How to scan

3. Steps to scan a book
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Steps to scan a book
Topics
1.
Recommended camera settings
2.
Before scanning
3.
How to calibrate cameras
4.
Start scanning
5.
How to connect the cameras
6.
How to set focus
7.
Shooting modes
8.
Other features
9.
Instant crop
10. Keyboard shortcuts
11. Additional tip: Hard reset
12. Additional tip: More on focusing
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Recommended camera settings
White balance
Color temp.
Common settings for
All BookDrive models
BookDrive Pro
BookDrive Mini
BookDrive DIY
BookDrive Mark 2
Mode :
Lens :
Auto off :
Autofocus :
AF point :
File size :
WB :
ISO :
Manual
MF (Manual Focus)
No
One Shot
Average
Large
(Custom white balance)
ISO200
F stop : F5
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
F stop : F4.5
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
F stop : F4.5
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
F stop : F6.3
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Note : These are just guidelines. Feel free to use other setting that you prefer.
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Updated: October 2015
Before scanning
1. Plug in the AC cord of the lamp to the power source
(compatible with both 110V or 220V) and turn on the light.
2.
BookDrive Pro
BookDrive Mini
3. Both cameras should still remain OFF. Connect the USB cables to the
cameras.
4. Connect the USB cables to the computer or the USB hub.
The cameras still remain OFF.
Master PC
Master PC
Slave PC
Slave PC Master PC
Master PC
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5. If your BookDrive has Auto Capture Switch, connect the USB cable to
the Auto Capture Switch’s USB port and then to the computer or the
USB hub.
6. Place book in the middle of the cradle.
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7. Lock book position with magnetic locks.
White
blank
paper
White
blank
paper
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How to calibrate cameras
To ensure both left and right cameras produce the exact same color,
you need to set up both cameras using “custom white balance”.
It will set the cameras for the exact lighting conditions as they truly are
at that time and location. Here is the how-to.
1. Place white blank paper on the cradle.
White
blank
paper
White
blank
paper
White balance
Color temp.
2. Lens should be set as MF (manual focus). The camera should be
temporarily in AWB (auto white balance) mode.
The EV compensation is recommended to be set as +1.
White balance
Color temp.
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3. Now, you may need to adjust the distance of the camera so that
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(The camera needs to have a memory card to save the image in this step.)
4. Next, press the Menu button. Go to shooting menu page 2
and select the Custom WB menu.
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5.
Set Highlight OK Press Set again.
6. Now that image’s white reference data is analyzed by the camera to
calibrate the white balance setting and then you’re ready to shoot with
an accurate white balance that matches the lighting conditions exactly.
7.
the second camera.
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Start Scanning
1. Open BookDrive Capture software
2. A start up wizard lets you choose whether you want to scan a new
book or resume scanning recent books.
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3. There are 2 tabs: Settings and Metadata
In Metadata
folder as the scanned images. Skip if you don’t care about metadata.
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How to connect the cameras
1.
Wait a little and you will see BookDrive Capture detect the just
powered-on camera.
2. If any program (e.g. EOS Utility program) is open or trying to open,
close it. (If you don’t close it, the program such as EOS Utility will
compete with BookDrive Capture in communicating with the cameras
and it would result in an error).
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3. Then, turn on the left camera
Wait a little and the program will detect the just powered-on left camera too.
Again, make sure to close other program that is open or trying to open.
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4.
Now that both cameras are connected properly, the system is ready to
scan.
Let’s take a test shot. Hit + on the keypad. The cameras will take
not be saved to clutter your system.
5.
If you are not happy with the test shots, you can make change to the
camera settings within BookDrive Capture. Click the setting that you
want to change and use UP and DOWN arrows to make change.
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6.
Once you are happy with the test shots, you can start scanning an
entire book. Hit Enter on the keypad or click the Capture icon to scan
both pages.
7.
For automatic scanning without button pressing, there are 2 options:
the Auto Capture Switch and Time-lapse Capture
Time-lapse Capture
Auto Capture Switch
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The Auto Capture Switch functions like a generic USB numeric keypad.
