This is my first post. Firstly a big thanks to Peter for writing the book. Felt like it plopped into my life just when I needed it. I have loads of questions at the moment but I will try to keep to the DNG stuff here.
I currently scan 4 by 5 and medium format film on an Imacon scanner to make fff, (aka 3f raw files). I am interested in the DNG file as an archive master file.
Suposedly I can turn my fff files into DNG files. However I must be missing something here as I cannot see how this is done. I cannot see an option for this in Flexcolour, despite this being a stated ability. I wonder if Flexcolour can only export the 3f raw files to DNG if they originate from a camera rather than from a scanner (hasselblad for example). I cannot seem to find the answer to this.
I will be shooting film for some time. I may shortly have the option of digital capture for some work (it doesn't seem to make sense to use film for work for stock anymore), but it will not replace my film fully for a good long time so I need to work out my options for archive master files.
I am about to switch to i-view mediapro as it seems a better choice for me than Portfolio.
I am not just wondering about fff to DNG due to the advantages of DNG, but also because I don't know if iview will be able to preview fff files. I certainly seem to remember Portfolio was thrown for a loop in terms of previewing them. The crux of it is that I want to be able to integrate my fff files into my workflow from within iview. However if iview can catalogue them but not preview them, then I will have to use flexcolour to 'interact' with these files seperately to the Tiffs (that are generated from them and subsequently handled in bridge/photoshop/iview).
I wonder if the lack of DNG export from Flexcolour is due to the fact that on my computer it is installed as a 'scanner only' configuration. I remember previous installations where I was asked if I wanted to install it as 'scanner only' or 'scanner and camera'. I recenlty had to reinstall (windows fell on its face.... again...
) and I was not given any option this time around.
I suppose I better send the same query to Hasselblad/Imacon, but wanted to ask for thoughts here.
Right, that's it.
Despite the above, I am smiling today as there is a UPS driver somewhere between here and Edinburgh, and on his truck is an iMac. Should be here today.