CANONMSC Folder What is it ?

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Mario Jesmanowicz
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CANONMSC Folder What is it ?
Jun 13, 2002

I have Canon D-60 and I use firewire reader to read my 1Gb Microdrive, I usualy just copy from E: drive to my Desktop and then start playing with Images in Photoshop, but under E:\DCIM there are 2 folders CanonXXX (whatever number I am shooting and this CANONMSC. I shoot in jpeg, so what is it and do I really need it?

Mario Jesmanowicz
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Re: CANONMSC Folder What is it ?
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Before this message dispears can someone tell me what this folder is for

Mario Jesmanowicz wrote:

I have Canon D-60 and I use firewire reader to read my 1Gb
Microdrive, I usualy just copy from E: drive to my Desktop and then
start playing with Images in Photoshop, but under E:\DCIM there are
2 folders CanonXXX (whatever number I am shooting and this
CANONMSC. I shoot in jpeg, so what is it and do I really need it?

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Al Pacheco
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Re: CANONMSC Folder What is it ?
In reply to Mario Jesmanowicz, Jun 13, 2002

It's used to hold info for raw image files. If you only shoot jpeg, the canonmsc folder will be empty.

You need it because you WILL be shooting raw soon. Raw is like an un-processed negative. One that you can process many times over and over again.
Try it...you might like it.

Mario Jesmanowicz wrote:
Before this message dispears can someone tell me what this folder
is for

Mario Jesmanowicz wrote:

I have Canon D-60 and I use firewire reader to read my 1Gb
Microdrive, I usualy just copy from E: drive to my Desktop and then
start playing with Images in Photoshop, but under E:\DCIM there are
2 folders CanonXXX (whatever number I am shooting and this
CANONMSC. I shoot in jpeg, so what is it and do I really need it?

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David Eppstein
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In reply to Al Pacheco, Jun 13, 2002

Allen Pacheco wrote:

It's used to hold info for raw image files. If you only shoot
jpeg, the canonmsc folder will be empty.

What info? I only shoot raw and I haven't seen anything useful there.

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Frank Miller
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In reply to Al Pacheco, Jun 13, 2002

No, that's not true. The CANONMSC folder is used when you print directly from the camera, it's used to hold settings for the photos. I shoot in RAW 100% of the time and it is never used.

Allen Pacheco wrote:
It's used to hold info for raw image files. If you only shoot
jpeg, the canonmsc folder will be empty.

You need it because you WILL be shooting raw soon. Raw is like an
un-processed negative. One that you can process many times over and
over again.
Try it...you might like it.

Mario Jesmanowicz wrote:
Before this message dispears can someone tell me what this folder
is for

Mario Jesmanowicz wrote:

I have Canon D-60 and I use firewire reader to read my 1Gb
Microdrive, I usualy just copy from E: drive to my Desktop and then
start playing with Images in Photoshop, but under E:\DCIM there are
2 folders CanonXXX (whatever number I am shooting and this
CANONMSC. I shoot in jpeg, so what is it and do I really need it?

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Al Pacheco
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Re: CANONMSC Folder What is it ?
In reply to David Eppstein, Jun 13, 2002

The information is in what I believe Canon calls catalog files (.ctg).

It's used to display the images on the camera's LCD monitor. Raw can't actually be displayed on your LCD. That way you can view the images on the card without having to open the various subfolders individually.

They're also used by ZoomBrowser when you download from the compact flash. They key into the thumbnails that are tagged with each image.

David Eppstein wrote:

Allen Pacheco wrote:

It's used to hold info for raw image files. If you only shoot
jpeg, the canonmsc folder will be empty.

What info? I only shoot raw and I haven't seen anything useful there.

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David Eppstein
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In reply to Al Pacheco, Jun 13, 2002

Allen Pacheco wrote:

The information is in what I believe Canon calls catalog files (.ctg).
It's used to display the images on the camera's LCD monitor. Raw
can't actually be displayed on your LCD. That way you can view
the images on the card without having to open the various
subfolders individually.
They're also used by ZoomBrowser when you download from the compact
flash. They key into the thumbnails that are tagged with each image.

I do have only .ctg files in there, and I haven't tried removing them to see how the camera will react. But, why does it need a catalog to find the thumbnails? Can't it just use the fact that they have the same names as the corresponding crw's? That's what Canon's Raw Image converter seems to do (I had a problem with a bad thumbnail once, that caused RIC to be unable to convert a file -- moved the thumbnail to a different name and the problem went away).

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WalterK
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Re: CANONMSC Folder What is it ?
In reply to Frank Miller, Jun 14, 2002

RZ wrote:

No, that's not true. The CANONMSC folder is used when you print
directly from the camera, it's used to hold settings for the
photos. I shoot in RAW 100% of the time and it is never used.

OK! I was wondering, as well. When I copy files from the Microdrive to the harddrive I copy only what is in the Canonxxx folder, then convert from RAW to Tiff, and have never missed the MSC folder. Now I know why.
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