Our Equipment and Capabilities
We are a small operation, but that allows us to offer personalized service. We also have a pretty good range of capabilities, and we continue to grow and change.
There are many steps involved to produce high-quality digital conversions for any photo or video media. We first have to clean and prep most items, load them into special carriers or devices, scan or copy them, and then edit and process those images. The post-processing is usually the most time-consuming part of the entire project. Many items require specialized software (such as convert from a negative to a positive), and of course, images have to be cropped and adjusted for color and density. Some parts of the process can be somewhat automated with dedicated software and computer equipment, but much of it still involves hands-on editing by a qualified professional technician.
PRINT SCANNING: We use an Epson high-speed scanner for prints that are in good condition, and ones that are sized from wallet to 8 1/2 x 11. Mounted, damaged, or fragile prints in those sizes are scanned on one of our Epson Professional flatbed scanners. Oversize prints, paintings, and more can be photographed with our digital copy stand set up. Depending on whether we're photographing reflective media (such as prints), or transparent media (slides or negatives), we use the appropriate color-balanced light sources (with a 95+ CRI to produce accurate color). Very large items can be photographed and digitized using one of our high-resolution Canon camera setups. (We can digitize paintings and other items up to about 8 feet long.)
SLIDE SCANNING: We use a SlideSnap Pro machine for larger slide conversion projects. This is the same equipment that many museums and commercial scanning companies have, and is capable of scanning over 1,000 slides per hour. For smaller projects or ones that need special care, we use a digital copy stand with a daylight-balanced light table. This light source has a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 96+ to produce accurate colors.
NEGATIVES: We copy most negatives with our digital copy stand set up, convert them to positives using a Lightroom plugin called Negative Lab Pro, and then edit the positives using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. We can also scan negatives using our Epson V850 Pro scanner. That system produces very good results, but is also a very slow process.
MOVIE FILM and VIDEO TAPES: We use a multitude of equipment from Sony, Wolverine, and other brands to digitize 8mm and Super 8mm films, and VHS and Mini DV tapes. We can save these to USB thumbdrives or DVDs that will play on computers and/or TVs.