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Old March 10th, 2002, 03:19 PM   #1
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Greetings on a snowy day in Whistler,

As I mentioned in a previous thread, I'm new to this world of digital
video and an having an absolute blast. Unlike many, of you, everything I
own seems to actually be working ( touch wood ). So here's a question
for many of you who have probably already done this.
I am working on a documentary which requires me to get some archival
photos from a school in Japan where I used to work. These are photos
from the 20's and 30's so obviously their quality is not great. A former
colleague still works at the school. The simplest thing would be for him
to scan the images and email them to me. Ultimately I will work them
in Photo Shop and then bring them into Final Cut Pro 2 to include in my
What resolution should I have my former colleague scan these old photos
at? Does anyone have any little tricks that can improve the final result.
Or should I get the images sent to me on a CD? Any help would be
greatly appreciated. Glen
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Old March 10th, 2002, 06:08 PM   #2
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Get him to scan the images at 600 dpi and send them to you in PSD format(assuming you have photoshop) on a CD. Does he have a MAC? If so he can save them in Mac format TIFF. Either way, don't compress them. Old photos, even well preserved ones, fade so you will need to correct the colour a little.
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Old March 10th, 2002, 06:26 PM   #3
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Agree with Adrian, have them scanned at 600dpi and as large a size as possible; that way you can crop, re-crop and re-size to your content before knocking them down to 720x480 for DV. Not to mention with a large image you can zoom in, pan around, etc. CD (or several CD's) sounds like the perfect media for transfering to your location.

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