Special Slides

Film Recorder

We have an Agfa Forte Plus film recorder, and can make 35mm slides from our computer. It has three choices for resolution:

 Resolution Horizontal Pixels Vertical Pixels
 2K 2,048 1,366
 4K 4,096 2,732
 8K 8,192 5,464

8K resolution is more than necessary for 35mm slides so we usually use 4K if the slide has text and either 2K or 4K if it does not.


We can output photographs. We still have not mastered the intricacies of color management - we usually do well enough for slide shows, but if you need to fade an unaltered picture into an altered picture we should image both so they will be consistent.

The software which drives the film recorder works with TIFF files. It does not do non-integer scaling, so the best sizes for an image are either 4,096 x 2,732 pixels or 2,048 x 1,366 pixels. The software also does not rotate pictures. They must be in horizontal format to be imaged.

We can accept images in any format that Adobe Photoshop can read, and can convert them to TIFF files. We can also rasterize Adobe Illustrator files.

Title slides

A film recorder is the easiest way to make title slides. Nothing else comes close.

We prefer TIFF files. We can also take PICT images or PICT scrapbooks, JPEG, Targa, and several other formats. or we can handle Adobe Persuasion or Microsoft PowerPoint files.

We have a fair number of fonts available. We have all the fonts which come with PowerPoint, those which came with Deneba Canvas, and many PostScript fonts, including the Type Basics package amd the fonts that came with Illustrator 10.0. If you need a particular font check with us.

Map slides

We have Cartesia's world databank and can generate slides with maps. These can take a while for us to make, and you need to discuss it with us so we can find out what you want in the map.

Alignment slides

If you are working with more than one projector, it is very useful to have slides with crosshairs and rectangles on them so you can line up the projectors. You can design your own alignment slides using one of the programs that makes title slides, or you can ask us to run off a set. Our slides usually are processed by Kodak, and their paper mounts will not align well. The slides will need to be remounted in something like a Wess VR mount which gets them all to line up.

We have an Oxberry bulk film back for the film recorder. It has very exact frame to frame registration and when we start using it we should be able to use PIN registered mounts rather than the VR mounts. This will be easier and more precise.


We have an Artix 4000t slide scanner. We do not have a flatbed scanner so we can only handle transparancies (slides and negatives).

Slide scanning

We can produce high density scans. However, unless you live nearby it is probably more convenient to use Kodak PhotoCDs. Prices vary, but the last time I checked, Wal-Mart would put images on a CD for $0.88 each.

Slide editing

We can edit images. We can fix scratches, retouch images, remove backscatter, build collages, etc. This can also take a while, and you will have to describe what you want done.

File formats and transfer methods

We can accept input and send output on floppies. We can also read and write Iomega Zip disks. Macintosh and PC format disks are fine. And we can read and burn CDs in several formats, and we can read DVD and read and write DVD-R disks.

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Last modified 22 July 2009