Free slide sample
Your slides are priceless and you need to know they're going to be transferred to digital to the highest standard. If you want to sample Alive Studios quality, please send up to 3 slides and request a free sample. Please provide an email address so we can email the results to you. (If you would like your slides returning, please enclose 2 x £2 coins and we will send them back via recorded delivery).
To take advantage of this offer, download the form below, and post it along with your 2 or 3 slides to our studio in Devon
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lines are open 9.00am to 5:30pm weekdays. Tel: 0800 0830561
FREE Collection Service
We are happy to arrange our courier to collect your cine films from your work or home address. We'll provide you with a convenient one hour time slot by text and/or email. Collection is completely free for any size order. (UK mainland only, Scottish highlands & Islands excluded).
FREE Delivery Service
Delivery back to you is completely FREE on ALL orders, no matter how large or small. As with our collection service, we even provide you with a precise one hour delivery window so you don't have to wait in all day.
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Incredible high quality scanning service
Incredible high quality scanning service for 35mm slides. We offer the full high resolution scans in JPEG format, supplied o a USB memory stick, so you can print and share as you choose. As an added bonus, we also upload ALL your photos to your online account, completely free.
How do we scan your slides?
Every slide is individually scanned using a high-end low noise 3-line CCD sensor built specifically for 35mm slides. The quality is so far superior to a flat-bed system that it is not even comparable. Our vertical scanner scans each slide 4 times at alternating angles to achieve the best possible image. A further pass is made with an infra-red light which can detect the difference between the actual surface of the film and dirt and dust stuck to the surface. Where it detects an object that is stuck to the surface it scans past this, resulting in a cleaner, more restored image. The system also checks the lighting and contrast of your slide and alters it's settings to compensate for under/over exposed pictures. Scanned at a true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi gives us an average pixel size of 5300x3500 (54mb)
If you own a fat-bed scanner, you may have read about a feature called 'Digital Ice'. This is a feature designed to help you clean up your image without any graphical skills or software, and is performed by the scanner. This is fine if you're doing the scanning yourself, but it is well known that a human graphic artist will always be able to achieve better results, so here at Alive Studios we do not opt for the short-cut. We do not use Digital Ice, instead we spend the extra time and have our graphical team painstakingly touch-up each image by hand.
Once the hardware has done it's work, our skilled graphic artists get to work. Each photo is loaded into image manipulation software and painstakingly improved to remove unsightly hairs, scratches and blemishes. We also pay close attention to making sure the colours are restored to their original brightness and vibrancy, in effect bringing those dull tired slides back to life.