Lightroom: Problems importing CRW+XMP files that have been geocoded (Win 7/LR 3.6)

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Ref: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/922976...

I shoot RAW on my DSLRs, but recently switched my Canon pNs to shoot RAW. I've been geotagging my RAW images before import. I copy them from the memory card to a temporary folder, geotag, then import, asking that images be moved to a "negatives" folder (organized by quarter). Things usually work, but several times recently I've been getting the subject message (with "xx" indicating a number of files). These images enumerated and named in the message are in fact moved, but are not imported.

For example, last night I had a source folder with a few dozen raw pNs CRW images, some of which had XMP sidekick files. It looks like all the files (XMP and CRW) were indeed moved to the target folder, but the only images that were imported were the ones that had no XMP side car. To illustrate a simple case, this is what I'm seeing:

SOURCE:
img1.crw
img2.crw
img2.xmp
img3.crw
img4.crw
img4.xmp

TARGET: empty

IMPORT ALL FROM SOURCE, MOVING TO TARGET

SOURCE: empty

TARGET:
img1.crw
img2.crw
img2.xmp
img3.crw
img4.crw
img4.xmp

IMAGES ACTUALLY IMPORTED:
img1.crw
img3.crw

MESSAGE UPON IMPORT:

Could not move a file to the requested location. (2)
D:\temp\toUpload\img2.crw
D:\temp\toUpload\img4.crw

What am I doing wrong? It's time consuming to track down the non-imported images. Thanks.

Dilip

P.S. This is on a Win7 16-bit machine running LR 3.6 with Adobe Camera Raw 6.6.
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You may not be doing anything wrong, but it is possible the LR isn't designed to move a pair of files on import, yet it sometimes works.

I usually just geotag my images in there final location, before I actually import them, but I keep each photoshoot in a different subfolder named by date_photoshootname: 2011Q4\2011-12-16_ChristmasParty so it is easy to work with only the new images.

In your case, you're using a temporary location for geotagging because you lump all the images together by quarter after they are imported.

One extra-step workaround that doesn't require specifically finding the non-imported images, is to synchronize the quarterly folder to pick up the new images.
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Thanks, Steve. I thought that LR imports RAW files, with or without sidekick files. I like to keep the files stored in easy "buckets" - ideally all in "Negatives" but of course that will eventually overflow, hence Negatives\20114Q, Negatives\20121Q, .... It has generally worked fine till I started shooting RAW with my pNs and geocoding. I've not seen any problems with most of my images, which are RAW files from my Canon 5DMarkII and usually (but not always) not geocoded.

Dilip
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You can import RAWs or RAWs+XMPs from an existing folder but there may be an issue with moving the two files while trying to import them. I could imagine that part of LR (one thread of execution) has moved the RAW and is in the middle of moving the XMP, but another thread is already trying to import the RAW and sees the XMP and tries to use it, but gets a conflict when trying to open it and aborts the import of that one file. If it is intermittent then it is likely this sort of timing problem that just depends on how long it takes to do the moving portion and the importing portion of the process.
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Okay. That makes sense but I think is counter-intuitive. Perhaps a lock can be placed during file move until any sidecars (not "sidekicks", as I said above!) are also copied/moved. Perhaps this is how I should import when I have sidecars until/unless this is resolved then:

1. Import by ADDing from the temporary directory

2. Once the import is done, MOVE the images within LR to the appropriate destination folder

If I do this, I assume that everything, sidecar and image, will be moved. Thanks.

Dilip