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I read in another thread that Serif had resolved the issue of Z8 raw files not being recognised in Affinity Photo - by issuing 2.4 beta.  I installed this beta but it gave an error message that this file type is not supported.  Confusing!  Mac OS Sonoma 14.3, M1 chip.  

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If you're using the beta, and commenting on beta functions, you need to post in the Beta section of the forums. Also, for an issue related to a specific Beta function, you should post in the topic for that function.

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A moderator may move this for you, or you could repost in https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/197799-additional-raw-format-support/

 and then hide this topic.

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Hey @Tr48 can you share one of the raw samples, please?

I did quite a bit of raw testing for this update and the Z8 raw samples I tried all worked fine. Can you also tell me if you're using Serif Labs or Apple Core from the Develop Assistant?

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issue resolved by me switching camera to raw uncompressed. 

37 minutes ago, Chris B said:

Hey @Tr48 can you share one of the raw samples, please?

I did quite a bit of raw testing for this update and the Z8 raw samples I tried all worked fine. Can you also tell me if you're using Serif Labs or Apple Core from the Develop Assistant?

 

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Ah, that makes sense! 

During testing, we did notice that some raw files with compression were not opening. 

Would it be possible to send one of the raws over anyway? We ought to be investigating this and ensure that even raw files with compression are opening.

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1 hour ago, Chris B said:

Thanks! I'll ask the developers to investigate why we do not support the compression

I've already often mentioned in similar Z8/Z9/(Zf) related threads here in the forum, that Nikon uses a dedicated third party (TicoRAW) compression SDK therefor. - See related ...

So in order to support high efficiency compressed NEFs from Nikon Z8/Z9/(Zf) cams, one has to either use the TicoRAW SDK for uncompressing these RAWs, or to decripple their RAW compression algorithm in some way without that SDK.

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2 minutes ago, Chris B said:

I checked a few other apps to see how they handled it and had success with each of them so I do feel like we need to investigate improving this.

I know that some of the big guys in the RAW converter tools field do in the meantime support to deal with Nikon high efficiency compressed NEFs. Thus I assume these (re)use the above mentioned TicoRAW SDK or instead Nikon's own SDK therefor.

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3 hours ago, Chris B said:

I'll ask the developers to investigate why we do not support the compression

As far as I know, LibRaw doesn't support it.

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    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.5, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.5

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4 hours ago, Chris B said:

Hey @Tr48 can you share one of the raw samples, please?

I did quite a bit of raw testing for this update and the Z8 raw samples I tried all worked fine. Can you also tell me if you're using Serif Labs or Apple Core from the Develop Assistant?

Default Serif. 

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  • 4 months later...
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The issue "Nikon Z8 with compression fails to open" (REF: AF-1950) has been fixed by the developers in internal build "2.6.0.2519".
This fix should soon be available as a customer beta and is planned for inclusion in the next customer release.
Customer beta builds are announced here and you can participate by following these instructions.
If you still experience this problem once you are using that build version (or later) please reply to this thread including @Affinity Info Bot to notify us.

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