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Slide Scanning - Modernising a Dying Format

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 176

Slides have always been looked at with some level of invincibility when it comes to storing out media and our images. They hold a certain nostalgia that clings to us and doesn't let go.

The last episode of the first season of Mad Men puts it best when Don Draper has to come up with a way to sell the new wheel based slide projector to the people at Kodak as well as the buying public. But rather than going with what is new and amazing about the innovative projector, he looks back and views the images contained with a sense of nostalgia and a longing to go back. We still look at photographs and slides in this same way even now and even though they seem desperately antiquated.

There's no easy way to get them converted to digital versions for all the family or business to see and use, but slide scanning via a professional scanning company might just be the best way to go.

Professional companies usually have top quality slide scanning equipment which can capture and duplicate the images found within the slides themselves and reproduce them onto a computer monitor or tv screen for all to see.

Slide scanners are usually very expensive to come across as they are quite a niche product and are best suited to companies that are going to be converting tens of thousands if not millions of slides each year. This is why it's better to outsource to a company that can convert your slides for you, no matter what quantity you have, whether you only have 1 or 20,0000, it's always better to outsource to the professionals.

Files are usually converted into image formats of your choice with preference usually being with PDF, JPEG or TIFF.

Some of the best slide scanners available can scan a huge number of slides each day, hence their high value and why only professional companies tend to buy them. The files then need indexing afterwards so there is more relavance for you as you search through them.

Slide scanning companies also tend to digitise other photography media as well as slides such as physical photographs, negatives, microfiche, microfilm and aperture cards, so check around that you don't have any of those you'd like converting too; more often than not companies that do slide scanning professionally tend to offer excellent rates the higher the quantity of documents you send them is.

Nostalgia is indeed a powerful thing, as Don Draper himself says, in Greek it translates as the pain of an old wound, a longing to go back to somewhere where we've been and would like to be again. Whether digitising the files for your own family or for business reasons, the surprises contained within that you might never see otherwise might just shock you. Whether they're pictures of family, friends or work colleagues of times gone by you will feel just as connected when the files are digitised as much as if they were forever contained on those card bound negatives.

If you're interested in getting your slides converted to a digital format, make sure to take a look at our webpage for more details on slide scanning, as well as photograph scanning. No matter the quantity or quality, we will give you the best results that we possibly can with your precious slides.

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