Lightroom Mobile Import and convert to DNG

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Jul 02, 2017 Jul 02, 2017

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I use a Nikon DSLR and iPad Pro with Lightroom CC.  When I import my RAW (.NEF) files using the iPad Camera Connection Kit, it creates the .NEF and associated .xmp files.  If there a way to tell Lightroom Mobile to convert the RAW files to .DNG files upon import, as I do in the desktop version of Lightroom?

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Jul 12, 2017 Jul 12, 2017
Hi vcina,Being a mobile this feature would take a lot of system resources.You get the raw files into LR Desktop, sync the collection, and LR Desktop then sends smart previews to the cloud, which is what the iPad reads. Lightroom mobile is not designed to directly import raw files and then convert them into DNG.Thanks,Akash

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Jul 12, 2017 Jul 12, 2017

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Hi vcina,

Being a mobile this feature would take a lot of system resources.

You get the raw files into LR Desktop, sync the collection, and LR Desktop then sends smart previews to the cloud, which is what the iPad reads. Lightroom mobile is not designed to directly import raw files and then convert them into DNG.

Thanks,

Akash

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Jul 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017

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Well I disagree ... new iPad Pro is more desktop than mobile, so I miss DNG conversion too - I'm moving to use iPad only. System resources is not a problem when iPad is on power supply - you could warn your users.

Please do not hold back on features for Lightroom for iOS - before you know it, Affinity have overtaken you (as they did with Photo/Photoshop) with their version of Lightroom ... and then I will reconsider my Adobe subscription.

I want Adobe to be king of both desktop and tablets - so please begin being serious on tablets! I can buy full version of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer (when it comes out) for what a single month of Adobe CC cost me add a 2TB iCloud subscription and all I'm missing is a powerfull iPad Lightroom kinda app ... then I'm no longer an Adobe customer ... so please do not underestimate the power of tablets (or mobile devices as you call it).

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Jul 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017

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I must agree with M O J O.  The more I thought about the answer by Akash Sharma on Jul 12, 2017 8:21 AM

… the less I liked it.

My Nikon D7100 is set to store only RAW (.NEF) files.  I import them into my iPad Pro via the Apple SD <-> Lightning USB3 adaptor (via Photos).  I'm not sure if this import, via Photos, keeps the files in RAW format or converts them to JPEG.  In either case, I was able to edit them via Lightroom mobile and that edit operation produced .NEF and their associated .XMP 'side-car' files. The results of the Lightroom mobile edits were sent to the Adobe creative cloud as .NEF / .XMP raw file pairs and appeared in Desktop Lightroom CC as RAW files.  Thus, Lightroom Mobile produced RAW files as a result of it's edit operations.

If Lightroom mobile can create RAW files, there is no reason it does not have enough processing / memory capability to import RAW files directly and, optionally,e convert them to DNG format during import.

I agree with M O J O, "Please do not hold back on features for Lightroom for iOS". 

Please add the ability to directly import RAW photos in Lightroom mobile, and optionally convert the to DNG during import.

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Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2017

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This answer is short sighted. If the iPad Pro can edit RAW so easily surely it also has the power to conver to DNG.

And for devices that are less powerful Adobe could provide the option to perform the conversion in their cloud.

Currently Lightroom Mobile presumes a desktop based workflow with very short term mobile usage.

However, more and more a trip weeks long with just an iPad Pro and no desktop is possible.

Lightroom Mobile should be designed with the understanding that the user may not have access to the desktop for an extended period of time.

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Jan 26, 2020 Jan 26, 2020

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I think this is more of an issue than ever. I see this question was asked 2 1/2 years ago. I love being able to import RAW files directly onto my ipad and to edit them immediately. I wish the RAW files (NEFs) could be converted to DNGs so that when it syncs with LR Classic, i would have DNG files and not NEFs.  I hope Adobe is considering this now. 

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Apr 25, 2021 Apr 25, 2021

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I just moved to Lightroom CC/Mobile with the 1 TB to get my workflow into the cloud, thinking that as the new Lightroom should by now cover most of the features. Seems I was wrong. On the desktop app, I can't convert to DNG any more, and not even tell Lightroom to only import the raws, forcing me into an additionally copying step to put only raws in a folder. Pretty disappointing. The latter really is an absolute basic, the DNG conversion should be in place by now as well, knowing that the tech exists in house. Computing resources are an excuse I think, at least the desktop app should be able to do it just as LR Classic. What's up with that??

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Apr 25, 2021 Apr 25, 2021

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Conversion to dng is a trivial recompression that iPad Pros can easily handle. 

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Jun 05, 2021 Jun 05, 2021

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This is even more of an issue for Sony, which only supports uncompressed 85MB-120MB files if you want lossless. Imagine the time it takes to upload those to the cloud at a hotel, and the storage they take on your iPad. Then divide that in half with onboard DNG ccoversion.

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