ion film2sdplus mainWith Film 2 SD Plus, you can enjoy your old pictures with the latest technology.  Just one button starts the scan, and the convenient auto focus, auto exposure, and auto-color balance mean you don't have to be a photo whiz to make great digital images—you'll be reliving all of your treasured memories in no time.  This video and article walks through how to scan your film or slide type and then transfer the images to your computer.

 

 

 

 

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Film 2 SD Plus - SD Card Basics

The ION Audio Film 2 SD Plus requires an SD card to be inserted in order to save any images.  With your purchase of a new Film 2 SD Plus comes a 4GB SD card to save your scanned images.  If you would like to use your own SD card, the Film 2 SD Plus accepts nearly any type and size SD or SDHC card.

If you do not have an SD card inserted into the Film 2 SD Plus, the unit will not allow you to continue forward.  Make sure that the SD card is inserted correctly with the gold "teeth" facing upwards and the SD card is inserted completely until you hear and feel an audible "click".  If the SD card is not being read as inserted or inserted correctly, you will see the following image in the LED window:

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Also, be sure that the Lock switch on the SD card is not set to locked.  To unlock an SD card follow the steps suggested here.  If the SD card is locked, you will see the following image in the LED window:

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Unlocking an SD Card

There is a lock switch on the SD card itself that may prevent you from saving images.  In most cases there is an arrow that points in the direction of the lock position.  Ensure that the lock switch is set in the opposite position of being locked.

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Power Options

The Film 2 SD Plus can be powered one of two ways: USB-to-wall charger or USB-to-computer.

USB-to-wall charger:

If you power the Film 2 SD with the included wall charger adapter, as soon as you turn it on it will go through the start-up process and land directly at the scanning page, instantly ready to scan an image.

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USB-to-computer: 

If you power the Film 2 SD Plus with the included USB cable directly to a computer, there is one extra step.

As soon as you power on the unit, it will recognize that it is being powered by a computer and will ask if you want to LINK it to the computer.  Use the Up or Down arrow to highlight No and press OK.  You will only LINK to the computer after you are finished scanning and you are ready to transfer images to the computer.

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Changing Film Types

Once you power the unit On one of the two ways described above, and you are able to see your inserted film or slide in the LED window, you may need to adjust the Film Type depending on the type of slide or film you are trying to scan.  The Film 2 SD Plus makes this process very easy.

  1. Upon viewing your image in the LED window, you will notice an icon in the bottom left side of the window.  The Film 2 SD Plus defaults to the 135 positive (slide) Film Type.  The different Film Type icons are as follows:

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  2. Press the type button to toggle through the various Film Type options.

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    You will notice that the icon in the bottom corner of the LED screen changes as you toggle through the various Film Types and color, size, and shape of the image changes with each option.

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  3. Continue to press the type button until you have chosen the correct Film Type for your project.

 

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Capturing and Saving an Image

Once you have chosen the correct Film Type, you will now want to save the image.  To do so:

  1. Ensure that your film or slide image is loaded in and lined up correctly.  
     
  2. Choose the correct Film Type.
     
  3. Press the OK button to capture the image.  An hourglass will appear on the screen for a short time while the Film 2 SD Plus process the scan.

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That's it!  You have now scanned and saved an image to the SD card.
 

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Transferring Images to a Computer

Once you have scanned as many slide or film images as you like, you can now transfer them to your computer.
 

Using Arcsoft MediaImpressions

If you are on a Windows operating system and would like to use the included Arcsoft MediaImpressions software to transfer the images, follow the steps suggested in this article on how to install the Arcsoft MediaImpressions software and how to transfer images using it.
 

SD Card - Direct to Computer

In many cases, the computer may have a built-in SD card slot.  In that case, just remove the SD card from the Film 2 SD Plus, insert it into the SD card slot on your computer, and transfer images as you would with any SD card or external hard drive.

USB Connection - Film 2 SD Plus to Computer

If you do not have an SD card slot on your computer, you can connect the Film 2 SD Plus directly to your computer with the included mini-USB to USB cable.  It is a class-compliant device - meaning that you do not need to install anything on your computer in order for everything to connect and work as it should - just plug it in and it will read correctly.
 

      1. Power the unit on.  You will be prompted to choose whether or not to LINK to the computer.

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      2. Use the down arrow button to highlight Yes, and then press OK.

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      3. The Film 2 SD Plus LED screen will go blank.  You can now access the SD card memory from your computer itself.  
         

Note: Often, but not always, a window will pop up when you connect the Film 2 SD Plus and power it on.  You can choose to follow those prompts if you are comfortable.  Otherwise, close any windows that may appear, find the operating system below that is closest to yours, and follow the steps suggested.

Note: There are many operating systems currently or previously on the market.  For the sake of helping the most users, we are only able to include specific steps for the three most popular operating systems currently on the market: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac 10.9.  While the steps may be different for other operating systems, they will likely be very similar.

Windows 7

    1. From your desktop, click on the Start menu and choose Computer.
    2. In the window that opens, you will notice that there is an extra hard disk drive or other storage location that is not typically there.  In most cases on a Windows 7 computer, it will be listed as Removable Disk (E:) under the Devices with Removable Storage section.  Locate and double-click on it to open it.

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    3. In the window that opens, double-click on DCIM.

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    4. In the window that opens you will notice various folders that the Film 2 SD Plus might save images to.  Double-click on the 101MEDIA folder to open it.

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    5. This is where your images are saved on the SD card.  You may see them listed by name, or you may see thumbnails of the images depending on the view you have set.  Click-and-drag the images to your computer.

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      That's it!

       

Windows 8
    1. Open File Explorer.  To do so:

      Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Search.

      If you are using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer down.  Then click Search.

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    2. Type "File Explorer" in the search box and then tap or click on File Explorer when it shows up just below the search box area.

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    3. In the window that opens, you will notice that there is an extra hard disk drive or other storage location that is not typically there listed within the Devices and Drives section.  In most cases it will be listed as Removable Disk.  Locate and double-click on it to open it.

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    4. In the window that opens, double-click on DCIM.

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    5. In the window that opens, you will notice various folders that the Film 2 SD Plus might save images to.  Double-click on the 101MEDIA folder to open it.

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    6. This is where your images are saved on the SD card.  You may see them listed by name, or you may see thumbnails of the images depending on the view you have set.  Click-and-drag the images to your computer.

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Mac 10.9

iPhoto may also automatically open.  

    1. Connect the Film 2 SD Plus to your Mac 10.9 computer.  Power on the Film 2 SD Plus.
       
    2. A new icon will appear on the desktop, likely titled VOLUME1.  This is a direct link to the SD card and the images you scanned.  

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      Note: If iPhoto automatically opens and you are comfortable importing your images with that software, feel free to follow the steps that iPhoto recommends.  If you do not want to use iPhoto, close the program.

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    3. Double-click on the VOLUME1 icon that was created on your desktop.  In the window that opens, double-click on DCIM to open that folder.

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    4. You will notice various folders that the Film 2 SD Plus might save images to.  Double-click on the 101MEDIA folder to open it.

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    5. This is where your images are saved on the SD card.  You may see them listed by name, or you may see thumbnails of the images depending on the view you have set.  Click-and-drag the images to your computer.

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