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Batch compress existing MOS files?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:06 pm
by NNN634793578521144848
Hi,

Leaf Capture has the ability to store MOS files in compressed or uncompressed formats but was wondering if its possible to rewrite compressed ones from non-compressed (with existing mac software or macintosh automator) and go trough disks looking for existing MOS files and overwrite them (or a new version with extra characters) in same location as compressed.

I'm looking to move all backup works (literally thousands of MOS files) from several external disks from a few years back to today to a RAID backup solution and have to do a little cleaning.This would help to save a lot of space.

Ty in advance.

Re: Batch compress existing MOS files?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:51 am
by Drew
Are you referring to the Leaf RAW converter?
http://www.mamiyaleaf.com/downloads.asp

The "overwrite" suggestion seems a but unnerving but other than that, the workflow you suggested seems doable with the converter.

Re: Batch compress existing MOS files?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:38 pm
by NNN634793578521144848
An enhanced Leaf RAW converter would be splendid, there is only one option missing, namely:
ability to save in same folder (overwriting the original file or creating a new one with a distinctive name in same location)
the way it works you cant convert to same folder where original RAW is.

With the converter have to manually go trough every folder (each folder is a job) create a new one for the raws,convert then delete the original one.

Windows has a few more options maybe,gonna try and look for an alternative but ty for the help.

Re: Batch compress existing MOS files?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:39 pm
by NNN634793578521144848
I've found at least a partial solution: Adobe DNG converter 7.1.It goes trough sub-directories works only RAW files and converts them to compressed DNGs in same path as original file.Not the same thing but I cant see any diference between compressed MOS or compressed DNG.At least only have to delete MOS files after.

Did a test:

moved a months work to a temporary folder,ther's a mix of MOS,DNG,CR2,Tiff,JPG,PSD,PSB and PDF spread over folders and sub-folders.

ran Adobe DNG on that folder and it did the conversion on the MOS and CR2
and after that just use spotlight to find all MOS,and CR2 inside that folder and delete them right from spotlight windows.Worked like a charm and recovered a LOT of space effortlessly :)

Re: Batch compress existing MOS files?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:54 am
by Drew
NNN634793578521144848 wrote:I've found at least a partial solution: Adobe DNG converter 7.1... I cant see any diference between compressed MOS or compressed DNG.


You're welcome to use any solution you find but this would not be one I would suggest. By converting all your MOS files to DNG, you're removing the ability to use Leaf Capture. Not to mention changing the structure of the file itself so all the hard work the Leaf Engineers put into building the proprietary RAW file, and how it can be better read by Leaf Capture and Capture One is replaced with generic Adobe settings.

Re: Batch compress existing MOS files?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:18 am
by NNN634793578521144848
I get what you mean and would much rather keep the originals (from backups) in their original format and If there was an easy way to use Leaf converter the same way I would but I need to trim down some fat as I'm moving all external disks to a more reliable NAS RAID backup without having to go manually trough every folder and sub-folder on a bunch of external hard drives of more than 5 years of work. We set up our workflow long ago using ACR to develop them and Leaf Capture only for capturing so even converting the RAWS the side file XMP stays the same so I keep the original conversion settings.Most likely this MOS files will never ever be used again but we store all the ones corresponding to the final jobs just to cover our back.

As the camera backs get more and more resolution the need for disk space gets bigger,maybe Leaf can come up with something similar (or tweak the converter a bit) to help their customers manage moving/storing backups easily? ;)