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How should I handle files from the Module R in modern software ? I tried installing FlexColor 4.8.9.1 but unfortunately it will not run on my Mac, apparently I need a 32 bit system.  What is the best process to get the most out of the files while retaining the look of the Module R ? 

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The DMR files are DNG files and they work seamlessly with modern raw processors, in my experience. I no longer have the camera but have my files from almost 20 years ago, and they still edit just fine in Lightroom. They just have "color" and "monochrome" as profile options, not Adobe Standard or Adobe Color. That suggests that it is just reading the embedded profile, which means they are interpreted as they would have been at the time. The advantage being that now you have better processing options. They still have a lovely CCD character. Here's one I just exported five seconds ago from Lightroom. Shot in 2005 in Japan.

 

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Pretty much what Stuart said above.  Probably any good contemporary raw developer will handle the DMR files just fine.  Flex Color probably got the most out of the DMR's lovely full-16 bit depth files most easily--back in the day.  (And oh, those lovely 16-bit CCD files!  Can we just admit they are something special?)  But I doubt that Flex Color really has anything over on the raw developers available these days.  It is probably more a question of how proficient one is with one's software, than of what software one uses.

I've gotten happy results with Adobe Camera Raw, Iridient Developer, and Affinity Photo 2 (which has become my default platform for developing and editing).  I just pulled up an old DMR file I'd not developed before and did a quick and dirty develop and edit job with Affinity (and a Silver Effects plug-in) just for an example.

 

 

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Great to hear I can use Lightroom, I was worried thinking I might be leaving resolution or color on the table by using modern software. I am having fun with my DMR in 2024 but is for sure a process . Thank you all for your input. 

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