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1  Software Discussions / RAW File Converters / Re: How do I integrate Capture One 6 into workflow? on: March 06, 2012, 09:42:21 AM
Sorry about the links under my name. I thought it would work but didn't. My bad. Is there any way to edit a post you make on this forum?
2  Software Discussions / RAW File Converters / How do I integrate Capture One 6 into workflow? on: March 06, 2012, 09:40:40 AM
I just bought Capture One 6 and am wanting to integrate it into my workflow. I am wondering if anyone else is using it successfully in their workflow? If so, how are you using it? What does your workflow look like?

I currently import and convert to .dng using ImageIngester to a bucket, assign stars, metadata, color ratings, and slight adjustments through bridge. I then take my selections and open them up in Adobe Camera Raw and do most of my editing there. Whatever I can't get done in Camera Raw gets done in Photoshop. I'm assuming Capture One would take the place of Adobe Camera Raw? Any suggestions on how I can work Capture One into this? One question with Capture One is you have to start a new session each time you want to work on a set of images. How does that play into the workflow? Where should I store that session, or should I just trash it?

Thanks for your help!

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3  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / How many hard drives should I have? on: January 30, 2012, 11:39:14 AM
I'm currently just a one computer system, a laptop. I have my images organized like the illustration on page 239, which is my working files, my original image archive, and derivative archive all residing on one drive. It looks like this:

1 Online Drive:
    Original files
    Derivative Files
    Working files (mirrored from the laptops internal drive)

1 Offline Drive:
    Original Files
    Derivative Files
    Working Files (mirrored from the Online drive)

    Original Files
    Derivative Files

My question is this, is it bad to house the originals and derivatives together (I read ideally you shouldn't, though I forgot where I read that)? What are some reasons you shouldn't do it this way? The only reason I can see it being bad is when my number of images grows it might be easier to have a drive dedicated for each one. If I did do it this way, wouldn't that system look like this:

1 Online Original image drive
1 Online Derivative image drive (can be a smaller drive because this won't fill up as fast)
1 Offline Original image drive (an additive backup from the Online Drive)
1 Offline Derivative image drive (can be a smaller drive because this won't fill up as fast, an additive backup from the Online Drive )
1 set of blu-rays for both derivatives and originals

If this is a better way to do this then the only reason I haven't done it is because of money. I have already sunk over $500 on drives and enclosures and just don't have more money at the moment. If I do want to move to this system in the future (provided it makes sense and is in fact better) then hypothetically it should be easy. Correct me if I'm wrong, but all I would have to do is do a validated transfer from the Online and Offline drive that houses both the originals and derivatives and give them their own drive, then reset the folder paths in my cataloging software.

You're help would be greatly appreciated. I am just trying to see what I need to do and want to plan for the future.

4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: CD/DVD/BD-R safe pens? Which do you use on: January 25, 2012, 12:24:42 PM
Thanks for your help everyone. I decided to buy Sharpie's CD/DVD safe pen. Obviously I am not writing on the actual CD but the plastic spindle area. They seem to work well and passed the sniff test (I sniffed them to see if they smelled like standard Sharpie's. I was thinking, "Maybe it's the same pen but they are just trying to label it differently and are ripping us off." Doesn't appear to be the case, though they could always change the scent...I digress). I have read on Amazon that they dry out quickly though.
5  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / ImageIngester Pro not applying Catalog Sets and getting stuck on initial backup on: January 17, 2012, 09:42:23 AM
Hello all,

I have emailed Marc re: this problem but thought I would put it out here in case anyone has had the same problem and had a solution. First off, there have been several times when I go to ingest that the whole process grinds to a halt on the initial backup. II will just get stuck and not move forward with the backup. Just this last time I had this happen twice in a row. I had to just end up moving the images from the card to the appropriate folder with out II, which I would rather not do.

Secondly, I have tried to apply catalog sets in II and it has never worked for me. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but I have never been able to get it to work, which causes me to have another thing to do after ingestion in MediaPro.

Any help on either of these issues would be greatly appreciated!

I am running Mac OSx 10.6.8

Brian Carlson
6  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / CD/DVD/BD-R safe pens? Which do you use on: January 13, 2012, 11:41:30 AM
I'm shopping for some optical media safe pens. What do you use? Any suggestions? If you could provide the link to where you buy them that would be nice too!

7  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Where do I place multiple derivatives of the same file? on: January 06, 2012, 11:47:59 AM

Good point. I've been struggling to keep up with all my derivatives so not keeping all the derivatives makes sense. In truth, I can just create a photoshop action to size to print, website, blog, etc. If I ever need to do it again I can just action the derivatives again.

