If you shoot to a card, you get a 3FR file (this is the RAW of RAW files...)
This can then be converted directly to the .dng format from the import window in FlexColor, it also utilizes a lossless compression, giving you a smaller file size pr. image.
The other route is to import to FlexColor, giving you a .fff file (the native FlexColor RAW format. This format has some advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that it is a FlexColor only format, the advantages are many. Specifically using lens corrections (though not available to your CFV back i presume, so not very important to you...) and the powerful batch processing and selection tools of FlexColor. It is a very capable RAW converter when you get to learn it. A lot of info is available on the FlexFrame forum (a Yahoo group for HB/Imacon back users.)
The advantages of .dng are many, but there are some disadvantages too. Mainly you lose the ability to perform lens corrections, as well as the type of raw conversion FlexColor offers, with in my opinion is superior to all other RAW converters when used on a file from an HB/Imacon back. I use .dng as my main fileformat in my mixed lightroom/bridge workflow, and the .dng conversions on higher iso's are visibly more noisy than the FlexColor conversions. The advantages are obvious, you get to use all your files in one program (canikon/HB mix) as well as the automatic actions and batch processing tools of ACR in combination with Actions in Photoshop. Pluss a lot more. (I cant get my .dngs from HB to work in aperture, but thats the only place so far...
Watch out for .fff files in bridge, i don't know if it is fixed, but the last time i tried, all files that bridge rendered became corrupt.
Good luck with you new back. -axel
PS: you can go from both 3FR and .fff to .dng, but not back again... also, if you shoot tethered to FlexColor, the files are automatically stored as .fff, and if you make any changes (curves, levels, sharpening, etc.) these "stick" on all subsequent files you shoot, its a great feature when shooting with clients on set...
Just got a CFV and got the 503CW out of the closet. I am on the steep part of the learning curve. I am running FlexColor 4.6.7 on a Mac. I plan to use LightRoom as the primary photo database and processor. (Good idea?) questions:
1. How much, if any, processing should I do in FC before export into LR?
2. Will FC export DNG to LR? The only options I see are TIFF and JPEG. If so, how?
Any other stat-up suggestions would be appreciated.