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Adobe Camera RAW 6.3, Lightroom 3.3 & Photoshop CS5 12.0.2 Updates

Adobe released updates to Camera RAW, Photoshop and Lightroom yesterday.  If you haven’t already, you will want to update.

For me personally I had purchased a Nikon P7000 and have been anxiously waiting on RAW support in Lightroom and Photoshop for a couple months now.  I love this little camera and carry it with me at all times in case I run across something that I want a snapshot of.  I actually use this camera when I survey scenes for my large format photography.  I visit the site, take a snapshot of the scene and then link up my notes with the scene later to determine if I want to return with my large format gear.

I also find it to produce excellent results for family events indoors and outside too.  The full manual controls are a huge plus and I find the size and optics to be absolutely perfect for this type of camera.  If you are wanting to produce better photos than with a point and shoot but don’t want or can’t afford a full DSLR then the P7000 might be a good fit for you.

New Camera Support in ACR 6.3

  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • Canon PowerShot S95
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • Nikon D3100
  • Olympus E-5
  • Panasonic DMC-GF2
  • Panasonic DMC-GH2
  • Pentax K-5
  • Pentax K-r
  • Samsung NX100
  • Samsung TL350 (WB2000)
  • Sony A560
  • Sony A580

Tim Layton


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Adobe Updates for Camera Raw 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2 Now Available

Adobe released two key updates today, one for Camera Raw 6.2 and the other for Lightroom 3.2.

Camera Raw 6.2 Update

August 31, 2010
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

You can read about the Camera Raw update and download it here.

Lightroom 3.2 update

The Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® 3.2 update includes these enhancements:

  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Panasonic DMC-LX5, Sony NEX-5 and Canon EOS 60D
  • Numerous corrections for issues introduced in Lightroom 3.0
  • Direct publishing to Facebook and over 120 new lens profiles

You can read about the update and download it here.  For a comprehensive listing of all the improvements and bug fixes you can read about it here.

Tim Layton

© Tim Layton – All Rights Reserved – 2010. You may not republish or use this information in part or in whole without written permission. For permission and more information you can contact Tim Layton on the web at blog.timlaytonphotography.com or via email at tim@timlaytonphotography.com or via the telephone at 314-643-8118.

How to Prepare Nikon .AVI Movies for Final Cut

To edit your Nikon HD movies in Final Cut Pro you will need to prepare your movie footage before you can edit it in the Final Cut timeline and then ultimately encode it for your desired output type (web, dvd, etc).

I will walk you through how to use Compressor that is part of the Final Cut Studio suite of tools.

To configure Compressor encode your movies for the web (YouTube or Vimeo, etc) you can follow the information I provided in this article previously.

Follow these steps:

1. Copy the movie files located on your CF memory card to the desired folder on your editing system.  I would also strongly suggest backing up your footage in a second location as well.

2. Before we can edit in Final Cut Pro (FCP) we need to create a custom droplet in Compressor to transcode our footage.

Open Compressor:

  • Open the Settings tab (lower left corner), select Formats Folder -> Quick Time -> Apple ProRes 422HQ or LT or Proxy, etc.  I choose to go with HQ
  • Drag this to the window on top where you see “Drag Settings & Destinations Here”.  After you drag this, select it.
  • Leave it set to Desktop and you can change the default filename of “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).mov if you like.  I changed mine to “Apple ProRes 422HQ 24fps 48khz” because I will know my .AVI movie file has been processed and it is at 24fps with 48Khz audio.
  • In the Inspector window (center window, select the Encoder tab (second from left)
  • Select Video Enabled, then hit Settings. Frame rate 24 > OK
  • Change Audio to Enabled and then hit Settings. Choose 48 kHz.  If you are recording audio off camera as I do, I just use the audio from the camera as a guide track and mute it inside Final Cut.
  • Select the “Save As” button at the bottom of the Inspector window and name it “NikonD3s_AVI_Encoding”.
  • It will now be in your Settings Window under the Settings tab and Custom.
  • Click on the new Cutom setting “Nikon D3s_AVI_Encoding”
  • File > Create Droplet
  • Select your new custom setting
  • Save it to the desktop, leave destination as source.
  • Close Compressor

3. From your Desktop double-click on the Droplet to open it.

4. Drag all you Nikon .AVI movie clips to the left side of the droplet where it says “Drop files here” and change destination whatever folder you want from the Destination field at the top part of the window in the Droplet.  Now you have all your original .AVI and the converted ProRes clips and you are ready for Final Cut!

In my case I have configured Compressor to open the Batch Monitor so I can view the process of my encoding jobs.

5. Open Final Cut Pro, then select “File -> New Project” if you already have a project open and don’t want to change things.

6. Now go to Final Cut Pro -> Audio/Video Settings

7. Find the Sequence Presets tab and select Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 1280×720 24p 48kHz

8. Clip Duplicate and give it a new name.  I just added Nikon to the front and removed copy from the end of the name.

9. Find and change the Editing Timebase selection to 24 > OK

10. select the summary tab click Create Easy Setup

11. A popup box will appear and just name it whatever you want (“Nikon D3s 720p 24fps 48Khz”), give it a description and select Create.  A popup box will appear and save your setting in the Custom Settings folder as suggested.  You are ready to edit!

12. Now the next time you want to work on a project using Nikon 720p footage just use this Easy Setup and you are rolling.

13. Your Nikon movie clips should not need rendered now and you are ready to create your movie

14. When your done editing use Send to Compressor I you would normally do for your work-flow.  You may want to refer to my previous article that I mentioned above here.

I hope you found this information helpful and keep me posted on your progress or leave a comment here.

Tim Layton

© Tim Layton – All Rights Reserved – 2010. You may not republish or use this information in part or in whole without written permission. For permission and more information you can contact Tim Layton on the web at blog.timlaytonphotography.com or via email at tim@timlaytonphotography.com or via the telephone at 314-643-8118.

Lightroom 3 Available Now

Lightroom 3 is available now and many people are thinking about how to migrate from version 2 to 3.  The upgrade of the application is very simple, but most photographers are most concerned about their catalog of images and what that means.  I found a very good article that covers the topic and here is the link.

Here is the short version:

1.) Buy the software

2.) Backup your source image directory and all Lightroom catalogs in at least one place and two if you have the hardware.

3.) Install the new software and simply follow the prompts.

4.) Upgrade your Lightroom catalogs one at a time.

5.) Leave the Lightroom 2 app on your computer for a while in case you need it for some reason and put a reminder on your calendar to review in a few months.

6.) Start using Lightroom 3!

The upgrade is available for $99 and here is a list of new features.

To view videos on the new features and upgrades visit the Lightroom 3 Learning Center.

If you don’t already use Lightroom, you can download a trial from Adobe.

I will be upgrading my systems this week and I will post anything here that I think you should know.

Tim Layton

© Tim Layton – All Rights Reserved – 2010. You may not republish or use this information in part or in whole without written permission. For permission and more information you can contact Tim Layton on the web at blog.timlaytonphotography.com or via email at tim@timlaytonphotography.com or via the telephone at 314-643-8118.