Picasa: Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader | lynda.com

Picasa: Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader | lynda.com


Next, we’re going to talk about connecting
your camera or card reader to the computer, and importing your photos itself. So, most of you probably have a SD card reader,
or a camera, or some way of connecting to your computer. My favorite method is just this USB Dongle
with the actual card slot itself. A lot of them out there allow you to connect
an SD card or a CompactFlash. This gives me a lot of flexibility because
I can just pull it right out of my case, connect it, I don’t even have to worry about
a long cable and connecting my camera to it. When you plug it in, one of the things that
might happen on a PC is this AutoPlay. When you have Picasa installed, you have the
choice of actually selecting Picasa directly from the list. This will take you directly into Import. If for some reason you’ve turned AutoPlay
off, let me show what you can click on. With your card reader connected, go ahead
and click on Import. This is the same as clicking on Picasa, from
the AutoPlay. You’ll go directly into the Import functionality
and in Picasa 3 it has been improved. Let me some of the things that have been improved
here. First of all, you’ll notice that there is
an ability to just pivot between the different import devices. This can be a separate drive, this can be
a USB stick, or dongle, or the camera itself. The next thing you’ll notice is the delineation
by date. This is super helpful, because as the items
start to come in, you can start to just visually pick up on the fact that you
know that you shot certain things on certain days. Just by selecting the camera, it will select
everything on that particular day. So, whether I select the individual photos
themselves or the clock, I can go ahead and select multiple days. In this case, I’m going to go ahead and do
that now. Here I’ve three days selected. Other options that are very helpful is this
notion of excluding Duplicates. Let’s say you are able to shoot multiple days
and you copied just one particular day, and you’ve already imported it into Picasa. This is very helpful, because when you exclude
duplicates, it will keep from there being duplicate files on your system. Sometimes, you want to just import everything
on the card itself, this allows you to do that just by selecting it. Importing selected, you can see I’ve 39 photos
selected, all delineated by the blue outline here. I’m going to go ahead and do that now. When I select any Import task, it will ask
me where I want to put them. Well, many times, you can see here. I’ve lots of photos distributed over multiple
days. It gives you just one folder location initially. You can’t break them into individual folders
at this point. So, I’m going to give this a folder called
my London trip. You can see here it’s been added to My Pictures
folder. The default date is taken in here, based on
the metadata, and I’m just going to say that it was actually happening in the
London, UK. I can give an additional description if I
want. Now, below is really important, take note,
the default is Do nothing. That means on the source card, just leave
it alone. Leave all the photos there. This what I recommend. The Safe delete is a nice feature. Oftentimes, you want to delete just the things
that have been copied, so I suggest don’t delete anything until you’ve
confirmed a safe confirmation that your files have gone to the computer. The last one, I would steer clear this. Wiping the card clean is oftentimes kind of
risky, so I wouldn’t do this very often. But what it will do is it will actually run
a complete batch delete across your entire card, and it will be indiscriminant
across anything that is on the actual card itself, whether those be files, or any
other format that you may not be seeing at this time. So, I select Do nothing, go ahead and click
Finish. This will import your specific photos directly,
and they should show up right in the name of the folder that you’ve created. You’ve just successfully imported your first
files.

Dereck Turner

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