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Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files

pentwater

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pentwater Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Dec 2003
Sun 30-Sep-12 10:17 PM

I just processed my first raw files from my new D800. IQ was terrific but the precessing time, particularly using CFX4, was quite long. Where a 12mb D700 file would save in a few seconds, it almost takes a minute with my 16gb, 2.93ghz i7 processor with 1 TB of internal disk. In looking at the system monitor, it appears that disk i/o is one problem area though only for a shore percentage of the time. Memory maxs for the first few seconds, drops to a reasonable level, and then the machine "thinks"!

I'd appreciate and thoughts or ideas... including whether this is the right forum for the post.

Thanks a lot!

Best,

Bill

luckyphoto

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#1. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 0

luckyphoto Gold Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Wed 03-Oct-12 03:59 PM

The D800 file sizes are around 50-70MB for NEF. TIFF can really get huge. Some delay should be expected. It also might have to do with the initial D800 software drivers. Later updates might make the process more efficient.

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pentwater

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#2. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 0

pentwater Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Dec 2003
Fri 05-Oct-12 12:54 PM

Thanks Larry. I knew the files were much bigger and just expected processing time to be reasonably proportional.

I contacted Nik support yesterday and was told that certain CFX4 filters tend to greatly lengthen the save time. Unfortunately, they include a couple of my favorites... Pro Contrast and Detail Extractor. Oh well, I guess it will be like the "old days" of waiting for the system!

Thanks again.

Bill

William Symonds

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#3. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 2

William Symonds Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Wed 14-Nov-12 08:43 AM | edited Wed 14-Nov-12 09:27 AM by William Symonds

I have an i5 iMac with 12gb and the plug-ins are just about OK on my machine now though I have only a D600. I have had all sorts of problems though and Aperture has crashed a number of times and is still running slow at times. These are big image files...

Mind you having made a few system modifications files now generally take only a few seconds to open when I open the Nik plug-ins. I just tested this, and with everything else closed, and after freeing memory first, it took 22 seconds to open CEP, but after that processing image changes using tonal contrast and detail extractor was pretty much instantaneous. Saving the image was pretty quick too.

I have turned off all start up software, cleared all the caches, rebuilt the database, and learned to turn off all other software before opening Aperture and the plug-ins. I have also turned off Photostream, which appeared to eat away at Aperture (and web speed) performance.

I am now also looking at getting an additional 4gb added.

Have you tried iBoost Up and similar utilities. A memory boost utility such as Free Memory may be quite usefull too. You can get them in the App Store. I also found "chriswrites.com" quite useful though I'd avoid clicking on the links to MacKeeper which has a dubious reputation, from what I can read on the web.

Just as well I chose the D600 I guess. I daren't even try the plug-ins on my Mac Air with its fixed 4gb ram...

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pentwater

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#4. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 3

pentwater Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Dec 2003
Thu 15-Nov-12 01:14 AM

Some good ideas Will, I'll give them a try and see if they speed things up. I tend to be doing a "few" things at a time and might be contributing to my own problem!

Thanks!

Regards,

Bill

William Symonds

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#5. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 4

William Symonds Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Thu 15-Nov-12 01:20 AM | edited Thu 15-Nov-12 12:52 PM by William Symonds

A few web pages can steal 2gb memory.

I just caught up a few minutes ago and Aperture ran slow. I closed everything and it just revved up again...

"Free Memory" is really very useful as it shows you how much memory you have in the top information bar: you can click on it and see what is being used and click another button to free up any inactive memory. It's free if you don't want the pie chart and a dollar if you do...

EDIT - I just upped my memory from 12 to 16GB and hope that will help. One good thing about all this is that i have addressed some underlying system issues and my Mac is now generally running far smoother.

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PhotoSpydie

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#6. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 0

PhotoSpydie Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 17th Jul 2011
Fri 16-Nov-12 11:10 AM

Am not using the NIK plugins often, but noticed in the thread that followed that there was some excellent advice on improving the performance on the Mac. One more thing, and I don't mean to insult anyone on this . . . but it is really important to make sure that Aperture is up to date. There have been a couple of recent updates that improved the application's performance. I recommend backing up before installing any update.

I also agree with the comment about MacKeeper.

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William Symonds

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#7. "RE: Use of Nik Plugins within Aperture for D800 files" | In response to Reply # 6

William Symonds Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Fri 16-Nov-12 02:12 PM

". . . but it is really important to make sure that Aperture is up to date"

It would be nice if Apple were to heed that part of your excellent advice :-;

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