Do you offer “process only” for still film?

No. We don’t offer this because too often in the past we had films returned to us that the client was unable to scan due to the condition of the film, whereas we were able to scan the film because we are experienced in dealing with scanning very dense and/or faded negatives. This isn’t to say that your negatives won’t be home-scannable but we don’t know people’s capabilities or hardware, and won’t be responsible for that. We have even had labs that have returned negatives for us to scan because they couldn’t.

Here are some reasons why the scanning is best left to us….

  • Color films that are accelerated into color after first processing them safely to B&W: the B&W version must be scanned for security before doing that step. Once we accelerate to color the B&W version is gone forever from the film. We absolutely need to scan these.
  • Some negatives turn out as dense as welding glass and conventional scanners can’t see through them.
  • Some negatives have such an extremely faint image on them that they can’t be seen with the preview scan on a conventional scanner, making them very difficult to locate your marquee correctly during preview. Auto frame selection will not work on these negatives. Do not assume if you don’t see images upon a quick inspection that there is nothing there.
  • Some films such as GAF cassettes and Triple Print blue label films are processed into an unstable reflective negative that begins fading after processing. Not only do they need to be scanned right away, they are scanned wet because the contrast on the film is much higher when wet and they can’t be scanned on a normal scanner because light will not pass through them.