned using 300 DPI, but if you are planning to print the scanned image using a larger size compared to its current size, then you will have to use 600 DPI to avoid seeing pixilation on the output.

Sharp photos, on the other hand, are better scanned and saved using 600 DPI. Once the scanned photo is printed, its quality will also be better no matter what size you prefer to have it printed.

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