Multimedia Import

by Ben Long

I shoot almost exclusively with a digital SLR. I have a few different point-and-shoot cameras around at one time or another, mostly loaners for book or magazine projects, but I just can't stand using an LCD screen as a viewfinder. Because they don't show the full dynamic range in a scene, I find composition to be much more confusing to me, and more and more cameras lack optical viewfinders.

However, I do occasionally use a point-and-shoot when it's completely impractical to carry an SLR, when I need to shoot something to put on ebay, or when I want to shoot video. The video capabilities found on most quality point-and-shoots these days is astonishing. Offering full-frame, full motion video, with sound - and usually better-quality compression than DV - point-and-shoot cameras are perfectly viable solutions for times when you need to capture something that just won't work as a still frame.

Because I don't spend a lot of time working with point-and-shoots, though, I was very surprised recently when I took the card out of a Canon PowerShot S80, stuck it in my card reader, and waited for Aperture's Import dialog box to appear. As usual, Aperture showed me all of the images on the card. I selected my choices and hit the Import button, and Aperture presented me with the following dialog box:


When you click on Download Additional Files, Aperture will prompt you with a standard Save dialog, allowing you to select a location for the files. I created a new Folder on the desktop, finished the import, and when I was done, my still images had been imported into Aperture, as normal, but my movies had also been copied into my chosen folder, saving me the trouble of performing an additional copy somewhere else, after leaving Aperture.

If you regularly mix it up with your point-and-shoot, moving between stills and movies, Aperture will help you automatically move the files where they need to be when you import.


John Faughnan
2007-04-30 10:59:47
This is a secret feature upgrade, it used to just tell you the movies existed and before that it ignored them. Probably with the very latest update.

Now if Aperture would only allow us to edit the $#$@ date field!

2007-05-01 01:56:02
Wouldn't it be cool if Aperture could manage QT files too? Not likely, I know, but still...
Graeme Smith
2007-05-03 06:04:45
Also, iPhoto allows you to store (and import) movies right in your iPhoto library. Double clicking them opens them in Quicktime. So Aperture is actually a step behind...
Adrian B
2007-05-07 04:32:05
Not an important feature for professional photographers, but if Aperture is to be the ultimate photographic organization tool [for my needs] then it needs to be able import and organize the movies as well (just like iPhoto already does, as mentioned).
Josh Lane
2007-05-28 07:35:41
I have actually found this functionality to be extremly helpful as a professional photographer. I use it in course of shooting with a Nikon D2X, not for video but for saving critical audio tags.

In the field, I often tag images with incremental information regarding the location, people met, etc. by recording an audio file to an image.

Upon import, Aperture presents the same dialog box. I then save the audio files into a project-specific folder outside of Aperture. It is incredibly helpful!