Originally Posted by blakhouse
Waaaz up everyone. I set up network sharing from my hard drive to view photos however I can never get my oppo to see the canon raw files. I?m thinking theyll need to get converted to jpg to view however, since oopo 203 pretty much reads everything I thought it might be possible that I?m doing something wrong.....
RAW files aren't image files, they're data files containing the data captured by the sensor. There is no "image" in a RAW file, the data has to be processed considerably before there's an image that can be displayed on a screen. The Oppo does not do RAW processing and your TV can't do it so even if the Oppo could "see" the files and pass them to your TV, your TV could not display an image. You need to convert the RAW files to an image file format that the Oppo recognises and that your TV can display and JPEG is probably the best option.
When you look at a photo you've just taken on your camera's LCD screen, you also aren't seeing the RAW file, you're seeing a JPEG conversion of the RAW file data. Basically a RAW file contains 2 sorts of information, metadata for lots of things including some stuff like white balance info needed for the conversion to an image file, and luminance data (brightness data) from each photosite ("pixel") on your camera's sensor. The sensor is covered by a Bayer filter which puts either a red, green, or blue filter over each individual photosite and the camera records the amount of light reaching the photosite through the filter and that means that each photosite is not recording colour data, it's only recording monochrome data. The red, green and blue monochrome luminance data from adjacent photosites on the sensor has to be manipulated and combined to create the colour data required for each pixel of the eventual image data and several other processes have to be done before your camera, or your computer monitor, or your TV can display a photo you would recognise. When you open your RAW files in your processing software on your computer, or look at them on your camera's screen after taking the photo, the processing software or camera firmware does all the data manipulation necessary to display an image but neither Oppo's nor your display's firmware includes the programming to do that sort of function.
That's why the Oppo isn't seeing your files. They're not in a format the Oppo recognises and RAW file data isn't something the Oppo can process, or that your TV can display. The Oppo recognises some common image file formats such as JPEG but it doesn't recognise RAW files because they aren't an image file format.