WIC Codecs for Image Composite Editor
What is WIC? What are codecs?
Windows Imaging Component, or WIC, is Microsoft's extensible platform for reading and writing images. WIC is built into Windows Vista and Windows 7, and it can be downloaded for Windows XP if you don't have it already. WIC uses a different "codec" (short for "coder/decoder") to read and write each of the different image file formats that is supported. WIC comes with codecs that support the JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, ICO, GIF, and HD Photo file formats. There are several companies that offer additional codecs to support more image file formats; some of these codecs are free and others cost money.
Image Composite Editor (ICE) relies on WIC to read images, and therefore ICE is capable of reading just about any image, assuming your machine has the right WIC codecs installed. In particular, ICE can read many of the camera raw formats produced by various digital SLR cameras and other high-end cameras.
Available WIC Codecs
The tables below list several WIC codecs offered by Microsoft and other companies. We have not tested all of these codecs with ICE. We recommend the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack and the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack because they offer fast performance, they support a broad range of formats, and they work on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.
|Tested with ICE and recommended|
|FastPictureViewer Codec Pack||Adobe Digital Negative, Canon Raw, Epson Raw, Fuji Raw, Hasselblad Raw, Kodak Raw, Leica Raw, Mamiya Raw, Minolta Raw, Nikon Raw, Olympus Raw, Panasonic Raw, Pentax Raw, Sigma Raw, Sinar Raw, Sony Raw||$14.95|
Microsoft Camera Codec Pack
(installed automatically on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 through Windows Update)
|Canon Raw, Epson Raw, Leica Raw, Minolta Raw, Nikon Raw, Olympus Raw, Panasonic Raw, Pentax PEF Raw, Sony Raw||Free|
|Not tested with ICE|
|Adobe DNG Codec||Adobe Digital Negative||Free|
|ArdFry DNG Codec||Adobe Digital Negative||$19.95|
|Olympus Raw Codec||Olympus Raw||Free|
|Canon Raw Codec||Canon Raw||Free||No 64-bit support; slow|
|Nikon Raw Codec||Nikon Raw||Free||No 64-bit support; slow|
|Panasonic Raw Codec||Panasonic Raw||Free||No 64-bit support|
|Pentax Raw Codec||Pentax Raw||Free||No 64-bit support|
|Sony Raw Codec||Sony Raw||Free||Uses low-quality embedded JPEG preview|
If you have further information about these or any other WIC codecs, please contact us.