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This instructable is to teach Scanning 35mm negatives on a Nikon super coolscan 9000


Step 1: Separating Selected Items
Step 2: Pulling 35mm Negatives from the sleeve
Step 3: Loading the Carrier
Step 4: Using the Scanner
Step 5: Unloading the Carrier
Step 6: Putting Sleeves Back into the Folders
Troubleshooting:

Step 1: Separating Selected Items

Step 1: Separating Selected Items

If YES
Continue

If NO:
Pull the sleeve by reaching into the folder, find the sleeve and pull only that sleeve, then continue on to Step 2


Does your selection include multiple subfolders (ex. 741.42.a. 1-52, 53-104)?

If YES
Pull all sleeves from all subfolders,
1. Pull the sleeves with the lowest numbers first (ex. If two subfolders exist one 1-50 and the second 51-100 , pull all of the sleeves out of 1-50 first)
2. Put all of the sleeves pulled from the first folder facing down on the table
3. Pull all of the sleeves from the next subfolder and place them facing downward on top of the first subfolder sleeves
4. Repeat until all sleeves from all subfolders have been pulled for the folder.
5. Now all sleeves from the folder should be facing downward on the table in one stack, flip all of the sleeves that are face down left to right all at once. This will right them so that sleeves 1-___ will be in numerical order facing up on the table.
6. Continue

[See photo 1]




If NO
1. Pull all sleeves from the folder, arrange them facing up so the first sleeve of the folder is facing upward
2. Continue



Pull up the request form as a reference. Is any negative in the first sleeve selected for scanning? [See Photo 2]


if YES
1. Place the sleeve face down to the immediate left of the stack already on the table that was just pulled from the folder.
2. Continue


If NO
1. Place the sleeve face down to the immediate right of the stack already on the table that was just pulled from the folder.
2. Continue


" Continue this process with each sleeve in the stack, when all sleeves have been evaluated there will be two stacks flip both stacks left to right so that they are face up with the lowest number sleeve on top.
" Place the stack on the right off to the side as it will not be needed until scanning is completed.
" Place the stack to the left directly in front for further evaluation

Is the first sleeve in this stack 35mm? [See photo 3]


If YES
1. Place the sleeve face down to the immediate left of the stack
2. Continue


If NO
1. Place the sleeve face down to the immediate right of the stack
2. Continue


" Continue this process with each sleeve in the stack, when all sleeves have been evaluated there will be two stacks flip both stacks left to right so that they are face up with the lowest number sleeve on top.
" Place the stack to the right to the side and refer to the training log for 4.25, 60mm, and 4x5 for scanning instructions.
" Place the stack to the left face up on top of the 35mm scanner
" Continue to Step 2

Step 2: Pulling 35mm Negatives From the Sleeve

Step 2: Pulling 35mm Negatives from the sleeve

" If using a selecting page or tool have that open for reference to pull the correct negatives.
" Put on gloves
" Have a 35mm negative pulling tool handy, if there is not one already available they are easy to make: cut a rectangle from a manila envelope 8inches x 1.25inches, and then fold it down the center of the longest axis.

Take the first sleeve on top of the stack that is on top of the 35mm scanner. Is there a negative selected in the first row of the sleeve?

If YES
1. Insert the pulling tool into the opposite side of the sleeve and gently push the negative/negatives half way out of the sleeve.
2. Continue

[See photo 4]


If NO
1. Continue


" Evaluate each row in this way until all rows are evaluated
The carrier can hold 12 negatives; it is likely that the selection will contain a group of 3-4 negatives that have not been separated, of these only 1 or 2 negatives may be selected, but the unselected items must still be loaded in the carrier. The scanner will be programmed not to scan these items.
" If there are fewer than 12 negatives total to be loaded into the scanner from the first sleeve, repeat this step for the next sleeve/sleeves until there are 12 available negatives to load into the carrier.
Now there should be one or more sleeves on the table with negatives half way out of the sleeves.

