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The Writing is On the Wall From an LCD Projector!
by Rob Spoor

Digital Pickle Featured in the Guidelines
July 2008 issue of GuideLines pp5-6

A few years ago, I needed to replace my broken slide projector for a branch library presentation. I went to one of the photo shops on Kearny for a good deal on a new Kodak Carousel Projector.

"This is one of the last of its kind," said the salesman.

"What?" I exclaimed. "l thought Kodak had something like a 75% market share for these machines!"

"They do. But everything's going digital. No more slides. Kodak stopped making Carousel projectors several months ago."

Needless to say, I was shocked. I think nearly everyone over 30 or so automatically thinks of a Kodak Carousel in connection with any sort of lecture or presentation. But no more.

As it turned out, I didn't need the projector after all, so I returned it (unopened, thankfully) for a store credit. Using the credit, I purchased my first digital camera.

Normally, at this point, this type of story would end with "And I never looked back." However, there was a matter of hundreds of slides sitting in boxes and Carousel trays. Most of the photos were one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable shots from vacations and other activities going back 20 years or more. l just couldn't ignore them, and I certainly couldn't throw them away.

I went to two photo shops, and was quoted prices between $1.50 and $2.50 PER SLIDE to convert them to digital. I thought to myself, "l love my slides, but not that much!" Then I turned to the internet.

Googling "slide conversion", I was presented with hundreds of thousands of links to online vendors. Fortunately, one of the cheapest places was listed on the first page of links. "Digital Pickle" offered conversion services for as little as 49 cents per slide. lt wasn't until I printed the order form that I discovered that their location was less than one block from my house! You can imagine how happy I was - cheap conversion, within walking distance, no delays or expenses related to shipping.

Over the next several months, I emptied my boxes and Carousel trays, two or three at a time, and took the slides to Digital Pickle for conversion. I was very pleased with the result. Most of the oldest slides had changed colors or faded badly. Digital Pickle corrected the color, making the digital copies as clear, sharp, and breathtaking as the original slides. The converted photos were copied onto CDs for easy, permanent storage.

So, my friends, take heed. The digital revolution isn't going away. Film is out, digital is in. Old slides degrade. lf you have slides that are part of a neighborhood "armchair walk" or other history project, convert them before it's too late. And yes, you'll have to learn PowerPoint or other similar presentation software! Don't panic - the basics are extremely simple.

Check out Digital Pickle at http://www.digitalpickle.com. There are many, many other online vendors that offer the same service. See if you can find one that's cheaper than Digital Pickle - and let the office know!

Copyright (c) 2008 San Francisco City Guides

Digital Pickle is a leading provider of photo, video, audio, and film digitization, restoration, and preservation services. With studios in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, Digital Pickle handles orders from nationwide customers and processes them only at our studios.

For more information, visit www.digitalpickle.com

Please Contact:

Digital Pickle
Arik Paran
1-800-889-0730 (option 1)
arik@digitalpickle.com

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We use dedicated commercial equipment complete with noise reduction and image stabilization when we transfer home movies to DVD. Our process produces exceptional video quality. Digital Pickle can perform professional video editing and DVD authoring to your requirements. We are able to handle high volume video archiving projects and transfer video tapes to DVDs as well as uncompressed video to external hard drives or mini-DVs in AVI, Quicktime Pro-Res, or Quicktime MPEG4 (H.264) video formats.
We Digitize Movie Film – convert film to DVD. We convert 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film using high fidelity digital transfer technology. Our all-digital aerial-capture process produces uniform lighting, unmatched clarity, and stunning color depth. Your film is converted to digital video in the form of full quality digital video files and/or a playable DVD disc that is compatible with almost all DVD players.
We digitize and convert records and transfer to CD any audio cassettes, reel-to-reel audio tapes and DAT and output the digital audio files to high quality audio CDs. We also offer additional track separation and audio cleanup services to reduce noise, hiss, and to normalize audio levels for audio cassette to CD transfer. When we convert records the same service is available.
We scan and digitize photos, slides, and negatives of any format using high-end Kodak HR-500 commercial image scanners that produce unmatched image quality. Our expert digital imaging technicians spend time with each individual frame to ensure ideal exposure, focus, color fidelity, cropping, and orientation. We create files suitable for online photo sharing as well as CDs or DVDs with image files and folders.
We can perform digital retouching on any photo or digital image. Image retouching is performed by our expert technicians manually using Adobe Photoshop. Since photo touch up requirements vary greatly, we quote our work on an hourly basis and most projects take much less than an hour. Photo Editing is often requested to remove or add objects or people to an original image resulting in a very different final image. This work is also quoted on an hourly basis for the same reasons as photo touch up.
Digital Pickle specializes in producing spectacular, flicker-free DVD slide shows with interactive features and your selection of music. The final product is a DVD disc that is compatible with almost all DVD players and can be controlled just like a movie (i.e. pause, fast-forward, etc.). DVD photo slide show, or Slideshow DVD, are also known as: DVD photo album, video slide show, DVD photo slideshow, family slide show, photomontage, wedding photo montage, or digital photo montage. Essentially, a slide to video conversion is what it is about. These all refer to the same great movie that we create out of the compilation of your memories as captured in photos, slides, negatives and even clips of video and film. This product is purchased as an add-on to our image scanning services
Sharing all your digital images on the Internet or on your computer is nice. How about leafing through a glossy full color custom designed digital photo album with pictures that will never fade or discolor? How about sending these albums to family and friends at special occasions to preserve and share the memories? Well, this is what a photo book is all about. Digital Pickle offers you the full capability to unleash your creativity in creating custom designed long lasting beautiful photobooks with complete control over the layout, backgrounds, themes, and cover types.
Digital Pickle specializes in producing spectacular, flicker-free DVD slide shows with interactive features and your selection of music. The final product is a DVD disc that is compatible with almost all DVD players and can be controlled just like a movie (i.e. pause, fast-forward, etc.). DVD photo slide show, or Slideshow DVD, are also known as: DVD photo album, video slide show, DVD photo slideshow, family slide show, photomontage, wedding photo montage, or digital photo montage. Essentially, a slide to video conversion is what it is about. These all refer to the same great movie that we create out of the compilation of your memories as captured in photos, slides, negatives and even clips of video and film.