Re: [OM] Epson V700 slide scanning

Subject: Re: [OM] Epson V700 slide scanning
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 12:29:55 -0700
On 4/9/2018 11:27 AM, Michael R. Collins wrote:
I've been hunting high and low for guidance on scanning slides with my (not used for a long time) Epson V700, and I don't get any clear picture from what I've read to date (Vuescan manual, Epson Scan manual, and Web postings). What I'd *like* to do is put 12 slides in the holder, launch Vuescan, select a few appropriate settings, click Preview then (after any tweaking and re-Preview-ing) click Scan, and see 12 decent TIFFs appear in the scans folder.

My work flow is slightly different. Unless the slides are very consistent, you will want to treat at least a couple differently than the rest. Many people assume that means scanning physically again. Not so!

Physically scan the batch to "RAW". This will output a set of unprocessed (and thus very dark looking, no gamma applied) TIFFs. This is the slow part, where you let it do it's thing while you do something else.

Then set VS to input from file and point it to the Raw files. Set exposure, color, contrast, etc. on one first. It will then default to those settings for all. Batch "scan" all to regular TIFFs. This is fast. If you want different settings for any of the Raw files, just rescan from the Raws, which is close to instantaneous. Once all are scanned to your satisfaction, you may erase the Raw files, although I usually wait until I've finished any editing of the images.

My Vuescan manual (copyright 2017) doesn't fully match my software (9.6.07), so that's the start of my confusion, but I don't think Hamrick provides any direct support for slide holders. I'm thinking that I have to measure the dimensions/offsets of the slide positions in the holder and somehow configure Batch mode to respect these. Or... just lay the slides side-by-side in an array and make similar measurements. If so, seems awfully hokey.

As Piers says, Vuescan supports slide holders for batch scanning. It also supports batch scanning of "sticks" of film. That is less precise, as not all cameras are just the same in spacing frames, not all processors the same is cutting, and I've found futzing necessary.

Any similar experience, or advice to offer?

I guess so. :-)

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