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1  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Supplemental Categories to Hierarchical Keywords on: July 20, 2014, 04:08:45 PM
Hey All,

I'm a convert first from iMatch, then to Media Pro.  My files have got dot limited supplementalcategories fields in them, which Media Pro recognized okay and created hierarchical keywords, but LightRoom doesn't.

Is there a way to:

1) Get LightRoom to create the hierarchical keywords? I've parsed out a list of the keywords using exiftool, but trying to do an import in Lightroom has thus far been an exercise in fruition.
2) Assign the keywords as defined in the supplementalcategories?

Any ideas would be appreciated.

thanks

Chris



2  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Writing star ratings to NEFs on: July 15, 2011, 08:57:39 AM
I've just posted an e-mail to Matt about the useability of his scripts with Media Pro.  Casual testing this morning seems to indicate they don't write the data any longer.

Hopefully Matt will chime in with a yea or nay.

thanks

chris
3  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: July 15, 2011, 05:36:00 AM
After jumping in feet first only to find a number of "issues" I'm definitely ambivalent.

I've got a bunch of old images (jpg's mostly) that I had converted to NEF's in Capture.  Media Pro (and Capture One) will not access those images.  As the manufacturer rendering has been removed and there is no 64 bit WIC codec from Nikon, those images were no longer rendered on my Win7 64 bit machine.  A quick alert to Phase One support acknowledged the issue with a bit of a "tough luck" remark Sad

I was able to procure a third party WIC codec that provides that function and now I my NEF's are rendered. 

The level of interaction of Phase One personnel in their forum is frankly a bit disappointing.  Occasionally someone named Drew will chime in that "they are aware of the problem" but that's about all.  I was hoping PO would see the forum as a tool to help them manage the product (ala Hert and IdImager), but alas that seems not to be the case.

About the only thing I'm certain of at this point is PO will see no more of my hard earned money without a thorough and detailed evaluation of any future "upgrades".

Take care

chris
4  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Make certain you demo the new Media Pro before paying for an upgrade from EM2 on: May 19, 2011, 02:07:15 PM
In testing the Media Pro after paying for the upgrade, I uncovered a significant regression that makes it virtually useless for my needs.

If you are an EM2 users and are thinking about upgrading, download the demo and test it thoroughly before buying the upgrade.

Filing  support case with Phase One regarding the issue resulted in a "tough luck" response.

--
Chris
5  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Future of Expression Media on: August 30, 2009, 04:39:35 AM
This is all well and good, but in my mind MS needs to send a much stronger signal to the users of XM.

Instead of the "we can't say any more" foolishness, how about a truly informative, "here's what in store for you" message?  Let's face it XM isn't exactly cutting edge technology any longer.  Most of us ath this point would be overjoyed if XM 3 did nothing more than fix some of the usability issues we now are facing from catalog size etc.  I absolutely love the interface, it's all I can do to put up with the glacial performance.

I spent a lot of time migrating my DAM from iMatch which is just the opposite.  Good performance, absolutely miserable interface.  iMatch's power comes from a very powerful scripting language that unfortunately has little means to be utilized in a streamlined fashion in the UI.  Hopefully I won't have to return to using iMatch.  It was always a struggle to make myself sit down to organize photos because I knew it was a multi-hour process.

Thanks,

chris
6  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Gallery generated by EM Annotation fields on: April 22, 2009, 03:18:37 PM
Thanks Peter.....  my mind is pretty stuck on #1, so I'll create a category tree in Imatch and generate the gallery from there, after I finish my annotations in EM
Marion

Marion,

Are you running both iMatch and EM? 

chris
7  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Writing star ratings to NEFs on: March 19, 2009, 05:27:46 PM
Matt,

Thank you for all your work.  Yes I got the files and will have to hack up an XM script to write the star ratings to the NEFs.
8  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Writing star ratings to NEFs on: March 06, 2009, 07:16:45 PM

I created a COM server that you can call from a script, so you can say:

Option Explicit
Dim objNEF, intRating

Set objNEF = CreateObject("MJH.NEFHelp")

objNEF.SetRating "XYZ.NEF", 5    'set rating

intRating = objNEF.GetRating("XYZ.NEF")

For now I can only manipulate an XMP packet that is already present in the NEF file.  You'll have to run ViewNX (or CaptureNX, etc) to create the XMP packet, and then use xMedia to read/write the rating value.

-Matt



Hi Matt,

This sounds very cool.  Can I get a copy to toy with?

Thanks

9  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Writing star ratings to NEFs on: February 26, 2009, 12:57:18 PM

OK, I understand now.  This should be possible using the NEF SDK.  I have that SDK (you have to write to Nikon and ask for it), but I haven't actually used it yet.  (I originally needed it to read DataTimeDigitized and SubSecTime, but the Microsoft WIC SDK was released around the same time and so it was faster to do it that way.)

