What is a DCR File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert DCR Files

DCR Files
DCR Files.

An acronym for Digital Camera Raw, a file with the DCR file extension is most likely in the Kodak Raw Image format. These are uncompressed and unprocessed image files saved from a Kodak digital camera.

Some files with the DCR extension might instead be Shockwave Media files that are used to store web games. These are similar to Adobe Flash's SWF format but instead of being made with Flash, they're produced by Adobe Director.

Other, less common formats that utilize the DCR extension include AstroVIEW X Data Logs, Delphi Component Binary Resources, Digital Court Recorder Videos, and Liberty Video Recordings.

How To Open a DCR File

DCR files that are Kodak Raw Image files can be opened with Able RAWer, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, and probably some other popular photo and graphics tools as well.

If you're confident that the DCR file you have isn't a Kodak Raw Image file, it could instead be a Shockwave Media file, in which case you can use Adobe Director or Adobe Shockwave Player to open it. iSwiff for macOS may work too.

Here is some information on how to open the less common formats I mentioned above:

  • AstroVIEW X Data Log: Try a text editor, like Notepad in Windows or Notepad++.
  • Delphi Component Binary Resource: Opens with Delphi or the appropriate Micro Focus software.
  • Digital Court Recorder Video: Playing and recording software available from BIS Digital.

If you know anything else useful about DCR files, please let me know so I can update this page.

Considering the slew of formats that might use the DCR extension, as well as the number of supporting programs for DCR, even just Kodak Raw Image DCR files, you may find that a program you have installed is configured as the default opening program for DCR files.

To change that program, see my How To Change File Associations in Windows tutorial.

How To Convert a DCR File

Since not all DCR files are created from the same program, it's best to convert a DCR file using the specific software that created it.

For example, a DCR that's an image file can be opened in Photoshop or with a free image converter, and then saved to a new format like JPG, PNG, etc.

Liberty Recording Solutions DCR files can be converted to WAV or WMA using Liberty Court Recorder. You can also export the .DCR file to PDF with an embedded WMV file. The resulting WAV or WMA file can then be converted to MP3 or some other audio format using a free audio converter.

If you have a DCR file that's a video file or that's in a different format, try using the program that created it to export the data to a new format that's more popular, like MP4 or SWF.

More Help With DCR Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the DCR file and what format you think it's in, and then I'll see what I can do to help.