LIGHTROOM: Allow importing of Nikon Picture Controls

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Hello,

I realise the Adobe have included "Camera Standard", "Camera Landscape", etc, but could we please be able to import custom picture control .ncp files into Lightroom please (i.e. files created using Nikon's Picture Control Utility 2)? Trying to manually replicate the raw file's embedded jpeg image in Lightroom is tricky, especially when using custom picture controls.

Thanks.
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Unlikely if not impossible.

Nikon Picture Control files are settings for the Nikon Raw Converter that is built into the camera and into Nikon-licensed software.

It'd be like asking Nikon to allow Lightroom adjustments to be uploaded into the camera and used the same way they are in the Adobe Raw Converter.

What adjustments can you make in the Nikon Picture Control editor that you cannot make in Lightroom?
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Not impossible, since this webpage can create custom .ncp files (I think based on Nikon's standard picture controls):
http://nikonpc.com/

It's the same old story, wanting raw files to look the same in Lightroom as they do in camera or in camera-generated jpegs. At least I can input custom curve co-ordinates into a Lightroom preset using a text editor - which is handy. An automated method to create a preset from a .ncp file would be nice.
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Since Lr does not (and may never) support translation of .ncp files, consider making custom camera profiles using the DNG Profile Editor instead. You should be able to accomplish the same goals, but in a way that works with Lightroom.
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Not sure on Mac. In Windows, the built-ins are in:

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

which includes D7100 (as well as D7000..).

But I dunno whether those got installed with DNG Converter, or ACR, or Lightroom, or..

Although I could zip those up and send to you, it seems better to reserve that for a last resort, and try to resolve properly first.

Maybe somebody else knows better..
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Thanks. Strangely, the D7100 folder is missing on my Mac with LR5.6 - but I can open raw files from the camera ok. Maybe on the Mac some profiles are shared between cameras? I notice there's no D5200 either, yet that was supported as of LR4.3. But there's D5100 and D5000 in there. I downloaded the LR5.6 trial and entered my serial, rather than installing from my disc and then updating to 5.6.
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The ProgramData location is for PS/ACR not LR so the PS/ACR on the computer is from before the newer cameras came out.

LR profiles are under the LR program folder in Resources.
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Bingo! Thank you very much!
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Note: it does not matter where you get the base profile from (in DNG Profile Editor), but it *does* matter where you store the final profile - don't put it with the built-ins or it will be lost upon next install. Instead, put it in your user data area, which in Windows is:

C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

shared by *both* ACR and Lightroom.

I'm not sure the equivalent on Mac but perhaps you can translate, or maybe somebody else knows..

Rob