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.

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.