Creating DNG raw scans. Minolta Dimage-5400 Negative Lab Pro

My operating system macOS 11.2.3 Big Sur.
I am using VueScan as my scanning software.
Plugin installed on LrC.
Followed the instructions in the article “Creating Raw DNG files with Vuescan”.
Has anyone used my operating system able to get this to work?
While the scan appears to complete there is no viewable image, just a completely white background.

I have a MacOS operating system and I used Vuescan for scanning and it works just fine for me. My suggestion is to watch this video because he goes talks about setting up each tab in Vuescan. I hope this helps.

Thanks for sharing that video. I will try to follow the suggestions made when I return to my desktop in a weeks time.
My goal is to digitize my negatives from the early 1980’s to late 2000 when I switched to using digital cameras.
I have my Minolta Dimage 5400 scanner it is a film scanner for negatives and slides not a flatbed scanner, since around 2007. I am familiar with creating scans to tiff files but it is a slow and tedious process.
A few years ago after I purchased an iMac and did a OS update to a new version maybe Mohave the scanner stopped functioning since there was no updated driver for the scanner. Then I came across an update from VueScan that offered support specific to the Dimage 5400 which allowed me to continue using the scanner. But as indicated earlier its a slow process.
A few weeks ago I decided to explore the possibility of using my camera to photograph the negatives so as to speed up the process. A few days ago I come across a new application “Negative Lab Pro” which claims that it can allow me to use VueScan application with my specific scanner to create DNG Raw files which can be imported to Lightroom Classic. I have been using Lr since 2007 when it was lanched, as my go app for processing my raw files.
It was like a dream come true and I am now stuck in trying to get the process to function properly.

P.S. Just saw that VueScan released an update driver yesterday April 23 2021, will try when I return home next Friday.

Denis I built a set up for my GH4 camera so that I can photograph negatives or slides. That gives me a 16 megapixel resolution and it takes just a click to record the image. It works like a charm with Raw images.
I have processed all of my slides and negatives from pre digital years with very satisfying results There is only one drawback: Lightroom will not do face recognition on these photos unless after processing them you then export the positives to a folder that it can search on. I am still learning how to do that. though could send you a recommendation that I received from a lightroom guru.

At lubber, thank you for the encouraging info. Hope I can get my workflow sorted out.

Try to get your Minolta to work, I’m on the same OS as you with a 5400 also - it’s a wonderful scanner for 35mm, I know at least one well respected independent photo lab who get very fine results. The detail is all there, it’s whether you can dial in a good colour balance with negative scans which will make or break it - NLP should help, but it’s still a bit of an art. With slides, you can simply calibrate, of course.

In terms of speed, it’s all relative - you may get a faster capture of you sort a good workflow with a camera, but there’s a big caveat: no ICE to remove dust. By the time you’ve gone through each frame individually in Photoshop or LR to get the same level of dust removal the Minolta does automatically, I’ll bet the scanner is significantly faster.

If you were only scanning ‘keepers’ on new rolls of film, this likely wouldn’t be a deal breaker, however, for scanning entire collections as you plan to do I think you’ll save yourself a lot of time getting the scanner working.

My money is on the updated driver for Big Sur from Vuescan.

Thanks for the encouraging comments. I returned home this morning and did some more testing.
My problem with the complete white image from the scans was solely with the scanner and was solved when I run the calibration. Things are fine now and I can proceed with my testing.

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I completed the purchase of the license for Negative Lab Pro app and did some basic testing today with 60 raw scans from my Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 and imported the DNG into Lightroom Classic. There are a couple of thing I am not sure of when I use the option to “update VueScan/SilverFast DNG’s” there is a Metadata Conflict badge put in the top right of the image thumbnail. If I click the badge there is a popup that has two options “Overwrite Settings” or Import Settings from Disk".
If I click the first option the badge goes away and there is no visual change to the displayed image. If I click the other option the image displayed appears to revert to the original imported image. Can someone explain the need for this?
My other question, in the Develop Module the selected profile is Adobe Standard and I have to browse the profiles to select one of the Negative Lab Profiles. How do I correct this?

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Lightroom will not do face recognition on these photos unless after processing them you then export the positives to a folder that it can search on. I am still learning how to do that.
So do you mean export a tiff or jpeg rendered file to work with? Then you do not have the option to work in LrC with the RAW DNG data?

I think you are obliged to get the best positive result from the Raw file before exporting it . I was told that you should export it to a TIFF though I don’t know whether that is better than an SRGBjpeg which is the advised final file you need to reproduce the full colour gamut. I would play with that first but I am not an expert.
I wrote a long discourse to you by replying to your email but somehow it was rejected. II you want I will sent it though it might be irrelevant.

No need to I wanted to know if it’s possible to export a raw DNG to work with in Lightroom Classic.
Thank for response.