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1  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Announcement release Media Pro 1.0.1 on: September 11, 2011, 02:12:08 PM
Rick,
I have found that I am doing more of my photo management with Lightroom, but doing the multimedia management with Media Pro.  I recently went back to some video footage that was not well ingested (lots of duplication, bad file naming, need to run Dualeyes, etc) and found that Media Pro was absolutely essential. And keeping track of long-archived images is still much faster and easier with Media Pro.

I see that you say you need to sort some stuff out - duplicates.  This is much easier with Media Pro.  If you are doing multimedia, then I'd suggest that Media Pro would be worth owning, if budget allows, even if you may do most of your photo management with Lightroom.

Sorry I can't be more specific, but without knowing your capability, budget, workflow etc, it's hard to say.
Peter
2  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Do my custom Web galleries keep me wedded to EM2/Media Pro? on: August 24, 2011, 09:45:28 PM
Mark,
Can Capture NX2 replace the embedded review on the NEF with an optimized one?  I thought that was something it could do.  If that's the case, you should be able to tell EM2 (but probably not Media Pro) to use the embedded preview in web gallery creation.

Can you share some examples of how you use the custom web galleries?
Peter
3  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: backing up photos and lightroom catalog on: August 24, 2011, 09:38:25 PM
Corey,
The tool you use needs to be driven by the functionality you want to achieve.

I would suggest that the work you do to your raw file archive - add keywords, adjust develop settings etc can all be held in the Lightroom catalog (and in the versioned catalog backups). Therefore there is a real premium placed on backup and preservation of that document.  (In fact, many of the most important functions in Lightroom *can't* be written out to the files. Collections, VC's, publish info, Export history, develop history are all catalog-only data.)

This makes the work you do in Lightroom fundamentally different, from a file-nhandling standpoint, than the source image files. If you are archiving raw files, then the source file *never* changes.  If you are archiving DNGs, then the source files change, (if you sync metadata and previews), but all of the changes are ones that can be stored and, more importantly, *restored* by the catalog, if preserved properly.

The above arrangement, is why I advocate splitting the catalog from the files, in terms of file handling and backup.  The catlaog (at least the .lrcat part) needs to be preserved in its most current form (along with wnatever backups you have decided to create and maintain). that's a different kind of problem than backing up unchanging image data.

So catalogs need to have an automatic backup that gets updated frequently.  Unchanging data like image files need to be updated much less frequently, and can take advantage of the benefits of easily-made write-once and offsite backups.
Peter
4  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: DAM Catalog Software Choice for 10k image archive on: August 24, 2011, 09:22:56 PM
Scott,
Have you tried to use Media Pro, or are you just reading the posts?
While I can't speak to the inner commitment to Media Ro over at Phase One, I would point out some history of the company.

Capture One languished for a while as the company restructured the software. In the past year, development of the software has accelerated dramatically, with releases coming at a pretty remarkable pace, considering the additions in each release.

I'm not saying that this is what will happen with Media Pro, but it is helpful to look at the track record of a company hen trying to evaluate what they might do in the future.

There are a number of people who would maintain that the trajectory of Expression Media was not atypical for a Microsoft acquisition. While I would maintain that this oversimplifies what happened with that software, it does track reasonably closely with what the company has done in the past.

Peter
5  General / General Discussion / Free Expresion Media with DAM Book Purchase - October Only on: October 22, 2010, 08:25:06 AM
For the next 10 days, forum members can get a free, fully licensed copy of Expression Media 2 with a purchase of The DAM Book.
This offer expires on October 31st
In order to qualify, you must make the purchase through the link below.
This offer is open to members of photographic organizations such as ASMP, AIPP, ASPP, etc, as well as members of the DAM Forum.

Details here:
http://thedambook.com/offer

If you have any questions about this offer, send me a note at forum@peterkrogh.com

Thanks to Phase One for this very generous offer.

Peter

6  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Place Finder Details - How Well Populated... on: October 13, 2010, 08:06:31 AM
Ian,
I appreciate the nerdery you went through here.  However, I do something much simpler. 

I run a Find on "Country is empty" and all files with no country show up. I then save these as a catalog set.  At this point, I can look through them to see which groups of images are easiest to annotate. If I have a group from the same location, I will add that location tag to the group of image.  Of course, that adds the country, State, and City tags as well.

If the group of images is from one city, but has a lot of sublocations, I'll just do the city part, and work on the locations at a later date.

You can repeat this with State and City as you work through your images.  Once you've started adding Country, State or City, the List view can be very helpful to pick out images that can get further location tags.

