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VuPoint FS-C1-VP Film and Slide Digital Converter

by VUPOINT
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  • Scan images at 5.0 Mega pixel quality
  • Automatic color balance and exposure control
  • Built-in back light
  • Scan color or monochrome film and mounted slides
  • 2.0 USB Interface
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 11 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V7CPJG
  • Item model number: VUP FSC1VP
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

The FSC1VP is a digital film scanner that can scan images at 5.0 Mega pixel quality. With 10 bits per color channel your images will transfer with amazing clarity. The FSC1 also features automatic color balance and exposure control to make the most of all of your 35mm film strips. Included in this package is a 35mm film strip cover and mounted slide cover.

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Customer Reviews

The VuPoint was a waste of time and money.
Dave Spicer
In short, save your money for one of the more expensive scanners that actually does the job - don't waste your time or money on this one.
J. Alley
I spent 2 days trying to get the software driver to work (I am an experienced computer user that uses Windows XP).
M. Wardas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

552 of 559 people found the following review helpful By Mark on December 18, 2007
Although I'd been successfully using a Canon CanoScan LIDE 500f to scan OLD 35mm color and B&W negatives, it was slow going. Many of the negatives had curled up with the low humidity of Winter and mounting them into the 500f's slide adapter was quickly becoming a nightmare. I worked out how long it was taking me to mount and scan each negative, and took a look at my remaining workload (about 2,000 negatives and mounted 35mm slides remaining). It became clear I needed a faster solution both in terms of mounting and scanning speed.

Since the 500f's slide attachment only supports film strips, the new device had to support mounted slides. Also, the new device had to be simple to operate, allowing me to get negatives and film strips mounted as quickly as possible, while also having facilities to secure srips curled from low humidity. That's when I saw the VuPoint FS-C1-VP 35mm scanner. It was cheap, simple, and appeared to do everything I needed.

------THE UNIT

The VuPoint 35mm slide scanner is exactly what it appears to be, a 5 megapixel low-mid range CCD in a plastic housing. The housing contains a mini lightbox at the bottom to illuminate 35mm slides/negatives for scanning by the CCD. Simply take your slides or negatives, mount them in the included trays, and slide the trays into the scanner unit. Each tray window snaps gently into place, helping you to align slides/negatives under the CCD. The trays are VERY GOOD at holding curled negatives securely. (Extremely curled/rumpled negatives may introduce shadows into the scan. To relax the slides fully, try holding the tray over a steaming pot for about 10 seconds.)

The build quality of the VuPoint scanner is quite high.
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249 of 253 people found the following review helpful By The Spud Man on May 2, 2008
I have had this scanner about 1 week and after looking at the number of negative comments decided to put in my experience.

Hardware:
The physical scanner looks and feels quite solid. The "scanner" is a 5 megapixel video camera with a close focus lens and LEDs for illumination.

The slide carrier and negative carrier have "locks" on the sides and in the middle that make it difficult to easily change the contents. I filed them off and much prefer it that way. In addition the slide carrier has a ridge all the way around the slide making it difficult to get a slide out after scanning. I filed away the center part of the left and right edges. I could then slide a finger nail in to lift up the slide. The carrier only moves through the copier from the right side to the left. I would have preferred a carrier that could toggle left then right so that you could fill the one side while the other side was being transferred.

It turns out that the hardware takes a lot of power from the USB port. I had 1 computer that the "live image" would not work on (it only provided a partial (20%) image then streaked). A call to the company gave a quick answer that my USB port was not providing enough power. Switching computers confirmed that because it worked in the new computer.

Software:
There are 2 parts. The driver allows the scanner to function with any program that can take scanner input. I used it with ACDSEE, HP photo manager, ArcSoft Photo impression. I understand it could be used with Picasa but didn't try it. The driver appears to be pretty primative but functional.

The "live view" is basically a video feed. When you click "snap shot" or press the copy button you freeze the image for later transfer.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2008
I have about 15 years of slides to digitize. It seemed like the Film Scanner was a dream answer - only $100 (roughly) - and looked good (specs, photo).

However, as other reviewers have noted, it was more of a nightmare than a dream. First, the software. You are forced to use the PhotoImpressions software that comes with it. I guess it isn't TOO bad if you have one or two slides to convert. But for more - what a pain! First, there are no options on color correction. The process for acquiring images (scanning) and saving them to your hard drive (or whatever) is laborious and error-prone. And the resulting images require a LOT of Photoshopping to finish the color correction and brightness/contrast.

The hardware looks neat. But woe betide you if you don't get the slide carrier clicked all the way closed (as I did - its easy to slip up here). I pushed the carrier into the convertor about the first time I used it, and broke a TINY plastic pin that holds a flap in place. I had to disassemble it and remove the flap (works ok without it). But, being an engineer, I was negatively impressed with the design.

The bottom line, I'm slowly working my way through my slides using the Film Scanner. But its a painful experience. Stay away from this, if you can find something better!!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By DCResidentPK on March 14, 2008
I have had this product about one month now and have converted over 200 slides very successfully. A few things to know...
The user manual leaves a lot to be desired. I had no issue installing software (other places say it only supports XP, so know before you buy). Here is some info that might help you get started without making my mistakes.
The 'conversion' process is simply the VuPoint taking a picture of your slide. Therefore, you need to let the slide 'sit' about 20 seconds before you tell it to copy, so that it adjusts to the light - especially true on slides that have very light and dark areas. Once you have copied ('snapshot' via mouse, or button on top of scanner), then you can (and should) immediately push transfer (you will have already told it where to transfer the image to, in setup, which can be changed at any time). If you do not transfer the picture and you exit the ArcSoft software, your conversion will be lost and you have to do so again. The final transfer quality is much better than the 'snapshot/copy' you see in the arcsoft software. Do the whole process before judging. You still may have to cleanup in photoshop, but mostly due to damaged slides or cosmetic cropping etc..

I have converted both Kodak slides and non-kodak slides. The quality/vibrancy of the slides were very different and this was, of course, reflected when they were digitized.

I only converted slides, not negatives.

I would highly recommend this as a reasonable, long-term solution. If you only have a handful of slides, send them out to get done. But if you want control or have LOTS, then I say give this a shot. It was a great solution for my needs.
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