Equipment needed to put 35mm slides onto DVD
Posted 12 February 2003 - 09:13 PM
Posted 13 February 2003 - 08:27 AM
You need to scan your slides. The ideal solution is to get a film scanner like the Nikon LS4000(the best 35mm scanner), which can batch scan 35mm film with a special attachment, or one at a time without. It's a great scanner. Your cheaper solution is to get a flatbed scanner with a film attachment (transparency adapter) to scan your slides.
Second, You need a computer. You can use a program like iMovie or iDvd to create a slide show with text information on it(and music). I'm not sure which one can make a slideshow, but I know one can. Then you need to be able to burn the DVD.
This is possible with any Mac running OSX(Jaguar) equipped with a superdrive.
The entire project will be very simple and lots of fun on a Mac. I have the Nikon 8000ED scanner which is the medium format version of the Nikon 4000 and I love it.
I am still waiting for my new G4 with a superdrive to arrive, so I can create some great DVD's too!
Posted 13 February 2003 - 03:38 PM
Posted 13 February 2003 - 11:06 PM
I recently archived a project for a client...used a eMac with a Superdrive...scanned at 600dpi...you can see them at:
Since they were originally shot with a camera and then scanned...the quality is good on the large quilt images. The samples to the right look much better since they were taken at a closer distance. And of course we had to remove a ton of quality to get them on a web page...but I think you get the idea. Not bad.
With a dedicated slide scanner (you can rent them), the quality will be very good...and you don't necessarily need a top of the line machine. You can only go as fast as the scanner can scan...and if that is a high resolution...be prepared to wait.
Posted 14 February 2003 - 08:36 AM
But, you can also get a flatbed scanner that will scan the 35mm negatives.
To clarify, for flatbed scanners the attachment is usually called a "tranparency adapter". That isn't meant to imply that it cannot hold color or B&W negs, it's just a generic name.
Any good film scanner will scan all film types color,B&W,negative,positive.
Also, do not buy a scanner that does not explicitly state that it has OS10.2 support and software.
Posted 14 February 2003 - 09:06 AM
Scanning: you'll get the best results from a dedicated slide scanner. Flatbeds do have adaters to scan slides however it won't yield the best results, they will be web quality. After much research I settled on the Nikon LS4000 with the SF200 slide handler which can feed batches up to 50 slides for unattended scanning.
The Nikon has up 16 pass scanning 4000 dpi resolution and up 48 bit color depth. Combined with the software Digital ICE post processing the output is outstanding, It has recovered slides that are faded, dusty and scratched.
Consider at least Photoshop Eements or GIMP for batch processing like generating thumbnails and jpeg of the pics for distribution. I put the pics as about 1MB jpegs on CD for the family if they want to make a good print of a pic I send then the high res tiff.
With all the scan parameters at maximum the scanned image in .tiff format weigh in at 130 MB. At 16 passes, with all the post processing enabled the scan and processing time is 20 minutes per slide on my QS2002 800 Mhz with 1.5GB RAM.
Decide how the high quality of output you want. If 1200 dpi images are good enough, then a flatbed with adapter will work, any higher than that and you'll need to look at a dedicated slide scanner. Speed and Memory, the more the better always, I'll put 50 slides in when I go bed and by the time I get home from work the next day it will be done.
Posted 14 February 2003 - 01:35 PM
Posted 14 February 2003 - 06:29 PM
I thought about getting a 35mm scanner and there are several avaialbe in the same price range, but I needed a new flatbed anyway and wanted to be able to scan larger film formats and the dedicated large format scanners are very expensive so the Epson won out.
Posted 15 February 2003 - 09:53 AM
A film scanner like one of the Nikon's or any high quaity film scanner (nikon are known to be the sharpest) is going to be noticably sharper than a flatbed scan when enlarged.
If you settle for having a neighborhood photolab scan your images, you are likely to be dissapointed when you enlarge them, or pay the equivalent of a decent scanner.
Posted 16 February 2003 - 07:10 PM
Posted 16 February 2003 - 07:35 PM
Identification of the slides is essential.
The Nikon LS4000 35mm scanner (as mentioned above) had a bulk slide loader available. When you batch scan, you are given the option of how to automatically save the files to disk. You can choose the format, such as jpeg or tiff, and you can name the files and choose how you want them numbered. So, you could scan 50 slides and call them, "Hawaii,1982" and the scanner would automatically save each one with this name, followed by 001 to 050.