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1  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Verifying file integrity from Lightroom 3 on: June 22, 2011, 10:15:44 AM
One thing to be aware of that I have read about is that when using the DNG Conveter method of checking hashes, if the file is really corrupt, DNG converter might not recognize it as a DNG file and therefore will not flag it as damaged.  You have to count the # of dngs you have before and after running the conversion. 

I have read that ImageVerifier automates this process: it will use DNG converter to verify DNGs without actually converting them.  I haven't tried it, but it might be faster.  I don't know whether IV will tell whether a DNG file is damaged beyond recognition.

IMO, the fact that LR does not have a way of automatically checking the DNGs hashes across your catalogue is a major fumble on Adobe's part.  Actually, wait, they just had record profits this quarter.  They must know something I don't know about making money. 

2  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: LR and Capture NX2 on: June 22, 2011, 10:06:20 AM
Hopefully, the rumors about NX3 coming out this year aren't completely unfounded. 

3  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: LR and Capture NX2 on: June 22, 2011, 09:10:55 AM
John--that means that you do not save your NX2 edits back to the NEF file, or is it safe to do that?

4  Software Discussions / Lightroom / LR and Capture NX2 on: June 22, 2011, 05:37:06 AM
Has any one figured out how to use LR with Capture NX2 in a decent workflow?  When I have a lot of files to mindlessly process, I use LR.  But sometimes I use Capture NX2 on a few select files, and it gets confusing.

5  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom naming my files incorrectly since 3.4.1 update on: June 22, 2011, 05:35:25 AM
What is the Problem?
6  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Goodbye EM2 on: April 21, 2011, 08:56:10 AM
Did you lose the actual files or just the catalogue?
7  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Changing capture date in Expression Media 2 on: April 21, 2011, 08:54:06 AM
Good question.  I'd be interested in knowing the answer too.

8  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Expression Media 2 Support for AVCHD (.mts) media files on: April 21, 2011, 08:53:19 AM
I am trying Expression Media 2 for the first time.

I had been under the impression that it pretty much supported every type of media out there.  Out of the box, it did not support .WAV or .DNG files, but installing Quicktime cured that.

However, AVCHD files with .mts extension appear to not be supported by either Quicktime or EM2, and the only work-arounds at this time are (i) conversion and (ii) rewrapping.

I am not eager to invest time and money in either conversion or rewrapping.  One of the reasons I invested in Premiere Pro CS5 is to avoid that stuff.  So it seems the only option is to use Premiere Pro to manage my .mts files until Lightroom, EM2 or some other media manager comes around.  I note that Windows 7 comes with built-in support for .mts files, so I'm not sure what the deal is with Adobe and EM2.

If anyone has any better ideas, please let me know.  At this point, I've stopped evaluating EM2 for the lack of AVCHD support.

9  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Best large capacity backup in addition to hard drives on: February 14, 2011, 09:40:59 AM
I wonder if it's possible to rent a tape drive.

10  DAM Stuff / Data Validation / ExactFile for blu ray validation on: February 13, 2011, 06:45:41 PM
What's the latest scoop on ExactFile?  It was mentioned in, but I haven't seen much independent information on it elsewhere.  Also, it's in beta and the website has not been updated in months.

11  DAM Stuff / Data Validation / Re: Great Windows Utility For Verifying Archive Photos on: February 13, 2011, 06:43:27 PM
Any updates on ExactFile?  It looked promising, but development seems to have slowed.

Would it actually be hard to write a script that creates an MD5 hash (which I understand is freely transferable) in a separate file for every file on a disk?

12  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Recommendations for Hard Drive only Archive and Backup on: February 13, 2011, 01:51:46 AM
Over years, it's hard to make sure that nothing changes on a hard drive and if something changes then the validation hash becomes difficult to use.  It's so much less brain damage to use optical--but I understand where you're coming from which is why I haven't done it either.  It seems optical capacity is always a step behind.  If blu ray media were 100GB it would be an easy decision.
13  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: Why DNG on: February 11, 2011, 10:22:32 AM
1. The DNG can contain a rendering showing the image as I want it to be seen, regardless of what program I look at it with (well, as long as the program can see the embedded preview).

What programs out there use the embedded preview? 

Lightroom?  [If so, does that mean that there is no need for the LR catalogue to generate previews?]


Adobe Premiere Pro? 

Any third party? 

Is there any codec at all for Windows 7 64 bit?

14  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: DNG validation hash on: February 11, 2011, 09:58:29 AM
How do you know whether a dng has a hash or not?

I using Vuescan to scan to DNG, and would like to know whether they are hashed or if I need to re-convert them.

The problem with reconverting Vuescan files is that they are 4-channel (Red Green Blue and Infrared) so I am not sure whether Adobe converter will know what to do with the fourth channel.
15  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: Best way to confert RAW files to DNG: Use LR or Adobe Coverter on: February 09, 2011, 09:48:17 AM
JPGs are 8 bit while DNGs hold 16 bit data. I know Peter wants it to be possible to save JPEGs as original 8 bit data.

That would be a good thing!  I predict it would help DNG become a dominating force, which it isn't right now.

Bridge won't understand virtual copies, because VC info isn't written to the XMP data inside the DNG. But it will understand Snapshots since that information is written, and there's a plug-in called Snapshotter that converts VCs to Snapshots.

Does Bridge understand multiple snapshots?  How do you access them in Bridge?

Save metadata and the automatic option do work. How are you testing this?

I did not have the automatic option enabled.  I will try again.  When you update a DNG file, does the catalogue retain the information?  This is very important, in case a colleague (who doesn't have access to my catalogue) messes with a DNG file.

Do you have any insight on whether to convert TIFFs to DNG?  I am referring only to TIFFs that represent the initial scan from a scanner, not works in progress or final output.

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