4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 31, 2010 10:02 PM by Tai Lao

    Convert ALL to DNG

    Michael Tissington Level 1
      I have photos on both local and NAS drive in Nikon NEF format.

      What is the best way to convert everything to DNG format and the delete the
      NEF and sidecar files?

      Is this a good idea ?
        • 1. Re: Convert ALL to DNG
          neon ibis

          Anyone have a solution yet?

          • 2. Re: Convert ALL to DNG
            Ed Gerson Level 1

            I use CS4 Bridge, Select All, Save As.

             

            If you're using a Mac just go into the folder

            with all the images, select "Kind" to display

            .NEF files in the same sequence block,

            and delete them.

             

            There is a CS4 preference (Cmd+K in Mac) by

            which you can choose to save your .xmp as

            internal camera raw info inside the .NEF.

             

            You can get into some real disasters by losing

            those .xmp's, been there. It's good to get rid of

            those nuisances, unless I've misinterpreted.

             

            Anyway, hope this helps.

            • 3. Re: Convert ALL to DNG
              Ed Gerson Level 1

              OOPS! Open your images in Bridge THEN Cmd/Select+A followed by Cmd/All+R.

              Doing this will open your Bridge images into ACR (Adobe Camera Raw)

               

              Select All, Save As, choose a file type, choose a destination folder, Enter.

              • 4. Re: Convert ALL to DNG
                Level 4

                Ed Gerson wrote:

                 

                …If you're using a Mac just go into the folder

                with all the images, select "Kind" to display

                .NEF files in the same sequence block,

                and delete them.…

                 

                That'd be the equivalent of burning all your negatives in the days of film.    Not prudent.

                 

                 

                Ed Gerson wrote:

                 

                …There is a CS4 preference (Cmd+K in Mac) by

                which you can choose to save your .xmp as

                internal camera raw info inside the .NEF…

                 

                There's no such thing.  You can choose to keep the metadata in the Camera Raw Database, not in the file itself.  But then the metadata does not follow the raw files when you move them or copy them.  You have to remember to Export it every single time.  The XMP files, on the other hand, do follow along when you copy, move or delete the raw files.

                 

                 

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