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Trevor Wardscanning pictures and slides: which format?
by on Jul 24, 2010 at 2:09:20 pm

Simple question. Hopefully simple answer. My project is a 1280x720 HD video. I have to scan a ton of photos and slides. Which file type to use? Jpeg, tiff, pct, etc? The images will be manipulated in AE: zoomed in, panned around, etc.

-trevor ward
Red Eye Film Co.
http://www.redeyefilmco.com
orlando, fl


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Daniel WaldronRe: scanning pictures and slides: which format?
by on Jul 24, 2010 at 4:21:02 pm

If you're going to be zooming in on them, I would go with TIFF. It can be an uncompressed, lossless format versus JPEG which may have some noticeable quality loss when zoomed in on.


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David JohnsonRe: scanning pictures and slides: which format?
by on Jul 24, 2010 at 5:37:58 pm

Yes, TIFF is a good choice ... PSD is also a good choice if you might want to do any Photoshop work on the images ... I sometimes do certain types of image effects in Photoshop to cut down on AE render times for things that don't need to be animated.


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: scanning pictures and slides: which format?
by on Jul 24, 2010 at 7:12:00 pm

Also, scan them at 72 dpi- in AE 72/150/300dpi all look the same. Depending on how much you want to zoom in on an image, you may want to scan them larger than 1280 on the width. As a "rule" 120% zoom is the max you can go without any visible quality loss.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior Compositor/VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania


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Steve RobertsRe: scanning pictures and slides: which format?
by on Jul 27, 2010 at 12:57:57 am

Whoa!
That depends on the scanning method ... scan at the DPI that gives you the width that Trevor mentioned, or bigger. It may be 72, maybe not.

Once it's scanned and digital, the DPI is irrelevant.



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