Kodak DSC 460 RAW conversion

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Gisle Hannemyr, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. The Kodak DCS 460 is not among the formats officially supported by
    the embedded RAW converter in Photoshop CS - but it works. Just
    click on the thumbnail of the DCS 460 RAW file in the file
    browser, and up pops the RAW converter.

    [It is, AFAIK, the /only/ way to convert these files in this day and
    age. Kodak's RAW own converter, that came with the camera, won't
    run on Win/XP (and would require you to keep an antique running
    Win/95 around).]

    With the camera, Kodak supplied a "calibration file" which was
    individual to each camera (mine is named "460-2899.CAL", where
    460-2899 is the S/N of my camera. Kodak's RAW converter will not
    even start unless this file is present - and the camera documentation
    makes a big point of saying that without this calibration file,
    conversion from RAW to TIFF will be poor.

    Still, the RAW converter in PS CS seems to do a pretty decent job of
    converting these files to TIFF /without/ the CAL file being present.

    Still, I keep thinking that maybe it would do an even better job
    /with/ the calibration file. There is, however, no mention of this
    in the Adobe documentation (hardly surprising - since the DCS 460 RAW
    format is not even on the list of supported formats).

    Q1: Is the RAW converter is PS CS capable of making use of the
    "calibration" file for a Kodak DCS 460 camera?

    If - yes, then:

    Q2: Where do I place the "calibration" file so that PS CS
    sees it?

    I've tried to put it in the Plug-Ins/Import-Export folder.
    However, I haven't noticed any change (i.e. the pictures converted
    after I installed the CAL look just like they did when I converted
    them without a CAL file there).

    In "Advanced" mode, the PS CS RAW converter has a tab called
    "Calibrate". It has seven sliders. They were all at zero before I
    installed the calibration-file - and they're still at zero after (I
    assumed that installing the calibration-file, these would change to
    reflect whatever info there was in the calibration-file).

    Q3: Is there a way to check that the PS CS RAW converter actually
    read the CAL file?

    [Unfortunately, there seem to be no documentation about the RAW
    converter supplied with PS CS, so I don't really know what the
    "Calibrate" tab is supposed to do. Any pointers to more documentation
    will be appreciated.]
    Gisle Hannemyr, Aug 8, 2004
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  2. Gisle Hannemyr

    Chris Cox Guest

    There are several "unofficially" supported cameras - and the Kodak 4**
    cameras are on the unofficial list.

    Yes, it might work better with the CAL file - if Kodak supplied full
    documentation about the file format (which I don't believe they've

    Your best source for additional information is the user to user forum
    on Adobe's web site. There is a sub forum on the Camera RAW plugin.

    Chris Cox, Aug 9, 2004
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  3. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.
    I got a timely and authoritative answer from one of the Adobe reps
    frequenting the ACR forum.

    (For those who want to know: The answer was that ACR doesn't know how
    to make use of the Kodak CAL file.)
    Gisle Hannemyr, Aug 10, 2004
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