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Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 release candidates available | Digital Photography Review

Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 release candidates available | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

For Fuji users:

  • Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 support.


  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings.


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ACR 8.5 RC for Photoshop CC:


http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw8-5-cc/index.html


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Fujifilm X-series studio comparisons updated with new ACR 7.4 raw process | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm X-series studio comparisons updated with new ACR 7.4 raw process | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Following the recent public release of Adobe Camera Raw 7.4, we've updated our studio comparison database with new raw conversions of files from the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, X-E1 and X100S. We've been using the release candidate version of ACR 7.4 for some time, which contained significant improvements to Adobe's treatment of files from Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors. The official public release version of ACR 7.4 brings some further (very minor) tweaks. Follow the links below to the studio comparison pages in our X-Pro 1 and X-E1 reviews, and X100S preview, now with final ACR 7.4 raw conversions.

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Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested | Digital Photography Review

Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


With the posting of ACR 7.4 and Lightroom 7.4 'release candidates' (RC), Adobe has updated its raw processing algorithms for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor cameras, the X-Pro1, X-E1, X100s and X20. This move comes in response to months of online user requests for improved raw processing of the X-Pro1, Fujifilm's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens model. It is rare that Adobe's Camera Raw team revisits its demosaicing process for previously supported cameras, so we were excited to try out this latest version with some X-Pro1 raw files and compare results to the previous version of ACR, Capture One Pro 7 and Fujifilm's own in-camera conversion. To provide some context, the vast majority of digital cameras ever made perceive color using what's known as a Bayer Color Filter Array, named after the late Kodak engineer Bryce Bayer. For its recent cameras, Fujifilm has developed its own color filter array pattern, which it calls X-Trans. The idea behind X-Trans is that its pattern repeats less often than the Bayer pattern, rendering redundant the low-pass filter that usually protects against moiré. The disadvantage of creating a non-standard color filter array (especially one that took two years to develop the demosaicing algorithm for), is that third-party software makers have to do a lot more work to provide Raw support. Adobe was one of the first third-party software makers to provide Raw support for the Fujifilm X-Pro1, but the results often fell short of the standard set by the camera's own JPEG engine, in terms of rendering fine detail. So let's see what changes Adobe has made.....

Summary:

While it's important to recognize that ACR 7.3 and earlier was certainly very usable for many types of X-Pro1 images - especially if they weren't subjected to 100% view scrutiny - there's no question that with the 7.4 release candidate, Adobe has substantially improved their raw processing for the camera's X-Trans sensor. Our hats are off to Adobe for committing the not-insignificant resources necessary to improve support for X-Trans sensor cameras with relatively limited market share. The results speak for themselves and we feel confident in saying that ACR 7.4 RC is the update that X-Pro1 users have long been waiting for. Default settings offer a useful comparison of a raw engine's demosaicing capabilities but of course you'll want to tweak these parameters to get the most out of any raw file. In re-processing dozens of X-Pro1 images with ACR 7.4 we found that they all benefited from slightly more aggressive than usual sharpening, with a higher radius value than we'd typically use. You can download the original Raw files below to try your hand with your own settings in the raw processor of your choice. Share your findings with the community in the comments section. We'd love to hear what works best for you.

 

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The XE1 has a strange resolution anomaly with RAW mode in ACR

The XE1 has a strange resolution anomaly with RAW mode in ACR | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

Question by Nino:
If you choose RAW alone or RAW and a smaller JPEG the RAW the file is not full resolution. It is 4896 x 2760. It should be 4896 x 3264. To get the full sized RAW capture you need to choose RAW+(full sized) JPEG. Am I missing something?

Solution by Ryan Williams:

I recall reading that Lightroom (and probably ACR) automatically crops RAWs to 16:9, so you need to go to the crop tool and remove/change the crop. This may only apply to when RAWs are saved in a certain ways though, as you describe.

 

Nino´s response:
That seems to be exactly what is going on. For conditions I noted at the start of this thread the RAW image opens in ACR cropped to 16:9. You do have to click the crop tool then the crop shows. Hit "esc" and all is fine

See discussion on dpreview

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Fuji X-Pro1 RAW image processing using ACR | Chris Dodkin

 

Comparison of out of camera Fuji JPEG with RAW file processed using Adobe Camera Raw into Photoshop CS6 (Mac).

There has been much discussion around this topic online - so I figured I post a video of my basic ACR workflow for people to view.

Applies to the X-Pro1, but also any ACR raw file processing. This gets me to the point where I then use NIK filters, so it's not a final product, but the end of RAW processing. Should apply to Photoshop and Lightroom.

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X-Pro1 Raw support will come in Lightroom and Camera Raw « Lightroom Journal

X-Pro1 Raw support will come in Lightroom and Camera Raw « Lightroom Journal | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

There have been a number of questions around raw support for Lightroom and the Camera Raw plug-in.(ACR) Below is a list of new support by version. (Skip the background if you just need to know if your camera is supported)

"And yes, we are aware of the existence of the Fuji X-Pro1 camera and like all new camera models we are working to add support as quickly as possible."

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Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 | Digital Photography Review

Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2, as final versions of updates that were originally posted as 'release candidates'. ACR 8.2 is designed to work with Photoshop CC but, as promised, is also compatible with Photoshop CS6. Both updates bring support for 16 additional cameras, including the Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1, and Sony RX100 II, along with new lens profiles and bug fixes.  For users of older Photoshop versions, Adobe DNG Converter 8.2 is also now available.....

