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1  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Re: Downloader pro for ingesting my RAW Files does it alter them? on: January 28, 2018, 06:32:37 PM
Yes you should be fine, just make sure you switch off any option to change the file: date stamp, IPTC, EXIF, etc,. I used BreezeBrowser and Downloader Pro many, many years ago and it is solid software.

You're right to be careful as some programs do change the raw file while downloading to a computer. In my case it was Nikon Transfer program, made by Nikon themselves. Phase One Capture One PRO was unable to to read the white balance - but this an edge case!
2  General / General Discussion / Re: Is the DAM Forum dead? on: January 23, 2013, 04:37:31 AM
If Media Pro / Expression Media / iView is working for you then keep using it! Media Pro is still a great DAM app but has not kept pace with the market that is dominated by Lightroom. The majority of photographers want one app to process and manage their photos and videos.

With the release of Capture One 7 last year Phase One now have a competitor to Lightroom and Aperture. Capture One needs a lot of work to come close to the DAM capabilities of Media Pro, or Lightroom for that matter. Phase One have said Media Pro will continue - but an update is overdue.

-- Robert.
3  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 18, 2011, 04:12:45 PM

As far as I can see regarding shared access to catalogs there is no difference to Expression Media and iView. i.e., The first user opening the catalog has read/write access, successive users have read-only access until the first user closes their app.

In Expression Media I did see crashes when more than one person opened an 'IVC' catalog. In the little time that I've used Media Pro I've seen no crashes opening 'MPCATALOG' files on multiple Mac computers. I am guessing when Phase One changed the catalog and increased its size limit they may have fixed what caused crashes?

-- Robert.
4  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Hierarchical keywords exchange between softwares on: May 16, 2011, 02:32:40 PM
Media Pro 1 uses the same XMP field that Adobe created. It would make more sense for Idimager to adopt the 800lb gorilla's method than Phase One to change to a method used by a smaller company.

-- Robert.
5  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 13, 2011, 09:09:38 PM
I know Phase One's actions will have to speak louder than words. However I have to say they are very responsive to user bug reports and take them seriously. Phase One are dedicated to make Media Pro the best DAM solution for all photographers including those who do not use Capture One. Nevertheless it makes sense to make the first update work better with their raw conversion software.

Media Pro will improve and I anticipate updates will be released far more frequently than has been the case since iView.

Surely Phase One need to recruit more alpha and beta testers before they release Media Pro to market? v1 should not have shipped with the apparently obvious bugs Paul lists above. I've sent at least as many bug reports to Phase One.

-- Robert.
6  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 11, 2011, 01:35:56 PM
John - on Mac the preview rendering is noticeably slower than xMedia and iView. On Windows it's fast. I remember xmedia did the same whilst Redmond experimented with WICs.

Rich - I did several tests on a Mac and yes Media Pro/Capture One XMP sidecar sync wipes ACR settings.

FWIW last year Phase One surveyed customers and the majority response whether to integrate or separate Capture One and xMedia was keep them separate.

The commercial reality is photographers want everything in one app regardless of whether it works or not! It's easier (and cheaper) to sell the Lightroom/Aperture/Bibble workflow story than Capture One+Media Pro.

-- Robert.
7  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 11, 2011, 04:07:20 AM
Good to see the catalog size limit raised from 1.8GB. That is THE number one bugbear from iView.

XMP sidecar support is better easier. Rather than the user do it folder by folder, Sync Annotations in Media Pro 1 now writes XMP sidecars alongside the selected files. However writing XMP files still removes any existing XMP data like Adobe Camera Raw settings!

On windows the raw rendering is the same fast speed. However rendering raw files is way slower on a Mac compared to Expression Media or iView.

Naturally the main benefit is for Capture One 6.2 users with roundtrip metadata and raw rendering.

Phase One are a similar size company to the old iView Multimedia. With the Microsoft code removed Phase One should be nimble enough to release frequent updates to Media Pro.

