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howardm

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Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« on: March 04, 2017, 02:13:57 PM »

Just a heads-up that Iridient has released the RAF->DNG 1.0b3 software for BOTH Windows and Mac.

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Re: Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2017, 04:11:04 PM »

I'm looking forward to people's experience with X-Trasformer on Mac.  I have Iridient Developer for Mac and I really like the demosaicing and sharpening but I'm wondering if the X-Transformer will make for an improved workflow with Lightroom.
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 08:05:34 PM »

In a word, yes.

Just make sure your drive permissions are set to read/write. Something that cost me few hours today.

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Re: Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2017, 02:06:03 PM »

I'm curious how others workflow IXT with LR. I've been using IXT Windows for a while and have settled on importing the RAF files into LR, sorting through and culling. Then processing select files through IXT. I then Sync the folder through the Import dialog to apply presets as needed.This seems to workout ok.

I wish there was a way to group files in LR based on a portion of the filename. My JPG, RAF, and DNGs (multiple runs through IXT sometimes) all have the same beginning with different suffixes and/or extensions. The only auto-stack I'm aware of is based of file timestamp.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2017, 10:13:27 PM »

I take each shoot, all files, run them through IXT, save them in a sub folder with the original raw files.  Then import to LR the files (dng) I want to work.

To me, it's just easier to convert all, even though I will not work on all of them and save them out to a raid drive as dng. 

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Re: Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2017, 09:51:02 AM »

Using Iridient Developer I can start with Lr and select file(s) to go to ID using "Edit In".

Is the same capability/workflow possible with IXT?
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2017, 10:30:47 AM »

Ron, Not really. There is a clunky work-around for using Edit In. Here are the instructions http://www.aevansphoto.com/ixt-lightroom-plugin/

Paul, Then you have settled on a set of settings in IXT and just process all of you files the same? I tried going down that path but find different types of images require different settings, smoother/more detailed... etc.

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Re: Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2017, 12:36:02 PM »

Using Iridient Developer I can start with Lr and select file(s) to go to ID using "Edit In".

Is the same capability/workflow possible with IXT?

On Mac you can drag files and drop them on the IXT icon in the dock.

On Windows my OpenDirectly plugin can send a RAF directly to IXT.

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Re: Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2017, 02:21:41 PM »

Ron, Not really. There is a clunky work-around for using Edit In. Here are the instructions http://www.aevansphoto.com/ixt-lightroom-plugin/

Isn't this essentially the same as what you need to do whenever you configure any third-party application to work as a Lightroom external editor?  It looked that way to me.

I've found what I believe to be a minor bug (visually annoying but not functionally pathological) in the entries that are inserted into the develop history by X-Transformer when it is invoked from Lightroom, and reported it today to Brian Griffith, the author of the Iridient software.  But as far as I can determine, after admittedly limited testing, the demosaiced file is basically what you would expect.

The tricky part of using any third-party raw conversion tool as part of a Lightroom workflow, it seems to me, is deciding how to strike a balance between using the external product's processing capabilities and Lightroom's.  I like the way the Iridient pipeline handles fine detail, but other than that I prefer to use Lightroom's controls.  The ideal output file from my perspective would be similar to the DNGs that Lightroom's Photo Merge tools emit: for many purposes, including color balance, you can treat them as raw files.  (E.g., even though they are demosaiced "linear DNGs," they are still scene-referred.)  I think that's what I'm getting with the X-Transformer product, but I need to do more testing.

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Re: Iridient XTransformer for Mac NOW
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2017, 02:39:38 PM »

Ron, Not really. There is a clunky work-around for using Edit In. Here are the instructions http://www.aevansphoto.com/ixt-lightroom-plugin/

 - Morey

Thanks, Morey.  That's a similar way that Iridient Developer works from Lightroom.  Once you do the "Edit In" ID will then look for, then finds and converts the RAF file overwriting the TIFF created by Lr.  Perhaps not perfect but it works reliably.   

The difference seems that IXT produces a DNG and doesn't bring up the editing dialog from ID.  Depending on speed this could be an improvement in my workflow.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2017, 05:02:50 PM »

OK. If the intermediate TIFF is the norm, then I guess it isn't as clunky as I thought.

Chris's comment of striking a balance is my concern right now too. Was hoping to get down to a single set of selections for everything, but that has not happened yet. I may have a baseline NR and Sharpening, but the RAW Processing between Smoother and more Detailed still seem to be one or the other for different images.
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