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Nikon D800E: RAW File Support Still Pending with Aperture, Lightroom 4

RAW file support for Nikon D800E files is still shaky. I’ve had no issues using any form of D800E RAW files in ACR within Photoshop CS5 or CS6, but there are apparently some limitations elsewhere.

Apple Aperture

According to reader McLean A, Apple Aperture does not support D800E files, though my understanding is that it does support D800 files.

Adobe’s tech note about Lightroom 4:

This is a strange one that affects Lightroom 4. From the tech note:

Issue

When attempting to import camera raw files from the Nikon D800, D800E, or D4 into Lightroom, you receive the following error message: "The file is from a camera which is not recognized by the raw format support in Lightroom."

Solution

Do not shoot images with "Live View" mode enabled on your camera.
This causes the raw files to use a special image compression method which is not readable by Lightroom. Please review your camera's documentation for information about enabling and disabling "Live View" mode.

DIGLLOYD: why would the D800E use a different image compression with Live View? This seems at odds with the compression choices made by the user. I shoot 14-bit Lossless-compressed NEF.

Eric C writes:

FYI, the tech note is limited to version 4.0 only.

I strongly encourage users of these models to use the latest Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate (RC) 2 version available from Adobe Labs. It can read these files.

(The technical issue is that in LV Video Mode, the NEF file that is written is 16:9 aspect ratio, not 3:2 aspect ratio. So the actual # of pixels recorded is different than normal LV Stills mode, or non-LV mode.)

There are two Live View modes on these models: a stills mode, and a video mode. I'm guessing you've only tried the former ... which makes sense, as it's for taking still images. That is indeed in 3:2 mode, and works correctly with Lr 4.0 and 4.1. However, if you set the camera to "video mode" for Live View, the aspect ratio changes to 16:9. You can take both videos and still images (e.g., NEFs) while in video Live View mode, but these NEFs are 16:9 and will not open in 4.0 (but will open in 4.1). Just FYI.

DIGLLOYD: would be helpful if Adobe mentioned 4.1 RC1 in the technote.

Jeroen B writes:

I can report that D800E-files are fully supported by CaptureOne Pro 6.4, I've found no issues yet.

DIGLLOYD: all variants?

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