Import from a digital camera

You can import images from digital cameras in two ways, depending on the USB transfer settings of your camera. Some digital cameras support a standard called Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP). Refer to your digital camera's documentation to determine if it supports PTP and how to correctly define PTP settings for the camera.

To import images using Picture Transfer Protocol

  1. Plug your camera into your computer.

  2. When the dialog box for your camera appears, click Cancel.

  3. Launch Expression Media and open an existing catalog, or create a new one. On the File menu, point to Import Items, and then click From Disk/Camera.

  4. On the Source menu, select the camera or media card from which you want to import media.

  5. Click the Destination folder icon. In the dialog box, select or create a folder to put files that are downloaded from your camera.

  6. Select an option according to the following descriptions:

    • Place in   The option Download folder puts downloaded files in the destination folder. Today's folder puts downloaded files in the destination folder, in a folder that is named with today's date. Original folder hierarchy puts downloaded files in a copy of the folder directory hierarchy on the camera.

    • Rename   If you type a text string (such as the date or subject) in this field, Expression Media renames all downloaded files with sequential numbers following this string. Leave this field blank to keep the existing file names.

    • Actions   Select the option Skip files with same name to prevent Expression Media from writing over existing files that have the same name. Set filecreation date to capture date sets the image file's creation date to match the date when you took the picture (Capture Date). This option is useful because some programs and some operating system versions cannot read the capture date. This option helps you better organize your media on your desktop. Deleteoriginals after downloading deletes original files from your camera's media card after they have been downloaded to the destination folder.

    • Annotate   Choose a metadata template from this menu to apply a group of predefined annotations to all downloaded files. If there are no templates available, you can create one by selecting New Metadata Template. Clicking the button next to the menu displays the template content and some additional options for applying metadata.

  7. Click the Download button. Expression Media imports each image into the open catalog after it has been downloaded from the camera to the destination folder you selected. After the import is complete, remove the camera from the desktop and then you can safely unplug your camera.

To import without a Picture Transfer Protocol

  1. Plug your camera into your computer, or insert your digital media card (CompactFlash card, Memory Stick) into your card reader.

  2. When the Device Action dialog box appears, choose Copy pictures to a folder on My Computer using Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard.

  3. Follow the directions of the Camera Wizard to locate an existing folder or to create a new folder for your pictures. On the last screen of the wizard, select Nothing.I'm finished working with these pictures.

  4. Start Expression Media and open an existing catalog, or create a new catalog. You can then import the new images into your catalog. On the File menu, point to Import Items, and then click From Files/Folders. Browse to and select the folder on your desktop where the Camera Wizard put your images.

  5. Click Import.