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Digitize Those Memory-Filled Cassettes before They Disintegrate
A discount is given based on the charges for Content Organization (if needed) and Scanning and/or Conversions.
Minimum Order Value. Unless the sum of the Content Organization and Scanning and/or Conversions costs exceed the Minimum Order Value , that value will be charged. The Minimum Order Value is found on the Pricing page. The customer will be given credit for one additional order of the difference between the sum of the Content Organization and Scanning and/or Conversion and the Minimum Order value. The customer should come back with the original USB memory stick so that we can add scans from the second order.
Some examples of charges for orders that are well organized returned on standard storage media are (please see Pricing for exact pricing) :
Cost Estimate for Typical Orders
- Photo prints: Individual photo prints any size.
- Album pages: When possible, we try to scan entire album pages and then use programs to separate the individual pictures
- Slides: We have an excellent automated scanner for 35mm slides. In addition, we can scan most other formats using one of our manual scanners.
- Negatives: We can scan strips of 35mm negative film as well as Medium and Large format negatives.
- Video Cassette Tapes: We can convert VHS, VHSC, 8mm, Hi8, Digital8 and miniDV cassettes to DVDs and/or MP4 files.
- Audio Cassette Tapes: We can convert Audio Cassette Tapes to CDs and/or MP3 files.
- Vinyl LP Records: We can convert Vinyl LP Records to CDs and/or MP3 files.
- Movie Film: We can convert 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm film to DVDs and/or MP4 files.
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In addition to Lexington Photo Scanning, we do a lot of web development with Weebly. The website you are currently using is created using Weebly.
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Who could dislike a piece of software aimed at the Jimmy Buffet generation? When the program finishes transcoding a DVD, it issues the following alert:
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Several years ago (2016) Google decided to discontinue support for Picasa. They did this in favor of Google Photos which is a more user friendly system than Picasa. But, for those of us who had become very good at using Picasa, this was bad news. Understanding what was about to happened, we saved copies of the last revision of Picasa for both Macs and PCs.
You can find more information about Picasa at:
We use Paintshop Pro in two primary ways. First, when we need to combine different photos together to form one photo, Paintshop Pro is our go-to program. For example, if a photo is larger than any of our scanners, we can still scan it by taking multiple passes with a scanner over different areas of the photo, and then stitching the parts together into one photo.
The second area where we use Paintshop is not in the production of scans, but rather in producing all of the little graphic elements needed to build a website.
If someone asked us which program should they learn to process photos, we would not say Paintshop Pro, but rather Photoshop, which has surpassed most other photo processing programs. But for us, the cost of learning all of the things we already know how to do in Paintshop Pro in Photoshop is a bit daunting.
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Photoshop indeed is the gold standard for processing digital photos, although it has so much in it that many people find it too complex. We use Photoshop for one tool that they implement better than any other program: automatically separating multiple photos from a single scan of an album page. For most other processing tasks we use either Lightroom, Picasa or Paintshop Pro -- largely because we have learned those programs inside-out. We have never taken the time to learn all of the details of Photoshop.
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Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom remains the gold standard in pro photo workflow software. It's a complete package, with top-notch organization tools, lens-profile-based corrections, local adjustments, and plug-in support.
- The difference between the quality of used vinyl recordings and modern digital recordings is significant due both to modern production techniques used in digital recording as well as because of the scratches, dirt and wear of vintage (nice way of saying "old") records.
- Our ears, even our aged ears, are very sensitive to such differences and imperfections. We also have an audio-emotional relationship with original recordings we grew up with and remember fondly.
- Although a lot of imperfections can be reduced using digital signal processing on the audio signal, such filters also impact the portions of the recording that do not have such imperfections. This can lead to digital recordings that have a different feel than the original vinyl recording, proving once more that You Can't Go Home Again.
So, what can be done to get the best conversion from a Vinyl LP Record to a digital CD or MP recording? Several things that we do in our conversion of your records:
- First, we gently clean your LP Record with cleaning system that includes a Vinyl Record Microfiber Cleaning Pad, a Mini Dust Brush, along with D4+™ Fluid which is safe to use on Vinyl records that removes dust and dirt from the record surface without scratching.