Thanks for your help
8  DAM Stuff / Migration Issues / Is storing Derivatives and Originals on the same drive a good idea? on: November 17, 2011, 03:38:46 PM
I currently don't have a ton of files so I am storing my Derivatives and Originals in separate folders on the same drive (this saves me some money on buying hard drives). Is this a good idea? Should I divide them in another way (possibly like Peter does by Originals and Derivaties on their own set of drives)? The reason I wonder if this is a bad idea is because I currently catalog ALL my files in one catalog (because the Godfather, I mean Peter, says the fewer the catalogs the better). I am afraid that in the future I will need to separate the catalog due to its size limitations in MediaPro. When I go to divide the catalog I'm thinking it might be difficult to locate & update the files because they are all spread out different drives. I am using the bucket system though, so wouldn't that make it easier to locate them? I've been pondering this for a few hours and I think I'm just stuck in a maze in my own head.

Your help would be much appreciated and let me know if you have any questions. I've asked several questions on this board and have never had a response so I'm hoping I'll have more luck this time around.

Brian Carlson
9  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Where do I place multiple derivatives of the same file? on: October 28, 2011, 12:18:04 PM

Firstly, sorry if this is the wrong place for this question. This might have been talked about before but it's hard to find information on this forum.

Anyway, when editing images I usually end up making multiple derivative copies of a certain file (one for the blog, one for the website, one for email, one for print, blah blah blah). My question is this, where and how should I store these images? Should I group the images into folders within the buckets like this:

Image files in progress
     Job name

Or should I just group them all together knowing that I will make catalog sets in MP? In the book Peter does divide some of the images (like dividing Master and Delivery) but I don't see him going this in depth. Any advice and suggestion would be great.

Also, when naming these files I was thinking about appending the appropriate word to the end. Something like "_Blog" "_email" "_website." Is this a good or bad idea?

10  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Need help creating buckets in MediaPro...please on: October 25, 2011, 04:19:36 PM
What are those tools (I'm using Mac)?

I just feel like creating new folders and dividing buckets should be easier than this in MediaPro. There has to be something I'm missing. Anyone?

11  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Need help creating buckets in MediaPro...please on: October 13, 2011, 12:38:37 PM

I'm having trouble understanding the directions in making buckets in the Catalog Folders area in MediaPro (pg. 423-24). Granted, I am reading the 2nd edition of The DAM Book, which covers how to do it with Expression Media and not MediaPro but I'm assuming it's not too much different.

Specifically I am having trouble splitting a folder in two and putting it into two buckets (example: if one bucket has some room in it but not enough to store the whole folder). I know how to make a bucket and how to put subfolders in it but just can't find an easy way to see the size of the folder I am going to split and the size of the bucket. In the book it says when you click a folder the program calculates the size of the shown item next to the catalog size in the bottom left. For some reason MediaPro isn't doing this when I click on a folder. It only does it when I click the dot to the right of the folder (but the dot isn't available on buckets) How do I get it to do this? Once I've accomplished this, how do I go about splitting a folder in two so that I can put it in two buckets?

Sorry if I'm long winded. Just want to be thorough. Feel free to ask any questions. Thanks in advance for your help! It means a lot to me.

12  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Need guidance creating PARTIAL bootable clone. on: October 13, 2011, 07:11:43 AM

When I started up my computer it showed the partition where the bootable drive was, it's just that the bootable drive didn't work. So are you just making an exact clone of your drive on that decommissioned backup? I would just rather not do that if I don't have to. What I'm thinking is I'd like to put my bootable backup on a partition on a drive and use the rest of drive as my backup when I'm traveling and shooting. Make sense?

13  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: ImageIngester not applying Catalog Sets? on: September 14, 2011, 05:34:21 PM
I am converting to DNG so there shouldn't be a sidecar, correct?

14  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Need guidance creating PARTIAL bootable clone. on: September 14, 2011, 12:06:17 PM
I have spent days trying to figure this out to no avail. Please help me. My small, feeble mind can not take it anymore.

I am a single laptop user. I am setting up a system like the one on pg. 239. My question is this: how do I create a partial bootable clone using Carbon Copy Cloner? I have looked all over the internet and can't seem to figure it out. All the information I read is about making a full clone of the drive.

I am using a ToughTech Q from WiebeTech to put the partial bootable clone on. I called and they said it should support a bootable clone, if it doesn't there is a minor adjustment I have to make.

Thanks in advance for your time

15  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / ImageIngester not applying Catalog Sets? on: September 13, 2011, 01:00:43 PM
First off, I'm new to DAM so please be patient.

I'm doing some preliminary tests to make sure my programs are working and I'm doing everything correct. I applied catalog sets in ImageIngester like Peter does in the book:

Catalog Sets

I go through the process of checking the images, applying some metadata, and doing some rating in Bridge. Then I move these images out of the 'Rate and Adjust' folder into the 'Transfer Me' folder (where they go into their buckets). Once I drag this folder into Media Pro everything seems to show up except the Catalog Sets I applied in Image Ingester.

Would someone please help me out with this? I'm running Mac OSX 10.6.8. If you've got any additional questions feel free to ask away

Thanks in advance!
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