Peter
7  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS in EM2 on: October 12, 2010, 07:36:46 PM
Bill,
There are a bunch of pain points on this one.  THose include EM2's undeniably flaky implementation of GPS. It also includes the likely discrepancy between what's written to EXIF and the XMP version of EXIF.

Hopefully this is fixed before too long.  At the moment, the important thing is to be able to see the tags in at least one application.  If they are present, then the tags can ultimately be migrated to the right place.
Peter
8  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Newbie Qs about Geotagging with Canon dSLR on: October 12, 2010, 07:33:19 PM
Greg,
If you are tagging photos shot in the great outdoors only, then an in-camera tagging system can work.  If you might be in a city, or indoors, then you should consider a tracklog merge system.  It offers the ability to interpolate in a way that in-camera tagging does not.

You can make a tracklog with a dedicated GPS unit.  The hard part about that is that you neeed to do battery management. My Garmin can go 24 hours on a set of rechargeable, which takes some of the pain out, but it's still not easy to remember to swap batteries and keep them charged.

You can also use a smartphone that can apply GPS tags to photos to make a tracklog.  The hard part about that is that you need to remember to shoot a picture along the way to make the tracklog.
Peter
9  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Reverse-engineering GPS coordinates? on: October 12, 2010, 07:27:41 PM
Greg,
Yes, this can be done, but it depends on the software you have.
For Windows, the best one I evaluated was Geosetter. It's free, and really capable.
Peter
10  General / General Discussion / Re: camera profiling on: October 12, 2010, 07:20:28 PM
Mark,
One of the best reasons to use DNG is that the profile gets embedded. When you save metadata to the file, the profile is added.
This is essential for people who make custom camera profiles.  Use of the DNG is nearly essential if you want to preserve the look of your images.
Peter
11  General / General Discussion / Re: naming folder conventions for pre-existing content? on: October 12, 2010, 07:18:05 PM
Greg,
My buckets are not chronological *by date shot* but, rather, *by date archived*.

Basically, I put stuff away once I'm ready to, regardless of what has gone before.

For instance, I have images that are from February that are still in my working folder.  These are travel images, and low priority for processing and archiving.  On the other hand, I have jobs that were proofed, delivered, and Master files created.  These are definitely ready for archive, and get put away once I have a Blu-ray disc's worth.

The catalog software will take care of putting htem in date order.

The one time I pay attention to this is at the end of the year. I like to get everything from on year into a bucket before I start to archive stuff from the next year.  I do this because I split my catalogs by year, and I want that split to coincide with a bucket.
Peter
12  General / General Discussion / Back from the road on: October 12, 2010, 07:07:40 PM
I've been away for quite some time folks.  Presentations in Cologne, Vienna, LOC conference in DC, at Fotocare in NY, shooting for most of a week for Whole Foods, and last weekend at Eddie Adams in the Catskills. We've also been putting together the special offer from Expression Media

http://thedambook.com/offer

It has been a lot of work.

Thanks to John and Dan for taking care of stuff while I've been traveling. I'm working through the posts, answering anything that seems to be outstanding.

Thanks for your understanding.
Peter
13  General / General Discussion / Re: Defining Archives on: October 12, 2010, 07:01:02 PM
Becky and Dale,
Sounds like you have basically got it.

Workflow, at it's most basic is a path from the camera to a permanent home. The archive is that home.
The backups for archives are more or less permanent, since the file is pretty stable there.

Until the file is archived, it is a working file. That means that it is changing, and needs a backup that reflects the current state of the file.
Working backups are harder to implement, and more expensive as well. (Swapper drives, for instance, mean you need an extra hard drive copy, and you need to move it offsite.)

Peter
14  General / General Discussion / Re: Field for Slide Mount Information on: October 12, 2010, 06:55:29 PM
Dale,
Can you list the different types of information that you are interested in capturing from the slide mount?
I would say that the key is to separate out the information types that are singular from those that have multiple values.

For instance, the camera type, film format, location created and film type are all singular.
But keywords, usages, and stock placement might all have multiple values.

Keeping the singular data segregated into individual fields makes the data more useful. Even if, at a later date, you need to move it somewhere else.
Peter
15  General / DAM Workshops / Re: Las Vegas Today and Tomorrow (Feb 17 & 18 2009) on: October 12, 2010, 06:50:55 PM
Trose (name?)
No new additions.  Not much has changed on a  structural level since it was released. There were a few changes in Lightroom 3, but really only some user interface stuff, rather than big changes in the Library.
Peter
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