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Danielle E. Rutter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2006

trouble opening raw images

Hey! Yesterday I had my friend, who is my wedding photographer, shoot my engagement photos. She immediately burned them onto DVD and gave them to me. Then she took hers home on her camera and I took my DVD home... and neither of us can open them.

She shot them in RAW which I use all of the time... the only difference being that I have a Nikon D50 and she has a D70. She says she can't open hers at all. I can open mine in PS CS2 raw editor but then once I actually click "open" to open it into photoshop, it errors. She says she also always shoots in RAW and has never had a problem... only this was the first time she used her newer D70. Before she always used an older D70.

Any ideas on why these won't open? Thanks!!!

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11/8/2006 7:28:38 PM

Bob Fately   Are you sure you are using the proper RAW converter? Remember, a Nikon RAW file is not the same for all the camera models - the D50, D70, D20, etc. each have their own RAW format (since each uses a different CCD).

As for your friend, I don't know if the D70s RAW file differs from the D70 - if so, it may be the same issue. On the other hand (and this would be bad) it could be a glitch in the memory card has left you with corrupted files.

First I'd check and download the latest RAW converters from Adobe and/or Nikon.

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11/9/2006 5:39:39 AM

John P. Sandstedt
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  First - check whether she deleted the pictures from her camera. If she did, you may have a problem.

What kind of CD burner was used and, more importantly, what kind of CDs? And, finally, what burning program was used?

I was told that the two most popular burning programs were Nero 6 and Easy Cd [Media] Creator. I had all kinds of problems with Nero and bought Easy Media 8. Used it to burn image files onto 24X Memorex CD-RWs. Although I could open the files immediately after burning, once I removed the CDs and tried to read the images files days later, I couldn't open them. I got error messages saying that I needed to load a writable CD - in other words, everything was corrupted. Because they were rewritable, I tried deleting everything - it didn't work.

I called Roxio. Tech Support there sucks. First they said that they had lots of complaints from folks using Memorex CDs [CD-R and CD-RW.] So, I bought some Sony's. Had the same problem with the first disk. Called Tech Support and they now said it was my Plextor CD-DVD burner.

Tried another Sony CD-R - only this time I loaded the CD completely and then "finalized" it. Success.

I didn't "finalize" the Memorex CDs - I wasn't able to accomplish that either.

So, even though I had success with Memorex 4X CD-RWs, I won't go near their 24X product.

As to opening your CDs, can you open them in with the software provided by Nikon? [Note, Digital Photo Pro 2.1, provided with my Canon 30D will not work with a friend's 20D. And, Adobe Camera Raw for the 30D doesn't work with Photoshop 7 or CS; it works with CS2 and Elememts 4.0 [which I use.] It'spossible your version of Nikon software won't work with the images from your friend's camera.

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11/22/2006 8:33:02 AM

Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  You may need to download the updated raw files from Photoshop. I had the same problem with my D200 and had to download a specific file from PS for my Raw files to convert in PS.


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11/22/2006 9:37:54 AM

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