Problem when importing files that were previously renamed using Lightroom.

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Lightroom fails to see a photo when importing if it has the same filename as a video file in the same source folder.

Version: Lightroom 5.6 for MAC

I used Lightroom to import a load of images/video from my camera. I chose to rename to filenames with format YYYYMMDD .
I then had to reinstall my computer. When importing the images again in Lightroom I noticed it said there was only 5 items in a folder, when in reality there is 6.

To recreate, have a folder of images/video
e.g. 20140910.jpg 20140910-1.jpg 20140910-2.jpg
In the same folder have a video file 20140910.MOV

In Lightroom, if you try to import from that folder, it fails to see the 20140910.jpg file.

Don't import duplicates was NOT ticked.

This is critical as it could lead to source files being deleted when you believe they have all been imported and are no longer required. In reality there are files leftover and ignored!

EDIT: I think this is related to how Lightroom handles RAW+JPG files.

The same is happening with my RAW+JPG folders.
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OK so I have found that the problem is sort of fixed if I go into LR preferences and choose ' Treat RAW and JPG as separate images'

However, in my case, the MOV is not a raw version of the JPG at all, it is a movie! So it should never have thought it was choosing a RAW file over a JPG.
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I have had this problem too in the past when a like-named tif is in the folder. I assume it's the same (or closely related) problem.
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Thank you for mentioning the preference option! I was having trouble with jpgs not showing on import and had no idea this choice was available. It must have been unselected on the last lightroom update as I did not have issues before.