Step 3: Loading the Carrier

Step 3: Loading the Carrier
1. Open the carrier so that the hinge is on the right, there will be an arrow on the upper left of the carrier. The arrow will be facing away from the person scanning.
2. Immediately beside the carrier there should be one or more sleeves with negatives half way out, orient these so they are parallel with the scanner and the carrier, and in a stack in ascending order.
3. With a gloved hand remove the first negative to be scanned from the first sleeve if there are multiple sleeves. The first negative is defined as the negative selected that is closest to the top of the sleeve and farthest to the left. [See photo 5]

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If this diagram represents a sleeve with negatives, X represents selected negatives and the numbers beside the X represent the number assigned to the negative.

4. Load the first negative into the carrier; negatives are loaded emulsion side down for 35mm, the shiny side should be facing up, load the negative so that the farthest left edge of the negative is at the top spot in the carrier
[See photos 6 and 7]

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In this diagram there are two sections of 3 negatives and 1 section of 2 negatives to be loaded into the carrier. In the first section of film, there are two selected negatives XA and XC. OB is not selected, but must be loaded into the carrier anyway since it is physically connected to XA and XC.

5. As negatives are being loaded into the carrier they need to be tracked because the scanner must be programmed to scan the correct negatives. The carrier is separated into positions; position 1 is the farthest top left.

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In comparison to the selected negatives from 4, XA would be recorded as position 1, OB would not be recorded since it is not selected; XC will be recorded as position 3,etc.

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Information should be recorded on a piece of paper manually to avoid confusion. Position should be recorded, as well as orientation.

6. If the picture is oriented vertically in the carrier it should be recorded as the position number followed by a vertical arrow. If it is oriented left a left arrow should be used, a right for right, and a down arrow for upside down.
[See Photo 8]

7. Make sure all negatives are centered in their position. This must be done by looking down at them from directly above the carrier; looking at them from an angle will cause the negatives to be slightly off and affect the quality of the scan.
[See Photo 9]

8. Negatives must not by overhanging their position either front or back, or side to side. If the negatives are not sitting in the track the carrier door will not securely close and will jam the scanner.

9. Push the carrier door down until there both plastic snaps securely snap into place.

10. Again check, to see if the negatives are centered before they are inserted into the scanner.

11. After the carrier is loaded, orient all sleeves horizontally that contain no more negatives to be scanned. Orient all sleeves vertically that still have negatives to be scanned.
" There should be a maximum of 1 sleeve oriented vertically per scan.
" This will serve as a visual cue later so that only completely scanned sleeves will be moved to a completed pile.
" Having all negatives from a sleeve halfway out will serve as a second visual cue. If a sleeve still has a negative halfway out then it has not been scanned.
" Vertical sleeves will have at least 1 negative halfway out, this will be the first negative to go into the carrier for the next set of scans

Step 4: Using the Scanner

Step 4: Using the Scanner


Is the scanner powered on?


If YES
1. Make sure that the green light on the upper left of the scanner is solid green, if blinking turn off the scanner by depressing the power button on the upper right corner of the scanner, then turn the scanner back on wait about a minute for the green light to become solid
2. Continue


If NO
1. Press the power button on the upper right corner of the scanner
2. Wait about 1 minute for the green light on the left side of the scanner to stop blinking.
3. Continue

Is the software powered on?

If YES
Continue


If NO
1. Make sure the Mac is logged on as Nikon Scan
2. Go to the dock at the bottom and single click on the Nikon SuperCool Scan Software
3. If the Nikon Browser does not show when the software opens go to tools at the top of the page, and select Nikon SuperCool 9000 to open the software.

1. Insert the carrier gently into the scanner so that the arrow on the upper left portion of the carrier is pointing at the scanner. The teeth on the carrier should be facing the right.

