When you first set up Historian or Memory Manager 4.0, you will need to import any images that are currently on your computer into Historian/MM4. Unless you are unusually well organized, you will probably have images in a number of places – different files & folders on the computer, memory cards, in the camera even.
To begin importing images into Historian/MM4, go to the Home Ribbon and find the “Get Media” section.
You can import directly into Historian/MM4 from your camera, from a scanner, and from other sources such as Facebook. You can search your computer for images and all these options will be covered in other training but in this tip we will focus on the “Files” button.
Get Media from Files simply means importing your images from other places on your computer, most commonly your “My Pictures” Folder.
Before you start, I hope you have all your images (and in fact your whole computer) backed up. This is not because what we are about to do is risky, but when moving files around a computer it is possible that files can get damaged. And besides, you should always have a current backup!
To import images from your computer:
- Click on the “Files” button
- Navigate to the folder on your computer where your photos are currently. In this example, the photos are in a folder labelled “Swans”, in My Pictures, which is on my C Drive under Users/Shelley.
- Select the photos you want to import. You can choose one image, all the images in that folder, or select the images you want. Click HERE for some tips on selecting photos.
- Click Import Options
- The Import Options Dialog opens. There are a number of decisions to make:
- What names do you want to give the image? – you have the choice of leaving the original file name, using a specific name, or creating numbered names (eg Swans 1, Swans 2 etc)
- Do you want to tag your imported items? If all the imported images are from the same event, for instance, you might choose to tag them prior to importing them. For all the details on tagging, watch this VIDEO. If you choose not to tag at this stage, you can still do that after you have imported the images
- Exclude all duplicates from import – if you check this box, Historian/MM4 will automatically skip any images you have previously imported, or duplicates within your current selection.
- Run facial recognition on imported images – you can choose to do this now, or later, or not at all. For more details on facial recognition click HERE.
- With the image cutter, you can choose to import only a part of an image – there will be future training on the uses of that tool, which is new to the most recent version of Historian.
6. Click OK to close the Import Actions dialog.
7. With your images still selected, click Open to begin the import.
My suggestion would be to import a small number of images at a time, so that you can keep on top of labelling, tagging or any other aspects of organizing the images.
It is important to know that when you import an image from your computer into Historian/MM4, it is creating a copy of that image. The original image will remain in the original location, and there will be a second, identical version in your Historian/MM4 Media library. I recommend that when you have finished importing each batch of photos, you delete the originals. Otherwise you will find your hard drive filling up very quickly indeed.