Rod Lawton explains Capture NX-D’s conversion and batch processing tools
Explore Capture NX-D’s tools for converting RAW files singly and in batches
Capture NX-D’s file conversion and batch conversion options are central to the way it works.
Capture NX-D does not save photos directly in the way that other image editors do. All your images stay as RAW files, even after you’ve applied adjustments. Capture NX-D’s adjustments are all ‘virtual’. They are saved as processing instructions alongside your RAW files, and while NX-D will show you what the photos will look like with those adjustments, the files themselves aren’t altered. The only way to create a permanent version is to convert the RAW file into a new JPEG or TIFF image with those adjustments applied. You need to do this to create images that other programs can open too.
You can use the Convert Files button on the top toolbar to process images one at a time (see our walkthrough opposite). All you need to do is choose where to save your image, what file format to use and whether or not you want to resize it.
The Convert Files button also works if you select several images at once. This is where it switches over to Batch Process mode, converting each file with the adjustments you’ve applied. But there is another way to process shots enmasse. The File menu has a Batch Process command which processes folders full of images at a time. This is useful if you’ve just come back from a big shoot and want to produce JPEG versions of every RAW file.
With the Batch Process command you’re not restricted to the adjustments currently applied to each NEF file – you can choose one set of adjustments and apply it to all the images in the folder.
The key points are that you can use Capture NX-D’s whole gamut of editing tools for your conversions, and you can convert the same folder full of RAW files as many times as you like, with different adjustments, to different destination folders.