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What is your Process for Scanning Covers?
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorKulju
Registered: March 14, 2007
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I take the insert out of the keepcase

Do you mean you remove the shrink wrap before starting the scan process?


I think he means taking the artwork out of the case, so you aren't scanning through the clear plastic.

Sarcasm, some people get it, some don't 
DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile RegistrantStar ContributorDJ Doena
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I take the inlay out of the case and flatten it carefully.

Then I scan the whole cover at 600dpi as BMP.

It's about 80 megs in size.

Then I copy the file once.

Then I open my old ACDSee 3.0 and cut the front cover from one file and the back cover from another.

Then I save the file (still BMP) and then I use the auto-adjust feature. Then I compare if the cover looks better with or without auto-adjust.

At this point the picture is still several 1000 pixels wide. I resize it to 700 height (DVD) or 500 width (BR) and ave it in a temporary BMP.

I open the BMP and check for any still visible irregularities (scratch, dirt).

If so, I correct the errors to the best of my abilities with MS Paint in the big picture and shrink it again.

If I'm satisfied, I save the picture in the final size (still BMP).

Now I open DVDP and select the picture. DVDP will transform it from BMP to JPG.

Using BMP to the end prevents the picture from being compressed multiple times and thus reduces the creation of artifacts.
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I take the inlay out of the case and flatten it carefully.

Then I scan the whole cover at 600dpi as BMP.

It's about 80 megs in size.

Then I copy the file once.

Then I open my old ACDSee 3.0 and cut the front cover from one file and the back cover from another.

Then I save the file (still BMP) and then I use the auto-adjust feature. Then I compare if the cover looks better with or without auto-adjust.

At this point the picture is still several 1000 pixels wide. I resize it to 700 height (DVD) or 500 width (BR) and ave it in a temporary BMP.

I open the BMP and check for any still visible irregularities (scratch, dirt).

If so, I correct the errors to the best of my abilities with MS Paint in the big picture and shrink it again.

If I'm satisfied, I save the picture in the final size (still BMP).

Now I open DVDP and select the picture. DVDP will transform it from BMP to JPG.

Using BMP to the end prevents the picture from being compressed multiple times and thus reduces the creation of artifacts.


Interesting... I think on my next scan I'll try it both ways, and see if I can tell the two apart.
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Quoting Kulju:
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Quoting DoubleDownAgain:
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Quoting scotthm:
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I take the insert out of the keepcase

Do you mean you remove the shrink wrap before starting the scan process?


I think he means taking the artwork out of the case, so you aren't scanning through the clear plastic.

Sarcasm, some people get it, some don't 


I wasn't being sarcastic?!? 






I wasn't sure, it's hard to know for sure when reading message boards.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorMithi
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Using BMP to the end prevents the picture from being compressed multiple times and thus reduces the creation of artifacts.

In GIMP I use XCF all the way. The last step is to resize and save as JPG at a compression-rate of my liking and copy that one back to the DVD-Profiler-folder. I prefer not to do this in DVD Profiler, cos I'm thinking that GIMP handles image-manipulation better.

For copying the files around I use TradingPoster TG 1.5 with a custom entry:
copy "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\DVD Profiler\Databases\Default\Images\TP_ProfileIDf.jpg" "$Workdirectory\TP_Title_FileName avers - TP_ProfileIDf.jpg"
copy "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\DVD Profiler\Databases\Default\Images\TP_ProfileIDb.jpg" "$Workdirectory\TP_Title_FileName revers - TP_ProfileIDb.jpg"
move /Y "$Workdirectory\TP_Title_FileName avers - TP_ProfileIDf.jpg" "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\DVD Profiler\Databases\Default\Images\TP_ProfileIDf.jpg"
move /Y "$Workdirectory\TP_Title_FileName revers - TP_ProfileIDb.jpg" "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\DVD Profiler\Databases\Default\Images\TP_ProfileIDb.jpg"

(replace $Workdirectory accordingly)
Edited for the new Version of TradingPoster TG, now with movie-titles, thus better human readability

Just put what this entry produces in an editor and c&p the necessary line to the command-line to get the old cover to your working directory, do the image-thing and move them back.
You should either end DVD Profiler or load a different db prior to the moving covers back, otherwise Profiler reacts a bit funny, such as not updating the thumbnail for the new cover

cya, Mithi
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantRobAGD
Registered: June 3, 2007
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Humm depends if I just have one to do or several.

If it is just a 1 I do it in DVDP. Just adjust within the twain driver/software

Scan at 120dpi preview then final, and if it needs it crop in DVDP

If I have several I just do it in Paintshop Pro. I don't worry about naming as they get copied to the DVDP folders and I delete after I am done.

-R
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Just got a new Canon scanner/printer, so I'll be back to scanning covers again. The HP went down 2 weeks ago, since then I've gotten DVD's that are not in the database or have no cover scans so I won't even watch them unless I can do a complete contribution with scans.
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