You might be able to use the WIC SDK to write ratings into the NEF files, but I haven't tried it.  (I don't like to touch my NEF files, so my workflow is based around XMP.  Hence I have no already-written script that does exactly what you need.)

-Matt


I would be perfectly happy with XMP sidecars, if Nikon's products recognized them.  I've got an old copy of the SDK somewhere, but I think for what I want, I'm gonna focus on exiftool.  I've used it before and it's very robust.

thanks
10  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Writing star ratings to NEFs on: February 26, 2009, 12:39:36 PM
I've just realized that XM will only write star ratings to XMP files but Nikon products (CaptureNX2 and ViewNX) don't read XMP files.

xMedia will write XMP files if you choose "extract metadata".  However, if you choose "synchronize to original files", then xMedia does modify the NEF file itself.


This past weekend I posted an outline of an algorithm for using the DOM (MSXML6) to read and write XMP files.  I used this to allow xMedia and Bridge to communicate.  But you're asking something a little different.  I think you want to use the synchronize feature of xMedia, not the extract metadata feature (but correct me if I'm wrong).

http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=3914.0

-Matt


xMedia won't write ratings.  This has been confirmed over on the MS forum.  All I'm really looking for at this juncture is the ability to get my star ratings written into my NEFs through xMedia via a script as opposed to another application like Downloader Pro, Photo Mechanics, etc.  If I buy another piece of photo software my wife's head is gonna explode.....

I suspect with a modicum of code and exiftool, I could be there.  But I'm not yet   ;>

thanks,
11  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Move to folder function on: February 26, 2009, 12:10:10 PM
Expression Media writes to NEF files using libraries supplied by Nikon. If you write the rating to the file, can Bridge see it?

I'm not an NX user.  Can you add ratings to files with NX that can be seen with any other programs? (Even in, say, a JPEG files that has been created by NX).

Peter

It's crazy, but XM will write everything but color and star ratings to the files.  Anita Oakley indicates this was done on purpose.  XM will only write that data to XMP files. CapNX and ViewNX will write XMP data but not read it...

I suspect it would be fairly easy to write a script to write the data.  Haven't had a lot of time for that kind of stuff lately though.

I don't use anything other than XM and CapNX2 at this point.  It's still a hobby   ;>

cheers,

Chris
12  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Writing star ratings to NEFs on: February 26, 2009, 12:06:23 PM
It's your friendly pain again.  Thank goodness for this forum!

I've just realized that XM will only write star ratings to XMP files but Nikon products (CaptureNX2 and ViewNX) don't read XMP files   :<

Has some clever soul crafted a script to work around this issue?  Would definitely prefer something which is useable on a Windows box.

thanks all

chris
13  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Move to folder function on: February 23, 2009, 06:13:11 PM
Sorry,

The function was "Transfer to Folder".

Out of curiosity I created a new catalog from my photos, and this time it came in a 170 mb (instead of ~700) and is now much more responsive.

What I did realize by doing this is XM doesn't write rating information to my NEF's.  It will write keywords and such, but no ratings to be seen by Capture NX2. 

Man I'm just about to throw in the towel and go in a different direction.........

thanks for the help,

chris
14  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Move to folder function on: February 22, 2009, 12:10:01 PM
If I want to do what the first option offers, I simply drag and drop instead.  I do this from the Catalog Folders pane of the Organize panel.  I've never had a problem doing it that way.  Note that it does a true "Move" if the new location is on the same volume.  If you're dragging them to a separate volume, the files will be copied and paths reset, but the originals won't be deleted.  I do that manually after I've confirmed that the files moved to the new volume properly.

Bob Smith


Dragging and dropping did work.  It was still glacially slow.  I seem to be struggling with the issue that I've got a bunch of folders and XM doesn't deal well with that.  It's been suggested that I combine folders, but I'm not certain I'm ready to do that.  I use my folder structure as a first level media organizer.

Thanks for the help.

chris
15  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Move to folder function on: February 22, 2009, 08:05:41 AM
Greetings,

I had my first opportunity to shoot yesterday after migrating to XM.  My usual process is to put my CF cards in a reader, plug them into the USB port on my ReadyNAS which then automatically copies them into a working directory in my photo library.

After doing so, I start XM and refresh my working directory and all is wonderful.  I highlight all the photos, add some info and then use the move to folder function.  I choose the first option, which is supposed to move all the photos and catalog information.  Several HOURS later XM has stopped in the middle of the process (didn't move all the files) and is responding normally.  I have to refresh the top folder where I had moved the images to for XM to see the images.  I grab the remaining 40 or so images this morning to move them and it's been 15 minutes and I'm 7% completed.  Why in in the world would it take this long to move files?

Has anyone else used the "Move to folder" functionality?  Have you had problems?

I really like the layout of XM, but I keep running into stumbling block after stumbling block and am really beginning to question the sense of migrating over.  The process that I've described above could previously be conducted in 90 seconds or less.  Combine that with the glacial response times and it's getting very difficult to justify the usage of XM.  I used to think that iMatch was slow  :<

chris
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