How to Use a Canon RAW Codec

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RAW files contain uncompressed image information captured through a digital camera, which makes the files extremely large when compared with standard video formats, like JPEG and GIF. Due to the lack of compression, RAW files retain high-quality image data that is ideal for editing. The Canon RAW codec allows the picture-viewing programs on your computer to read files in the RAW image data file format. Once the codec is installed on your computer, you can open the RAW files in programs that cannot normally read and edit RAW files.

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    Download the Canon RAW codec to your computer. The Canon RAW codec works only on Windows systems. It can be downloaded for free from Free-Codecs or Major Geeks.

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    Install the Canon RAW codec on your computer. To install a codec, go to your computer's "Downloads" folder, accessed by clicking "Start>Computer>Local Disk (C:)>Downloads," right-click the codec file and choose "Extract All" to pull the codec file out of the zipped container.

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    Move the Canon RAW codec to a location on the hard drive where you know you won't delete it. To keep it with the other program files, you can go to "Start>Computer>Local Disk (C:)>Program Files," and drag and drop the Canon RAW codec from the "Downloads" folder into the "Program Files" folder.

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    Go to the folder that contains the Canon RAW codec if you want to open the file. Double-click the RAW file to open it in the default picture-view on your computer.

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  • The Canon RAW codec supports most consumer digital cameras in the Canon line.

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