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ptr727
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« on: November 29, 2008, 09:53:20 PM »

I just started playing with using ImageIngesterPro 3.2.0.4 and GeoSetter 3.0.6.974 on my Vista x64 system to do GPS tagging of recent vacation pictures.

I used a QStarz BT-Q1300 data logger, unfortnately it stopped working 5 days into my 3 week vacation. Since I was in Africa there was no chance of a quick replacement, but I have enough GPX data and JPG and CR2 images to play with.

I first tried IIP.
Only being able to select one GPX file is problematic, and forced me to first use another tool (EasyGPS) to merge my daily GPX files into one.
It would be much easier to specify a directory with GPX files, and also an option to search for GPX files in the image source directory.

There are also no options for specifying track point association options, such as use previous, use next, interpolate, and time margins for such options.
Without this option I find that many images taken at one point, is distributed between that point and the next, and requires manual correction.

During ingestion I got lots of errors reported in the conversion log, most look like this:
2008-Nov-29 20:12:44: ExifTool command line: C:\PROGRA~2\IMAGEI~1\ExifTool.exe -m -overwrite_original_in_place -gps:GPSLatitudeRef=S -gps:GPSLatitude=33.925110 -gps:GPSLongitudeRef=E -gps:GPSLongitude=18.420654 -gps:GPSAltitudeRef=above -gps:GPSAltitude=0.000000 "//Server/Pictures/2008/2008-11-12/PV_20081112_4696.JPG" 2>\s3ns.97
2008-Nov-29 20:12:44: Command line: (c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe) cmd /c C:\PROGRA~2\IMAGEI~1\ExifTool.exe -m -overwrite_original_in_place -gps:GPSLatitudeRef=S -gps:GPSLatitude=33.925110 -gps:GPSLongitudeRef=E -gps:GPSLongitude=18.420654 -gps:GPSAltitudeRef=above -gps:GPSAltitude=0.000000 "//Server/Pictures/2008/2008-11-12/PV_20081112_4696.JPG" 2>\s3ns.97
2008-Nov-29 20:12:44: ERROR: Failed to execute external command.
2008-Nov-29 20:12:44: Access is denied.
2008-Nov-29 20:12:44: system_nowindow returned 0

And more like this, I assume this is an interpolation failure, unfortunately the image name is not logged:
2008-Nov-29 20:12:46: GPX::interpolate -- out of range (i = 0) -- can't find interval -- corrected image time = Wed Nov 12 03:14:05 2008

These errors combined resulted in no images being tagged by IIP.

Next I tried using GeoSetter, and it was pretty easy and effective to use.
GeoSetter does support interpolation or direct matching, but I would still prefer more control over position assignment.

I changed the default matching interval to 15 minutes, and then manually associated images that did not match.
This was especially convenient when I lost signal when going inside a building and taking pictures in the building, simply select the last photo or point, set it as the position marker, then select all pictures, and set them to match the position marker.

This was a fun project, and it is really too bad my data logger stopped working so early in the trip.

Regards
Pieter
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2008, 08:00:29 AM »

Pieter,
Since you're on Windows, why not check out Pro Photo Tools from microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/articles/tools.aspx

Peter
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008, 10:19:03 AM »

Hi Peter, thanks for the hint.

I tried Pro Photo Tools, but ran into a couple of issues:
- No Canon CR2 x64 RAW support (unbelievable, it seem Olympus is the only manufacturer that is "with it" and supports x64).
- The GPS time zone to photo time zone adjustment workflow is very unfirendly, it took me several tries to figure out how it is supposed to work.
- There is no control over interpolation settings. Based on image placement it seems that interpolation is done, but I can't find a way to control it.
- The GPS to location lookup is not as detailed as GeoSetter, but seems to work much better. This is probably the advantage of having access to Virtual Earth and Live services.

All in all a nice application, but I'll stick with GeoSetter for now.

Pieter
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2008, 05:24:23 PM »

Peter- any idea where Marc is? Last post was @ Nov. 2nd.

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2008, 05:35:20 PM »

Dave,
I spoke to him a couple weeks ago and he said that he was going to be buried in a new project.
Do you have an outstading issue to resolve?
Peter

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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2008, 04:35:27 AM »

Nope-just got used to his frequent updates!

--Dave
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2008, 06:41:45 AM »

Dave,
It was his feeling that IIP was a pretty mature product, and that he was inclined to leave it alone for a while.  He's always eager to get any bugs fixed, but I think development is going to pause for a while.
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