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Image Saving Basics

Captured images can automatically or manually be saved by the program. The Save Details Tab shown below displays where images will be saved. The location where the pictures are saved is specified on the File Save Options (FSO) Panel; You can click on the Setup Button of the Save Details to access the FSO - the File Save Options are discussed below. The Save Media selection is available for those Nikon Cameras that support saving to the camera memory card when connected to the computer.

 

The Save On Capture checkbox is used to have the program automatically save images as they are downloaded from the camera; this is the default setting. If images are not saved automatically, they can be saved from the Thumbnails Window.

 

 

File Save Options 

The File Save Options Panel is used to specify where the images will be saved on the computer. You can create specific sets of save options and then save those options for future use. This makes it easy to have special save settings for specific assignments. You can specify different locations where the JPG and RAW (NEF or TIFF) images are saved. The locations are specified by the File Path entries - use the folder icon to the right of the file path entry to open a file browser to select a folder path. To specify that the same names be used for the RAW images as the JPEG check the Use JPEG Name for RAW checkbox.

 

The program also provides a Sequence Number after the base file name. You can specify the length of the sequence number and the starting number for the sequence. The save operation will skip over any existing images with the same name and will only save an image if it does not overwrite an existing image. Set the Sequence Length to 0 if you do not want to use a sequence number (for example if the file name is being encoded with time time in milliseconds) or you are using the camera file name. If a name collision occurs on saving a file when there is no sequence length, then the program will automatically append a number in the format of (x) to the file name.

 

Mirror/Backup

To have an automatic mirror (backup) copy made of the image check the Save a Backup/Mirror Copy checkbox.CameraRC Deluxe then saves images to both a primary location and also to a mirror or backup location. Select Mirror Save Settings tab to configure the settings for a backup location. The Mirror Save Settings are generally the same as the Primary Save Settings and work in a similar manner except for specifying the backup instead of primary location.  

 

On the mirror tab you can specify that the names used for the mirror/backup images are the same names as used for the primary by checking the Use Primary Image Names for Mirror checkbox.

 

Use Camera File and Folder Name

If files are being saved to both the computer and the camera then it is possible to have the files saved to the computer using the same file name and folder name as on the Camera. When the Use Camera File Name and Use Camera Folder Name are checked then the file name will be set to the File Name specified concatenated to camera file name - for example, if the file name is temp, and Use Camera File Name is checked, then the file name would be temp_DSC1950.jpg. The Use Camera Folder Name can optionally be check to have the path include the camera folder name. The Use Camera File Name and Use Camera Folder Name apply to both the JPG and RAW file names as well as the Primary and Mirror/backup files being saved.

 

To have the Camera File and Folder name used when saving to the computer the Save Media must be set to Computer + Camera.   

 

Save Media

When Save Media is set to Computer + Camera then the Use Camera File Name and Use Camera Folder Name will be set the file name and folder on the Camera.  If the Use Camera Folder Name is checked then the folder name will also be included in subfolder path. Note that the folder name can only be used when the file name is specified.  When the Use Primary Image Names for Mirror is checked on the Mirror Save Settings tab then it will also use the name of the camera image when saving the mirror copy.

 

Transfer JPG Image Only

The Transfer JPG Image Only is available for some of the new Nikon Models and allows the transfer of only the JPG image to the computer when the Save Media is set to Computer + Camera and the the Image Quality is set to RAW + JPEG. By transferring only the JPG image, the shot to shot time can be much faster while still allowing a copy of the image to be available for viewing on the computer.

 

Creating a new Save Setting

The following are the steps to create a new set of File Settings:

1.Select from the Save Settings list an existing set of File Settings as a starting point or select None.

2.Check the Save a Mirror/Backup Copy if you want to have backups automatically made when the file is saved.

3.Check the Use Camera File Name and Use Camera Folder Name if you want to use the camera derived name and folder. Note that not all cameras support this capability and that you must be saving images to both the Computer and the Camera to use this feature.

4.Click the save icon beside the Save Settings and save with the new name.

5.Select a JPG Path to which the JPG files will be saved by clicking on the folder selector.

6.Select a JPG Subfolder if needed from the list of available subfolders. You can edit or add a new Subfolder by clicking the Edit button. Notice that the same list of subfolders is available for all file paths.

7.Enter a File Name to use for the image.

8.Enter the Sequence Length and Sequence Number to be added to the save file name. Setting the Sequence Length to 0 will cause there to be no sequence number for the file name.

