Open source Software to find and extract scanned negative frames

by vy32   Last Updated July 31, 2020 11:18 AM

I am looking for open source software that will find negatives on a sheet of scanned negatives and extract each one. Some of these negatives are Kodak disc, so the software needs to find rectangles of arbitrary rotation, rotate the images, and create new files. All of the rectangles are the same size.

This sounds like a capstone project in a computer science image processing course. It can't be that hard to do, and it seems like a common request, but I haven't found anything. If I can't find the software, what are the building blocks that I would use to write it myself?



Answers 1


GIMP can probably do that with the Divide scanned images script. I'm not sure how it would handle the Kodak disc, but perhaps by tweaking the settings (partially outlined in this blog post) you can get it to work.

The first steps are outlined on the [DivideScannedImages2 Github page:

  • Download and install the latest version of GIMP
  • (Optionally) Download deskew.exe to GIMP’s plugin directory.
    • On my Windows computer this is C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins
  • Download DivideScannedImages.scm (from this repository) and copy it to the GIMP scripts folder.
    • On my computer this is C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\scripts
  • Restart GIMP. You should now see the "Divide Scanned Images..." listed at the bottom of the "Filters" context menu (accessed from the menu bar). Click on it.
  • For batch-processing a directory of scanned pages you can also access a batch-mode ”Batch Divide Scanned Images…” in the Filters -> Batch Tools sub-menu.
Saaru Lindestøkke
Saaru Lindestøkke
July 31, 2020 11:06 AM

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