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Robbie O
29-05-2003, 02:56 PM
I borrowed a mavica to take some photos and they were loaded on to a floppy by the camera. I took only 10 shots but I ended up with 22 files. 10 are jpg pictures but the rest are called mvc-001f.411 to mvc-012f.411 and are all 5kb.

What are these 411 files and do I need to keep them? Also I can't understand why i got more 411 files than photos. can anybody help me here? The photos are ok but.

Thanx Robbie

Jen C
29-05-2003, 03:20 PM
Quote from SONY MAVICA FAQ'S (http://www.puternana.com/quest.htm):
What are the .411 files that appear with each shot, what purpose do they serve, and is it ok to delete them?

They are used by the camera to display the index files when required. The program 4112bmp.exe will make little bmp files from the .411's. The .411 files are the index files that include the date/time info related to the jpeg files. They also contain the image that is viewed on the camera's LCD screen. Someone has written a Windows program to convert them to BMPs so they can be used as thumbnails. I looked at the processing with this program (4112bmp) through the debugger and it shows that the .411-file contains nothing but a small bitmap. If you remove all these files from a camera diskette you will see just empty thumbnails in the index view. On the other hand, if you remove the .jpg files, there is no index to see. Also a set of different .411 and .jpg will not work so I think the camera checks the time and date of these files before showing the index pictures.

There is no need to put the .411 files on the hard drive.

Further information can also be found here (http://patriot.net/~koke/Mavica/faq/#sec_411%20Files) on how to use them if you wish.

Robbie O
29-05-2003, 09:22 PM
Thanx Jen