@Mehrocco_Mole It’s embarrassingly childish enough that I’m surprised if anybody’s still invoking the meme earnestly. It’s got to burn itself out fast on an individual level…
Anyways, it’s mostly a dismissive insult about generational gaps in perspective – much more “You’re so out of touch that you don’t understand how badly you’re missing the point,” and, “I give up attempting to communicate with you, because I am exhausted.” Don’t think I’ve seen anything about wokeness in there, or even hatred, when I’ve come across it. Was more economy, climate, that kind of thing… Then again, I avoid Twitter like it’s a plague.
Twitter’s a bad place. Some big chunk of people aren’t the right combination of mature and, maybe, mindful or something, to avoid getting wound up by it, and then they all get sucked into the snowball of pettiness. You can’t go there without seeing a bunch of people being small minded and pathetically, dickishly, uncommunicative.
I’m always weary as hell of these sorts of things being sold at a discount, as it says to me they prolly ain’t moving otherwise, which means the company prolly ain’t doing too well, which in turn means the time until this item, which requires the company to still be in business to have any value at all, becomes a fancy bit of useless landfill is limited at best.
Today’s homework: separate that out into more than one sentence.
If you get the ScanCafe.com offer (extended for CyberMonday), you only need to estimate. The 25% discount is applied to your order, whatever you send in and whatever tier you fall into. The purchase today “locks in” your discount, and is treated like a deposit towards the final charges since it is per scan.
Also, ScanCafe will take photos and slides and 35mm negatives in their Value Box.
The specs mentioned BetaMax. I had forgotten there was such a thing. Now am wondering where mine is, along with all the cassettes I made a long time ago. Superior HiFi stereo sound and decent video, at least for that time. Back in the 80’s, I did several years running of recording the old Year’s Top 100 music videos from MTV that they did every New Year’s Eve, or day, or week, or whenever it was. Lost a lot of sleep, but the end results were great for background music, with accompanying videos.
Of course, nowadays, there is YouTube, but then you get ads, and have to search out the tunes.
And now I remember that I made some party tapes, essentially just mix tapes, that were solely audio from my records and CD collections, on the BetaMax. Cheaper than regular audio tapes and easier to play back for specific songs, if you had them indexed. Up to 5 hours continuous music!
The BetaMax’s were so well engineered that if I can locate it, I bet it would still work. (Too bad Sony corporate wasn’t as good as their engineers. They pissed me off so many times I finally quit buying their products – Sony Dash, anyone? Or Sony PSP, a great potential handheld computer that Sony totally locked down against improvisations (hacking)? Or their crappy DRM policies, especially on movie DVDs.)
If anyone has just photos, ScanCafe.com has a today-only deal (Dec 1, til midnight PST) on their “Value Pack”.
The comparable package size to “40 packs of 25 photos” or 1000 photos is currently $217.40, vs $450 for this deal. They do other media too, this is the BF deal. They have other deals during the year too. Sign up to their mailing list for those.
I would also trust ScanCafe. They specialize in high-quality media digitization, and even have hand-curated restoration services for damaged or aged negatives. They even color correct for aging/fade.
Very high resolution TIFF scans are available as well, and they have cloud access to download your digital images if you don’t want a thumb drive or DVDs.
Half the price of this deal and IMHO, a better company.
@bleedmichigan Mediocrebot used to auto-post a tag to the current scapegoat whenever the word scapegoat was mentioned in a post. It no longer does that, or perhaps you might need to hit up @narfcake to get that turned on for you. Not sure if you wanted your mailbox to blow up or they decided to use lube this month since you’re a newb to Meh goat culture.
While we convert 8mm, super 8, and 16mm of various sizes, unfortunately, it is not part of our process to digitize sound on film.
In our experience, 99% of film was recorded as silent. In rare instances, 8mm and Super 8 film may contain magnetic audio lines and 16mm film may contain magnetic, but more commonly optical, sound lines. Of this small percentage of film reels that do have a sound line, an even a smaller percentage of these used the proper recording equipment required to capture both the sound and picture.
Because these instances are so rare, and to ensure we’re providing the highest quality transfers, it is not part of our process to digitize the sound on film, when present. If you’d like any more information about this, contact our customer service team!
So, I send my 512gb thumb drive of photos going back to the 1930’s and they send back a 512gb thumb drive with my digitized images, well, digitized? I see the pure goodness in this and my heart all but stops at the sheer kindness involved. However, I must decline though it pains me to do so. I wish you the very best. Now, I shall retreat under my weighted blanket and marvel at this offering. I hope I can sleep.
i would want to know if they just stick whatever you give them into their recording devices and hit record and send you whatever comes out or if they watch everything and ya know make sure its all legal…
They did a spectacular job scanning hundreds of my parents slides from the 60s and 70s. I posted one of them here a while back (2yo me with my grandfather on a tractor). I authorized them to do restoration, since I had no idea what shape they were in, and they only needed to do it on one slide that was water damaged and they fixed it. And they scan them in high resolution so you can get them blown up to 16x20 if you want to.
@rpstrong@thechinglish I’ve sent ScanCafe hundreds of slides in the straight racks and they didn’t have any issues. I can see where the round carousels could be an issue just from a processing/bulk standpoint.
After my Mom died last Jan my sister back in Jersey used a guy in Jersey to convert a lot of my Dads (passed in 68) movie reels into digital…us kids and all. It really came out nice if you want the guys name PM me.
I’ve used these guys about a year ago and everything turned out nicely. We had some 8mm film converted to VHS many years ago by a different company. Good thing we saved the film as the VHS didn’t hold up as well (could be scanning tech is much better these days too). One odd thing is they sent physical media instead of a digital copy for one of my requests, I complained and they rescanned it for free. I would use them again.
My sisters and I have been using this service for a few years now. Every birthday and holiday, we get some film converted as gifts for my parents. It’s been wonderful! We have only experienced good service from LegacyBox!
I’d like to believe something like this would work for digitizing all my dad’s old slides, but I don’t see how it would be feasible even at this price point.
I have a slide scanner, and scanning them is tedious, but I have found the other work is even more tedious. The scans never turn out well unless I clean the slides well beforehand. I also find manual cropping work and color correction is usually needed.
I don’t see any company putting the care into the process that would be desired from my family’s standpoint.
I’ve been using VueScan to do most of the work with my scanner. It works, but takes a LONG time to make any real progress on the boxes of old slides.
@zachdeckerScanCafe.com applies color correction for the age and brand of slide film. They also include a couple of minutes per slide for hand correction/cleanup. They also air clean the slides and use professional slide scanners with IR dust removal if there us any left.
I tried scanning myself as well (and VueScan is definitely the right program too) but found the ICC color profile correction and manual cropping just tok much hassle. I couldn’t do it myself for anywhere close to 22¢/scan.
Pulled the trigger, and it cost me, but worth it in the end to let a pro do it.
@medz I agree. I’d probably play with the color adjustments some more for a copy I’d keep. Mainly I just wanted to highlight the cleaning and the fact that some form of color correction is needed. I’d hate to pay a bunch of money to get something that looks dirty and washed out.