14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 4:09 AM by norbertmuc
norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

On my Canon 7D i can create different folders for different shoots. Is there a way in A3 to download just a specific folder from the CF card?

Otherwise thoes different folders on the camera are quite useless!


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • 1. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    See if this works:

    - Look for a USB setting in the camera similar to "Mass Storage".  Use it.

    - Import via "File➞Import➞Files".  Select the folder in the file browser at the bottom of the import pane.

     

    IME, it is almost always (bordering hard on "always" ) quicker/better to use the computer, rather than the camera, for organization.  The camera is a computer with a light-recorder attached; it is simply not designed for data handling beyond packaging the recorded light.  In fact, if I _had_ to sequester my digital photos in-camera, I would just use multiple cards, one per sequestration, and swap them as needed.  Ymmv, of course.

  • 2. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    I basically agree with you, the computer is better for organizing. However it woud be convinient to just import a file. Where in A3 can you do that ? I cant find " -Import via "File -Import-Files"". Is that in A3 or in the Finder?

  • 3. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,730 points)

    I think, Kirby meant this - in Aperture

     

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  • 4. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    I tried it, but it doesnt work if you import from the camera (CF card). Probably only works if you import from the computer (HD) into A3. But thanks for your Ratschlag anyway.

  • 5. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Did you change you camera USB setting to "Mass Storage" (or something like that)?  This should make it show as a drive when you connect it via USB to a computer.  You then have to select the device from the list at the right side of the Import window.

  • 6. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    No I didnt , I am still trying to find that setting. I'll report later.

  • 7. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    Sadly, I cant find a setting of that sort on my Canon 7D. I think it doesnt exist. The book on my 7D doesnt say anything of that nature either. Interesting is that the Canon Utility for downloading images to the computer shows the different folders I created but when I select one Folder to download, the software downloads all images of all folders. This folder feature to me looks quite useless. I have written to Apple on this matter and next week I 'll visit the Canon shop, maybe they have a clou, I doubt it. Thx again.

  • 8. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    A quick look on the Web teaches me that this behavior (no mass storage mode available) is specific to Canon cameras.  Your solution, then, is to use a card reader.  I keep one with me all the time.

  • 9. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    OK, the option "card reader" I haven't tried yet. I am doutful if it works as intended but I'll try it tomorrow and will post the result.

  • 10. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Just to be sure:  I'm referring to an actual, physical, card reader.  You take your card out of your camera and insert it into you card reader, which is then (or has already been) attached to your computer via a cable (almost always USB).

  • 11. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    Yes Sir, it really works. I wonder who knows that with an external card reader you can download just the pictures of one folder - not many know this. Thank you very much for this hint, greately appreciated!

     

    It would be nice, if Canon allowed the same procedure when reading the card out of the camera. Or is this a problem of A3? Anyway, on my next trip I'll have my cardreader with me, not quite as convenient but it simplifies the Importing process for different shoots on any given day. Thanx again.

  • 12. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Glad you've found a solution that works for you and your equipment.  The issue is, afaict, specific to Canon.

     

    Some (many?) Mac PowerBooks come with SDHC card readers built-in.  My last two have had them.  (Of course, my cameras use mostly CF cards :-)  .)  Card readers are inexpensive (relative to time, anyway) and faster than connecting to the camera.  I keep one in my laptop bag, and one each at the places I work.

     

    (Sent from my magic glass.)

  • 13. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Re: multiple shoots in one day.

     

    This is what I do.  I found it more "robust" (that is, less prone to user failure) than your approach.

     

    At the beginning of each shoot I record a "separator frame" of some sort. 

    At the end of a multi-shoot day (or days) I put the card in the reader, launch Aperture, and open the import dialog.  I import each shoot into its own Project.  So I un-check all the files, select those for the first (second, third, ... ) shoot, set the metadata and import Presets I want, including naming the Project and the re-naming the files, and import without deleting the files on the card or ejecting the card.  I do this for each shoot.  When all the shoots are imported, I eject the card.  Every time I put a card back in a camera, I record a special "separator frame" to indicate that everything prior to that frame has been imported.  I never reformat a card until I know that the imported files have been backed-up (copied to a second drive).

     

    (Sent from my magic glass.)

  • 14. Re: can you select a folder for download ?
    norbertmuc Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    First of all I'll get me a new cardreader.  (Yes my 2 macs have a SD slot but my Camera has CF). I think your approach with a separater on the roll has some merits, I'll consider it. But if you have many pictures (Sport Burst-mode) it can be many clicks. But again thanks for solving my problem.