Lightroom/Camera Raw: Canon Dual Pixel RAW Support

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Will Adobe Lightroom support Canon Dual Pixel Raw image processing as found in 5DM4?
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Bill

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Bill

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Great information. Thanks!
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Cristen Gillespie

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Thanks. I read today  in another forum someone saying it would only be supported by Canon software and all I could think was that Canon makes great equipment, but isn't exactly known for making equally great software. I'm glad I can tell them Adobe is on it, and Canon isn't trying to lock everyone else out.
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Does anyone have any news on the Lightroom dual pixel support? With the latest release of Adobe Camera Raw 9.7, Lightroom now supports standard raw files from Canon's EOS mk IV camera. However this support only extends to standard .CR2 files and not dual pixel ones. As part of the update Adobe issued "Working with Canon Dual Pixel raw CR2 files in Camera Raw and Lightroom" explaining how it is necessary to use Canon's Digital Photo Professional software to handle the conversion to Tiff before files can be imported into Lightroom. Does this mean that Adobe aren't planning on incorporating dual pixel functionality into Lightroom and their DNG file format, or was this a means of quickly getting something out while they work on the full dual pixel support?

I currently have close to 4000 dual pixel photos that I need to work through. It would be practically impossible to convert all of them to TIFF before Lightroom. If dual pixel functionality is on the horizon and is coming to Lightroom then I will hold on, but if it's not is there a way to convert a dual pixel .cr2 file to a standard .cr2 so this can be subsequently converted to DNG?
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I can open a Canon dual-pixel CR2 just fine in LR 6.7, LR CC 2015.7 and ACR 9.7. 

If you are converting to DNG then you'll need to use the DNG Converter with Embed-Original-Raw enabled in the DNG Converter settings.  And you'll need to be using the DNG Converter 9.7 (or newer).

If you cannot open a particular dual-pixel raw that is CR2 format, can you provide a sample, by uploading to www.dropbox.com then posting a public share link to it, here?

The information about needing to use DPP is only to get the dual-pixel adjustments for bokeh and depth-of-field which Adobe software doesn't do, but Adobe software will read a dual-pixel CR2 and process it the same as a regular CR2.
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Any update on full support of Canon Dual Pixel RAW in CC LR/photoshop?
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Stefan Klein

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As long as it ́s just a single camera with Dual Pixel Raw, I guess Adobe won ́t support it.
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Any update on this?
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Alastair Wilson

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Nope. To my knowledge there is still no full support. For the last year or so Lightroom can view the dual pixel raw files but treats them like standard raw. There is still no dual pixel processing functionality sadly and I doubt it’s going to be implemented as there have been numerous raw, photoshop and Lightroom updates since dual pixel came out.

I’ve stopped embedding the original raw file when converting to .dng as the file size is truly enormous and I had a shock of only two weeks shooting taking up 300Gb! Basically I’ve given up on dual pixel raw all together, it’s a nice feature but the lack of support in Lightroom, coupled with almost double the file size makes it impractical for everyday use. It only really becomes useful with extreme macro work but then I’m focus stacking anyway.