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Capture NX2 & D700

Discussion in 'Nikon FX DSLR' started by SWLD, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. SWLD

    SWLD

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    I already had Capture NX and just bought the updgrade to NX2 so I can use it with the D700.

    As with all versions, NX2 runs slow. When you make an adjustment to an image you have to wait quite a while for the little progress clock in the Edit List to finish before you can see the results.

    Has anyone found a way of speeding up this programme?
     
  2. If you shoot high ISO it helps to turn off noise reduction in the camera. If NR is turn on in the camera as soon as the image loads into NX2
    turn it off. This slows processing to a crawl!

    Regardless of NR, even when the little clock stops spinning your image isn't fully updated. If you want to see the REAL
    rendering or be able to save the image wait until the histogram refreshes. This can take a while with or without NR.
    Try it. As soon as the clock stops try to save and time how long the save takes.
    Then wait for the histogram to refresh and do a save... it will be almost instant.

    I've had nothing but frustration with NX/NX2. While the software produces spectacular results the interface and speed
    are soooo annoying!!

    I use ACR whenever possible and go to NX2 only when I can't do something in Adobe.

    Don
     
  3. SWLD

    SWLD

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    NR is on at the moment Don - I'll try turning it off and see if it speeds the software up.

    Why is the programme so slow in the first place though (regardless of NR)? There must be an overall solution - I wonder if it's worth having a go at Nikon.
     
  4. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Don - just wondering if a faster graphics card would speed up NX2. Probably not but worth a thought.
     
  5. I don't think so. I've got a very fast card, albeit a couple of years old, and NX2 still sucks big time for speed.

    I'm afraid it is just the way NIK (not Nikon) wrote the code.
    Somehow Adobe can take the same RAW image and process changes all but instantaneously.
    They just don't do it quite as well in many instances.

    Don
     
  6. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Is the same NIK Don? http://www.niksoftware.com/index/en/entry.php

    Maybe it's worth asking them (instead of Nikon) if they have any tips for speeding up NX2.
     
  7. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Speed is not too bad on my iMac. But like Don said, it does bogg down more than usual when reducing noise. Other than that, all I can suggest is closing all other applications while running NX2.
     
  8. SWLD

    SWLD

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    It bogs down whenever it does anything on my PC. Turning NR off and closing all other applications doesn't seem to make it much faster.

    Nikon's websites (all of them) are pretty sluggish too.
     
  9. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    I was JUST about to say that, Tom. :wink:
     
  10. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    good word Tom
    ;-)
     
  11. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Where are the instructions Tom?

    I've found this information https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=176373

    It ends with this line:

    Next!
    The next tutorial will be about configuring your hardware and software to achieve maximum performance of Capture NX on your Windows-based computer)

    ..which seems to indicate there is more info following. Is there more?
     
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  12. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Feb 10, 2008
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    Tom - your tutorial advises installing in this order:

    Summary
    To ensure the best performance of Nikon Capture NX, the following products should be installed in the order shown below:
    1) 32-bit edition of Windows XP or Vista
    2) .NET Framework 2.0
    3) .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    4) Capture NX
    5) Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86)
    6) Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)


    I'm on Vista Ultimate SP1 but I don't know whether I have .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (I'm not sure how to find out if it's installed or not).

    Also, Capture NX and NX2 are already installed. Can I install .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 over them or should I uninstall them first?
     
  13. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Feb 10, 2008
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    I'm still confused Tom. The main question is - should I uninstall NX and NX2 before installing these?
    • .NET Framework 2.0
    • .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    • .NET Framework 3.0
    • .NET Framework 3.5
    • .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    I suspect .NET Framework 2.0 is probably the only one of these already on my machine.
     
  14. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Feb 10, 2008
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    OK, I've read the Tutiki (and the NX2 manual) - so I'll try it in this order:
    1. Uninstall Capture NX and NX2
    2. Install FW3.0 and FW3.5
    3. Reinstall Capture NX2
    4. Install Visual C++ packages in order shown in the tutorial
     
  15. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Feb 10, 2008
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    Yes - I've got both product keys on the original discs (NX and NX2).

    I can't find c++ downloads for Visual Studio 2008 updates though - do you have a link to them?
     
  16. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Feb 10, 2008
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    Great - thanks Tom.
     
  17. SWLD

    SWLD

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    Feb 10, 2008
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    Tom - I've just finished the changes below and NX2 seems to be less sluggish.

    NB. Windows messages shown in brackets. (I'm on Vista Ultimate).

    • Uninstalled NX and NX2, then:
    • NF2.0 (already installed as part of OS)
    • NF2.0 SP1 (not supported by Vista OS)
    • NF3.0 (installed ok)
    • NF3.0 SP1 (not supported by Vista OS)
    • NF3.5 (installed ok)
    • NF3.5 SP1 (installed ok)
    • Reinstalled NX2
    • Visual C++ 2005 (installed ok)
    • Visual C++ 2005 SP1 (installed ok)
    • Visual C++ 2008 (installed ok)
    • Vicual C++ 2008 SP1 (installed ok)
     
  18. orfeas

    orfeas

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    Jul 8, 2008
    greece
    I believe now NX2 is much slower:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
    You already need defrag

    I have to mention
    my 4-core, 4GHz, 45nm, superCPU works worse than a calculator when running NX2 with NR and such
     
  19. Rob T

    Rob T

    870
    Aug 27, 2008
    SoCal
    As someone who is in the process of researching a new computer purchase, how does Apple fit in to the equation? Any better than Windows?

    I literally can't even run NX2 on my current PC (with 1 GB of RAM). It locks up every time.
     
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