Digital Photography

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  

Additional Features

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.

 

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Thumbnails inside Windows Explorer of my NEF files in Windows 7

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Picture Details inside Windows Media Center/Windows 7

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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?

http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/ 

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D700 and the Nubble Light

Still enchanted with the Nikon D700. Cruising the Maine Coast and checking out lighthouses. Here is a shot of the Nubble Light.

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Love at First Click: My New Nikon D700

I have been so wanting a full frame digital camera. The D3 was out of my price range, and too heavy to carry (me and my bad back..). The D700 is even better than I expected. And after a quick trip to Butterfly Place, I’m “head over heels” —

The image below is quickly cropped and converted in Capture NX 2. No other adjustments made. (Click the image for larger view).

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Lighthouses are next…

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