Automate Raw to DNG Conversion

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rkennel, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. rkennel

    rkennel Guest

    I just purchased a new camera that shoots in raw format. I would like
    to convert the raw images to adobe's DNG format. I have downloaded the
    tool which is pretty easy to use, but I was wondering if there was
    anyway to automate it in batch. For instance, I would like to be able
    to type at a command line

    DNG_Convert directory_1 directory_2

    This would convert the whole of directory 1 and place the files into
    directory 2. Is there any way to do something like this?

    Or is there some file that my preferences are stored in, that I could
    modify the file and then run the program from batch?
    rkennel, Dec 30, 2004
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    Clyde Guest

    What tool are you talking about? The "Adobe DNG Converter" that I
    downloaded does everything in batch. It works on a whole folder and puts
    it into the folder that you select. What more batching do you want?

    Clyde, Dec 30, 2004
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  3. rkennel

    John Bean Guest

    No, this has been asked (and answered authoritatively) in the Adobe DNG
    forum. If you pass it a directory name on the command line it will populate
    the source directory but there's no way to do anything more other than
    John Bean, Dec 30, 2004
  4. rkennel

    Clyde Guest

    If it was answered authoritatively in the Adobe DNG forum, why are you
    asking us?

    I'm sorry, it never occurred to me that I needed to script a batch tool.
    Doing a batch of files all in one folder works very well interactively
    for me. I get a whole bunch done at once. At the most I've done 2 or 3
    folders at a time. Scripting it would only save me a few seconds. So, why?

    If you have dozens of folders that you need to do, write a script to put
    them all in one folder, then convert, then move them all back. I would
    think that script would take much longer to develop than to just run the

    It sounds like you are looking for a solution without a problem.

    Clyde, Dec 31, 2004
  5. rkennel

    JPS Guest

    In message <[email protected]_s03>,
    It has to be operated in the GUI, though. It is very limited in the way
    you can use it, and it is dumb enough to keep making duplicates of
    everything that has already been converted. If you run it multiple
    times on a directory with only one raw file in it, it will snowball, as
    it doubles the number of files with every pass; 1 -> 2 -> 4 -> 8 -> 16.
    JPS, Jan 1, 2005
  6. rkennel

    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    .... and conversions of previous conversions, as well.
    JPS, Jan 1, 2005
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