Working with Sony files (.ARW)

Working with Sony files (.ARW)

Sony ARW files inherently have a very small embedded preview. This means that by default Select and other software are only able to show you a low-resolution preview of your image. So, when you zoom in you'll see a small/pixelated image. However, we now have a solution...


Suggested method

Select is able to generate high res JPGs from your ARW files. It takes a little longer than usual to process your project but the benefits are definitely worth it! When you create a project with .ARW files you'll be asked if you want Select to create JPG previews. We'll save these to your source folder, so just make sure you have enough storage.


Alternative method 1 – shoot RAW+JPG

When you shoot with a Sony camera, make sure you are shooting on the RAW+JPG setting, with the size set to Large/Fine. When you take a shot, your camera will create a .ARW file and a .JPG file with the same name. When you import into Select we will actually show you the .JPG file (which is high resolution) so you can zoom in and see full detail. When you rate the image we will create an .XMP sidecar file to store your rating so that when you ship into Lightroom to edit your .ARW file will also have your rating associated to it.


Alternative method 2 – convert to DNG

If you don't want to shoot RAW+JPG, or you want to review a shoot where you did not have this setting switched on, you can still see high res images in Select. To do this, convert your .ARW files into .DNG files with high resolution embedded preview using Adobe Lightroom or another program. You can now import them into Select.

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