RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0

RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0 powered by SILKYPIX is a free application available for download from Fujifilm USA. The application can be used to convert Fujifilm RAF files to TIFF files.

The application is somewhat counterintuitive. For example, if you look at the File menu (shown in the menubar) notice “Export” isn’t an option.

Instead, images are exported from the Development menu.

First, select “Development / File output settings…” and configure the menu settings as shown below (or as appropriate for your purposes).

If you’d like to export several files, then select “Development / Batch development settings…” and configure the menu settings as shown below (or as appropriate for your purposes).

Use the left sidebar to navigate to a set of RAF files, then choose the images that you’d like to convert to TIFFs. Select “Development / Batch develop selected images…” [It’s worth noting that after selecting one or more images, some of the items in the “File” menu are no longer grayed-out. Selecting “File / Batch develop selected images…” is the same as working from the “Development” menu.]

Next a pop-up window appears; click the button labeled “Batch develop.”

The following window shows the progress of the file conversion process.

Tech Tips

“RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0″ can be used to edit photos too. I have no interest in learning to use a new application for editing photos — I know how to use “Apple Aperture” and “Adobe Lightroom” already. The free application from Fujifilm is simply a utility that enables me to convert RAF files that I can’t open and edit on my older Apple iMac desktop computer to TIFFs that I can open/edit.

That being said, the application appears to be fairly robust and has some features that might be worth exploring.

The step-by-step instructions provided in this guide were discovered by limited experimentation. If you know a better/simpler way to accomplish the same task, then please comment on this post. Thank you!

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2 Responses to “RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    It looks like Fuji would like you to use its software to process your RAW files and use this software to do so. It looks like this software, despite its name, is not exactly the simple utility that you would like it to be. The process seems to be a little clunky, but it looks like you have figured it out. I think that Adobe has some software that would let you convert the Fuji RAW files to the more universal DNG format, but I don’t know the relative advantages/disadvantages of DNG vs TIFF.

  2. Mike Webb Says:

    If you aren’t using this odd little program to manage noise and sharpening then you’re missing a trick. It is an odd program but it seems to be the best RAW converter I have used for RAF files and offers just enough enhancements that make a difference. I wouldn’t use it for cloning or cropping and I don’t use it for contrast etc. but I might.
    For example in the sharpening section I usually adjust outline emphasis to 25 from the default 17.
    You have to be something of a genius to find the section for both sharpening and noise though. Keeps you on your toes. Look for the little icon which is part triangle and part brush (which makes no sense at all).

    RFC Sharpening and Noise reduction

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