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Understanding Camera and Digital Data Files

This Tech Note deals with two of the most important Data files:  Camera Data and Digital Data.  These DATA FILES SHOULD ALWAYS BE DOWNLOADED AND SAVED.

 

 

We recommend Data Backup Service using our Canon Service Software for all your customers, future customers and with every repair, service or Camera FAX.  If your have the Professional or Advanced versions of our Canon Service Adjustment Software also use the Main Board Replacement plugin to Backup (Camera) Calibration Data files.  The camera's original Data files are Gold! 

 

Camera and Digital Data Files allow you to:

  • Repair a camera using a Used Main Board.  After installing the used Main Board, upload both Camera and Digital data files from the original Main Board into the salvage Main Board …  This DOSE NOT REQUIRE INITIALIZATION

 

  • Install the cameras original Data files into a New replacement Main Board.  This REQUIRES INITIALIZATION using our Canon Adjustment Software Plugin ‘Main Board Replacement’.  This plugin is part of our Professional and Advanced software series.

 

  • Return the camera to its original condition.

 

Saving Camera (.cmr) and Digital (.dig) Data files will allow you to build a library which you can use if your repair requires you to replace a Completely Blown Main Board.  

 

* Data files can only be used by cameras of the same model. 

 

With a library of data files you will be able to load known good Camera (.cmr) and Digital (.dig) Data files separately (mix and match) until you find a set which is a reasonable match for the the cameras original calibration data. 

 
  • Business Promotion - having the original data files guarantees your customer that a camera can be restored to original condition.

 

 

Camera Data Files

Camera Data files contains adjustments specific for that camera, AE, AF, TTL and more.  If your camera has AF MicroAdjust, you can Save and Load your AF MicroAdjust Data files in this section of our Canon Service Adjustment Software.

 

To Download and Save Camera Data:

  • ‘Click’ Save.
  • Name the file - perhaps the camera’s serial number.  
  • Save the file you have just named.  You MUST name the file to ‘save’.  The software will add the file extension - .cmr.
  • The software will download and go through the save sequence … NOTE:  Interrupting this process can cause catastrophic failure to the Main Board. 

 

To Load the Camera Data:

  • ‘Click’ Load.
  • Find your file.
  • ‘Click’ Open.
  • The software will Load your original Camera Data.  NOTE:  Interrupting this process can cause catastrophic failure to the Main Board. 

 

  • Saving and Loading AF MicroAdjust data files follows the same procedure.  The software will add the file extension - .afm.

 

 

 

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Digital Data Files

Digital Data files contains the Image Adjustments specific for that camera; Hot / Horizontal / Vertical Shading, Dark Value, Hot Pixels, Image CMOS and more.  

 

Saving Digital Data files is even more important then saving Camera Data files.  If the Camera Data is lost you can still use our Canon Adjustment Software to adjust the camera.  But if the Digital Data is lost our software does not offer image adjustment features.

 

To Download and Save Digital Data

  • ‘Click’ Save.
  • Name the file - usually the camera’s serial number.  
  • Save the file you have just named.  You MUST name the file or you can not do a ‘save’.  The software will add the file extension - .dig.
  • The software will download and go through the save sequence … NOTE:  Interrupting this process can cause catastrophic failure to the Main Board. 

 

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So ... Big Question - What do you do if you can’t recover the Data Files?

 

 

All our Canon Service Adjustment Software offers Help files linked to that Service or Adjustment Function!