Convert RAW > JPEG without exporting?

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Convert RAW > JPEG without exporting?

Postby CBF23 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:13 pm

I generally shoot only RAW, but sometimes there're things where JPEG would suffice. An example would be taking photos of a building and then snapping off a quick shot of a sign in front that won't be processed, but is for my own information to identify what was photographed.

Sometimes I'm on the ball enough to make the in camera switch and then return to RAW. Sometimes I'm too into what I'm doing and I'll forget to switch back, so I generally just keep things RAW only. Other than this, I really don't need SOOC JPEGs so I don't bother having the camera save to the card in both formats.

I'm trying to slim down my library, both from shots I'll never process, shots were I took sufficient coverage and won't be needing every shot, and things like the above example where I don't need a RAW.

Is there a way of converting the RAW > JPEG without having to export, or maybe just export back into my library?
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Re: Convert RAW > JPEG without exporting?

Postby Paul_Steunebrink » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:05 pm

Going from RAW to JPEG always requires an export.

If you like to include the export in your catalog, you could export to the image location (assuming the images are not inside the catalog folder but outside, a.k.a. referenced). Next, you sync that folder to update the catalog with the added images.
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Re: Convert RAW > JPEG without exporting?

Postby OddS » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:51 am

CBF23 wrote:...Is there a way of converting the RAW > JPEG without having to export

May I add to Paul_Steunebrink's answer:

Most still cameras converts RAW > JPEG for you and embeds a JPEG preview image in the RAW file. The JPEG can be extracted from the raw file and saved as separate a file. C1 does not provide a JPEG extract function as far as I know, but I never looked for it. I do that with Photo Mechanic myself, but there are several applications that can extract previews (you may find some pointers here ... jpg-raw-2/ ).

My Nikon cameras embed a full resolution JPEG in the NEF raw file, but it is "basic" quality which is OK for many situations. You are at the mercy of your camera maker though, I believe Sony cameras embed a low resolution JPEG in their RAWs.
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