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Fujifilm X-M1 now supported

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Fuji X-Pro 1 file - ACR compared to RPP | David Taylor-Hughes

Fuji X-Pro 1 file - ACR compared to RPP | David Taylor-Hughes | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I've done a comparison on a Fuji X-Pro 1 file using The new Photoshop ACR 7.4 and Raw Photo Processor 64, the excellent Mac platform raw converter. Different software but I processed each with no sharpening added and only added a slight amount in Photoshop later. I used the same values for each file. Click on the link for the full-size high-res file. As many who have tried the new ACR are saying, the files are slightly softer than they were before, but unlike the previous ACR conversion, it is now possible to add sharpening to these X-Trans files without creating unpleasant artefacts. RPP still produces slightly sharper results to my eyes, but there isn't a lot in it. 
After waiting a long time to see this, I spent yesterday working on some X-Pro 1 files and it was pleasing to see the results. I have been so frustrated by the fact that I knew that there was more in the files, but was unable to get to it. RPP is great and I recommend it, but Photoshop is the cornerstone of my processing workflow and I know it well and how to get what I want from it. So for any camera I use, proper support is essential. It is now finally available.
So what went on? Was this a spat between Fuji and Adobe? Did Adobe just take their time to get round to this? We will never know the whole story, but it has been a long wait. As you know I baled out on the X-Pro 1 early when it looked like there wasn't going to be decent ACR support and I've had lots of files sitting on my hard drives that I haven't done much with, since I wasn't keen to upload what I considered to be sub-standard versions to my picture libraries. I can now get some really nice files from my original raws and they do have a different 'look' to conventional bayer sensor files.  With the ACR conversions and indeed with the RPP ones as well, there isn't that classic non-AA filter look. But then with the different sensor array I'm not sure that there would be. What is extraordinary is the ability to produce 'clean' files at high(er) ISO's. I believe it would be perfectly feasible to shoot high-quality landscape at ISO 400 and even ISO 800 with an x-trans sensor and I'm seeing a 2-stop improvement in noise levels over virtually everything else I use. This has all sorts of advantages in terms of narrower apertures and higher shutter speeds when shooting in good light, which for what I do is a good thing.
I've been very critical of this whole raw conversion saga and indeed seem to have developed somewhat of a reputation as a 'Fuji basher', but my only concern was to see a realisation of the FULL potential of these files. We do now have that and I'm glad to become a Fuji X-Trans enthusiast at long last. But lets be honest, its been a long and unnecessary wait and thats not really good enough.  For those who had the patience to stick with it, welcome to your new camera!
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X-Pro raw conversions from AccuRaw Beta 5 | Chromasoft

X-Pro raw conversions from AccuRaw Beta 5 | Chromasoft | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


In a previous post, I has mentioned the existence of a "new product". Well, AccuRaw is now in a closed beta. AccuRaw isn't of course aimed at the X-Pro specifically. AccuRaw is, as its name suggests, intended to deliver technically accurate raw conversion rather than the "Hollywood colors" conversions that most current raw developers deliver by default. But one part of what AccuRaw does to to give very fined grained control over the internal operation of the demosaic process. Specifically, it has sliders that control artifact suppression in luminance and chrominance, and post-demosaic chroma filtration. So you can tune the demosaic to suit your camera, the nature of the subject, etc, rather than have the one-size-fits-all of the mainstream raw developers.

Of course, this makes AccuRaw potentially useful to owners of camera with X-Trans sensors. So here's a quick comparison showing AccuRaw vs the other guys....

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Demosaicing the Fuji X-Pro1 Part 4 | ChromaSoft

Demosaicing the Fuji X-Pro1 Part 4 | ChromaSoft | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Well, I wasn't expecting to come back to the topic of Fuji, the X-Pro1 and its X-Trans sensor. However, I have been putting a lot of work into the suppression of artifacts when demosaicing. A lot more work than I had intended to, but that's another story. This is for a new product that I hope to release in a few weeks time (several months later than I'd hoped). But I did stumble into a better understanding of the nature of the chroma smearing (or watercolor effect, as it has also become known). The previous posts about Demosaicing the Fuji X-Pro1 are here, here and here. In previous posts, I compared renderings from Adobe Camera Raw, SILKYPIX and Fuji's in-camera JPEG processing, as well as DCRAW and RPP. Finally, I compared those renderings to renderings from PhotoRaw, both in its "retail" configuration, and in modified form with post demosiac filtering. Practically, DCRAW and RPP were pretty much outclassed -- they use VNG algorithms that generate substantial zipper effects. In post three, I hypothesized that the chroma smearing effect that you see very visibly in the ACR conversion, and to a lesser extent in the SILKYPIX conversion, was due to filtering, possibly mean filtering post demosaic. I now think that I was probably wrong, or at least partially wrong - the effect is due to filtering, but not mean filtering post demosaic. Rather, it's as a result of filtering during the demosaic process itself.....

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Adobe issues ACR 6.7 - final version of Camera Raw for CS5 | dpreview.com

Adobe issues ACR 6.7 - final version of Camera Raw for CS5 | dpreview.com | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

No camera raw available in Adobe ACR 6.7 for the Fuji X-Pro1.
We will need to buy CS6 :-(

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