Image Data Converter SR FAQ

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Image Data Converter SR

What happens when I install Sony Image Data Suite on a computer where Image Data Converter SR Ver.1.0/Ver.1.1 has already been installed?
Image Data Converter SR Ver.2.0 and other software are installed separately.
* If the "Camera Selection" window appears during the installation and your model is not listed there, select [Other]. If it is not selected correctly, the software may not operate properly.

2007-12-21 / 07_00080

Can I use the function for adjusting a still image to adjust JPEG and TIFF files?
You can use only the tone curve adjustment and image rotation functions for JPEG and TIFF files.

2007-9-18 / 07_00081

Can I save a RAW file edited with Image Data Converter SR as the ARW format?
Yes, edited data will be saved as the ARW2.0 format.

2007-9-18 / 07_00082

Is there any difference in the Image Data Converter SR functions available for use with the various RAW data formats (ARW2.0, ARW, SR2, SRF)?
Items that can be selected in Creative Style differ.
For ARW2.0 files, you can use up to 11 items such as “Standard”, “Vivid”, “AdobeRGB”, “Portrait”, “Landscape”, “Night view”, “Autumn leaves” and “Camera Setting”, depending on your camera.
For ARW files shot with the DSLR-A100, you cannot use the Creative Style function.
For SR2 files shot with the DSC-R1, you can choose “Standard”, “Real” and “Vivid” from the Creative Style options.
For SRF files shot with DSC-F828/V3, you can choose only “Standard” from the Creative Style options.
* For monotone, use “B/W” in Picture Effect.

2007-12-21 / 07_00083

How can I return an adjusted image to its original image?
Change the Current Version to the As Shot Version in the Version Stack dialog of Image Data Converter SR, and save this file.

2007-9-18 / 07_00084

The “Sunset” item is available from Creative Style with the camera.
However, “Sunset” is not included in the options available with the Creative Style function in Image Data Converter SR.
The “Sunset” item is not available in Image Data Converter SR.

2007-12-21 / 07_00088

What is sharpness?
Sharpness is a function that adjusts the degree of outline enhancement in the image.
See the figure below.

2007-12-3 / 07_00101

What can I adjust using [Overshoot], [Undershoot], [Threshold], and [Amount] in sharpness?
You can adjust the degree of outline enhancement using these items. [Overshoot] adjusts the bright portion, [Undershoot] adjusts the dark portion, and [Amount] adjusts both.

With [Threshold], you can specify the value of the difference in brightness to decide whether or not to perform sharpness.
When the difference in brightness exceeds the threshold, sharpness is applied.

You can increase the degree of enhancement by moving the slider to the right or clicking the “+” button.
You can also decrease the degree of enhancement by moving the slider to the left or clicking the “-” button.
* If the value of each item is set to 0, the one used during shooting is applied to the image.

2007-12-3 / 07_00102

Can I apply the effect of the D-Range Optimizer to the image recorded in the RAW format?
Yes, even if the image is shot without the DRO function, you can apply its effect to the RAW image using the [D-Range Optimizer] settings.

<About the [D-Range Optimizer] settings in Image Data Converter SR Ver.2>
  • When setting to [Auto]:
    The effect equivalent to the Advanced or Advanced: Auto mode* in the DRO function of the camera is automatically obtained.
    * The mode name varies depending on the camera.

  • When setting to [Manual]:
    You can manually adjust the effect using the [Highlight] and [Shadow] sliders.

* If your camera has the Advanced: Level mode or the DRO advanced bracket shooting mode, Image Data Converter SR Ver.2 does not have a setting to automatically reproduce the effects of those modes. Please set [D-Range Optimizer] to [Manual] and adjust to the appropriate correction level.

2007-12-21 / 07_00104

When the RAW image shot with the D-Range Optimizer function is opened with Image Data Converter SR Ver.2, I cannot see the effect of the D-Range Optimizer, while I can see the effect on the LCD screen of the camera or Picture Motion Browser.
The image recorded in the RAW format is the raw data directly captured by the image sensor, and the DRO effect cannot be seen in this data itself.
Using the [D-Range Optimizer] settings, you can apply the DRO effect to the RAW data. [Auto] (equivalent to the Advanced or Advanced: Auto mode* in the camera) and [Manual] are available for the [D-Range Optimizer] settings.
* The mode name varies depending on the camera.

* When playing back the RAW image on the LCD screen of the camera or Picture Motion Browser, the small JPEG image recorded with the RAW data is displayed so that you can see the DRO effect.
However, if the image shot with the modes other than the Standard mode in the DRO function or the DRO advanced bracket in the Drive mode (if available) is enlarged on the camera's screen, you cannot see its effect due to system restrictions.

2007-12-21 / 07_00105

I have tried to reproduce the D-Range Optimizer effect by adjusting the RAW format image with [D-Range Optimizer] set to [Manual], but I cannot obtain the same effect as seen in the JPEG image shot with the DRO function.
The "Bionz" processing engine installed in the camera and the processing engine of Image Data Converter SR Ver.2 are optimized to the respective characteristics (hardware vs. software). Therefore, processing is different in each case, resulting in differences in the DRO effect.

The followings are some tips for adjusting the image by setting [D-Range Optimizer] to [Manual].
  • For images with high contrast and large shadow areas, try using [EV Adjustment] and [Contrast] functions in the same palette after adjusting the [Highlight] and [Shadow] sliders in [D-Range Optimizer] to obtain the closer result.
  • By sliding [Contrast] to the [-] direction, shadow areas will be brighter. However, reducing the contrast may result in the loss of details depending on the scenes. In this case, please make the whole image brighter by sliding [EV Adjustment] slightly to the [+] direction, and then adjust [Contrast].

2007-12-3 / 07_00107

Note on the files created by opening images with an external program
When an image is opened with an external program by clicking the external program button from Image Data Converter SR, a file named "EXP0xxxx.JPG" or "EXP0xxxx.TIF" (xxxx = 4-digit number) is created in the following location.
* The original file name will not be retained.

- In Windows 2000/XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp

- In Windows Vista:

C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Temp

If you edit the image with the external program and overwrite the file, the above will be the name and location of the file saved with the external program.
If you rename the file or change its location with the external program, you can delete the above file.

The above folder is usually set as a hidden folder. To display it on Windows Explorer, please change the setting as follows.

- In Windows Vista:
  1. Open [Control Panel], and click [Appearance and Personalization] -> [Show Hidden Files or Folders].
  2. In the displayed list, select [Show hidden files and folders] under [Hidden files and folders], then click [OK].
- In Windows 2000/XP:
  1. Open [My Computer], click the [Tools] menu, and select [Folder Options].
  2. Select the [View] tab in the [Folder Options] window.
  3. Follow the Step 2 in Windows Vista above.

2008-7-2 / 08_00034