2. After the carrier has been loaded it will take about 45 seconds for the scanner to detect the size of the carrier. After this is finished a bar should appear near the top of the Nikon browser that is labeled with the numbers 1-12. These correspond to 1-12 slots on the carrier.

3. If the bar does not appear single click on the small tab directly to the right of the settings dropdown box in the upper left section of the Nikon Browser window.

4. Now click on the small green button labeled tools on the upper left part of the browser window. A dropdown box will appear, choose tool palette 1.

5. Evaluate the first negative that is selected in the carrier, single click on the number position on the number bar near the top of the browser. Next orient the picture using the buttons on the tool palette, the far upper right button on the tool palette is a right rotate and the one beside it is a left rotate. The default setting is for the bottom edge of the negative is right aligned. Orientation can be seen by viewing the capital letter R on the upper left of the tool palette.

6. Continue this process orienting the selections individually. After all have been oriented. Choose all of the selected negatives by single clicking on them while holding the Apple button.

7. After all are selected click on the settings dropdown on the upper left of the Nikon Browser window. Scroll down to the presetting 3,neg,mon,grayscale,16bit and single click.

8. Now all of the settings are in place, click the scan button located on the middle left of the Nikon Browser window.

9. Choose ok for the batch scan options.

10. Name your file, and then click on browse to select where the file will be saved. Before performing the scan, compare the name of the file to the name of the file on the request form in order to make sure the file is getting the correct name. Check the name before each scan, even if scanning in batch mode. After the first scan a comma will be inserted in the description of the file name. If any changes are made to the file name in batch mode the comma must be deleted or it will cause the numbering to change.

11. After the scan is complete, click on the Nikon Browser to make sure that the scan is complete and it is not just a pause between scans. If the scan is complete press the eject button, located directly below the power button on the scanner.
[See Photo 10]

Step 5: Unloading the Carrier

Step 5: Unloading the Carrier

1. Place the carrier on the table and open it by unsnapping the two tabs located on the left side of the carrier.

2. The negative in the first position on the carrier will go back into the sleeve into the upper most left pulled negative position so that the top edge of the negative in the carrier will become the left edge of the negative in the sleeve (just how it was taken out).

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3. After replacing the negatives in the horizontal sleeves, move them into a finished pile face down. Replace all negatives into sleeves that they came from. The next negatives selected will either be from a vertical sleeve or from the next sleeve on top of the scanner.

4. After taking negatives out of vertical sleeves they then become horizontal sleeves for the next scan, a new sleeve will be pulled from the top of the scanner and the process will start over from step 2.

Step 6: Putting Sleeves Back Into the Folders

Step 6: Putting Sleeves Back into the Folders

1. The stack of finished scanned sleeves should be placed face up about a foot apart from the sleeves that were not selected. Sleeves that were scanned on the Epson scanner should be placed above these.

2. Take start with the first sleeve and place it face down on the table in a new middle stack, stack all sleeves face down in order in the center stack. When complete flip left to right and separate into subfolders if applicable, and slip the sleeves back into the folders.

3. Put the folders back into the box.

Step 7: Troubleshooting:

Troubleshooting:

1. Carrier is stuck in scanner
" Power off the scanner
" Open hatch door on scanner.
" Use a thin metal ruler to press down on top of the carrier
[See photo 12]
" Use a flashlight to look inside, make sure pressure is not applied to any parts of the scanner, only the carrier
" It may be required to push the carrier further into the scanner in order to press down with the ruler
" While depressed Power the scanner on and press the eject button

2. Irregular sized negatives
" Do not force longer negatives into the carrier, this will cause the carrier to jam
" Instead use an extra position in the carrier to provide more space

3. Do not save scans directly to the server, first save on the hard drive then transfer them later. Saving directly causes the files to become un-useable.
4. Checking PIDs each scan is essential; there may be gaps in the numbers due to different sized negatives, or human error. It is far easier to check than to have to fix the problems of mis-numbering later.

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