Do you know how to transfer super 8 film to digital? Many families still have Super 8 films from the 1960s, '70s or '80s of family events that need to be transferred to DVD for preservation. But unless you invest in some hi-tech scanners, it's best to let professionals take care of those transfers for you. Regardless, you should learn about some of the common scanning methods available on the market so you're aware of which ones give you the best quality.
Photos have been around for over a hundred-years and people have always worried that they might get damaged in a way or another. It is easy to ruin a memory forever, bugs, water, fire.... But thanks to the brand new technologies, we can now transfer our photos to durable surfaces that are not prone to scratching, browning, tearing or folding. One of them is aluminum, which can be used to create metal prints.
There are three main things that we need to know when it comes to these kinds of unusual prints:
There is a dying process that involves dye sub. A specific dye is heated to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit and it's impregnated into a ribbon. Then the image is printed in reverse to a transfer surface. The dye firstly gets transferred to the intermediary sheet, then to the object, after the object gets a special coating.
Without the special coating, aluminum panels can't receive the dye because the coating captures it when it's heated due to the polymer. In this way the images are transferred into the surface of a solid sheet of metal.
A metal print is quite expensive. The average prices for these prints are the following: $18.99 for a 5x7 metal print, $23.99 8x8 metal print, $29.99 8x10 metal print and $37.99 for a 10x10 metal print.
The UV-resistant coating is durable and won't easily get scratched. This doesn't only protect the surface from unwanted scratches, but also from other elements such as water or high humidity. Metal prints should be cleaned with microfiber towels. If you feel that the surface is quite dusty or you just want to clean it well, use Cleaner Wax from Meguiar's or isopropyl alcohol. It's not recommended to keep them in direct sunlight.
There are four types of metal prints: high gloss, sheer gloss, sheer matte and satin. When the dyes are transferred into the aluminum surface, they get luminescent qualities. If you want to see emphasized colors, it's recommended to go for high gloss or sheer gloss. The other ones don't have any highlights, but they render the metallic texture better.
So it's basically up to you if you want to see the intensity of reflective and glass-like colors or if you want to stress the texture and details specific to metal surfaces. The polymer can be clear or white. The clear one is for sheet gloss and sheer mate, while the white one is specific for satin and high gloss.
Metal prints are not only way more durable than any type of paper, but they look more interesting too. Whether they look nicer just because we're so used to see paper prints, they are definitely catching attention really fast. They are indeed more expensive than regular paper. But, in the end, a higher quality product is always pricier than a standard one so the price is pretty justified.
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You could encapsulate a MiniDV tapes description and history by signifying it as the bridge between videocassettes and the digital world of DVD. But you also have some interesting history in-between the generalities that you should know about, particularly in how MiniDV never went away.
What MiniDV Was and Is
When first created in the mid 1990s, MiniDV was the more compact answer to the 8mm videotape that was dominating the market at the time. The body of the tape was half that of a standard VHS videotape and even smaller than the reduced volume of 8mm tapes. It also had a tape width of about 1/4 inches.
In case you wondered what the "DV" stands for, it simply meant digital video. It was the first video format to provide digital quality images and could go up to 525 lines of resolution. Thanks to higher bandwidth, color resolution was also better. It's no wonder that it took off and became a standard as the VHS and 8mm video slowly died out throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
What made MiniDV even better was in the durability of the tape. Thanks to multiple layers, MiniDV tapes made back in the 1990s are probably still in good shape today. Two magnetic layers, a carbon layer and another layer of black coating provided the most durable videotape ever designed.
What Was the Fate of MiniDV?
Because of the high quality and portability of these mini tapes, they've never gone away completely. While recording tapeless has mostly taken over the camcorder market now, some professionals in the media still use the MiniDV format. A larger format was even created later that allowed up to four and a half hours of recording time. Nowadays, DV video can be transferred to flash memory cards or discs and turned into computer files.
As far as MiniDV tapes, they can still be bought in various time lengths from the same dealers who produced them years ago. Familiar names like TDK, Maxell, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, RCA and JVC all still make the tapes. While it may not be in full mainstream use for the media, it's still a cheaper alternative for journalists or filmmakers working on budgets.
Perhaps you have some old MiniDV tapes in storage somewhere that contain home movies you want to preserve. We can do that for you here at Click-Scan-Share. With our attention to detail, we'll place the tape contents on a gold DVD for long-term preservation. Even if the original tapes still play well, you can't expect them to stay in good condition forever.
Contact us for all your media transfer or photographic projects. We're your one-stop photo shop online or in our brick and mortar stores.
