Sorry to ask such a basic question, but I'm hoping someone can assist. I just received a Coolscan 5000 and I'm not a whiz with computers. I have read the instruction manual, but it leaves a lot to be desired.
What are the steps recommended when scanning in film negatives? It seems to be taking quite a bit longer than it should. What confuses me is that you must press the "scan" button in order to scan the negatives and display on the preview screen. Do you have to press "scan" again in order to save the photos? That's what I do now and it seems there must be a better way. I will appreciate any help...
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#1. "RE: Coolscan 5000 basic use" | In response to Reply # 0Yachtsman Registered since 10th Jun 2006Tue 02-Sep-08 08:21 PM | edited Tue 02-Sep-08 08:23 PM by Yachtsman
If you have many of the additional extras* ticked, then it can take a while.
*ICE, shadow or highlight adjustments etc.
I use the V ED, and provided I wait until the flashing light on the scanner stops flashing before I feed the negative strip into the scanner, it will self preview automatically. From there I have to select the thumbnail I want, make whatever adjustments and selections I want in "Tools" before finally pressing "Scan".
If I've tried to rush the scanner and fed the filmstrip in before the flashing light has stopped flashing, then the strip will still go in, but the scanner will not automatically do the "preview". If thats the case, then I have to ask it to do so.
The software is not very good at telling the user "where it's got to". So be patient, don't touch anything until the "marching ants" start moving again (they stop when the scanner is working).
#2. "RE: Coolscan 5000 basic use" | In response to Reply # 0gagadguy Registered since 17th Oct 2006Fri 26-Sep-08 01:28 PM
The quick basic steps are:
Make sure the correct film type is selected.
If you are scanning a strip, you need to open the 'drawer' to the right of the film type and select the frames to scan.
To select multiple frames, select the 1st one, and then with the ctrl button down select additional frames. The numbers will turn blue.
Select the preview button.
The scanner will take some time and generate a preview for each frame.
Once the preview process has stopped, select each frame in turn, and rotate as needed, crop as needed, and do any adjustments that you want.
Again, select all the frames you want to save and then press scan.
You will be prompted on where they should be saved.
Be careful, by default if you just scan 1 frame, it will not automatically store it. You can set that in preferences, or do a save once a single scan is complete.
The process does take some time, but if you do a few at a time, it could be a 'background process' while the scanner is off doing its thing.