ViewNX - Nikon

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by frederick, Sep 25, 2007.

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    frederick Guest

    At last - fast decent free basic NEF handling software for
    Nikon DSLR users.
    View a folder with a few hundred nef files in it, scroll
    through the tiled thumbnails rapidly - or increase
    thumbnails to a usefully decent size, make simple
    corrections to exposure or white balance, double click to
    quickly view at full screen or 100% size, convert directly
    from ViewNX to tiff or jpeg, or right click on any file and
    select to open it with any raw converter I have installed.
    Brilliant - a couple of years late coming - but brilliant.
    frederick, Sep 25, 2007
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    Bigguy Guest

    It's very slow for me - and uses 100% CPU a lot.

    Thumbnail browse is fast but opening / resizing NEFs is slooow...

    Bigguy, Sep 25, 2007
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  3. Picasa has been able to do that for some time.
    Vista does it out of the box (with a Nikon RAW download)

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Sep 25, 2007
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    Pboud Guest

    But then you're stuck with Vista...

    Pboud, Sep 25, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    It's only sort of quick when using the embedded jpeg, not when reading
    the raw data. I do like that you can zoom in full screen view & keep
    that zoom level while scrolling to compare shots though it's really too
    slow to compare side by side even with jpegs.

    The picture control utility curves adjustment is really nice although
    it's not really suited to adjusting individual pics because it uses a
    sample image... it's more designed for creating a handful of custom
    settings that can be applied to thumbnails... and apparently for
    uploading custom adjustments to the new camera models (on the memory
    card, not in the firmware)... presumably those would apply to jpegs. But
    those adjustments to the raw will only translate to 'compatible software'.

    Also there is no noise adjustment but it looks like noise reduction is
    being applied. I guess this is a glimpse of the high ISO noise reduction
    we've seen in the new model jpegs.
    Paul Furman, Sep 25, 2007
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    just bob Guest

    Where can I download some nice Nikon raw files from recent cameras? I want
    to play with this software and see how it compares to Canon's DPP.
    just bob, Sep 25, 2007
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    just bob Guest

    just bob, Sep 25, 2007
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    Robert Brace Guest

    Robert Brace, Sep 25, 2007
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    just bob Guest

    I am very impressed: One thing it does better that DPP does not caption

    The implementation of XMP and IPTC editor is not bad, sort of like

    Nikon is looking better al the time.
    just bob, Sep 25, 2007
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    just bob Guest

    Wow, the D100 ISO 200 shot is horribly blurry - motion blur big time!
    just bob, Sep 25, 2007
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    just bob Guest

    Also it can do something not even Photoshop does, let alone rival DPP. it
    can convert your raw files to jog, resize them and attache them to a new
    email mesage in Outlook.

    Just recently someone on the Adobe forum wished Photoshop, Bridge or
    Lightroom had this feature, and I must agree So many times Ive wanted to
    quickly send a file but you have to use bridge, covert the raw, use
    photoshop resize command, convert to 8-bit, save as jpeg, and then open your
    email program and attach the files to a new email.

    With ViewNX you just click on the Email button and select a file size. Using
    the default setting I converted six raw files in about 15 seconds and it
    them opened a new mesage in Outlook with the files already attached.

    Nicely done, Nikon!
    just bob, Sep 25, 2007
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    just bob Guest

    Is this thing crippled or something?

    Seems I can only do brightness and white balance. But using the Picture
    Control Utility I can only adjust one shot at a time(?)

    I guess for this feature I gotta RTFM!
    just bob, Sep 25, 2007
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    frederick Guest

    Picassa is 100% toy - it doesn't even attempt to be a
    serious program.
    XP does it too. It's horrible in that the thumbnails are
    too small to see anything, and if you increase the default
    size of thumbnails in XP, then it's painfully slow. On my
    system, viewing NEF thumbnails and scrolling faster than the
    thumbnails are rendered sometimes results in explorer.exe
    frederick, Sep 25, 2007
  14. I am not able to install this program. I am running under Vista. The
    program seems to go all the way through the install process up to placing an
    icon on my desktop and then just sits there. The install process never
    ends. Has anyone else had this problem? I shut down my antivirus SW, but
    that didn't help.

    Any ideas?



    Jerry Fensterstock, Sep 26, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    It sat a couple times at the end (30 seconds?) & restarted additional
    modules in Winxp pro.
    Paul Furman, Sep 26, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Create a new (whatevertheycallit) like 'vivid' etc with your own name,
    then apply that to thumbnails (can't be applied in full screen view).
    Paul Furman, Sep 26, 2007
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    frederick Guest

    I don't believe that NR is being applied by ViewNX to
    "untagged" *nef files.
    I've been looking at 100% crops of high iso shots in
    Rawshooter and ViewNX.
    A 100% crop of an iso1000 D70 shot is here:
    (a little soft - shot at 200mm f4 with stage lights only)
    I see that ViewNX rendering is a little softer than
    Rawshooter (No NR applied), but that there's no loss of
    detail, and no less noise in shadow areas.

    OTOH, is an image has been edited and "tagged" using
    CaptureNX, that editing, including NR and control point
    adjustments is rendered in ViewNX as displayed in CaptureNX.
    Then ViewNX is really slow too - just like CaptureNX.
    frederick, Sep 27, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    OK thanks. Yes, it didn't occur to me there is no sharpening control in
    ViewNX either. I'm not sure what you mean about tagging though, are you
    saying View picks up settings applied in Capture including sharpening &
    noise reduction? A comparison of conversions of the same file with View
    & Capture might offer some answers.
    Paul Furman, Sep 27, 2007
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    frederick Guest

    Yes - it appears to read metadata "edits" from capture and
    displays them as viewed in CaptureNX. The little icon
    representing the Upoint is displayed next to the thumbnail.
    Quick adjustments for such *nef files is disabled in ViewNX.
    And it goes real sloooowwww rendering the file the first
    time. It must cache the rendered *nef - 'cause second time
    viewing the file it appears very quickly, even after the
    system has been rebooted.
    frederick, Sep 27, 2007
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