Traditional paper prints have been a revolution themselves. But that was a long while ago. We all know how easily they get destroyed resulting in a unique memory being lost forever. Then digital photos appeared. But digital photos usually get lost and forgotten on your computer.
Now you have the best option for your photos: High Definition Metal Prints. Their quality is so amazing that you have to see it to believe it. Basically, the photo is infused onto a metal surface. The result is an image with stunning details, rich vivid colors and a fascinating luminescence that can't be matched by any other print.
Metal prints have the following astonishing advantages:
Your memories will be brought back to life due to standards of quality never met before.
Colors and Details
The metal print has unbelievable depth, detail and bright colors.
There are four different finishes – silver satin, glossy silver, glossy white or white satin. The names might slightly vary a bit. Basically, the gloss finishes are very shiny and reflect light really well, while the satin ones are matte.
Metal prints are extremely durable to any type of damage. The image is waterproof, scratch resistant and weatherproof. You can quickly clean it with a cloth and a glass cleaner. These prints really crush the competition when it comes to durability. There is no other surface that is so durable and reliable.
Metal prints are usually ready-to-hang in floating mounts. There are other mounting options that you can choose such as sophisticated acrylic pedestals or fold-out easels.
It takes just a few days for your metal print to be processed and there is a variety of shipping options. You'll be simply thrilled when you'll see your breathtaking metal photographic print
Hi8 & Digital 8 tapes were introduced in the era just prior to complete digital formats taking over the film and video industry. During the time frame of Hi8 and Digital 8, consumers saw a preview of what was possible by improving picture and sound quality for the home video recording market. It was also part of the evolution of the 8mm video format that helped create more efficiency by providing a smaller size to the videotape. Despite these qualities and conveniences, converting Hi-8 videos to DVD is the smartest move in order to preserve any captured memories for the future.
Video8 and its variations were the last developments in the evolution of videotapes right up to when the digital era began. But where does that little 8 come from in the first place? It was an extension that gave a nod to 8mm that goes back to the earliest days when families captured special moments on film. Converting your old Video 8 tapes to DVD is possible in order to preserve the memories you may still have captured on them.
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Here is the step by step procedure to give your photos the painterly look that you see on this sample. I use Photoshop CS5 so these instructions may need to be adjusted a bit according to your system.
This artsy touch doesn't seem to be something for every image but works really well with scenery and some nature shots. It certainly can make some nice images even more stunning. Enjoy.
Just a decade ago, there were four main technologies for printing HQ images digitally: inkjet, dye sublimation, electrophotography and chromogenic. These techniques are still available but they underwent great improvements. Now we can enjoy incredible quality that we never thought will be available anytime soon.
Here are the basic technologies for photo printing:
The first photo print using inkjet was made in 1989. Until 2005, there were about 5,000 print service providers in the United States and other countries. Epson was the first company to launch an inkjet printer for home purposes.
Canon and HP joined as well and in a few years the dye-based inks were switched to pigment ones. Inkjet still represents the easiest and most preferred way of printing photos as people can quickly get nice photos in the comfort of their own home.
It is the technique used for the most popular alternative print: metal prints. The process consists in a thermal transfer that is performed through dye sub. The image is printed onto a transfer sheet.
Then it's transferred to an aluminum surface with a special coating using heat and pressure. The special heat-sensitive inks provide a highly durable metal photographic print. It is easy to clean and it resists to basically any type of damage.
It refers mostly to toners that are being used to print instant photo books, magazines, calendars or cards. The machines that perform this technology are limited at 12x19 inches.
Chromogenic print (also called "dye coupler prints" or "Digital C-print")
This technology is a bit similar to the old-fashioned photo processing. It refers to the process where a digital frontend is exposed or scanned to paper then it goes into a silver halide backend. There are two options: Digital Minilab and Wide-Format. The original manufacturers of the devices were Kodak, Fuji and Agfa.
Photographers are usually divided into two categories: the ones who regard the output from the chromogenic machines as being the real deal and the ones who think that inkjet is better as it provides an improved permanence and a wider paper selection.
Prints are physical objects that you can display, show off, store, move and enjoy. Though photos exist in the virtual world, they usually get lost between hundreds of folders and they lose their importance. Regardless of the type of print you choose, it's much better than to just store images on your hard drive.
As a matter of fact, all the new techniques such as metal prints are providing incredible opportunities to have durable and crystal-clear images. They can literally last hundreds of years so why shouldn't you dust off those old photos, scan them and convert them into works of art for your grandchildren to see as well? Unlike images on your computer, you can move them to your favorite place of the office or home to make you smile throughout the day.
