SlideSnap Strip Film Capabilities And Limitations

 Operating Principles

Think of the SlideSnap Strip as a semi-automatic, dedicated film copy stage. It is a specialized tool and it is important that you understand how it does and does not operate.

To change film type

  1. Set the Stage and Guide for the appropriate film width
  2. Position the camera accordingly
  3. Choose a frame width using the remote control. (The frame width chosen dictates how far the film will be moved to get to the next frame when forward is pressed, or during the scan cycle).

The Strip is forgiving of warped / damaged film within reason. Severely curved and rigid films may be problematic to feed / hold flat. This can result in focus issues.

Insert film at the in-feed (curving away from you) and it will be automatically fed in at to first frame for the camera. A jog button is used for adjusting the frame to perfect center (Operator always has final say in frame position as the machine does not attempt to read frame bars and has no way of knowing if the frame is centered).

Scanning is quick to master and while it requires full operator attention, it’s easy to establish a rhythm of only a few seconds per scan.

Efficient batch cropping in post requires a fixed position crop rectangle. This rectangle should allow for a margin of operator framing error.

Negatives can be run through our post processing script to generate a positive image. This can be a separate step, or setup to process automatically. You can also use your own preferred software to invert the images.

While its’ highly diffuse backlight reduces the presence of dust, the Strip does not feature any sort of ICE or dust and scratch removal. Best practice is to mitigate dust at the film level before capturing.

All film types are scanned in this way. See below for film specifics.

110

110 image area (cropping) options

110 image area (cropping) options


We’ve gone to great lengths to support 110 scanning. However, due to its minuscule dimensions, 110 film is tricky to handle without obscuring the image area somewhat. If you absolutely must capture more image area than the Strip allows natively, we offer an optional 110 Guide Shim.

Loading single 110 frames is possible, but may require use of a tweezers to reach the feeder’s pinch area.

APS


When scanning APS on the Strip, you won’t need to cut it from the cartridge. You simply use the supplied APS tool to unspool the film with the cartridge still attached.

Use the opposite end of the same APS tool to rewind the film.

APS metadata is not read or modified.

35mm / 126

35mm and 126 film are the same width and therefore use the same Stage and Guide positions.

127

4×4, 4×3 and 4×6

120

120 / 220 is the largest film format supported by the SlideSnap Strip (60mm wide film).

Common frame sizes are 6×6, 6×7 and 6×9. You can scan all three frame sizes but 6×9 will be cropped down to 6×7.

Depending on your camera / lens setup 6×7 frames may require limited cropping in the width (i.e with shorter focal lengths).

Long Roll / Movie Film

Standard photography rolls (i.e 36 frames or less) are supported out of the box.

The SlideSnap Strip is not designed for use with long roll film. (i.e movies)