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1  DAM Stuff / Scans and Camera Scans / Re: DAM for film shooters, some questions on: March 12, 2007, 10:48:36 PM
Hi Peter -

Would love to hear more about your setup for camera scans. I'm in the midst of organizing a few years worth of b+w film negatives, and could really use a big jump in scanning speed.  Grin



With the advent of ACR4, what you can now do with Camera Scans is truly amazing for B&W film.  It's every bit as good as my Nikon 8000 film scanner, but somewhere between 10 and 50 times faster.  I'm able to scan 300 images an hour, to a resolution that has, I think, pretty much all the information that is in the original negative.

2  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: Converting to DNG on: March 07, 2007, 02:12:26 AM
Hi Dave -

Here's a Bridge CR2 to DNG workflow idea for you:

1. Use Bridge to add star ratings and a contact/copyright metadata template
2. Batch adjust CR2 files, individually adjust any files rated 2 stars or more
3. Use the Adobe DNG converter to make DNGs in the same folder as the CR2s
4. Rebuild the cache in the folder to make sure the DNGs are OK (integrity check)
5. Sort the folder by file modified date -- this puts the CR2s at the top
6. Move any CR2s you want to keep elsewhere
7. Select the remaining CR2s and delete (sidecars will be deleted, too)


3  DAM Useful Stuff / DAMuseful Video training / Workflow Videos Review on: February 22, 2007, 04:53:49 PM
Hi All -

A review of the DAM Book Workflow Videos is now available over on The Online Photographer.

As you'll be able to tell, I found the videos to be quite useful!


4  DAM Stuff / Loss and Recovery / Re: Corrupt CR2 file on: August 24, 2006, 11:54:03 PM
Just FYI, I had a coupla 80x Lexars and they replaced them within a week with no hassle.
5  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Re: Using Iview to create buckets on: August 18, 2006, 06:26:47 PM
Hi John -

I'm not at my computer with iView on it, but this might help - when looking at a list of your images in iView (not thumbnails or media view), you can add a column to the dislay that shows you the file type, and then click on the file type on the top bar to sort the images.


6  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: NAS or portable hard drive for storage? on: August 18, 2006, 06:21:41 PM
A good friend of mine also experiences extremely slow iView performance over a fast network, just as you are describing. I will point this thread out to him, in case he's had any breakthroughs or has info that might help.
7  DAM Stuff / Migration Issues / Re: DNG and JPEGs on: August 01, 2006, 06:47:10 PM
Leaving your legacy files alone for now, and starting on a workflow adapted from the book is a good course of action. After you've been working with the new workflow for awhile, the lightbulbs will start to go off on ideas for how to get the legacy files in shape. I highly recommend keeping a notebook by the computer so you can write down these ideas when they happen.  Smiley
8  DAM Stuff / Migration Issues / Re: DNG and JPEGs on: July 30, 2006, 09:56:33 PM
hi Jim -

1. DNG is a container for your RAW files. JPEGs can stay just how they are.
2. You need to decide on a logic and bucket size that works well for you. Many people organize by shoot. I use DVD as one of my backups, so i put each shoot in a bucket until it hits 4GB. If you're not sure, go back and take a look at your archive, reread this section in the book, and see what makes the most sense. You could always import your images into iView with your current structure and then use the metadata within iView to rearrange by date.
3. I mostly use iView for photos. A few small movie files, but that's about it.



1.  I get converting my RAW files to DNG ... what about JPEGs.  Are these renamed and archived ... or can they too be converted to DNG?  My understanding is DNG is for RAW files .. but what of my other formats?  I have some bitmaps, JPEGs and regular old Photoshop files (for a little while there I felt like that made the most sense for long term storage).

2.  With maybe five years of digital images, how does one start the bucket arrangement?  My files are currently in a subject hierarchy.  Would I just dig in wherever, rename, metadata, yada yada and put into appropriate size buckets willy nilly?  Or is there a logical order to do this?

3.  I ordered iView Pro the other day.  It seems one can use this for things other than just photos ... PDF documents, movies, even Office documents.  Is anyone taking advantage of that functionality ... if so .. how?

- Jim

9  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: What are the risks of deleting Raw files after DNG conversion? on: July 24, 2006, 08:06:42 PM
I have adopted a hybrid approach where I convert to DNG, but keep the original RAW files of anything rated 2 stars or better, which doesn't take up a ton of storage space and gives me a little extra piece of mind. Smiley
10  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Digital Outback Photo: iView vs Portfolio on: June 30, 2006, 03:58:38 PM
Thought some of you might be interested in Digital Outback Photo's 3 part comparison of iView Media Pro vs Extensis Portfolio.

Interesting what they chose to focus on, completely left out any discussion of DNGs.

The 3 parts of the review aren't linked together, I just navigated to each one from the posting on Rob Galbraith's site where I saw the review listed:


11  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: iView MediaPro vs Bridge on: June 27, 2006, 07:25:03 PM
Hi Mike -

The DAM Book has a good explanation of the difference between browsing software like Bridge which is showing you a preview and information built from the actual image file, and cataloging software like iView Media Pro which houses just the preview in a database.  Many people use both in their workflow. There are a coupla good threads here on the DAM Forum that explore the idea of an iView only workflow, too. If you're a jpeg shooter that might work. For RAW, a combined Bridge / iView workflow may be easier.


12  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Microsoft Acquires iView on: June 27, 2006, 05:54:57 PM
I just saw this on Rob Galbraith and did a quick look at my calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st today.  Shocked

Very nice write-up, Peter.
13  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Importing updated thumbnails on: June 21, 2006, 06:50:44 PM
Hi Don -

Because the corrections you apply in Bridge (actually in Adobe Camera RAW - ACR) are stored in sidecar XMP files, not in the original file, the previews for these images in other software such as iView will remain the same regardless of your changes. iView and other programs can only look at the preview embedded in the actual RAW file, not what's in the XMP file.

You will find one of the big advantages of converting your RAW files to DNG is that your changes are now part of the file itself, and iView will render the previews properly. Try a test - save a file as DNG and compare to how it looks in RAW.


14  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: RAW to DNG: Moving annotations, stars, labels w/Metasync on: June 21, 2006, 05:13:29 PM
Update: Scott Mackie who created MetaSync has offered to look at some screenshots to help me troubleshoot this issue.

Note: Star ratings and Labels are moved over with Metasync, catalog sets are not.

I'll update this thread when I figure out what's going on.


15  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: iview media pro books out? on: June 20, 2006, 10:38:09 PM
Thomas -

Have you checked out the helpful workflow guides on the iView website?

Between these PDFs and the DAM Book you should be off to a good start.


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