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    Hello Nik,

    First, amazing job on Nitro, coming from RAW Power the features are great but Nitro has a little UI touch and little details that are a pleasure to use.

    Quick question about something odd with my Fuji files.

    I noticed that the RAW files in Edit mode are way “too dark” compared to the embedded JPEG that is displayed before going to edit mode. I tested on a Fuji X-Pro 2 without any exposure compensation, all default settings, the raw in edit mode in Nitro is 2 to 3 stops or more down, which is not fixable by adding more exposure it clips the whites.

    The very odd thing is that I downloaded an old sample image from here and tested again, and that one doesn’t have the issue my files have.

    The second odd thing is that I noticed that the EXIF infos that Nitro can read from the sample RAW is much more complete than the ones it reads from my files. I tried to use everything auto, and all settings to 0, always the same issue. I also tried with compressed / uncompressed RAW, issue seems to be the same.

    Thank you.

    Note :
    – My camera uses the latest Fujifilm firmware.
    – The RAFs coming from my camera are correctly displayed in capture one / lightroom.

    Nik Bhatt

    It’s very hard to tell what is going on based on your description. Please email support@gentlemencoders.com so I can help you. The forum isn’t the best “forum” for bugs like this. It’s more for discussion and general questions.


    OK, I will email the details.

    For other people who might come up here later with the same question, did some more testing and found this: the combination of anything superior to DR100 + compressed RAW seem to have an influence.

    – Nitro/RawPower seem to not see all the EXIF data when the RAW is compressed.
    – So maybe, it doesn’t see the exposure “correction” that fuji writes in the metadata.
    – Since dynamic range setting (DR200 / DR400) does underexpose the shot, if Nitro can’t see the EXIF, it can’t know that the short was underexposed then corrected.

    When shooting uncompressed RAW + DR100 : exposure in Nitro seems OK. If compressed OR >DR100 the issue comes back.

    Thanks Nik for the quick reply.

    Nik Bhatt

    You might try a quick Auto Levels / Auto Curves on the image to see if it improves the appearance. I suggest the Auto Black button (the first one).


    I don’t know if this helps at all, as I only have a few Fuji RAF files in my collection from a few years ago. However, it may point to something.

    The cameras I owned were the old EXR sensor models, and from those I understand that Fuji likes to use wacky designs of sensor. I know these have been a continuous cause of headaches for me finding software that can deal with them. The only ones that ever did were the Fuji proprietary software, and Lightroom.

    As I understood, they used a strange diagonal hexagonal (it might have been octagonal, I can’t quite remember now) array. It was also possible to take shots that split the sensor arrays into two separate images, that were later ‘stacked’ to create an enhanced image. There were a couple of options, the most common was for low light, where it stacked a pair of under/over exposed images (the data was hidden inside the RAF file), and merged them (either in the camera, or using the Fuji software) to reduce noise. Or you could just shoot with the whole array for full resolution.

    I did find out that some softwares could open and edit the RAF files, but only partially. They would only work with one of the hidden versions, which was usually the underexposed version. Converting to DNG enabled more software to be able to open them such as Photos, but the editing was starting from the underexposed version, and often ended up being grainy, and difficult to get the best out of, and are half resolution (the Fuji software maintained full resolution).

    I’m currently actually working on these in Nitro myself, and still see this issue. Although on the ones I’ve started on Nitro has occasionally opened the over exposed version instead. However, when returning to those later, it re-rendered them using the underexposed version, so I had to re-adjust them. That seems to have stuck now.

    I believe Fuji abandoned the EXR technology some time ago, but I didn’t know if they’d produced something similar instead.

    Anyway, I don’t know if that may explain what’s happening here or not, worth a try :-).

    (PS. I never bothered you with this in support, as I realise these are pretty tricky to handle, and not worth the effort for a handful of less popular, and unsupported, cameras in Apple Raw).

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