Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED

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Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED is one of the 4 scanning programs available. Nikon CoolScan allows for high resolution scans of 35mm and medium format film using the Nikon CoolScan film Scanners.


  • Location: Applications>Nikon Software>Nikon Scan 4. - fig.1
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  • Turn on scanner and wait for scanner to warm up (wait for power LED to remain steady) and then prepare to load media in tray. - fig.2
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  • Scanning trays are located in the file sorter above the scanners in A121 or on top of the scanners in TH108. Put your film on the tray emulsion side down and close the tray.

  • To load, insert tray straight into scanner with arrow pointing in. The scanner will automatically load tray after it has been inserted about a quarter of the way into the scanner. DO NOT force the scanning tray or you will ruin the machine. - fig.3
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  • To show thumbnails on the toolbar, click thumbnail button and switch to thumbnail view. - fig.4
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  • To access advanced options, hold the 'Tools' button on the toolbar and select 'Tool Palette 1.' - fig.5
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  • To change resolution, expand the Crop menu and type in desired resolution (4000 ppi max). One can also change file size and scale under this menu.
  • It is highly suggested to leave the Curves, Color Balance, Unsharp Mask, and LCH Editor to default. The scanning software has very powerful color correcting capabilities that give a true color.
  • Digital Ice is a powerful tool Nikon has added to the scanning hardware that fixes dust and scratch problems on transparency surfaces (using this tool can save you a lot of time dusting scans in Photoshop, but it also increases scanning time exponentially). It is not recommended to use Digital Ice4 on grayscale scans.
  • To enable Digital Ice4 in Tool Palette 1, expand the Digital Ice4 Advanced menu and check “Enable.” A drop down menu next to this selection will give you the choice of “Normal” or “Fine.” “Normal” works okay, but “Fine” will give a very clean scan, though it takes much longer to make scans. - fig.6
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  • Scanner Extras - fig.7
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  • The Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 is capable of scanning at 8 or 16 bit depth. This option is available in Scanner Extras under Pixel Data Size.
  • Multi Sample Scanning scans each pixel multiple times (up to 16) eliminating noise caused by the scanner’s ccd sensor (this anomaly occurs on every scanner).

  • Once you have all your settings selected, you can begin scanning. Since Thumbnails are now shown, you can begin previewing your scan.
  • Choose the type of transparency (positive, color negative, grayscale/monotone negative, Kodachrome). Choose output type (calibrated RGB, Grayscale). - fig.9
  • Click the blue Preview button to preview the image.
  • The preview for grayscale images is faster since the scanner only needs to make 2 (two) passes (one for black and one for white). For color it needs to scan for 3 (three) colors (Red, Green, and Blue). -fig.9
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  • Select scan area in the preview window using the mouse to outline the scan area. Once you have selected your scan area, you can now scan your image. To do so, click the green “Scan” button (next to the Preview button).
  • The Progress Monitor will show how much work has been done. Depending on File Size, Resolution, and whether or not you are using Digital Ice4, the scan time can be relatively quick, or quite long (one 35mm color negative can take up to 30 minutes at full resolution, 16 bit depth, and with Digital Ice4 set to Fine, so be patient).



  • Select File>Save to save your scan. Choose your file name, where you want to save and file type (TIFF is best for image processing). - fig.10
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  • Click Save

  • Once you are finished scanning, eject the film tray using either the “eject” button on the tool bar or the eject button on the front of the scanner (fig 12) and place the tray back in the box. - fig.11, fig.12
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