CS File Browser two camera date created sort question

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by AaronK, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. AaronK

    AaronK Guest

    I have two digital cameras that I'm sometimes shooting with alternating
    between the two. I end up with a load of files that I would like to see in
    order of date AND time shot. Windows Explorer will sort them in the order I
    shot them, but File Browser in Photoshop CS doesn't seem to be able to do
    this. If you sort by date created you get all the Nikon D2H files first
    because the file name starts with _DCS while the Nikon D1X show up at the
    bottom half of file browser.

    Is there a way around this that anyone knows of? Do I have to manually
    (tediously) drag them into the correct order, then batch rename with a
    preceding serial number?

    Thanks ... AKiley
    AaronK, Jan 20, 2005
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  2. Photoshop CS file browser *can* sort on creation date, so as long as the
    dates in the cameras are set correctly, there shouldn't be a problem.
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jan 21, 2005
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  3. I changed a few filenames to mimick your situation. If you sort on Date
    Modified instead of Date Created, it seems to work as you want.
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jan 21, 2005
  4. AaronK

    Bruce Uttley Guest

    My solution is to rename all the files with a common date/time filename
    so all the images I take can be listed in one place. The filename
    I use is:
    YYYY-MM-DD_hh-mm_<original filename>
    If I care later about the original source, the EXIF information will
    tell me that and much more besides.

    There's a command line tool that will generate these filenames
    easily called JHEAD. It can use the EXIF date/time to rename
    a set of files. See:
    and its "Usage documentation" for more info.
    Bruce Uttley, Jan 21, 2005
  5. AaronK

    AaronK Guest

    Huh, It didn't seem to work for me. What if you modify a few files and
    still want it sorted by date and time. Seems it's an obvious omission from
    Photoshop CD file browser especially that windows explorer can do it. There
    were a lot of files, so I ended up cutting and pasting a windows list of the
    files that were in the correct order, into a file in Photoshop. I then
    manually dragged the file browser files into the correct order. Then I
    marked all and batch renamed them with a leading 2 digit serial number.
    Worked but it was tedious. ... Aaron
    AaronK, Jan 22, 2005
  6. AaronK

    AaronK Guest

    That sounds good. I'll give it a try. ... Aaron
    AaronK, Jan 22, 2005
  7. Obviously, it won't work any more if you do that. You will have to sort
    the images straight out of the camera(s), rename them right away and
    only then you can start playing around with them.
    Seems more like a bug to me. You *can* sort by date, so there is no
    omission. It's just that sorting by date doesn't work correctly all the
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jan 22, 2005
  8. AaronK

    AaronK Guest

    Thanks Bruce, One more item. I played with jhead a bit and it's great.
    The only thing I couldn't figure out is how to leave the original filename
    intact as the last part of the filename like. MMDD-HHMMSSDSC-3290.jpg

    Do you know how to accomplish this? They mention the %f but it doesn't seem
    to work. ... Aaron
    AaronK, Jan 22, 2005
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