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What Capture NX-D Can Do for You

Nikon's Dedicated RAW Processing Software, Capture NX-D software is tailored for processing images in Nikon's unique RAW (NEF/NRW) formats, letting you get the complete Nikon image creation experience while exploiting to the full the high level of image quality produced by Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses.

RAW Processing Explained

"RAW"is one of the file formats used by digital cameras to record photographs. When recording photographs in JPEG and other similar formats, the camera automatically processes the images to create a photograph that is ready to view on a PC or other devices; in contrast, RAW images are "raw", completely untouched data that require further processing to become true photographs, which is similar to developing silver-halide films shot with film cameras.

The advantages in developing RAW files are that it allows extensive image editing without concerning about degrading image quality: You can alter the white balance or adjust exposure after shooting, and fine-tuning images using Picture Control will not compromise image quality. The finished images can be output in 16-bit TIFF files while retaining smooth gradation.

Your shooting experience with a Nikon camera and NIKKOR lenses naturally leads to finishing your images with Capture NX-D. Whether you're a beginner trying your hand at RAW processing for the first time or a seasoned pro who does it all the time, our easy-to-use Capture NX-D software lets you savor the full joy of crafting Nikon-quality images.

Working with the Settings ("sidecar") Files

Workflow Diagram

Capture NX-D does not apply changes directly to existing NEF and NRW files; instead, changes are stored in a separate, settings ("sidecar") file. Because the original images are preserved in exactly the condition they were taken and are not overwritten when the file is edited, the time needed previously to write in changes to a large RAW file is saved, ensuring a smoother image editing experience.
Also, this system enables adjustment of multiple files without setting up batch processing. During a studio shooting, for example, you can adjust the white balance of a sequence of shots based on an initial shot of a gray chart. The software also supports conventional batch processing using a saved adjustment setup. During batch processing, Capture NX-D displays a list of processed files and files that have yet to be processed, making it easy to track your progress.

Differences in data saving from ViewNX 2/Capture NX 2

ViewNX 2 and Capture NX 2 overwrite NEF files, with the result that they cannot be restored to the condition they were in when originally shot. Capture NX-D saves changes to a settings ("sidecar") file without touching the original RAW data, and consequently there is no need to save the file under a different name or convert the file to TIFF or JPEG for use in other applications. This ensures a smooth post-processing workflow.
Because the image and settings files are linked by their filename, they need to be copied or moved using Capture NX-D software on its folder tree browser.

Apply New Picture Control "Flat" to Existing RAW Files

Capture NX-D lets you choose (and adjust) the Picture Control applied to images, regardless of the settings in effect when the pictures were taken. You can also apply "Flat", the latest Nikon Picture Control, to RAW images (NEF files only*) taken with cameras that predate the D810, letting you explore wealth of information within the image with a Picture Control optimized for RAW developing.

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Use any Picture Controls you want (including the new "Flat"),
access the "clarity" parameter, and edit parameters in finer increments of 0.25

Capture NX-D not only lets you adjust such settings as exposure compensation and white balance, but also allows you to adjust Picture Control parameters such as sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue. What's more, switching from "Camera compatible" to "Latest Picture Control" gives you access to the new "Flat" option as well as the "clarity" parameter for RAW files (NEF only*) taken with any Nikon digital cameras. You can also adjust manual setting options in the Picture Controls with finer parameter control in 0.25 increments (previously in 1-step increments), allowing finer tuning of Picture Control which is the basis of your image creation. The range of options available for "brightness" has been widened to -1.5 to +1.5 from -1.0 to +1.0 as well.

How to set Latest Picture Control as default
You can select "Latest Picture Control" as the default setting for every picture: Simply open Preferences via the Tool menu, then set the option from the Color reproduction process menu.
To select which set of Picture Controls to apply to each picture in Capture NX-D, you can switch between "Latest Picture Control" and "Camera compatible" via the Picture Control palette.

Save adjusted Picture Controls and apply them to other images

The parameters for adjusted Picture Controls can be saved in Capture NX-D. For example, you can apply modified versions of the "Flat" Picture Control or Picture Controls with a "clarity" value to RAW image files (NEF files only*) taken with cameras that predate the D810.

Note: Cameras cannot import the parameters for Picture Controls saved in Capture NX-D.

Add Picture Controls with Picture Control Utility 2

Use Picture Control Utility 2 to create custom Picture Controls. Capture NX-D automatically loads any custom Picture Controls created with Picture Control Utility 2 that are saved to the same computer. These Picture Controls are displayed in the Capture NX-D Picture Control list, where they can be selected and applied to the current image. Picture Control Utility 2 can be launched either from Capture NX-D or as a stand-alone application.

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*Except NEF files shot with the following cameras: COOLPIX 8800, 8700, 8400, 5700, 5400 and 5000