9.You will see a sample of the file name shown - Edit the fields as necessary to get the save path and file name you desire.

10.Repeat steps 2-6 for the Primary Raw Settings. Note that you can use the same file name for the Raw image by checking Use JPG Name for RAW.

11.If you will be creating a mirror/backup copy of the images then select the Mirror Save Settings tab and repeat steps 2-7 for the mirror path and file names. Note that you can use the primary file name for the mirror file name by checking Use Primary Image Names for Mirror.

 

Changing a Save Setting

The following are the steps to change an existing Save Setting:

1.Select from the Save Settings list an existing set of File Settings as a starting point or select None.

2.Make the changes to the settings. Notice that as you make changes they are automatically saved.

 

Deleting a Save Setting

The following describes how to delete an file save setting.

1.Select from the Save Settings list the setting to be deleted.

2.Click the delete icon.

3.Confirm the delete of the setting.

 

Subfolder Settings

The Subfolder Settings allows the creation of subfolder paths and file names that use the date, time, camera model or user text. The settings for a subfolder can then be saved and used for future file save settings. The process to create and delete subfolder formats is described below.

 

Format Items

The format items are used to build up a format list ultimately becomes the subfolder path. Items are selected from the Format Items list and the Add button is used to add them to the Format List to the right. The Remove button is used to remove a highlighted format item from the list. An example of Subfolder Settings is shown below with a brief explanation of each format item:

 

Text - free form text that is part of the path or file name.

Date - Adds the date or a portion of the date to the path or file name. A list of allowed patterns for the Date is displayed in a drop down list.

Time -  Adds the time or a portion of the time to the path or file name. A list of allowed patterns for the Time is displayed in a drop down list.

Separator - Adds a standard path separator for the to the path created.

Camera Model - Adds the camera model used to the path for file name.

 

Notice that as the path is created that the Sample Name shows the changes being made. If you are going to use the subfolder settings to create a file name then you should NOT end the format list with a separator.

 

 

Creating a Subfolder Format

The following describes how to create a new subfolder format.

1.Select from the Format Selection list an existing subfolder format as a starting point or select None.

2.Select a item from the Format Items to include in the path and click the Add button.

3.As you add items to your subfolder, you will see the Sample Name changing to show the new path that will be used.

4.If you select a text item to add, you will need to add text for the item.

5.If you select a date or time item then there will be a list provided of date and time values that you can select. Notice that you can use individual items like the day, month, hour, or etc as a selection.

6.As you create the subfolder, add Separators between the path elements as needed.

7.You can re-order elements in the path by using the Up and Down buttons on selected items in the Format List.

8.Once you have the subfolder as desired, click the save icon beside the Format Selection list.

9.If this is a new subfolder then you can enter a new name at this time and save the selection.

 

Using the Subfolder as a file name

The subfolder name can be used as part of the actual file name. To use the subfolder as a file name, make sure the subfolder name does NOT end with a Separator. On the File Save Options Panel set the file name to be empty (no characters including spaces). The portion of the Subfolder name following the last Separator will then be used as the file name.

 

Changing a Subfolder Format

The following describes how to change an existing subfolder format.

1.Select from the Format Selection list an existing subfolder format.

2.Make the desired changes to the format.

3.Click the save icon beside the Format Selection list to save your changes.

 

Deleting a Subfolder Format

The following describes how to delete an existing subfolder format.

1.Select from the Format Selection the format to be deleted.

2.Click the delete icon.

3.Confirm the delete of the format.

 

Archive Save Mode 

Also on Save Details tab is the option to set Archive Save Mode; in this mode the save details changes to the display shown below and the file path, file name, sequence length and start can be specified directly on the Save Details tab. The path specified in this mode is based on the Image Quality setting. If JPEG is specified it is the JPEG path and if RAW or TIFF is specified it is the RAW path. If RAW + JPEG is specified then it is the path used for both and separate paths cannot be specified.  In Archive Save Mode the cursor returns to the file name box after each capture, and resets the sequence start to 1 whenever the file name is changed. The purpose of this mode is to simply file name entry for projects that require a specified file name for each image captured.

 

The Use FSO Path option allows you to use the dynamic path capabilities provided with the File Save Options described above. Using the FSO Path disables the File Path setting from being used but otherwise all aspects of the Archive Mode work the same.

 

 

 

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