NX-D: Time to give out the codec...

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tundracamper
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NX-D: Time to give out the codec...
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Why won't Nikon just give out the encryption codec for RAW files so that companies like Adobe can make software that will decipher all of the in-camera settings?  It is clear Nikon has abandoned the serious editing software market.  So, why not just give out the codec and let serious developers run with it?

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tundracamper wrote:

Why won't Nikon just give out the encryption codec for RAW files so that companies like Adobe can make software that will decipher all of the in-camera settings? It is clear Nikon has abandoned the serious editing software market. So, why not just give out the codec and let serious developers run with it?

Is there anything that would indicate that Adobe would do such a thing without charging their customers an arm and a leg for it? When it comes to how a company treats its customers, Adobe doesn't stand very tall.  How would "just give out the codec" benefit Nikon? Why would Nikon or any camera company want to give out proprietary business information without some manner of quid pro quo?

BTW: I maybe wrong, probably am, but I have never looked at Nikon Capture, which I have used since the very early days, as nothing more than a NEF file developer. I use Nikon Transfer to ingest my images, then ViewNX to grade and rate them, and then NX2 to develop the NEFs prior to saving them as TIFF for further work in Photoshop. By working this way I have not had to give Adobe any further money than I spent on Creative Suite 3.  I have never felt that NX2 was any more than a damn good RAW converter and from what I have seen so far with NX-D it will perform that task equally as well, and at a friendly price.

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tundracamper wrote:

Why won't Nikon just give out the encryption codec for RAW files so that companies like Adobe can make software that will decipher all of the in-camera settings? It is clear Nikon has abandoned the serious editing software market. So, why not just give out the codec and let serious developers run with it?

They already offer software APIs for developers, APIs of the NEF file format etc. and I believe at least the basic needed informations are available through those Nikon developer APIs. - Everything that goes beyond these might be in order to protect their corporate knowhow and internally used technology. Though I believe they might do cooperate to some degree with the majority of third party software developers like Adobe, DXO, CaptureOne etc.

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Adobe would only make subscription ware out of it.

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tundracamper wrote:

Why won't Nikon just give out the encryption codec for RAW files so that companies like Adobe can make software that will decipher all of the in-camera settings?

Everything useful, like image data or white balance, is already decrypted after it was reverse engineered many years ago. It is in use by dcraw, Adobe DNG converter etc.

Personally, I don't want the converter to use my in-camera setting anyway. Therefore, it already is perfect as it is now.

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