When viewing raw images with Windows Photo Viewer via the M$ Camera Codec Pack, images appear different than when viewing with any other editor (UFRaw, RawTherapee, etc).
Here's an example: I opened the same unedited (straight out of the camera) raw (CR2) file in three editors and took a screenshot. Left side is IrfanView, middle is RawTherapee, right is M$ Photo Viewer, top is the RAW images, bottom is the camera-rendered JPEG.
The bottom row and top left appear identical to me, while the RawTherapee RAW rendering is different from the JPEGS and the PhotoViewer RAW. I'm more interested in the top right version than the top middle, but it would still be enlightening to figure out what is different between them.
My assumption is that the image on the top right is being modified, either by the M$ codec pack or by Photo Viewer. I quite like what Microsoft has done to most of my images, and I'd like to use their settings to create a JPEG/other file format. Unfortunately, I can't save to any other formats from Windows Photo Viewer.
My end goal is to get the picture on the top right saved in an arbitrary format other than raw. At least two ways I might accomplish this are:
- Figure out what setting are being applied by the M$ codec pack and/or Photo Viewer and then reasonably approximate them in my favorite raw editor
- Figure out how to use the M$ codec pack (assuming that is what is doing the correction) in another editor
I'm hoping someone here might be able to explain what's going on, and how I can save M$'s version.