-- Robert.
8  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: Using both Lightroom AND Expression Media2, vis-a-vis RAWs and DNGs on: April 19, 2011, 12:07:51 AM
Hi Dadre,

Expression Media 2 can catalog metadata in xmp sidecar files. It can't (easily) write to the sidecars though...

DNG is a sfer raw format IMHO. It's your call whether to go DNG.

I keep my proprietary raws and convert to (& catalog) DNGs. Others discard their raw files - again your call.

I would only catalog either the DNG or the raw. It gets messy otherwise. For the same reason only use only catalog app and (if possible) one catalog.

For archiving the physical files the best practice is outlined in The DAM Book.

-- Robert.
9  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Goodbye EM2 on: January 16, 2011, 08:13:44 PM

Only from the last back up of your catalog. PITA and I've been there too.

FWIW all databases can will eventually corrupt whether the app is Lightroom, Portfolio, whatever.

-- Robert.
10  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: How to hide photos on: January 16, 2011, 08:05:12 PM

Try making a Set that has all items except the nudes. Yes you will need to update the Set with new images.

-- Robert.
11  Workflow Discussions / Multi-User Configurations / Re: Looking at EM 2 for two people on: November 27, 2010, 06:38:17 PM
Hi Becky,

The only safe way to share a single Catalog with Expression Media is to use a 'distribution catalog'.

To avoid more than one person opening the same Catalog I have a Catalog zipped on a read-only server. Users download the Catalog to their desktop machine and unzip it. They then access the Catalog from the (free) Expression Media Catalog Reader on their PC or Mac. When the Catalog is updated monthly it's zipped onto the server and users are notified by email.

While not ideal it's proving successful in a workgroup of several dozen staff. The next step up would be AtomicView or Portfolio.
12  DAM Stuff / Data Validation / Re: Capture One trumps LR and ACR? on: November 21, 2010, 02:23:23 PM

This is where back ups come into play! There's little chance of recovery but I have read of clever engineers repairing NEFs when they were reported as corrupted.

The CR2 has been modified somewhere along your workflow. Most likely when (if) you embedded metadata.  Proprietary raw files are decoded by third-party software vendors to the best of their ability. If data is not where iot's expected to be the software rejects it as "corrupted".

You should contact Adobe and let them know your experince. They may be interested in trying the CR2 themselves.

Some apps are more sensitive to changes in raw files than others. I found Bibble to be the most robust.

-- Robert.
13  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Rating not syncing on: November 11, 2010, 03:52:33 PM

Of course xMedia should update ratings in your JPEG and DNG. Why they are not doing so I don't know.

Can you try updating the ratings in an image, sync annotations (Action > Sync Annotations), then close xMedia. Open a new xMedia catalog and import that test file. If the rating sticks then xMedia is writing the rating into metadata. Perhaps the other apps are just not reading it? I've seen various apps including Expression Media, Adobe and Photo Mechanic ignore all XMP metadata if they see any legacy IPTC first.

-- Robert.
14  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Rating not syncing on: October 20, 2010, 09:09:52 PM

What file format are you syncing to? Expression Media will only sync metadata that the file format can accept.

Ratings are part of the XMP spec. Formats that can use XMP and Ratings include JPEG, TIFF and DNG.

Proprietary raw formats like NEF and CR2 do not. You could export XMP sidecar files in Expression Media but I don't recommend it.

OK the latest version of the Nikon NEF file format (new camera models introduce new versions) does use XMP but only in Nikon View and Nikon Capture. AFAIK Nikon have not updated their SDK or WIC for third party vendors to let them write XMP safely to NEFs. DNG anyone?

-- Robert.

15  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: considering migrating to Lightroom on: July 23, 2010, 07:07:48 PM
Hi John,

Is it feasible to have Lightroom use Bridge to embed metadata?

I hear what you're saying about metadata standards for "video". Adobe Premiere has better metadata support but Final Cut is the de facto industry standard. Surely Apple care about upholding industry standards like metadata? Wink

-- Robert.
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