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Nikon WT-5 w/ D4S
Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 1:52 PM on 01.12.16
->> My paper recently bought the staff WT-5 transmitters for our D4S bodies. We're planning on using these for transmitting out images from breaking news and sporting events.

We're looking to get these set up to FTP tagged files out of the camera to a folder that will be accessible to the photo editor.

We're trying to figure out what exactly we need to ask our IT department to set up to make this happen. Has anyone here set this up at their paper? Any specifics to share?

Much appreciated.
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Michael Coons, Photographer
Camarillo | CA | USA | Posted: 2:07 PM on 01.12.16
->> I use the D4 with the WT-5 all the time. It works really well for me and my workflow with breaking news and sports. I prefer to use an iPhone or iPad as a receiver of the images (using the ShutterSnitch iOS app) instead of sending straight out from the camera. I can then use ShutterSnitch to write a caption and use the app to Dropbox, email, FTP the images as needed.

If you need to send straight out from the camera you need a Wi-Fi hotspot (either a standalone device or sharing through a smartphone) and a FTP server.

I find it best to tag as I shoot and transmit from the camera to phone/tablet in bulk instead of one at a time when shooting because of battery usage and the WT-5 has a tendency to time out on a connection.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 2:23 PM on 01.12.16
->> We have Verizon MiFi hotspots, so no issue there.

The thought behind the FTP transmitting is it would allow our photographers to keep working, stopping only to tag the image. No need to break out the iphone to transmit each image. The receiving end, in the office, would just know to monitor the folder for the incoming images. Then plug in captions, etc.

The camera to iPhone option does sound simpler. But if we have the backend support of an FTP server to transmit to, and someone to caption on the receiving end, that seems like a faster option.

Our existing FTP server just dumps straight into the archive, where captions can't be changed. So we would need IT to set up something new, which is what I'm clueless on.
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Robert Deutsch, Photographer
NY | NY | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 01.12.16
->> Andrew: your ftp server probably uses a script to monitor incoming files to a folder and send to the archive. We just had our IT folks set up a separate folder in the same ftp server (utilizing a different password for that folder).. and that folder is not monitored by the script, so no auto send to the archive. The editor can then just download the files from that folder to the desktop. They should be able to easily set that up for you.
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Bryan Woolston, Photographer
Baltimore | MD | USA | Posted: 4:03 PM on 01.12.16
->> Ive started to use the WT-5 a few months ago. The desks where I send my images have those folders that Bob was talking about. I follow up with a phone call to assure that the image is found in a timely manner and to provide the caption info as needed. Some basic IPTC info can be entered in the camera, but the specifics are still needed at the desk.

I found it very difficult to set up the FTP settings in the camera, but that may just be me.

The MIFI is absolutely the way to go. I tried using the hotspot in the iPhone, and had nothing but problems. I found that the connection between phone and camera was difficult to maintain.

It takes 20-45 seconds to send a JPG, depending on the strength of signal, and how many TV crews are running their LiveView broadcasts. It definitely takes the stress off of getting the first few images in without stopping to file.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 4:09 PM on 01.12.16
->> Sounds great. Thanks guys.

Just spoke with IT, they said it's doable. Should be squared away on that end.

Really hoping to have this all set up for the NHL All-Star Game.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 7:02 PM on 01.20.16
->> IT is currently working on getting us the FTP, so that's all in progress.

In addition to that, one of our shooters wants to use the WT5 to transmit direct to his laptop at events. I've been trying to help him get that going, but no luck so far. We've got the laptop and WT5 connected to the same network and paired with the Nikon utility, however PhotoMechanic doesn't see the camera for Live Ingest.

Is there a tutorial online anywhere for linking the camera to PhotoMechanic with the WT5? Sadly the Nikon manual hasn't been much help.

Thanks again to all.
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Michael Coons, Photographer
Camarillo | CA | USA | Posted: 8:12 PM on 01.20.16
->> Andrew, are you setting up an FTP server on the laptop?
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 8:15 PM on 01.20.16
->> No FTP set up on the laptop.

He's wanting to tag photos in camera while shooting, then have the tagged selects waiting on his laptop when he returns to it. I've tried pairing them while they're on the same net work, as well as trying ad-hoc, with no luck so far.
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Michael Coons, Photographer
Camarillo | CA | USA | Posted: 8:46 PM on 01.20.16
->> The WT-5 works well with FTP. There is easy to use software for pc and mac to create an FTP server on a laptop.

My suggestion would be to set up an FTP server on the laptop, use a portable router (I use the TP-Link MR-3040) and set Photo Mechanic to live ingest or monitor the FTP folder. A portable router with a stable wi-fi connection is better than an ad-hoc connection for continuous transfers.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 10:57 PM on 01.20.16
->> So this is an area I have tried before, but to no avail. I get lost. I was actually trying to use a WT to transmit tagged files from the camera to my laptop via an FTP server, but we could never figure out the correct protocol.

Now Camera - via WT - using a Wifi Standalone - via FTP - to the incoming FTP folder on Photoshelter

That could work.

Bit while we are on the subject, if someone has a clue on Camera + WT + Wifi + via FTP + to FTP server on laptop...I will listen. Would love to figure that out.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 12:56 AM on 01.21.16
->> Thanks guys.

Michael, your earlier post caught my attention. I downloaded the ShutterSnitch app to my work iPhone, but for the life of me can not get the D4S to transmit to the app. Followed these directions step for step, tried it out several times.
http://www.shuttersnitch.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=406

How are you linking your WT5 to your iphone/ipad?
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 1:40 AM on 01.21.16
->> I should add, for the iPhone connectivity, I've tried Ad-Hoc, which resulted in an "FTP error". I then tried infrastructure, trying my Verizon Jetpack to link my iPhone and the WT5, also led to an FTP error. Using my home wireless network in place of the Jetpack also led to FTP error.

I was following these directions for the infustructure setup:
http://www.shuttersnitch.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=407
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | usa | Posted: 2:06 AM on 01.21.16
->> Alright, I need to quit posting so much. After a few hours of toying arounf, I found the problem, and got the D4S to send to the iPhone via the Jetpack.

The issue was, even though I was assigning port 26000 in the Nikon Transmitter Utility program, the camera had Port 144 in it's profile. There seems to be a glitch with the software there. After correcting the port to 26000 in the camera itself, it worked flawlessly.
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Michael Coons, Photographer
Camarillo | CA | USA | Posted: 11:21 AM on 01.21.16
->> That's good to hear Andrew. I use Shuttersnitch all the time. I love it. I have an all Apple system and one trick I use when setting up Shuttersnitch on my iPhone and iPad is to use the same static IP address for both devices. That can be set up under the iPhone settings menu. It enables me to keep the same configuration on both cameras. Also, I can transmit to my phone and use Airdrop to send the photos back to my laptop in a few seconds.
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