I used an import profile to rename them and place them in my file structure.
After assigning geotags and some labels I Sync'ed metadata (writing to xmp). But I noticed 5 of the xmp had a naming convention I had not seen before.
where typically it would beEOS7D2-19-2299_Mac-Pro_Oct-19-200604-2019_CaseConflict.xmp
Every time I go back and modify metadata and re-sync, a new XMP with updated timestamp (in the filename) is created, so there are multiple XMPs for a single raw file. Normally, the XMP is updated/overwritten.EOS7D2-19-2299.xmp
After a bit of investigation I remembered that these 5 particular files I had rated in Canon's Digital Photo Professional 4 ( I sometimes cull in DPP prior to importing to PS). So, I can understand some mixup in the XMP metadata upon initial import to PSu.
***EDIT: I messed up. The software is actually Fast Raw Viewer (FRV). NOT DPP. Apparently I didn't have enough coffee, when I wrote that... ***
So I deleted the 5 offending files from PSu (from the catalog and disk). Compacted the catalog and thumbnail database. Then
proceeded to re-import the original files directly from my CF card. Using the same import profile but this time direct to PSU (not using DPP *** EDIT: FRV *** first). I add metadata and sync, and now the same thing is happening! I'm a bit surprised to see this as I thought it for sure was the DPP ratings that were causing it.
Has anyone seen this type of behavior in XMP files before? I'm not sure how to clean it up or fix it. I know the XMP files don't take up much space, but something isn't right and it worries me that it may affect the integrity of my metadata.