RAW Image Support – W7/Media Center 32/64 bit
I feel like I just hit the jackpot.
I’ve been bemoaning the lack of support for Nikon NEF 64 bit support for as long as I can remember inside Windows Explorer. And I’ve been wishing for RAW support for NEF inside Media Center forever.
I’m happy to say that there is a really nice solution.
The free image codec pack at http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/ had all the answers and gave me the brass ring.
Here’s a snippet from their web site on what is supported:
Raw Image Formats
|Extension(s) ||Name ||Autorotate ||Metadata ||Remarks |
|*.dng ||Adobe Digital Negative ||Y ||Y || |
|*.cr2, *.crw ||Canon Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.raf ||Fuji Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.3pr, *.fff ||Hasselblad Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.dcr, *.kdc ||Kodak Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.raw, *.rwl ||Leica Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.mrw ||Minolta Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.nef, *.nrw ||Nikon Raw Image ||Y ||Y ||Can be configured to skip raw conversion and always use embedded previews. |
|*.orf ||Olympus Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.rw2 ||Panasonic Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.pef ||Pentax Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|*.arw, *.sr2, *.srf ||Sony Raw Image ||Y ||Y || |
|Extension(s) ||Name ||Remarks |
|All formats ||WIC Thumbnail provider for XP ||Provides support for thumbnail views in Windows XP Explorer (SP3), for all the above formats and all existing WIC-enabled codecs. |
|All formats ||WIC Import Plug-In for Photoshop ||Enables Adobe Photoshop to directly import images from any installed WIC codec. The plug-in is available as a separate download in 32-bit only at this time (so it won't work on Photoshop CS4 64-bit edition for the time being). |
I shoot Nikon RAW NEF. And I have full support now inside Windows 7 RTM. Explorer thumbnails, even inside Windows Media Center. Here’s the proof. Worth 3,000 words and a whole lot more.
Thumbnails inside Windows Explorer of my NEF files in Windows 7
Picture Details inside Windows Media Center/Windows 7
A folder filled with NEFs is now viewable inside Windows Media Center
Yes, XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 all can play with this. I’m excited, are you?
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