Using OVT Scanner
BTW the original program that came with the OVT Scanner did not work with Vista--it did work on my old Windows XP but took forver (up to five minutes per slide). After four phone calls and trying all the suggestions, the company agreed to take it back with a refund. Then I "accidentally" opened Picasa2 (came loaded on my new computer) and low-and-behold it works. I'm at 1200 of maybe 9000 to digitize--100 at a time.
Any words of wisdom from anybody?
I am wondering whether your solution - using Picasa will make a difference with the problem we're having.
Thanks for ideas with Picasa. I have Vista, purchased my OVT from Brookstone, and had the same results - no worky. Now with Picasa I can acquire. However, the contrast is poor; typically, scans are over exposed, and I loose both the bright and dark areas. Anyone have any ideas on how to get the full exposure range of the slide into a scan?
thanks. that is encouraging. i think i'll keep the OVT and play with it longer.
i also talked to my photographer friend who does this for a living (she's a professional). she has lots of professional quality slides and scanned versions of those slides. she said i'll never get stuff like she does out of the OVT. If i'm serious about it, i need to go look at a Nikon Coolscan... I'm probably not going to spend several thousand dollars on a scanner, but she said that's what it will take to get good images from my slides. i have some pretty good slides of my own, mostly outdoors. i've always been into textures, shadows in the trees and clouds contrast, and the OVT just doesn't get that off the slide (yet).
You might also try to "spruce up" the digitized slides in "Windows Photo Galary" after trying them in PICASA. So far the bulk of my digitizing has been family pics of which most of them are from my oldest camera and taken with the old flash bulb phtography.
By the way, uninstall and reinstall of the OVT driver makes no difference. Hopefully some of you will check on this post and pick this up.
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