July 17, 2019 News
Great News For SJCAM and Mac Users!
RAW2DNG Converter Now Available on the App Store.
Many SJCAM and Mac users have been waiting for this for some time.
Now you can drag and drop whole SJCAM photo folders to convert them to DNG and utilize the power of editing RAW format.
Scan the QR Code above to go straight to the App Store and download the RAW2DNG Converter application.
WHAT IS CAMERA RAW ANYWAY?
For those not familiar with the RAW format, the file contains unprocessed information straight from the sensor without having a “viewable” output file like JPEG.
Due to the fact that it is unprocessed data, it is highly specific (proprietary) to the camera used, thus, the “.RAW” file is not a universal file. Each camera brand has their own version of how this particular file is written, and sometimes even different models from the same manufacturer may have different raw encoding procedures. A thing to note, is that since the file is unprocessed, there is no compression or anything that takes away data. Meaning, the filesizes are inherently huge.
If that’s a lot for you to digest, think of RAW as coffee beans. You can’t make a cup of coffee with unprocessed coffee beans, can you? It needs to be processed first. For that, you need a coffee grinder. Once processed, all that’s needed to be done is to brew the ground coffee, then probably add milk, add sugar, and whatever else you like before you serve it.
RAW is a very powerful tool. Any photographer worth his salt should how to use it. If you haven’t been using it yet, give it a try.
Some of the benefits of using camera raw files:
1. Save your image files for the purpose of editing later.
2. RAW enables you to play around with image adjustments without losing recorded detail.
3. Save multiple versions of your files and still retain all the image data on the original raw file, all intact, while you output your edited files for show either on the web, for printing, or whatever else you need.
WHAT IS RAW2DNG?
There are several versions of this kind of converter online. This RAW2DNG Converter for Mac was developed by Yury Golubinsky, and it is meant to convert RAW files from SJCAM cameras, along with some camera brands, to a file that is readily-usable by your favorite image-editing software: DNG (Digital NeGative).
The DNG file format is intended to unify the interpretation of the wildly-varying encoding methods that different camera manufacturers use when writing unprocessed data. If you’re already familiar with TIFF files, then you already know DNG as it is based off of it.
OKAY, SO WHY DO I NEED TO CONVERT?
Without converting, you won’t be able to bring the unprocessed file into software you use for cropping, adding filters, etc. Like in our coffee-grinder analogy, you put your whole coffee beans in (which, here, is the RAW file), grind it (convert), and out comes ground coffee (the DNG).
With RAW2DNG, you will be able to convert RAW files of the following SJCAM models:
The version above is for Macs.
For compatibility, you will need a Mac with MacOS 10.14 or higher
Currently, it is in 3 languages: English, Chinese, and Russian.
Show us your RAW file edits in the SJCAM Community forums.
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