Chapter 28. Introducing Expression Media


  • Navigating the window

  • Using view modes

  • Setting annotations

  • Filtering views

  • Importing media files

Not very long ago, when film cameras ruled the photography world, photographers had to keep photos and negatives organized somehow. For home photographers, that usually meant a shoebox or three with several years of photographs organized somewhat haphazardly. Negatives, if kept, were even less organized. Home movies (on super-8 film or VHS tape) would be stored in their own shoeboxes. The digital age has provided some relief for this problem, but introduced some new challenges, too. Digital cameras have allowed photographers the freedom to take pictures without having to worry about the expense of film or developing, and digital video has given millions of people the ability to become amateur filmmakers in their own rights. The problem of cataloging all this stuff is still there, with file folders, CDs, and DVDs replacing the old shoebox. In addition, photographers need to be able to translate between media formats, browse instantly, and cross-reference files. Expression Media was created to try to help with these things.

Expression Media is what is known as a Digital Access Management (DAM) program. It can help you manage your digital media, including photos, videos, and even documents by storing thumbnails and references to them in files catalogs. Catalogs can reference files that don't live on your computer full time, so if you have ...

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