"Getting the correct "View"" Wed 27-Apr-11 12:08 PM by Chuckv
I use ViewNX2 as the first step, and then Transfer to move the NEF pictures over to my hard drive. The problem is that ViewNX2 renders the pictures much darker and saturated than when I pull them up in Capture NX2 for the editing. Even after that is done, and the modified file is saved and viewed in VNX2 again in NEF or JPG, I get the same results, too dark and appears to be over saturated. It would seem that if both pieces of software are produced by Nikon, you should get the same results from the viewing side. It appears that other viewers (CS5, CNX2, Picasa, MicroSoft, FastStone) are more correct than ViewNX2. I looked for a way to adjust the setting in ViewNX2, but I must be missing something.
#2. "RE: Getting the correct "View"" In response to Reply # 0
I would check to make sure both VNX2 and CNX2 are set to display photos in sRGB color space. And that no matter what color mode/space setting you used on the camera, the programs override the setting and force sRGB. This should make both programs render the initial NEF correctly. This is the same cautionary step that I've been using since Nikon View 5 and Capture 3 (the predecessors of the current NX2 suites).
For ViewNX2, I believe it's in the Preferences menu, but I'm away from my desktop editing PC at the moment.
By the way, did that information about the VNX2 batch conversion help?
#3. "RE: Getting the correct "View"" In response to Reply # 2
Nikon sRGB is what is selected in place of the embedded information in both VNX2 and CNX2 now, but was not before. I would have thought since that was defaulted, that was the way to go. Having done that now, viewing the file in VNX2 ia still much darker! I am still missing something.....?
#5. "RE: Getting the correct "View"" In response to Reply # 3
Chuck - a couple of other places to check:
What is your computer's default display value set to in terms of color space? If it's anything other than a variation of sRGB (and it will have the terms "sRGB" in the title/description field), then you may have some other color space set that's causing the difference.
An even quicker check - do you have a second PC that you can install VNX2 on? Maybe a quick comparison to eliminate the program itself as the cause?
#7. "RE: Getting the correct "View"" In response to Reply # 6
Yep, the other programs' output would be influenced by the color space that the PC is driving, but I've seen some strange situations where it was the culprit. I'll have to check it out when I'm back at my PC later...
#8. "RE: Getting the correct "View"" In response to Reply # 7
I don't see a whole lot I can change or point to in VNX2. The only thing I can suggest is the checkbox in Edit-Options-Color Management that reads "Thumbnail - apply color management settings to Thumbnails."