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Scan Dual II & Vuescan: Help  
User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 11
Posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

I'm using a Scan Dual II to scan slide films and depending on the particular slide I sometimes need to do quite a bit of fiddling with the colours and curves to get the scan's colours to look like those on the original slide (mainly Fuji Sensia II). I'm curious for those of you who use Vuescan with the Scan Dual II to scan slides what you use for scan settings:

eg. Auto colours vs. neutral vs. white balance vs. none (for colour balance)
Auto exposure or manual exposure
Gamma setting
Colourspace setting (AdobeRGB, sRGB, ...)
Image brightness

Right now I am using colour balance=NONE, auto exposure, gamma 2.2, image brightness=1, and sRGB mainly because it seems to give me acceptable results most of the time. I am importing them into Photoshop 6 and doing most of my colour correction there. Any advice?

Thanks,
Felix

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User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

I haven't seen your originals, but I go for "white balance" most of the time. Manually changing the whitepoint for some pix.
/JM



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User currently offlineNscaler From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 243 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

I wish I could help, Felix, as you helped me in deciding on the Scan Dual. However, I have had no luck installing Vuescan - it just won't do it. I've even contacted the author and that was no help at all.

Saul


User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Wont istall? How???
/JM



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User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1017 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Felix,

I've had a Scan Dual II for about 4 weeks and use it with VueScan almost exclusively. I know I use "white balance", autoexposure and image brightness=1.2, but I can't remember the rest of the settings and I'm not at home at the moment - when I get home I'll check and add another post.

I only ever import the results of a scan into Photoshop if there's a need for retouching for a dust mark or suchlike, as I find Vuescan does things better than I can for me in terms of colors and brightness.

Andy


User currently offlineNscaler From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 243 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Jan,

I install it, then upon running it, my system locks and I must alt-ctrl-del and close out Vuescan. I'm using the latest version. It is interesting because I was using a previous version from around Oct, and it works great! No problems at all. But none of the newer versions will. I want to register it, but with this kind of problem, I have doubts. I'm using Windows 98.

Saul


User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Thanks to everyone for the replies. Andy, when you have a chance please send the rest of the details of your Vuescan setup. If possible please let me know which type of film you are scanning also.

Cheers,
Felix


User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

Try going back to an earlier version.
VueScan is too good to be without!
/JM



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User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Hi,

Ok, I don't have the same scanner but I always use white balance which works very well most of the time.

That aside I only ever change brightness in the range 1.2 to 1.6 or 1.7 for slides (I have Sensia 100, Provia 100F and K64...I know Andy Martin is a big K64 user) and between 0.7 and 1.0 for negatives...as recommended by the author.

The beauty of Vuescan is that with little or no tweaking you can get great results which were not possible with my supplied (Acer Scanwit 2720S) scanner software.

Cheers,
Dean


User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1017 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

OK Felix,

I've just downloaded and installed Vuescan 7 and its kind of different so I've struggle a bit finding the familiar old settings, but...

Autoexposure
Color balance: White balance
Color space: sRGB
Gamma: 2.2
Image brightness: 1.2

In all honesty, I have NO idea whether these settings will work as well with Vuescan 7 as they did with 6.6 which I was using until tonight - I'll let you know! The ONLY film I scan is Kodachrome 64, because that's all I shoot.

Might report back tomorrow with any news on Vuescan 7.

Hoep this helps,

Andy



User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

It helps a lot. Thanks for all the feedback.

Cheers,
Felix


User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Hi,

I must have the scanner turned on and ready. (The blinking light is continuously on)

THEN I can start Vuescan. Otherwise I can run into problems when starting it. Hangs etc...

Try that.
You don't want to be without Vuescan....

Hope it helps,

Tommy Mogren



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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 739 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

I don't think there can be such a thing as a "standard" Vuescan setting UNLESS you are remarkably consistent with your original exposures/film types. In general though I usually use "white balance" and gamma 1.8 - 2.2 (note negs and slides usually require different gammas). One thing I have found useful is experimentation with the "color space" - the extended gamut and BruceRGB settings have proved useful for me.

Just last night I was scanning some nightclub pics shot on 800ASA Fuji - my Coolscan III software couldn't make anything useful out of these, and neither could Vuescan using sRGB - but using extended gamut - fantastic!

As to lock ups - I've found the more recent versions of Vuescan (inc. the 7.0 beta) prone to lockup and system crashes if anything else is running during the scan. With version 6 I also had occassions where Vuescan failed to launch - this required complete system shutdown, power off and restart (PC & scanner) to clear - note if you're using a SCSI scanner, the scanner should power up before or along with the PC - never after!

Odd problems aside, Vuescan a great package.

Cheers,

Colin




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