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Re: filmscanners: Large collection - full frame projection viaDLP & PowerPoint

on 5/28/01 5:57 AM PST, Marvin Demuth wrote:

> My current project is to take a large collection of multi-format negatives
> and transparencies (35mm to 4x5), b&w color prints (billfold to 8x10) to
> scan them into JPEG for insertion into PowerPoint 2000 slides for full
> frame projection via DLP (Digital Light Processing) at 600x800 pixels.
First thing, don't scan into JPEG.  You'll be working in PSD or TIFF to do
your color correction, adjustments, cropping, sharpening, etc., only then
save as a jpeg.
> I have started with the flat art and have found the process slower than I
> would like for it to be.

What kind of scanner are you using?  A scan on a flatbed for that size
output shouldn't take much time.  Probably less than the time it would take
to set up the artwork on a copy stand, and fiddle with lighting, focus,
exposure, etc. (as others have suggested with a digital camera - but your
question was how to simulate an SLR using a scanner, is that correct?)
> I love the concept of looking through a 35mm single lens reflex finder,
> composing the photo, exposing the photo and then quickly moving to the next
> subject.  Is there any scanning process that accommodates this approach?
Hmmm, if I understand your question, not really, other than the suggested
digital camera approach.  But then, without a filmscanner (or a hybrid
flatbed with adapter like the UMAX P-look III that I have) how are you going
to capture the negs and trannies?
> Any one have ideas as to ways to approach this project?  Has any one
> handled a large project of this type?  If so, how did you approach the
> project?
I have art directed a similar project.  A 800 x 600 pixel image in a
PowerPoint presentation is very forgiving at the viewing distances your
audience will see them from.  The images will look much better on your
computer screen than they ever will on the big screen (but is fun to see
them so big!)  If you look at a video projection screen up close, each pixel
is something like 1/4 inch wide (think about 800 pixels spread out over a 12
or 15 foot wide screen and you get the idea...)

David Corwin


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