Nikon Picture Control Utility 2.0 for Mac OS/Windows

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Date Added: July 10, 2014 / Release Date: June 24, 2014 / Publisher: Nikon / File Size: 101 MB
OS: Mac OS, Windows


Picture Control Utility 2.0 is software that allows users to adjust and manage Picture Controls - Nikon’s exclusive function for specifying imaging characteristics. With this utility, users can use NEF RAW images they have captured to create custom Picture Controls that achieve the characteristics they prefer or intend.

Custom Picture Controls that have been created in this software can be saved to a memory card for loading into a camera, or created and altered in the camera then imported into the software for editing.

Picture Controls that have been imported into the Picture Control Utility 2.0 can then be readjusted and used with ViewNX 2 and Capture NX- D.

Picture Control Utility 2.0 may be launched from ViewNX 2 or Capture NX-D for collaberation with these software applications, or installed and launched as a separate application for easier collaberation with cameras.

Picture Control Utility 2.0 supports files with the "NP2" file extension, (custom Picture Controls that can be used with cameras that support the new Picture Control System), and files with the "NPC" file extension, ( custom Picture Controls that can be used with all compatible cameras).

Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions:

  • Not only can the application be used from ViewNX 2 and Capture NX-D, but it can now also be installed and launched as a separate, stand-alone application.
  • Support for the D810 has been added.
  • Users can now choose to save Custom Picture Control files in "NP2" format, compatible with the new Picture Control System, or in "NCP" format for use with all cameras that support Custom Picture Controls.
  • The following are possible when "NP2" is selected.
    • Flat can now be selected from the list of Stored Picture Controls.
    • When Manual Adjust is selected, each of the adjustment items can now be adjusted in units of 0.25 for more precise adjustment.
    • A new Clarity item has been added to adjustment items.
    • The adjustment range for Brightness has been expanded to −1.50 to +1.50.
  • The Custom Curve is larger, making it easier to adjust tone curves.
  • The size of the application window can now be adjusted, allowing the area in which the preview image is display to be enlarged.
  • A new Adjustments for Preview function enables adjustment of Exposure Comp. and White Balance. However, adjustments to these settings are not reflected in the Custom Picture Control being created.
  • A Reflect changes on preview check box has been added for before-and-after comparison of the Custom Picture Control on the preview image.

Supported Digital Cameras:

  • D-4 series, D-3 series, Df, D810, D800 (E), D700, D610, D600, D300(S), D7100, D7000, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D90
  • Nikon 1 series

Digital Cameras supporting Custom Picture Control files with the "NP2" extension:

  • D810

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