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RAW to DNG. Why did this launch automatically?

Explorer ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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I import all my RAW files to Lightroom and edit them without converting them to DNG format.  With that last software upgrade, LR is converting all my RAW files to DNG.  I don't want this.  It is super-time-consuming.  How do I stop it from converting my files?

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Explorer , Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018
I really appreciate that, but I did check that.  I've got "Add" highlighted.  Should I have just highlighted "Copy?"  I will try that and come back.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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Is it converting every raw file to DNG, or just new imports? If it's just new imports then perhaps you have overlooked what option is selected at the top of the import dialog, perhaps the option to "Copy as DNG" has been selected.

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Explorer ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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It is only converting the new files I import.

I did not change any settings between the old SW and Update.

One should "have to select" photos to be converted and "choose to convert."  I have never done this.

It doesn't damage anything that this occurs, but it is VERY time consuming when I process hundreds.

Is there some way to make it stop?

MAC OS btw

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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Yes, there is definitely a way to make it stop. The next time you import, double check the options right at the top of the import dialog in the middle of the top border. There are different options. I suspect that somehow, either automatically or you have inadvertently chosen the "Copy as DNG" option and you want to change to the "Add" option.

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Explorer ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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I really appreciate that, but I did check that.  I've got "Add" highlighted.  Should I have just highlighted "Copy?"  I will try that and come back.

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Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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No, the Add option should have simply added the images. I don't know why that option would have automatically converted to DNG. Wait a minute! The Add option is when you are adding images that are already on your hard drive, and the Copy option is when you are copying images from your camera card to your computer. So yes, the Copy option is what you would want to use.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 20, 2020 Oct 20, 2020

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This happened to me as well, but this did the trick. Thanks!

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Explorer ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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This worked.  "COPY" just copied the RAW files as CR2 while "Add" launched the convert to DNG automatically.  Very odd.  Thank you!

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Explorer ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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I had about 1,500 photos to process and this drove me nuts.  I'd checked out all the "DNG" information and verified that I hadn't accidentally clicked on it.  I appreciate getting someone to help me think through it.  /D

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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Well, the ones that converted to DNG won't kill you. My experience with DNG files has all been positive. In your case, just a little time-consuming for the conversion.

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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This is ignorant! I imported the way I always have imported files this way. This shouldn't have happened. You people obviously have no idea what the customer wants. How do I the files back without a big pain?

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LEGEND ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Jack+II  wrote

This is ignorant! I imported the way I always have imported files this way. This shouldn't have happened. You people obviously have no idea what the customer wants. How do I the files back without a big pain?

"You people"? We are not Adobe here. Please direct your concerns to Adobe rather than to this forum, which is 99% other Lightroom users.

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Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Jack+II  wrote

This is ignorant! I imported the way I always have imported files this way. This shouldn't have happened. You people obviously have no idea what the customer wants. How do I the files back without a big pain?

I have no idea what went wrong. I don't work for Adobe. I have no connection with Adobe or their engineering staff. I don't know anyone who works for Adobe. I'm just another user like yourself who tries to provide assistance where I can. If you don't like my answers, I apologize. If you still have the images on the camera card you can try importing them again and double checking your import options. If you don't then I suppose you will have to live with what you have. In most instances, when images don't get imported the way users expect them to be imported, it is usually because of user error. That's all I can say about this issue.

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2018 Jul 27, 2018

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No disrespect meant. Just frustrated, but not at you. Thought maybe the Adobe folks would read it. Eventually I just redownloaded the card again after deleting the DNGs.

Thanks for yourresponse.

Jack

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New Here ,
Feb 25, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

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Lightroom Classic automatically converts my Cr2 raw files to DNG.  I see that you are supposed to be able to choose DNG or not.  Now that it automatically imported as DNG it will not allow me to choose anything else.  I'm ready to get rid of it.  Way too time consuming.  I have the latest version.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 25, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

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Looking back to your posts I see you have a Canon M5- Correct?

This camera, and the CR2 files, has been supported by Lightroom-Classic since cc2015.8

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Now if you are seeing DNG raw files there are three ways these can be created-

1) YOU used the Adobe DNG Converter software

2) You IMPORTED the files to the Catalog with the [COPY as DNG] option checked.

3) You selected the CR2 files in the Catalog and used the MENU to Convert the CR2s to DNG.

Do you know which way you converted your CR2s?

 

If you do not want the raw files as DNG- (Going forward) simply IMPORT the CR2 files with the "COPY"  option.

Or if the CR2s are already in your hard-drive folders- IMPORT with the "ADD" option.

If you cannot Import with either of these two options, then something else is amiss and you need to explain more with error messages quoted and screen-clips.

(You cannot make the DNGs 'go back' to CR2, unless you embedded the original CR2 in the DNG)

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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New Here ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Yes, it's a Canon M5.  Thanks for responding.  I tossed Lightroom Classic out of frustration, trying to follow directions, but it just kept converting.  I wasn't using the catalogue, just trying to import from my raw files on my laptop.  I'd rather use my own system for organizing.  I wasn't using the converter software, either.  I had no intention of converting.  Add vs Copy might have been the problem.  So it looks like I should always use ADD.  You must get frustrated with our repetitive questions.  Thanks.

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