Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by rkomar
17 Jun 2019, 10:15
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: IXUS 160 Focal Plane
Replies: 8
Views: 2844

Re: IXUS 160 Focal Plane

I realize I'm very late to this, but I thought I'd share my experiences with this anyway. I had a pair of Canon A4000 point and shoot cameras. One of them focused the whole page well, the other seemed to have the focal plane on an angle. In the latter, I could advance the focal length by increments ...
by rkomar
02 Jun 2017, 02:46
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Heavy Speckling
Replies: 3
Views: 2723

Re: Heavy Speckling

I find that it helps to use an adaptive binarization algorithm in such cases. If your scanner doesn't provide such, scan the images in grayscale and apply that binarization using software afterwards.
by rkomar
03 Jan 2017, 21:59
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Dire camera situation 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 16221

Re: Dire camera situation 2017

I haven't bought a camera for a few years, so I'm out of date. What are the Canon cameras using if PTP is disabled? WiFi?
by rkomar
22 Dec 2016, 21:38
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My DIY Scanner
Replies: 37
Views: 7646

Re: My DIY Scanner

It's not that easy to optimize the zoom value for different sized books because the center of the page on the platen moves as the book changes size. If you want to cut down on wasted picture area, you have to be able to move the camera up and down to position it over the center of the current page. ...
by rkomar
22 Dec 2016, 19:19
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My DIY Scanner
Replies: 37
Views: 7646

Re: My DIY Scanner

I wasn't suggesting to use chdkptp for scanning books, but rather to use it to search for the optimum values for the focus distance, zoom and exposure time. Once you have those values, hopefully you can pass them to whatever software is doing the scanning. Personally, I don't trust the camera to get...
by rkomar
19 Dec 2016, 23:35
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My DIY Scanner
Replies: 37
Views: 7646

Re: My DIY Scanner

Nice work, and thanks for sharing! Since your cameras are always at the same position, I'd try to lock the focus and zoom to the same position every time. I'm assuming that you are using CHDK to control the cameras. You can use chdkptp to set different focus points and zoom levels to see which one p...
by rkomar
07 Dec 2016, 16:21
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: ix500 workflow. Scan directly to grayscale/bw or do it in photoshop postprocessing?
Replies: 21
Views: 6348

Re: ix500 workflow. Scan directly to grayscale/bw or do it in photoshop postprocessing?

There is a small advantage to scanning in colour; you can define yourself how the conversion from colour to greyscale is done. It's theoretically possible that different colours will produce the same greyscale value in one conversion scheme, thereby looking the same in the output. A different scheme...
by rkomar
03 Dec 2016, 22:04
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Best non-DIY book scanners
Replies: 44
Views: 42979

Re: Best non-DIY book scanners

I'm a linux guy, so I use command-line programs with shell scripts to convert images. I mentioned earlier that I use the binarizewolfjolion program to convert from greyscale to black-and-white. I use unpaper to clean up images. I also use ImageMagick and the netpbm suite of programs to do general co...
by rkomar
03 Dec 2016, 21:10
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Best non-DIY book scanners
Replies: 44
Views: 42979

Re: Best non-DIY book scanners

I think it partly depends on what you intend to read the scanned books on. I read on an E-Ink device, which has low contrast, so converting to black-and-white improves the readability and speed greatly. If reading on an LCD screen, then grayscale looks better than black-and-white. Personally, I woul...
by rkomar
01 Dec 2016, 22:02
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Best non-DIY book scanners
Replies: 44
Views: 42979

Re: Best non-DIY book scanners

Ouch! That's a lot of money for half a year of scanning. I hope you can get it fixed.