- Obtain a RAW image codec
Obtain and install a Windows Vista-compatible or Windows XP-compatible RAW image codec from the camera manufacturer.
- Obtain a RAW workflow program
Obtain and install a Windows Vista-compatible or Windows XP-compatible RAW workflow program that supports the camera model.
Note This does not resolve the issue in which you cannot view the images in Windows Photo Gallery or in Windows Live Photo Gallery. However, this action enables you to process the RAW image files.
- Save the images in a RAW + JPG format
If the camera has this option, configure the camera to save images in a RAW + JPEG format. This option frequently creates a separate JPEG image file together with the RAW image file. This action does not let you view the RAW image files. However, this action lets you view a JPEG representation of each RAW image file.
A codec provider such as a camera manufacturer can create an installable RAW image codec for Windows Vista or for Windows XP SP2. This allows for RAW image files to appear in Windows Explorer, in Windows Photo Gallery, in Windows Live Photo Gallery, and in other programs that support WIC. This development model works in a manner that resembles how video codecs are created. The advantage that is provided when the camera manufacturer creates the codec is that the file format may change. In this situation, new codec versions must be created to support the features that are available in each new camera model.
Article ID: 927530 - Last Review: Oct 22, 2008 - Revision: 1