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Tuolumne
11-30-2008, 16:19
Does anyone know how to convert Panasonic raw format into some other more useful raw format that can be used with something besides SilkyPix? How many damned post-processors do I need to learn to shoot raw formats from different manufacturers? Grrr...

/T

sojournerphoto
11-30-2008, 16:26
you could try the adobe dng raw converter - free from their website. That will work for Lightroom and acr at least

Tuolumne
11-30-2008, 16:28
you could try the adobe dng raw converter - free from their website. That will work for Lightroom and acr at least

Is anything lost in converting from one raw format to another?

/T

sojournerphoto
11-30-2008, 16:30
No, it's lossless and will let you use earlier (dng compatible) versions of acr/lr to process files

Some people convert everything to dng and throw away the originals. I don't because DXo doesn't recognise dng yet - it's french and plows an independent and delightful furrow of it's own

Mike

fbf
11-30-2008, 16:41
it's called lossless but you actually lose minor detail while converting raw to dng.
The pros: compatible with LR,PS (adobe product), the file size will dramatically decrease.
The cons: not every software supports dng (ofcourse...); who knows what's gonna happen in 10 years? dng might become the dominant file type or it will vanish which will give you major headache later on.

I save all my raws (untouched) and also convert them into dng for post-modification.

sojournerphoto
11-30-2008, 16:50
You shouldn't lose any detail - all they have to do is copy a set of numbers into a file format the raw converter can read. There's no interpolation going on. The colour balance may be messed up if the embedded colour coords are wrong, but that's not a detail issue. I was given to believe that the compression was lossless, so it would be interesting to understand where detail loss can occur.

I too save all my raws in original form, but that's also to be free of Adobe's hegemony

Mike