My Nikon D4 allows me to record a voice annotation that is attached as a wave file to the photo's metadata. When I import the native Nikon NEF file into Lightroom, as a DNG (I use the "Copy as DNG" feature), the wave file comes along in good order and is saved as a Sidecar file. All is well and I can play the WAV file at this point. As I process the photo and ultimately save as a TIFF or JPEG (even saving to a backup drive as the original DNG before any processing) the wave file somehow gets lost as it does not automatically stay associated with the photo. The loss of the wave file occurs early in the process even if I do not change the filename. I know that the wave file name needs to stay the same as the photo file name (all but the .wav extension) to automatically associate. The wave file seems to only remain attached to the photo as part of the initial import. Am I missing an option or preference setting? Can someone in the forum assist me in resolving this issue?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
As I process the photo and ultimately save as a TIFF or JPEG (even saving to a backup drive as the original DNG before any processing) the wave file somehow gets lost
By "save as a TIFF" I assume you mean by using File > Export? As you've observed, the Export command does not also make a copy of the associated WAV file to put in the same folder as the exported TIFF. There is no setting to change that behavior.
However, if you export with the options Add To This Catalog and Export To: Same Folder As Original Photo, then the WAV will also get associated in the catalog with the newly exported/imported TIFF.