Download Adobes DNG converter from wwwadobecomproductsdng Youll find it in Adobes Camera RAW update for Photoshop package as a simple EXE file just drag it to the desktop and doubleclick to launch it

The tool is designed as a "one-shot" automated batch converter. Select source location and the converter works through and non-destructively converts every RAW file it finds, as long as that format is supported.

Adobe Digital Negative Converter gives a raft of options for automatic file naming. It looks confusing at first, but if you select a couple of options at random then the Name Example field changes to show you what the result will be.

Hit the Select Folder button and navigate to the folder containing your RAW files for conversion. Note that you can select your "parent" folder containing subfolders with all your individual photo sessions' images in them.

Hit the Change Preferences button. The setting of most concern is Image Conversion Method. Preserve Raw Image maintains the original pixel pattern of your RAW file; Convert to Linear turns it into a more standard format

Now select a destination folder for the converted DNG files to live in. You can also create subfolders in the destination folder that match subfolders at the source, or simply save all images flat into the destination folder.

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Now hit the Convert button. Note that if you've selected the option to embed the original RAW file in the DNG file, you can use the converter tool to re-extract the original file by using the Extract function at a later date.

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