DCR File Extension

Have a problem opening a .DCR file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what DCR files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .DCR file type?

The .dcr extension primarily denotes the Digital Camera Raw (DCR) image format and file type. DCR was introduced by Kodak, Inc. as the first raw image format for digital cameras. DCR is the default image in Kodak digital cameras.

DCR is a raw format, meaning that a .dcr file stores uncompressed and generally unprocessed CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) sensor data in the exact way as the camera 'sees' the picture, along with the time/date information. DCR is a lossless format, and .dcr images are quite large in size. A DCR file is not a 'positive' image like JPEG or TIFF, and it takes pre-processing before it can be displayed. In DCR, all processing and effect application are meant to be done by computer software, with the camera being only a capturing device.

DCR image files are supported in many popular raster image viewers and editors, which also allow conversion into other formats that are more size-efficient (e.g. TIFF, JPEG or PNG).

In Delphi programming, the .dcr extension is used to denote Delphi Component Resource (DCR) files, which are compiled binary resource files containing named bitmap icon graphics for Delphi components (including custom components). Delphi DCR files are used within a Delphi IDE in the scope of a project.

In multimedia, the .dcr extension is tied up with Macromedia (now Adobe) Shockwave streaming media files created with Adobe Director and supported in popular web browsers via a Shockwave plugin. Unlike Adobe Flash SWF, Shockwave DCR files are not playable by themselves and are meant to be viewed only through a web browser plugin.

The .dcr extension is also used to denote the proprietary Digital Court Recorder (DCR) format. DCR audio/video files are produced with Digital Court Recorder, a software product by BIS Digital for making and organizing digital audio/video records at court hearings. DCR recordings can have embedded text notes attached to certain points on the timeline. DCR is widely used in US courts.

The .dcr extension can be alternatively associated with the Liberty Digital Court Recording (DCR) format, used for the same purpose as the above Digital Court Recorder. Liberty DCR is not compatible with DCR from BIS Digital.

Software to open or convert DCR files

You can open DCR files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
CyberLink Power Media Player
CyberLink Power Media Player by CyberLink Corp.
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Adobe Systems Incorporated

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