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Old Jun 8, 2012, 7:27 PM   #1
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Default Multi Cameras - Getting Photos in Chronological Order

I am working an event this weekend (Relay For Life) in which I will be using two cameras and have at least 2 memory cards to upload. I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and use Windows XP. My requirements are that I get the photos filed to DVDs in chronological order (name them with number titles such as 001, 002 etc or the event name 001 event name 002 etc). I am not supposed to split the photos by camera and memory card..........

Once I do the edits needed, how do I get the two or more memory cards to put the photos in chronological order so I can do a batch rename (to change the titles over to numbers) in what I would call time order. I know that wedding photographers do this all the time using 2 bodies and having a second shooter but I haven't figured out how to do it with Adobe Photoshop Elements yet.

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There are some photo editting programs that have batch file renaming capabilities, where they can name your files after the date and time in the EXIF data. Do you think that will do the trick?
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This is doable using Irfanview, and shouldn't be too difficult. You may be able to do it from the OS, but I'm not on my XP box right now, so can't say for sure. However you decide to do this don't delete the originals until you have verified you have completed the task the way you want it.! You probably know this, but it is always worth repeating.

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There are some photo editting programs that have batch file renaming capabilities, where they can name your files after the date and time in the EXIF data. Do you think that will do the trick?
yeah that would do the trick if I had a program I knew could do that. The best thing I can figure out with Photoshop Elements is to edit first have everything in one folder and import the folder into organizer and then sort by oldest date-time and then batch process from there......
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This is doable using Irfanview, and shouldn't be too difficult. You may be able to do it from the OS, but I'm not on my XP box right now, so can't say for sure. However you decide to do this don't delete the originals until you have verified you have completed the task the way you want it.! You probably know this, but it is always worth repeating.

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Thanks for the reply, very good advise that is always worth repeating. I'll check into Irfanview now
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This is doable using Irfanview, and shouldn't be too difficult. You may be able to do it from the OS, but I'm not on my XP box right now, so can't say for sure. However you decide to do this don't delete the originals until you have verified you have completed the task the way you want it.! You probably know this, but it is always worth repeating.

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Thanks I was able to download it and ran a small test. It seems to do the job. Thanks a million for posting the info. I'll report back Monday or Tuesday how this process went for me.

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Sounds like you got your answer. I use lightroom or Breezebrowser pro for all my renaming work. Hope the event goes well!
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G'day P5

The above solutions work but there is a very easy way to do it in Windows...

images from camera-1 ... load to empty folder > select all > rename starting with 201
images from camera-2 ... ditto > ditto > 301
now merge all images > sort by date & time taken [numbers are now all mixed up] > rename all with new continuous numbering from 101

Now your clients can view all images with contiguous numbering starting at 101 and all done in 1-minute flat out

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... presuming that there aren't more than 100 photos from camera-1, that's a very simple and elegant solution.
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Thankyou TC ... yes the 101 > 201 > 301 etc numbering system is the style of things & I presume that our OP would quickly work out whether s/he needs to use 1001 > 2001 > 3001 etc

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