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Old December 11th, 2004, 10:27 AM   #1
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**Getting paper pics into the computer? Best way?**

Is there a way to get pictures into my computer other than scaning them one at a time. There must be. I Don't have big money but if there is an economical method it would save so much time.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 11:14 AM   #2
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scan them 2 at a time, or 3 or 4

What kind of "paper pics"? What are they used for? When I have a simple pic or photo I need in the computer and I am just using it as a reference (like in a 3D program), I'll take a picture of it with my digital camera and load it in that way. The resolution is much worse though.
For stuff I am going to actually use I scan it.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 11:52 AM   #3
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Hire somebody else to scan them one at a time.

In all seriousness, when scanning photo prints or negatives, each picture deserves individual attention. There's no easy way to do it.

For bulk processing on pictures for which careful scanning is not a priority, you may want to farm the job out to a document and duplication company, of the sort that you'll find in any metropolitan area whose chief clientel is law and ad firms. Be sure to leave explicit instructions on your preferred resolution, image format, etc.

Oh, and stop using film for all jobs except those for which film's dynamic range is essential.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 12:43 PM   #4
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the old wedding videographer trick is to mount your video camera on a copy stand, with the t.v. hooked up to it... you can then swap pics out quickly, and set the framing by moving the pics and using the camera zoom.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 02:23 PM   #5
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I just want to be able to use the pics with a ken burns effect. so if i am making a biography and want to put 30-50 pics in at various times i dont spend a day scanning. what res do i really need( high res slows scanning) I like the idea about having others do it for me . How much does it run on average. what is the best pic format. my end result will be dvd or vhs.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 09:33 PM   #6
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Wouldn't Kinko's or some place like that do this sort of thing? I don't see how your going to get them digitized without handling each one individually. The only question seems to be how much your time is worth and what Kinko's charges.

Good luck.

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Old December 12th, 2004, 09:29 AM   #7
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Hi Cris the ansers to your res questions are not really easy to put on a message board, as such as there are many factors, but the simple answer for you in both, "scan res to output res" type answers made easy and a software tool that really makes "batch scanning" without the Hardware a less hard job, is here...

http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html

Really it works for me, and the include help and exturnal tutorials will answer everything except what colour to choose for your bathroom!!

No hype worth a try, and it did work well for me

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Old December 12th, 2004, 11:22 AM   #8
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It seems evident from the VueScan web site that a lot of thought, love, and sweat went into this program. But even if it works as well as it is advertised, how does it surmount the physical limitation of having to manually insert and remove media to be scanned into and out of the scanner?
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Old December 12th, 2004, 08:44 PM   #9
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Hi
Well it actually can't swop the paper it's self (bloody shame) but it does effectively do pre-colour adjustment, and post colour correction (to a reasonable level) and the custion batch crop allows (with a little settup practice) multi-image scanning to multi-file saving on disk at the push of a button. (on screen button or physical button on scanner depending on your set-up) i.e. lay out 6 images on the flat bed and get 6 named & numbered corrected files on your harddrive, rather than 1 file you have to normally then post crop to 6 files.
Like I say, it worked/works for me, but it's not a hard ware sheetfeeder. It's actually my favorate scanning tool partly due to the care and attention paid by the developer to small details as well as big issues making it work as well as he says, and better if time is given to experiment and set-up
But, I think you maybe don't have that time, you need a good functioning tool now, which it is. Though the physical layout of paper... Well, got any kids!!! or younger Brother or Sister needing pocket money! Sorry I jest, as I don't have an answer for that as I have always had to shuffle slides and prints myself into and outof scanners to the point of total maddness as it's the most boring, mundane job I've had to do except "mid-term" project reports!
Good Luck any way, I hope it helps or the Info they have helps you make the choices you need to.
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