- Next, the signal sent from our turntable via a digital USB cable to the computer insures that no additional noise is introduced to the original signal by things such as ground levels differences between the turntable and the computer. This eliminates the introduction of hum in the conversion process.
- Once in the computer, we trim the recording so that you get just the sound from your recording, not the introduction and ending introduced by the turntable.
- We use programs ( Audacity ) to process the MP3 recording that can spot unusual high frequency sounds introduced by scratches and dust, and remove just those sounds. To insure that we are just removing the sounds that weren't in the original recording, we listen to the records to make sure that the identified sound is actually an imperfection, not part of the music.
- Once we are satisfied with the results, we write the digitized recording to a DVD and/or a MP3 file, depending on your wishes.
For more information about this conversion device, please see:
Our service offering covers three original film formats (8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm), with two output formats (DVD and MP4):
- 8mm/S8mm and 16mm to MP4
- MP4 to DVD
As with Video Tape conversions, we are happy to do further editing on your Movie Film conversions to create more polished digital movies at our standard manual labor rate.
We are able to convert the following formats of video and audio:
We offer three different services for scanning negatives and positive transparencies:
- Strip of 35mm negatives. Normally negatives returned by a photo processor come in strips of 4 or 5 negatives. It is most efficient for us to scan all of the images in a negative strip rather than identify one or two of the images of a strip for scanning. It is also difficult for customers to pick out which negative they wish to scan because it is difficult to visualize what the positive version of the negative looks like. As a result, we offer a reduced price per image if all images on the strip are scanned at once.
- Single 35mm image from a strip of negatives. Strips of negatives typically come in a plastic sleeve that is folded accordion-like. To identify the negatives you wish to scan, keep the negatives in their plastic sleeve and mark the plastic sleeve to identify the desired negatives. Because identifying the individual negatives takes more manual labor than scanning an entire strip of negatives, the per image price is higher than if all of the images on a strip are scanned.
- Medium and Large Format negatives. There is a wide variety of negative sizes that are all larger than the 35mm format. They are typically individual images. If originally taken with care, pictures that are scanned from Medium and Large Format negatives combined with the high 6400 dpi optical resolution of the Epson V800 scanner result in stunning images.
To read an article about the practical view of scanning resolutions, please see: Resolving Resolution.
Photo Album Pages
Negatives or Positive Transparencies
Medium format and large format negatives and positive transparencies usually come as individual items. Just count the number of these items.
Video Cassette or Audio Cassette Tapes
8mm, Super8mm or 16mm Movie Film
Prior to scanning slides, Carousel trays must be loaded with 35mm slides in a precise orientation.
Arranging Slides in Trays
For economy slide scanning, one of the tasks that the customer takes responsibility for is arranging slides in the proper order and orientation in Carousel trays. If you don't already have your slides in Carousel trays, we have a lot of empty Carousel trays that we can loan you to put your slides into.
Note: If you are bringing Carousel trays that have been used with a Carousel projector to project slides on a screen, the slides will be in the trays upside down and backwards. You will need to do two things to get them in the proper orientation:
- You will need to rotate every slide 180º so that as you look at the slide when it is fed into the projector, letters on signs would be readable, not reversed.
- In addition, when scanned, every slide must be in landscape orientation because the camera which is used can only shoot in one orientation, landscape. So, every slide that is in portrait mode must be rotated 90º. It is helpful to rotate the entire tray of slides 90º in the same direction.
Here is another way to describe the second step above:
Slides should be placed in order so that if you look from the top down on the carousel in the above illustration, the slides at 7 o'clock come before the ones at 8 o'clock in the sequence of slides. Slides should all be placed in the landscape orientation and have their tops or left sides be headed upwards. Also make sure that the slide is correctly viewed from the front as shown (not reversed so that the letters PQR are reversed). Once you figure out the right up/down, left/right, front/back for a particular brand of 35mm slide processing, it should be the same for all slides produced by that particular photo finishing processor.