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1  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Anyone using EM2 on Mountain Lion? on: August 05, 2013, 12:40:12 PM
Yup, works just fine.
2  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Moving to new computer on: December 17, 2012, 06:48:31 AM
You will have to enter your license code in manually.  For all of your settings, database, etc, check out the PDF Manual from the ImageIngester website.  Marc has the location of all the files you will need to transfer listed in there for both Mac and PC.  Transfer them over and you should be set.  I just did it yesterday for my Mac and it was easy.

Good luck.
3  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Moving to Lion, what to do? on: October 22, 2012, 05:29:42 AM
If you don't want to make the switch to a different program all together.  Both Expression Media and Media Pro work just fine on Mountain Lion. 
4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Thinking of dropping dvd backups - not sure now about bucket strategy on: August 23, 2012, 06:12:01 AM
I have just recently made this decision as well and the reasoning was that as I am now starting to shoot videos with the D800 and save my D800 files as DNG with NEF embedded, the files are becoming so large that DVD buckets are getting to be tedious with like 30 files in them.  Instead, I am simply creating folders by project or location with media organized in folders by date just for a way to organize things.  For example, my HD has the folder structors like this...  2012/Borneo/20120705/ and then that is full of the files.

I find that once I get things into Lightroom, I don't care so much about the folder structure. 

Finally, as far as archiving goes, I still have 500+ DVDs (x2) of my old archive.  For the future, I probably will simply create a mirror and maybe someday go for a web based archive.  I just stumbled upon Amazon's Glacier service and for the first time, online archiving media is starting to get down to a reasonable price for a professional.   $10/month/TB isn't too shabby.  Of course, you have to upload it all which is its own issue.  Anyway, I might also start going for 3 mirrored drives, one stored off site and alternating backups.  Just a thought. 

5  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: LR 4.1 DNG issues on: August 20, 2012, 04:54:28 PM
I had this problem as well though with Nikon files.  It appears to be the DNG, not the type of file it comes from.  I solved it by going Media Pro -> Media Rendering and then under the Raw tab, I set the Rendering Engine to Phase One.  That solved my problems.  That being said, since I've started with LR4, I haven't added any new files to my MediaPro catalogs, prefering just to use LR as my one stop shop for DAM.  Still use Media Pro for all my old files though until I spend the weeks of tedium importing all my old files (100,000+) LR4.

6  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: DVD-buckets and file size difference between operating systems on: February 06, 2012, 11:49:30 AM
The 4.6 works on Lion as well.
7  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: DVD-buckets and file size difference between operating systems on: February 03, 2012, 10:16:37 AM
When Mac changed the way they computed drives it blew my mind for a few minutes.  A bit of trial and error now shows me that my buckets need to be below 4.63GB to fit on my normal 4.3 GB disks...

Hope that helps!
8  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Exporting Catalog Sets to Files on: January 28, 2012, 08:04:12 AM
I just uninstalled and reinstalled EM2 and that seems to have fixed this problem.
9  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Exporting Catalog Sets to Files on: January 28, 2012, 07:39:21 AM
As I have been messing around trying to resolve an issue with EM2, I also noticed that when I run Sync Annotations to files and have the "Sync Catalog Sets" option set, the Catalog sets do not get synced to my DNG files, or any other files for that matter.  Any ideas?  I am almost positive that this function used to work!

10  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Unable to Scan Media & Thumbnail Problems on: January 28, 2012, 07:35:39 AM
Hey Everyone,

Long time iView and EM user but all of a sudden I am getting a bunch of weird errors that are driving me nuts.  I recently took a whole bunch of panoramas and went on a giant Photomerge marathon.  When I now catalog these PSDs, most of them show up just fine, a few turn yellow or gray, and a few provide the error "can't scan media file".  The files all open and work just fine in Photoshop.  Any ideas?

11  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Field Storage & Reliability on: October 16, 2011, 09:04:47 AM
Hey Folks,

I'm in the early stages of planning a new video project where my storage requirements are going to be enormous (500GB - 1TB per day).  This in itself isn't that difficult (money not withstanding) but I will be working in extremely remote places where conditions for electronics aren't going to be great.  I am trying to figure out the best way to manage this media and store it while in the field.  Keep in mind that I probably will be running on generator power much of the time.  My ideas so far...

1) A bunch of bare 2.5" drives stored in Pelican Cases.  They live in a case, they come out to transfer and they go back in the case.  Figure they are 1TB drives so basically I access 1 Drive a day (well 2 for mirroring).  These will sit in an enclosure for downloading (part of the transfer system I will be using).  One advantage here is I will be going eSATA to eSATA to transfers will be fast and I can pretty much say 1 Drive per day.

2)  Something like the LaCie Ruggeds or another small bus powered FW800 drive.  These are pricier and I'm not sure if the Rugged encasing is all that useful compared to a Pelican case for the bare drives.  FW800 will be slower as my reader will be eSATA but I can still say basically a 1TB drive per day (mirrored of course). 

When I return from the field, all video will be transferred to two mirrored 3TB 3.5" drives which will then be stored separately and in Pelican Hard Drive cases.  I also will probably do a LTO-5 backup as well.  I then will reuse the field drives for my next trip.  What is scary is that I could be generating like 40-50 TB of data per trip.  That is beyond the point here though.  What would you as field storage?

12  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 10, 2011, 01:05:42 PM
Looks like Phase One just announced the latest version of Expression Media...  Media Pro.. 

I haven't looked through the details yet but am downloading a trial version now.  Can't wait to see what improvements have been made.  Only $59 to upgrade from EM2 or $69 to upgrade from iView...  That at least sounds good.

For details, check out the site.  I hope Peter or others can share any experience they may have had with it or any Betas they might have used!

13  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Sample GPS tagged Image on: March 16, 2011, 03:25:46 PM

Doesn't matter too much.  Any will work as long as the data is embedded....

my email is or fit is a big file we can figure out another way to do it.

14  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Sample GPS tagged Image on: March 16, 2011, 02:39:26 PM

I have a bit of an odd request.  I have spent the past few days coding a new gallery software and am building in various features.  As of now, the software does not have any support for GeoTagging (reading the data embedded in a file) and I would like to build that in.  Unfortunately, I don't do any geotagging myself so have no images to run tests with.  Would anyone be willing to share with me an image that I could use for testing purposes?  I really don't care what it is, I just need to be sure that the data is parsed correctly.  Thanks for your help!

Drew Fulton
15  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: Preferred DNG editor? on: November 30, 2010, 12:16:13 PM

John's got all the answers there but I'll clarify what I said.  Camera Raw (ACR) can be launched either through Bridge or through Photoshop.  When you edit a DNG using either of these options, the adjustments are saved.  However, if you open it in photoshop and do other stuff to it (Filters for example) you have to save as a PSD/Tiff/etc.  There is the option of opening the DNG as a Smart Object and then you can go back and edit that layer later in ACR even though your file is now some other format.

As far as Lightroom goes, I am not a Lightroom user, yet.  I have considered making the jump a lot recently and right now I just haven't bit the bullet and made the leap.  I currently use ACR/Bridge/Photoshop for all my editing and then over to Expression Media for all my cataloging.  I personally really like my workflow but am considering making the switch to LR3 at some point, especially for my wife.  I haven't' used LR since version 1 betas and didn't like it then.  Yes, I know it has improved by leaps and bounds since, but I just haven't made the effort to learn a new program yet.

Hope that helps!


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