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When are XMP files created for NEF files?

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Does Lightroom create the XMP file when you first edit a NEF file? In other words, if you shoot a raw file with a Nikon does it create an XMP file?
 
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The camera doesn't create an XMP sidecar file, and Lightroom will only create one if you specifically ask it to. You can ask LR to do this in two ways:

1. You can enable the option to "Automatically write changes into XMP" on the Metadata tab of the Catalog Settings dialog, which will do this every time a file is updated in Lightroom.

2. Or you can manually force the XMP to be written by doing Ctrl-S on selected files.

Note: XMP sidecars are only created for proprietary Raw files such as NEF, CR2. For all other file-types (DNG, Jpeg, Tiff, etc) the XMP data is written into the header of the original file.
 

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Thanks Jim. Exactly what I needed
 
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