We are now witnessing a new age in photography: digital photography. It's indeed astonishing how photography evolved in just a few decades. This makes us proud to see how much humanity has evolved recently. Just a few years ago, we developed the photos we made onto various types of films to frame it or to serve other purposes. But these photos not only had a pretty low quality, but they were very prone to damage.
And back then, it was nearly impossible to do anything about it. Photo paper would fade away and get yellowish, while the film would easily decay as well. If you're older than a teenager, you probably remember those times very well. If you still have photo albums, it's probably a bit challenging to see them so damaged as you actually realize how time passes by and destroys everything in its path.
Now we have the amazing digital photography, so we can preserve the images so much more. Not to mention that the quality of digital cameras exceeds all the expectations. Digital images are so advanced and crystal-clear compared to traditional ones. Now many people have the chance to turn to a revolutionary method: giclee.
The photos can be transferred onto computers from digital cameras and then they can be printed onto canvas. The result is the highest quality photo that you could get. You can use photo editing software such as Photoshop or Corel to improve your images in all the ways you need. There is no standard size for a canvas photo. It can have any size you want. But it doesn't lose the quality. It renders a photo with a top notch quality. This method actually meets all the needs concerning photo printing.
Canvas photos are incredibly detailed and are very long-lasting. If you take care of them and you ensure the proper conditions, they can last up to a century without fading away or getting yellowish. As long as you'll keep them away from humidity, dust and direct light, they won't decay.
Frequently used effects of canvas photos
The most commonly used effect is black and white. Photographers like it because it offers a dramatic effect. It can be easily applied using a photo editing software. You don't even have to master Photoshop or other software to add this effect.
Click Scan Share provides endless opportunities. Photo editing is not even such a difficult task. Photographers can basically create and transform any type of image. It's a fact that photography has been revolutionized. There have never been so many possibilities to make a nice memory last forever. You can print the old photographs and frame them in the bedroom, transfer landscape images onto a big canvas to lift your spirit every day or print any photo that makes you happy.
Article by Dotty Weber
Death Valley, Yosemite & Mono Lake in One Vacation is possible! The images in this blog was from a trip we made in April several years ago. Please see the link at the bottom of this blog as to why I suggest you go in February.
Seeing these three beautiful places in California in our 2-week vacation was our goal. But what time of the year seemed to be most favorable to us? We settled on the first 2 weeks in April. Here are some of the things we considered during our planning:
If we went later than April, Death Valley will be very hot. So we made this our 1st destination and even with that the temperature peaked at 97° in Badwater. So going in February the weather would be awesome. But another thing to consider for going in early April is that the spring flowers can be spectacular with some luck and the right weather conditions being on your side. So many decisions to be made!
To include Mono Lake into this trip we drove up Hwy 395 from Death Valley to Lee Vining which is the nearest town to Mono Lake. We had one snowstorm overnight but by mid-morning it had melted. Again in February you'll probably see more snow. By the way, the tufas at Mono Lake are way cool covered in snow. One more down side to February is missing a visit to the great ghost town of Bodie as the road will not be passable yet.
The road over Tioga Pass into Yosemite Valley from Lee Vining is only 77 miles does not open until mid May. This causes a detour to a pass that is open, meaning about a 6 hour drive. This was our route:
If we went earlier than April, Yosemite would still be quite frozen. Even in mid April we had two overnight lows of 15° and 19° and one snowstorm overnight which melted by early morning. This time of the year also means we escaped the summertime crowds and saw the waterfalls flowing throughout the valley. So Yosemite in February means you need to be ready for possibly a lot of snow and very cold temperatures.
But here is my MAIN reason to suggest a visit in February. You see there is this crazy, beautiful photographic event at Horsetail Falls that happens only around mid to late February. Conditions have to be just right, enough snow melt for water to be coming over the cliff, and enough of a break in the clouds at just the right time around sunset for the light to hit the falls to see what looks like lava flowing where Horsetail Falls should be. I've never seen it but it's on my bucket list of things to photograph. And as I've not seen it myself I have no images I can share. But here is a link from Yosemite Park to visit and see why it's a must see! http://www.yosemitepark.com/horsetail-fall.aspx
We had a fabulous trip in April but I would bet you would have a 'WOW' trip if you go in February. I know the next time we go I'll be aiming for a February trek!
When you're looking to get digital movie files or ripped DVDs, it's very easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of file formats. MPEG, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV? You might find yourself asking, What do these mean? How do I know which one is best for what I need? Luckily, Click Scan Share has compiled a MPEG vs MOV comparison of pros and cons that will help you decide which one of these two common file formats is the one you're looking for.
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