PROFESSIONAL SLIDE DIGITIZING




STORIES FROM THE CAVE

If we go back to the beginning of story telling mankind, the first writings were preceded by pictures scraped and drawn on cave walls with bone and charcoal.  These were the first storytellers, of the hunt, of the strange beasts, of victories and life.  Some of these drawings were incredibly accurate.  And some I have photographed are hanging on my walls

We may have evolved a millennium in time but we still have stories to tell and those stories have been portrayed for the past century on walls just like the cavemen did only we used slides, a screen and a Kodak projector.  And in some cases an unwilling audience asking the battle cry of the bored asking...  Are we done yet?


NOT FUN ANYMORE
•  Now with the digital era, the older social events like the Kodak Carousel slide show for the family are as dreaded as getting allergy shots. The kids don’t relate to slide show but will watch it on TV.

•  Simply put, the slide show was a lot of boring work, frankly a pain in the arse, dragging out the projector, if it still worked, digging it out of the now smelly box it came in, out of the closet, basement, or worse the attic where those stored slides were triggers for spontaneous combustion and a mecca for small creatures.

•  Your attic is as bad as the cellar up north.  In Florida temperatures in the attic easily hit without ventilation, 125-130 degrees.  Add another twenty or thirty degrees from global warming and it can lite up the house with a fire and film is combustable.

•   WARNING:  The attic nicely cooks the slides and breaks down the poly material used in all that empty luggage you store up there which if ignites, luggage creates a horrific carcinogen and fire accelerant.

Slides are very flammable, with a carton of film slides in their paper holders, and a bow drill, thats all you need to appear  and you too can be a hero on Naked and Afraid making fire.  The paper slide holders add to the growth of the fire.

•  You possibly have a  collection of these slides somewhere, filled with Ektachrome, Kodachrome, Fuji Chrome and Agfa Chrome slides which are slowly degaussing and gathering dust.   Somewhere out there are estimated six billion plus slides in the US alone.  
I want to take your slides and will convert them into digital for use so they will work on all formats cellphone to TV’s and you may then dispose of the old slides.


KODAK WENT UNDER AND SO DID POLLUTION
KodakLAND, the land in Rochester home to KODAK  has been closed and buried for fourteen years.  No one answers the phones,  not even the ghosts, there are none, no phones, no ghosts.  Like “ Bell and Howell”,  Kodak sold off its trade name to anyone and everyone willing to pay license fees, mostly Chinese import companies selling all kinds of Chinese export products and the buyer thinking they are buying a US brand. 

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So far no one is interested in the property.  The K-process was very dependent on time, temperature, chemical balance and few labs could really do it right, your slide film went to Rochester and was processed direct.  Rumors abound about ground pollution, as the K process was highly acidic  and the chemistry is not something you wanted in your backyard might be the reason the plant in Rochester hasn’t been sold.  So no one wants to buy the old Kodak property...unless you wish to dig up the soil and replace it clear to China...

•  Many family, career, events, weddings, births, successes and failures, are important to be passed down to the next generation and when these slides are updated and are on DVD’s, they can be passed down to all siblings, friends and future generations to operate with the newer TV’s Smartphones, Tablets and Computers, and any future digital age equipment.  And with todays computers you can make as many copies and use the files as you wish.

•  Our machine turns slides into digitized high impact, high resolution images that can be

  1.  Sorted, culled and rearranged on most computers.
  2.  The individual image may be altered and cropped, color corrected and duplicated with effects in most programs.
  3.  The memories are fading by the day.  I can save a high percentage till they reach a point of no return with little or no image or the color has faded, or a bad slide to begin with. Rarely do we hit some that have been destroyed.

THESE PRINTS 23 x 30 MADE FROM
SLIDES TAKEN IN 1957 IN ITALY ON  
KODAK K-10 ASA10 SLIDE FILM  

•  Like many of us we ended up with an overabundance of these memories on slides as slides were the optimal color film and presentation method before better print film and digital.   

•  Over time, the pile got larger and larger, the older methodology of trays and sorting for the Kodak Carousel became more and more of a job.  And dragging the Kodak out became a hassle and the complaint at family gatherings was its the  same old movie syndrome.

•  Frankly, it’s a pain in the butt, boring, and no one really wants to help, and many just dumped those memories on the next of kin.   Many who really didn’t know many of the people in the pictures don’t care.  Then you try and make a hot smelly projector work in a closed room and they’ll be jumping out the windows.

•  The  longer the 300-400 watt halogens ran,  they were also cooking the slides,  increasing the fading and deterioration.   Time to save the slides and the memories and dump the useless stuff, they will not get better.  

•  The legion of disaster, Father Time, Mother Nature and Sir Murphy-Laws control the scenario.  The slides are deteriorating and will soon be useless and not displayable.  The machines die from old age as the plastic used in critical parts degausses and turns to mush.
 

FORGET ABOUT REPAIRING THE ONE YOU HAVE SINCE THERE ARE NO PARTS

  • The parts needed for repair are not available anywhere.  
  • No warehouse, no repair stations, the technicians are retired.  
  • The only parts you might find are salvaged.  And the last graveyard I went through had salvaged parts but not the ones that break.  
  • Good working projectors are units I convert but are getting rare.  More die off each year and the numbers will eventually will reach a point of vanishing just like the dinosaurs.  
  • Words like commercial model, school usage are not desirable.  Those school devices were used day and night.  And many we get are just too worn to save or so neglected, a failure is eminent. 
  • Kodak made a change in their design at one point and the older machines which is 50% of sales( guessing) models and redesigns are not usable at all.  That leaves 50% which then is subject to wear and tear, usage and servicing.
  • Call us first and see if the old machine you have might make a trade in on your slides being converted.  In some cases we can save the slides. Thats the important part.  Sometimes we might need part to salvage your unit and we’ll give you a price break.


PRODUCTION VERSION - ENERGY IN ACTION  I run four of these.


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