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Relocating originals - moves jpegs and nefs?

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MikeB58 Calculating status...
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Jun 13, 2013 5:52 PM

I am in the process of relocating originals from Aperture to an external drive. Maybe mistakenly, but I thought originals were the nef (raw) files, and that using the relocsting originals would just move the nefs and not the jpegs as well? Am I doing something wrong, or is everything working as it should?


thanks for any input


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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Jun 13, 2013 6:11 PM (in response to MikeB58)
    Maybe mistakenly, but I thought originals were the nef (raw) files, and that using the relocsting originals would just move the nefs and not the jpegs as well?


    Did you import raw+jpeg pairs? Then your image versions have two originals, a jpeg and a raw file. Relocating the originals to a folder outside the library will move both original files.


    The jpeg previews however will stay in the "Preview" folder in the Aperture Library package. What is your Aperture version? I tested this in Aperture 3.4.5.




  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jun 13, 2013 6:50 PM (in response to MikeB58)

    Originals to Aperture are whatever you import into the library. Raw, JPEG, tiff, whatever, if it is imported it is an original and will be moved when you run Relocate Originals (assuming it is selected).


    As for splitting a Raw & JPEG pair that can't be done (at least not with any of the tools that Aperture provides).


    Anyway why would you just what to relocate the Raw originals and not the JPEG originals? If you want to move to a referenced file setup then the simplest thing to do is to relocate all originals. Save you from having to figure you just what is where.


    As for shooting Raw & JPEG that is something that  just adds a layer of complexity to the workflow that most users do not need. Not to mention the crazy increase in disk space that it requires. If you're going to shoot Raw then just jump in and shoot Raw. For most cameras the default Raw conversion that Aperture does will give you an almost  finished image. A few minor tweaks and you're done.


    And if you screw up the exposure in the camera you'll stand a better chance of getting something useable out of the Raw image.



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jun 13, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to MikeB58)

    This gets a bit tricky and trips up even experienced Aperture users. The good news is even if you don;t fully understand previews and Aperture your work or use of Aperture won't suffer.


    So first there is the preview that the camera creates when you shoot raw. This preview is what you see on the camera's view screen. This preview is also imbedded into the Raw file (at least in every camera I've come across).


    You can tell Aperture, in the preference settings, to use this preview when the file is imported into Aperture. This gives Aperture something to display while it does it's magic on the Raw file. In newer versions of Aperture (not sure when it started but 3.3 or there abouts is probably right) you can also have Aperture use this preview UNTILL you make an adjustment to the Raw original.  I strongly suggest you do not  use this feature but instead have Aperture create a preview of the original itself.


    The reason being that the camera generated preview in all likely hood will look little like the image Aperture will create from the Raw file for a number of reasons. Different raw converters is one, any picture settings you might have set on the camera will affect the camera JPEG preview but not the Raw file for another.


    So now you have imported your files and are looking at them in the browser or the viewer, what are you looking at?  A lot of people will be surprised to learn that you are not looking at the preview but at the full resolution version  Aperture always works on the full resolution image unless you specifically tell it to work in Preview mode.


    Previews are used in a few special places. The most common one is when you use the media browser to access an image in Aperture from say Mail. The image you get is the preview. Also if you drag an image out of Aperture instead of exporting it you get the preview. Finally if you are in Preview mode you are of course looking at the previews.


    The settings for the previews is located in the Aperture preferences. You set the size and quality here and also when the previews are generated. You can also restrict preview generation on a project-by-project basis. That is some projects can maintain previews for the images they contain and other  projects in the same library will not maintain previews. This would be a fairly specialized setup and not something you're likely to need.


    Hope this didn't cause more confusion then help.




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