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Mac and Nikon Capture = Slooooowwwww
Old 04-21-2005, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just converted to a Mac (Powermac dual 1.8 w/ 3G memory) from a PC (P4 2.0 w/ 1G memory). I shoot tethered to the computer in the studio and here are the results of my informal tests. (D1X)

PC - Raw NEF Image - 13 seconds from shutter to resolved image on screen
Mac - Same - 17 seconds from shutter to resolved image on screen

The difference I see is in the actual firewireing of the image. On the PC the image appears in 3 seconds and takes the rest to resolve. On the Mac the image appears in about 11 seconds and takes the rest to resolve.

I did the same test with Fuji's software (and my S2) and the Mac image appears in less than 6 seconds and just about the same on the PC.

My question for the Mac users out there is, does anyone know of any tweeks to make the capture faster using Nikon Capture?

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Re: Mac and Nikon Capture = Slooooowwwww
Old 04-21-2005, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I assume you're using USB to talk to the camera, right?

What version of OS X are you using?
Is the D1X usb 1.1?
Which port on the Mac are you plugged into? The keyboard port is only USB 1.1 vs 2.0 on the box itself.

I don't shoot tethered, but instead yank the CF and read the images that way. The USB on my iMac is quite fast, but I have a Sandisk USB 2.0 reader which can keep up with the full read speed on my fastest 80x cards.
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Re: Mac and Nikon Capture = Slooooowwwww
Old 04-21-2005, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What version of Capture are you using? I found that the newest version 4.2.1 is faster, also what version of OS? 10.3.8 is about 10 times faster than 10.2.? Why I do not know?

Get the lastest software, which should be free, and see if that helps.

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Re: Mac and Nikon Capture = Slooooowwwww
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm running OSX 10.3.9 (happened on 10.3.8 too - I hope that Tiger is faster). I'm using Firewire IEEE 1394 to transfer (D1X doesn't have USB). I'm using Nikon Capture 4.2.1 and am connected to the front Firewire Port (tried the rear but it's the same).

It really appears as if the software is at fault because the same config using my Fuji and their software ships the image over in just a few seconds. I've contacted Nikon but they haven't answered the concern yet -- except to say "try contacting Mac" -- not the answer I was looking for since I have already done so and Mac agrees that it probably is the software. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

I wonder if WiFi would make any difference -- that is if I had WiFi. I was considering a D2X with WiFi, but with the size of the files I expect that it would make things worse. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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I'm no computer expert but I've found the same thing, not only with nikon software but also canon evu and dpp.
As I said I'm not and expert so my answer was to down load and do all my preliminary editing on my old pc which is way faster, then just send the files to the macs for PS and final cataloging.
I had a couple of mac experts try to fix the problem and in there words " we've got these suckers flying now" but bottom line is they are still as slow as ever.

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I love it when that happens. Apple says, not us...must be a software issue. Software company says not us...call Apple. Ah the computer world...always point to the other guy.
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