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I’m scanning in some negatives - and I’d like to record the camera (and if possible) the film stock used in Aperture. It seems that that’s locked out - any way of getting to those empty fields and entering the necessary data?

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I’m scanning in some negatives - and I’d like to record the camera (and if possible) the film stock used in Aperture. It seems that that’s locked out - any way of getting to those empty fields and entering the necessary data?

Isn't it just straight EXIF data? You might not be able to edit it directly in Aperture but can you export it to something like GraphicConverter instead, fiddle with the EXIF then import that into Aperture?


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I'm at work so I can't check, but Mr Ark pointed me in the direction of a bit of software that'll add EXIF data to your scans, and record the things you're after to the image. I guess you'll have to run that first, then import to Aperture.
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Think I’ve got it using Graphic Converter,

1 - In Aperture, select your images and go to File>Relocate Master. This will put the Master images somewhere outside of the Aperture library where you can get to them

2 - Using Graphic COnverter’s browser, select the images and use the Action drop-down to edit/add the EXIF data.

3 - In Aperture, with the images still selected, go to File>Consolidate Master… - this will bring the photos back into the Aperture LIbrary

4 - With the images still selected, right click on one of the thumbnails and select Update from Master from the contextual menu

The new EXIF data you added will now be in the Aperture meta data window. I used this method to record the make and model of camera I was using.

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Fantastic tip Paul, thanks.

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Fantastic tip Paul, thanks.


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Reblogged it: http://smithsocksimon.net/2011/04/28/changing-exif/

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Try this - I’ve removed Graphic Converter from the mix and come up with this AppleScript. You will need a command line tool called ExifTool. Download it from here:
http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

You will get a Mac installer - run that and let it use the default install settings.

Copy & paste the following AppleScript into your AppleScript editor:

Code:
(*
   Paul Dunning May 2011

   Requires ExifTool from http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
   Download & install using default settings
   
   Save this AplleScript file as an application
   Drag and drop files into it

   We want to change the following EXIF tags:
   Make
   Model
   
*)

on open droppedFiles
   
   set myCount to 0
   set cameraMake to text returned of (display dialog "Enter the camera make: " default answer "Olympus")
   set cameraModel to text returned of (display dialog "Enter the camera model: " default answer "Olympus Trip 35")
   
   repeat with thisFile in droppedFiles
      set thisFilePath to POSIX path of thisFile
      set myCommands to "exiftool -make=" & (quoted form of cameraMake) & " -model=" & (quoted form of cameraModel) & " " & (quoted form of thisFilePath)
      do shell script myCommands
      set myCount to myCount + 1
   end repeat
   
   display dialog (myCount as string) & " files changed."
   
end open


Save it as an Application. You will now have a droplet icon. Drag and drop the photos you want to change the camera make & model onto it. You will be asked for this information. After this, the script will run through the images and add/change the information you entered to the EXIF data in the image.

If you want, you can edit the script to add other EXIF data, such as lens type etc.. You can obviously change the default answers for camera make & model to best suit your needs.

Notes:
• ExifTool creates backups for the original files - EXIF re-writing can go wrong, so this seems a sensible precaution to take. The original images will have _original appended to the file name. If you are reconciling your library with Aperture after running this script, then the _original files won’t be added. If you are doing this before importing to Aperture, it may help to move those _original elsewhere first.

• This is supplied “as is” - you use at your own risk. This was tested on Mac OSX 10.6.7.

• ExifTool works on most image file types - so you should be OK with TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PSD. As this is for images taken on film, I don’t think that RAW will be an issue here.

Hope this is useful.

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You can also try:
[url="http://codingbythesea.com/?page_id=11"]Filmtagger[/url]

Still struggling to recall the app Mark put me onto though.

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You can also try:
[url="http://codingbythesea.com/?page_id=11]Filmtagger[/url]

Still struggling to recall the app Mark put me onto though.


That uses the same command line tool that my script uses :-)

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I'm positive there should be a way to do this using sips, a command line tool already built into OS X. But seeing as it hardly gets used (because people will download other tools, presumably from the Classic days), there is hardly any info out there and it's quite trial and error...

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I've used the freeware Reveal to edit EXIF data successfully - my sister never sets the date on her camera so iPhoto thought all her photos were taken in 2005!
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ProfessorF wrote:
Still struggling to recall the app Mark put me onto though.
I had a look but I couldn't find what it was either.
I'll look again later on today.

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