How it works RAW conversions
Capture NX-D’s batch conversion tools can save you time processing similar shots
01 Batch Process window
You’ll find the Batch Process command in the File menu. It opens the Batch Process window, where you choose the files to convert, the adjustments to apply, the new file format and where the files are to be saved.
02 Source Folder
The Source Folder is the one containing the RAW (NEF) files you want to convert. You can find it on your computer’s hard disk by pressing the Browse button. The Batch Process command is indiscriminate and will process every photo in the folder. If you want to process certain images only, you need the Convert Files button (see 08).
You can apply three types of adjustments as you batch process the images. ‘Apply current adjustments’ takes the adjustments you’ve made to the current image and applies them to every image in the folder. This is useful if you want to apply a specific effect to a group of photos. ‘Adjustments to apply’ should, in theory, enable you to open a saved adjustments file and use that instead – though it’s not clear how this works in the current version of Capture NX-D. ‘Apply adjustments already in files’ converts the images using the adjustments you’ve applied to each one. Use this if you’ve edited images individually to get the look you want, and now you want to convert them with these individual settings.
04 Image Quality
Select the format you wish the converted file to be in: JPEG or TIFF. Now choose the Quality setting (the options will change according to the file format you’ve chosen).
05 Specify Size
This step is optional, but it’s an opportunity to change the pixel dimensions of your converted images. For example, if you want to display them on a website or send them to someone else, you could resize them to 1920 pixels wide and Capture NX-D will automatically adjust the height to retain the correct proportions.
This is where you choose where the converted image files should be saved. You can select the Source folder, so that they’re saved alongside the originals, or a completely new folder. When you’ve chosen a folder, you just click the Start button in the bottom-right corner to start batch processing.
07 Batch Process Status
When the processing starts, Capture NX-D displays this Batch Process Status pane, which lists each of the files queued up for conversion and a progress bar for each. When the list is empty, the process is finished.
08 Convert Files
If you want to convert images one at a time, or only specific images within a folder, select them first and then click the Convert Files button. You can see how this works in the three-step walkthrough below.