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GregCollings

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DNG files and digital image mover (DIM)
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:57:30 PM »

Hi All,
I posted this message on DPreview 3wks ago and received no answers, so thought I would try here too. Apologies if you have seen this twice:

I have been using Digital Image Mover (DIM) for quite some time to rename my image files to something meaningful in terms of date and time taken and putting them in folders based on year and month. It is brilliant. However, some time ago I made the mistake of converting huge numbers of RAW files into DNG files using Adobe DNG Converter. BIG MISTAKE. Even bigger mistake to delete all the original RAW files. Subsequently, when I went to rename and move the DNG files I discovered that DIM (versions 4 and 5) will not read the metadata correctly of DNG files and consequently names the file using the Date modified (a file attribute rather than metadata which applies to when the DNG file was created) rather than the original Date Image Captured (which is there and is readable by some but not all programs).  I have now ceased converting to DNG but still have huge numbers of files which I either need to have renamed and sorted to "by month" folders by something other than DIM, OR I need a program which CAN read the Date Image Captured and change the Date Modified to match this (then I can use DIM which will work on the new Date Modified). With such a large number of files, it would need to batch process.  Any suggestions?...please..

Incidentally I cannot fault DIM for anything except these files - it is free and brilliant and the maker has done his very best to sort my issue but no luck so far.
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Re: DNG files and digital image mover (DIM)
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 11:07:34 PM »

If you're on Windows, try http://www.breezesys.com/Downloader/
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Re: DNG files and digital image mover (DIM)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2016, 08:19:18 AM »

ExifTool will probably do that: http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
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Re: DNG files and digital image mover (DIM)
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2016, 06:40:56 PM »

Many thanks for both suggestions. Exiftool did the trick after a bit of a learning curve on command line instructions.  Never again will I stray to the DNG side.
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