Anyone know how to customize the D200 to save filenames in a format such as:
or some variant thereof?
The important thing for me is to include the year/month/date/serial.
I know the EXIF data has this info, but the current numbers used in the filename are meaningless to me in the long run, and a naming convention such as the above would be easy to sort in post-processing. I could do something fancy in post, but keeping it this way from the beginning eliminates one step in my workflow.
I believe this stems from older FAT filesystem limitations, but FAT32 (which I understand is what the D200 uses on my 4GB compact flash card) should support larger, and even extended FAT16 should (I think ... dunno for sure). I'm guessing Nikon wants to avoid compatibility probs with filenames > 8 chars, but it seems too restrictive.
I searched and found this DCF standard: http://www.exif.org/dcf.PDF and it details some of the naming conventions, so I'm guessing Nikon just uses this.
However, I still believe that the ability to shoot myself in the foot by possibly breaking compatibility with software I'm unlikely to use is something a more "prosumer" camera should allow with customized settings to override the defaults 8-) (confession: I'm an engineer type)
Modern computers and other devices can easily handle > 8 char filenames.
I just got my D200 today (my first D-SLR after years with a F80s), so I'm still fiddling with it.
Might be a bit off-topic here but anyway. I have had the same concern with my filenames and I don’t think the camera will be able to name the pictures. I used to shoot my D70 without renaming files. After 30 kilopictures and some years has passed the DSC_0045 is quite irrelevant and makes it difficult do sort my developed pictures. I use IMatch from www.Photools.com for sorting my pictures. Excellent program with wonderful potential and relatively cheap. Anyway, this program also features the possibility to rename pictures swiftly from EXIF-data and other sources. Hence I name my pictures with date, time and a special 4 character identifier which I think the camera tags the images with. “20070111-124521-E37F”. Works like a charm!
Another vote here for Downloader Pro. Supports a range of macros that gives a huge amount of flexibility in auto-filenaming. It does slow down transfer speeds quite significantly, but for me that's a worthwhile price.
Hmmm ... thought I'd posted a reply to this thread a couple of days ago, but I see no trace of it. Odd ... must've spaced out.
Thanks for all the responses. I will take a look at the suggestions. And I didn't bother to try PictureProject as elcee pointed out (D'oh!).
So the summary of it seems to be that post-processing is the only feasible option, as I feared. Hopefully the folks who create standards like DCF will take advantage of modern technology and longer filenames for future standards.
I have a preference for Linux; I found this tool (actually, it's perl based so it should run on Win/Mac):