Windows Imaging

Windows Imaging includes Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) and Windows Imaging Component (WIC).

WIA. Still image peripherals include digital cameras and scanning devices such as sheet-fed, flatbed, handheld, and film scanners. Windows driver support is provided by WIA. WIA is both an application programming interface (API) and a device driver interface (DDI).

WIC. WIC provides an extensible framework for working with images and image metadata. Software and hardware vendors can use WIC to develop codecs so that their own image formats can obtain the same platform support as native image formats, such as tagged image file format (TIFF), Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), or Windows Media Photo.

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Guidelines for picture and video import in Windows 7

This topic provides information about the picture and video import feature in Windows 7. This topic provides guidelines for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop camera-equipped portable devices that are compatible with and optimized for this feature.

See also

Introduction to WIA

New For Imaging Drivers (Windows 8)

New for Imaging Drivers (Windows 7)

WIC Codec Guidelines for RAW Image Formats

How to Write a WIC-Enabled CODEC

Windows Imaging Component Overview

Windows Color System

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