The DSLR cameras have the ability to take snaps in their proprietary RAW format which is, unlike other image formats, like, JPG, PNG, etc., unprocessed and uncompressed image files ready to be processed by users. Since DSLR cameras are built to take higher quality snaps with actual depth of objects being in focus, allow precise previewing of framing close to exposure while catering to host of other image quality characteristics, RAW format provides the best platform to view such small yet highly preferred image quality elements.
If you own a DSLR camera and don’t want to use third-party RAW image editor to view, edit and process them, you will be glad to know that Windows Live Photo Gallery now supports RAW image format as well. Recently Windows Live official dev team released RAW image viewer and editor codec pack which supports RAW formats of more than 120 camera manufacturers, including, Canon, Nikon, Epson, Panasonic, Olympus and lot more.
Instead of allowing you to directly tweak with your RAW image files, it creates RAW image copies to edit them. It automatically transforms RAW file copies into JPEG-XR (format reserved for high definition images) format to keep the image quality intact. Once converted, you can easily fine tune copies of RAW images using different Windows Live Gallery editing effects. Apart from RAW image format, this new codec pack supports editing many other photo formats as well, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, etc.
After downloading the codec, close all the instances of Windows Live Photo Gallery and run the installer.
The video below demonstrates how to view and edit RAW images in Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Simply head over to download link and select either 32-bit or 64-bit codec installation package according to your Windows OS edition.