I’ve been testing the new Canon PowerShot G9 that records in Raw. Great camera, but Aperture doesn’t read its version of .CR2 files. This brings up a common question. What do you do if Aperture doesn’t support the Raw files you camera creates?
There are a few things to consider here. First, what’s Apple’s track record with your camera brand? In my case, Apple has done an excellent job of supporting Raw formats from Canon cameras. So for me, it’s probably just a matter of time before I can work with my G9 Raw files in Aperture. If you shoot Panasonic, on the other hand, it’s hit or miss. I was working with an FZ8 for months and never got Aperture support. So as a Aperture user, I would review the Raw support list, look for trends, and consider them before buying my next camera.
OK, back to my Canon G9. Since I’m confident that it will be supported up the road, what do I do in the meantime? Here’s my plan:
I shoot Raw+Jpeg until I get full Aperture support. I’ve been talking a lot about Raw+Jpeg lately; I guess because situations keeping coming up where I need it. This seems to be one of those times. After the shoot, I upload the files to Aperture as I normally would. The thumbnails show up in the import window, but once the files are in the Aperture Library, all you see are gray boxes.
But as we know from an earlier post, Aperture grabs both the Raw files and the Jpegs. It’s been a curse for me in the past, but now it’s saving the day.
All I have to do is right-click on a gray thumbnail, choose “New Version from Master Jpeg,” and Aperture presents me with the Jpeg right next to the grayed out master Raw file. I have the Jpeg in there anyway, why not use it? You can select an entire group of images and apply this command to all of them at once.
Now what’s really going to be interesting is to see what happens when Apple supplies the Raw file update, and the Canon G9 is supported. Will all of the gray boxes in my library suddenly spring to life and display thumbnails? I’ll keep you posted.