Category Archives: Expression Media

Nice numbers

I’ve been testing Media Pro as I record some instructional movies for Phase One. Last night, I combined several of my yearly catalogs into a single larger one. I was able to combine the year 2002-2005 into one catalog that holds 124,000 items and is 3GB. so far, everything is working fine.

This is a significant improvement over the Microsoft Expression Media and iView versions which topped out at about 60,000 items and had a hard limit of 1.8 GB. If this is an indication of how Phase One plans to improve the software in the future, it bodes well for this new version.

Phase One Media Pro can hold a lot more photos than Expression Media could.

Phase One Releases Media Pro

Phase One released Media Pro yesterday, the newest version of Expression Media and iView Media Pro. The new software offers some important improvements, particularly for photographers who use Capture One software to optimize their image files.

Media Pro can now “see” the adjustments made to images in Capture One, so that images can look identical in each application. Not only does this let you see what the image looks like, but it lets Media Pro build web galleries, slideshows and output files that will show the corrections.

In addition, Capture One 6.2 and Media Pro can trade metadata back and forth, so that metadata created in one application can be seen and passed on by the other application. Here’s a video that shows the integration.

There’s also something here for users of Expression Media and iView who don’t use Capture One. The 1.8 GB catalog limit has now been lifted. (Applause) This has been a long-standing user request, and will help users unify their collection into a smaller number of catalogs.  I have done some testing with this, adding large previews to a catalog of 30,000 images. The resulting 5 GB catalog seems to function fine.  I’ll be doing more testing in the near future, and I’m particularly interested in how catalogs that approach the 128,000 item limit perform.

And the software has gotten a facelift, bringing it in line with the user interface of Capture One.

Current Expression Media owners can upgrade for $59, and iView owners can upgrade for $69.

Flying off the shelves

The month of October has been crazy in the shipping department here (otherwise known as the kitchen.) Today we sent out 47 books, including international orders to Japan, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

It’s been keeping Alyson pretty busy.

The offer for a free copy of Expression Media 2 with the purchase of The DAM Book lasts until the end of October. Details here.

Expression Media file format support

One of the most useful features of Expression Media is the ability to understand a lot of different media types. While it’s great for cataloging your photos, it’s also useful for a lot more. You can catalog audio files, movie clips, PDF, text and more.

This movie shows a number of the file types that expression can work with.

File Type Support in Expression Media 2 from Peter Krogh on Vimeo.

The clock is counting down on the special offer – buy The DAM Book from us and get Expression Media 2 for free.

Using Expression Media to sort out scans

This short movie (3:34) shows how the View Options in Expression Media can be used to help sort between different versions of image files. You have the choice of lots of different metadata to show under a thumbnail, such as file size, pixel dimensions, color space and modification dates.

When you couple that with the “Sort” command, it’s easy to find the version of the file you are looking for.

Sorting Scans with Expression Media 2 from Peter Krogh on Vimeo.

For the month of October, get a free copy of Expression Media when you buy The DAM Book from us here.

What is Expression Media 2 good for?

Durning the course of October 2010, we’re running a special at theDAMbook.com.  Buy a copy of the book from us, and get a free copy of Expression Media 2.  For those who aren’t familiar with the software, here’s a rundown of what this versatile program can do for you.  In subsequent posts, I’ll dive deeper into these areas.

Catalog your photo collection
In order to get the most from your photo collection, you need to know what you’ve got. Expression Media 2 is a great program for viewing and organizing large numbers of image files at one time. This can help you keep a whole collection at your fingertips, and, if you’re like me, find images you would have forgotten about.

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DAM Book 2 and Expression Media 2 special offer

For the month of October, we have a very special offer available for people who purchase The DAM Book through our website. With each purchase of the book, you get a voucher for a full copy of Expression Media 2, a $199 retail value.  This offer is open to members of photographic groups and associations, as outlined on this page.

Here’s the purchase link.

Over the course of the month, I’ll outline why I think this versatile software should be part of most photographers’ toolkits.

If you have a question about eligibility, please feel free to email.

Using AVCHD files on a Mac

Recently, I answered a question about how to use AVCHD files from a consumer video camera on a Mac. It can be really frustrating since these files are not native to the Mac.  If you have the Leopard or Snow Leopard operating system and you use iMovie or Final Cut or Adobe Premier Pro, you can read the files natively.

But what about playing them with Quicktime, or cataloging with Expression Media?  In these cases, you need to do some kind of conversion of the files.  There are two basic ways to do it – transcode or rewrap.

When you transcode, you take the bundle of JPEGs that make up the movie and you actually remake them. This is a destructive process that degrades the image as the individual frame images are remade. (That’s an oversimplification, but you get the point).

In general, whenever you transcode, you want to keep the original as well as the converted files. Not only is transcoding destructive, but there is the possibility of some kind of transcoding error, where frames might get dropped, or some other glitch introduced to the sequence.  This means you’ll be really increasing the storage needs, since you’ll need to save (and backup) both the original and the transcoded versions.

When you rewrap, you are basically taking all the JPEGs inside the movie file and putting a new wrapper around them (kind of like what a DNG does with raw file data). Since the individual images for each frame are not remade, there is no loss of visual quality. This also greatly reduces the possibility of any kind of dropped frames, etc.

Clipwrap ($50) can turn those pesky AVCHD files into quicktime-native files quickly and easily. If it reports a successful wrap, you’re pretty safe in tossing the original files. (Of course, to be safest, you’d want to watch the entire clip before tossing the original.)

Thanks to Richard Harrington who first talked me through this issue when I was dealing with my own camera.