It is plug and play. No special driver needed. Simply plug in and turn
on the Auto Capture Switch and the computer should recognize it as
another generic USB numeric keypad.
Auto Capture Switch
Or you can choose to use the Time-lapse Capture to have the
from 0-10 seconds.
Click to
enable / disable
Click to
adjust time
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How to set focus
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1.
Set auto focus mode to One Shot
2.
In AF point selection, select the center point
3.
Then use the target sheet (included with every BookDrive)
as target for the camera to focus on. Rotate the target sheet so that it
best approximates the page size you intend to scan (e.g. A4, A3, A2,
or legal). Position the target sheet so that the checkerboard is at the
center.
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4. Set the lens to Auto Focus (AF) for the time being.
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5. Press the shutter button half-way. Do this a few times to make sure the
camera focus on the checkerboard on the target sheet.
TIP: If the camera’s already locked the focus appropriately, when you
press the shutter button half-way again, the focus ring won’t move so much.
6. Now that the camera’s locked focus properly, gently switch the lens
mode back to MF (manual focus). Be careful not to move the focus
ring unintentionally or else you have to do the previous step again.
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TIP: If the lens you are using doesn’t have a robust build
(e.g. EF 50mm f 1.8) or it’s a battered old lens, we recommend
you tape down the focus ring like the picture shown here to make
sure it stays at the same place and doesn’t gradually move by
itself throughout the whole scanning session.
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Tap
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Shooting modes
There are 4 shooting modes total: Test, New Page, Replace and Insert.
(The toggle switch shows only 3 modes: New Page, Replace, and Insert)
- Test is when you want to see how the images would come out without
+”
- New Page is what you will use mostly during scanning.
Keyboard shortcut is “Enter”.
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Replace is when you want to replace the images you’re not happy with
the new ones. Keyboard shortcut is “Del”.
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T002.JPG
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- For example, if you insert some pages in the middle, the program will
name those inserted pages properly as well as rename all the
succeeding pages automatically.
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Insert is when you accidentally skipped some pages and want to go
back to insert the missing ones. Keyboard shortcut is “Ins”.
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T003.JPG
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according to where they belong.
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Use UP and DOWN arrows to select where you want to insert or
replace pages.
Or you can right click anywherer to insert, replace or delete images.
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There are times when the materials you are scanning have the content
only on one side of the page. In such case, instead of scanning both
sides of a book as you normally would, you can to scan just the single
side of a book, which has content.
- Press “Enter”
the program to scan
both sides of a page.
- Press “ / ” to scan the
left side page only.
- Press “ * ” to scan the
right side page only.
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Other features
There are a lot of options and tools in BookDrive Capture to help you
with the aligning and checking the quality of the images.
Instant crop
At any time, you can choose to crop the images where the Red
Marker is by pressing “C” on the keyboard or select from the menu,
Action / Crop
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If you want to have every image automatically cropped, then turn on the
Auto Crop mode by clicking the crop icon. From then on, every time
you press Enter to scan, the program will crop and capture
automatically (until you turn the Auto Crop mode off).
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Keyboard shortcuts
Scan left page only
Scan right page only
Double Replace
Test shot
Scan both
left and right pages
Insert
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Replace
Additional tip: Hard reset
If the camera appears locked up, in that case, it may require a hard
reset. Popping the battery adapter (or the power adapter) out of the
camera battery compartment and reinsert it will help.
Camera battery
AC adapter
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Additional tip: More on focusing
How to check the focus point after the shooting?
When you capture an image with a Canon DSLR, the information such
as shutter speed, focus length and focus point will be added to the image
and can be viewed using the Canon also included software named
“ZoomBrowser EX”, which should be part of what’s installed when you
install the camera driver. In ZoomBrowser, simply choose your image and
double click. Then click on “Show Auto Focus Points” on the menu
The red square depicts the focus point of the image taken. It the focus
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