How To Use the LaserGraphics Film Recorder (LFR)

Some things to know before you get started

  1. The LFR (station # 19) must be reserved in advance.
  2. Allow 15 minutes warm-up time for film recorder.
  3. Site Assistant will turn on camera and load/unload your film.
  4. Users must supply their own film. ASA 100 Ektachrome Daylight Slide or Negative film is recommended. Although both slide and negative film may be used, slide film gives the best results.
  5. All files should be in PICT or Scrapbook format.
  6. Everyone has deadlines to meet, in most cases images go through theprocess smoothly. But things can and do go wrong PLEASE remember to plan enough time in your schedule to correct mistakes or retake your slides. (KRRB does it last batch processing at 4:30pm)
  7. We are not responsible for any files or film left unattended.
  8. No queue can be set up and run during reserved class times.
    PLEASE check schedule before making reservations or setting up long queues.

Familiarity with Macintosh is assumed

Step One: Initial Preparation

  1. Save or export your finished files in PICT or scrapbook file format.
  2. Open hard drive
  3. Drag new folder (with your-name) into the MacRascol folder, check it to see if it is in there (by double-clicking on MacRascol folder)

    Step Two: Making your image queue

    1. Under apple menu: select MacRascol IQ, you will be presented with
      a dialog box, click on;
    2. New image queue if you a making a new queue
    3. You will be asked to name this queue: or
    4. Open queue if you are opening a previously prepared queue
    5. You will have to locate your queue
    Give new queue your name with a Q after it (Tom's Q).
    Save this file in the your folder with your images in the MacRascol folder (located on the hard drive).
    Be sure that you do not save queue in the system folder.
    If you do, your queue will not find your images and your queue will not be processed.

    Now you will be begin to add your files to your queue.

    Step Three: Adding your files to your queue

    1. The queue window will give you the option to add one or many files
      or scrapbook files.
    2. Choose the best option for you
    3. A dialog box will appear for selecting your files.
    4. Find your folder with your files and select files (by clicking on them) to be added to the queue
    5. Continue until all files for processing are listed in your queue.

    Step Four: Fine tuning the files in your Queue

    Open PICT options and cropping window at the same time to prepare files for output. To do this select one of the files in your queue by clicking on it's name.

    1. Select cropping from MacRascol menu (to see image, set cropping
      and slide orientation)

      • The image you selected in your queue will appear in cropping
        window. What is seen in the gray outline around image will appear on the slide.
      • Crop if necessary
        • Do this by selecting a corner of the gray box enclosing your image
        • Move box into new possession to include what portions of the image that are to be captured in slide.
      • Set portrait or landscape by clicking on small box in upper left corner.

      NOTE: You will not see it change on the computer screen, but the slide will reflect the change.

    2. Select PICT Options from MacRascol menu
      • To select number of copies (default is 1)
      • To change background color (default color is black)
      In most cases the default settings are what you will want to use. But when graphics are made on the computer, using scanned or manipulated images, many times what appears to be white space on the computer screen will turn out to be negative spaces. These negative spaces will be filled in with the background color (if it is left in default mode this would be black). This may produce unsatisfactory results. If you have many white or negative spaces in your image, to change the background color to white.
    3. Repeat, making changes as necessary for all files recorded.
    4. Close your queue window

    Step Five: Shooting your queue

    1. Open the MacRascol folder on hard drive and find your folder.
    2. Open your folder and locate you queue
      • Double click on your queue

      • You will be presented with the RIP dialog box

      • When dialog box appears, click start.
        Images will be automatically recorded in the order they were placed in queue.

    3. Site assistant will unload camera when processing is completed. Please remember to remove your folder with files & queue to the trash can when completed. If you have a must leave your files on the system until you process your slides, please make arrangements with site assistant by informing of them of your need. Space is very precious and your files may be trashed if left for later use. As an alternative, you may choose to keep your queue and files together on your disk for future use.