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Re: filmscanners: Scanning negatives for archiving
Khalid Javed wrote:
> I have recently bought a Nikon LS2000 for the purpose of scanning my old
> negatives and archiving them on CD's. Could anyone guide me on the
> following issues:
> 1- What resolution should I use for scanning?
The highest optical, in your case 2700 dpi. For archiving, you want the
best you can get.
> 2- What file Format should I use to save?
TIFF or any other you think you will be able to read years from now,
which is lossless. That precludes JPEG.
> 3- Any ideas on how to create a database like index to help search
> the archived negatives.
> 4- Is CD-R a good medium to archive on?
Well, know that all media deteriorate in some manner, over time, and all
are superseded by others over time. The big advantages of CD-R are: It
is pretty much universal now, and will probably therefore take longer to
fall into obscurity, it is a non-magnetic medium, so if kept cool, dry,
out of the light (CD-R use dyes which are light sensitive) aren't played
very often (and you buy quality CD-R blanks known for longevity) and you
double archive using two different brands, it should remain relatively
readable for years to come. Further, its very cheap, stores quite a lot,
takes up little space, and the burners are cheap now.
Regarding a burner... I strongly recommend you buy a IDE interfaced name
brand (like Plextor) which has burnproofing, and/or a SCSI interfaced
one, to allow for multi-tasking during writing.
> Possibly this info is already available somewhere, in which case I would
> appreciate if you can point me to this information. Any Tips will be
> Khalid Javed