These controls let you toggle between the scanning
function and the viewing function.
Before you can scan any movie, you must create an album
to put it in.
Click on the "Make New Album" icon and fill out the necessary
fields to create an album.
Then click on the album to open it. You can not capture unless
you open the desired album.
Album information can be changed later by right clicking on
Old home movies are always "Positive", which is the
default state for the software.
"Negative" should be selected when transferring modern color
The "Set-Up" button lets you run the scanner and see the
image as if you were capturing but without actually
writing anything to the hard drive. This will let you preview
the image while you make adjustments to
color, horizon, framing, etc. Click "Set-Up" a second time to
end the preview.
NOTE: You will not see any image in set
up unless you are actually running film in the unit.
The "Start" button will begin your actual scan and the "Stop"
button will end your scan.
In between "Start" and "Stop" is a pause
symbol "II", which will let you pause the recording.
Press the pause symbol to pause the recording. Press the
pause symbol again to resume recording.
NOTE: You can not go directly from pause to "Start" or
Pause is handy should you need to repair a broken
splice and want to resume transferring
or if you want to pause the recording between rolls of film
for easier file management.
After you stop the scan, a box will pop up that lets you name
and number the file, along with a brief description.
The information can be changed by right clicking on the file
to relaunch the dialog box.
This information is what you see during an actual capture
The RetroScan-HD software will not automatically detect
changes in film formats.
Use the drop down menu under "Film Type" to select which
format you are transferring.
NOTE: If you choose the wrong format,
you will not hurt anything but the capture will not work
This lets you adjust the frame line up and down. All
adjustments work only while the software is either
in "Set Up" mode or during an actual capture. The software
will remember framer position between capture sessions.
The Red-Green-Blue sliders can be changed before or during
capture to alter color.
The up and down keys to the left move all RGB sliders
"RESET" brings all RGB sliders back to center.
The gradated slider adjusts brightness (gamma) and is not
affected by the "RESET" button.
This is useful for bringing out detail in the shadow areas of
old home movies
and also for adjusting the contrast of modern color negative.
"Horizon" adjusts the level of the frame line of the film
To use this feature, you will need to use the "Framer" control
pull the frame line down into view at the top of the capture
Once you have corrected the level, you can then readjust the
framer as desired.
The horizon control is handy for correcting titles that were
shot crooked long ago!
"Grain Reduction" will make the grain of the film less
reducing the degree of sharpening applied to each frame.
"Enhance" automatically raises detail in darker areas while
This is handy if you have darker film or film with a wide
range of exposures.
NOTE: When using "enhance"
all slider controls should normally be in the middle
but are still active and can be used to modify the look of
the enhance feature.
"Shutdown" will turn off the PC after the scan has completed
or the unit stops.
This is useful if starting a scan to run when you are away.
Albums created will show up one above the
other and can be sorted by title or date.
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