Hello, I am about to change from pc tp imac, and also be getting Lightroom + NIK plugins. I currently have around 800 NEF images from my nikon, which have been edited with Capture nx2.
I want to start afresh in Lightroom 4, and change from NEF to DNG - I also want to start editing these 800 images from scratch in lightroom using dng. My question is do I need to
delete all nx2 NEF edits before I convert them to dng in Lightroom? I don't want the dng files to contain the nefs, so in that case, even if the edits are in the nef up to the point of
conversion, would they just 'disappear' when the dng is made, leaving the basic (wrong word I'm sure) info in the dng? Otherwise would I be better off going through all these photos
and deleting the edits first?
Many thanks for your help
Lightroom or the DNG Converter can't recognize any of the NX2 processing data ... so you don't have to delete anything. When you import the images to Lr, you will automatically be "starting from scratch."
I did not use NX2 myself, so I don't know if this is a superfluous warning:
Roy, make sure you will not have any sidecar files (.xmp) present when you import your NEFs.
Or the other way round: should somebody want to carry over any previous edits, the route is to save xmp-data, import the images as NEFs from folders, where the xmp-sidecars are present, then convert to DNG.
LR-catalog will read xmp on import, if there are any.
Very helpful thanks (will save me some work). Yes, that was another question actually, about the sidecar files - I watched an Adobe video about importing files into Lightroom - I think it said you could decide then, and tick the box or whatever it was, to say not to save sidecar files. To be honest I'm not very technical at all, and would not know how to delete them in nx2. Another thing, if I 'ticked the boxes' to not open a nef inside the dng, and also not have the separate sidecar file, would my metadata be copied into the dng or would this be lost with the edit data? The most important thing would be keywords and descriptions I have added - otherwise I'd presumably need to make a not of all this before I convert to dng. Thanks again for your help.
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