DIGITAL FILE GUIDANCE
I sleep better knowing that you have the digital files of your event. I've taken great care over the years to safeguard these images. Most all discs are on some type of archival media and most of that media has an expected life of 100 years plus if cared for properly. Whether or not we have a machine or CD/DVD that can read them in twenty years is another topic.
Now that you have them, I ask that you copy everything to your computer hard drive, then put the Master discs away someplace safe, cool, dry and dark. The clock is always ticking on technology and studies have shown that it's easier to migrate these images from hard drive to hard drive. When I sent you the discs, I also made a disc image of each disc, just in case. I can only keep my copy for a short time. By copying the disc to your drive we have confirmed that the disc is readable by your computer. So let me know if you encounter any problems. I'm here if you need me.
After you copy everything to your hard drive you will need the software below to open the raw files, those files with a NEF file type. Any proof sites and jpegs you should be able to view with the software currently on your computer.
Current Versions of Nikon Software page. Updated, 2013Dec.
Nikon ViewNX2 is a free file browser by Nikon that can also process NEF files and is a good place to start. Available for Mac and Windows. The following links should help with dealing with Nikon raw files. This software is update often so any direct link would be broken often. Please use the link above to find the current version of ViewNX2.
Nikon NEF RAW Codec. The Nikon NEF Codec is a module for Windows systems that makes Nikon RAW (.NEF) image files as easy to work with as JPEG and TIFF images.
About the Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) from Nikon
If you have any tips or suggestions please drop me a note. Enjoy and best wishes.
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