How to Import Fuji S5 MetaData Images into ImageMatch

To continue my series of Hidden features in PhotoLynx (See my other articles below).  Here’s a how to guide on bringing images from the Fujifilm Pro S5 camera into ImageMatch:

Software required: ImageMatch
Hardware Required: Fuji S5 Camera with integrated barcode reader:
Level: A Little Experience with ImageMatch

Prior to your job, be certain that the camera and barcode reader are correctly set up to record meta-data to your images.  See the “Downloads” section of the PhotoLynx website for instructions for setting up your Fujifilm Pro S5 and barcode scanner.  Create your barcodes through ImageMatch. Be sure to save the database.

Barcode Screen Shot

Barcode Screen Shot

After Photography Day, copy the images from your compact flash card(s) onto your computer or storage drive. You can place a set of images from each camera into separate folders. BE SURE TO ALWAYS KEEP A SEPARATE BACKUP OF ALL OF YOUR IMAGES!

ImageMatch has to be set up to read the meta-data the first time it is used. After this one time set up, you will not need to do these steps again in ImageMatch. Complete the following steps:
1. Open ImageMatch
2. File->Select Image Directories…
3. Choose Config from the upper right hand corner of the Image Folder Select Dialog box.

4. Navigate to your directory of Fuji S5 Images and open an Image.
5. The Exif Parsing Configuration Screen will appear.
6. Choose the User Comment Line (37510)
7. Choose Edit Parsing on the lower left hand corner
8. On the Parse Exif Tag Screen Select Save Value To Field. If you are scanning packages into the camera at the time of photography, also select Parse as Fuji S5 Barcode.

Exif Parsing Configuartion Screen Shot

Exif Parsing Configuartion Screen Shot

9. Directly Below Student field, select the field you want the barcode data to be populated into ImageMatch. (This typically would be the Record Number or Student Id field)
10. Choose OK to close the Parse Exif Tag Box. Then choose OK to close the Exif Parsing Configuration Box.

Parse Exif Data Screen Shoot

Parse Exif Data Screen Shoot

Now ImageMatch is set up. From here forward, follow these steps to bring Images and Data into ImageMatch:
1. File->Select Image Directories…
2. Check mark in Use Exif Data (Make sure that this is not selected for jobs not photographed through the S5 as it will cause an error)
3. Choose Add, and then navigate to your image directory. Repeat for each directory of images.
4. Choose OK. Your images will load into ImageMatch. The barcode data will populate into the field you selected during set up. If you do not see your data after the images loaded:

  • The barcode and camera were not set up correctly, thus, you have no exif data in your images.
  • You do not have the data field selected as one of your key fields in ImageMatch. (Correct this by going to Preferences->Key Fields and then change one of the fields to show the field you selected to merge the data into during setup.)

Now we need to flow the remaining data in:
1. File->Select File to Import, select the database used to create the camera cards. If you created the cards through ImageMatch, it will be a .mdb file.
2. At Import Wizard Step 1 of 4, Choose Next, at Import Wizard Step 2 of 4 choose the Students Table, at Import Wizard Step 3 of 4 choose Next, and then at Import Wizard Step 4 of 4 choose the top two boxes and the field that you selected as your data field.

Import Wizard Screen Shot

Import Wizard Screen Shot

3. Your data will flow in.
4. Data->Insert Blank Images
5. File->Save Job As – Give your job a name and save it to a folder of your choice on your system.
6. You can now create a “Not Shot List”:

  • Data->Tagging->Tag Range – Input the range in the database of the data with blank Images, choose OK.
  • Report->Report Subject Listing (or report of your choice)
  • Select Match all of the following – Field: AUX1 = Value: 1, then select Ok for your report

7. To clear the not photographed data:

  • Data->Deleting->Delete Tagged Range
  • Data->Remove Blank Images

8. Save your job. (You may want to give it a secondary name, in case you need to refer back to the job with the “Not Shot List” included.)

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