lordsmurf was simply illustrating comparisons.

He has much greater knowledge in his little toe than I have in my whole body so any 'criticism' should not be simply ignored.

What he was, I believe, pointing out that the RAW data only exists at the point of the analogue to digital conversion which resides in the capture device. The capture program then accesses that data and processes it however you have asked the capture program to beit it uncompressed (and I already stated that pure uncompressed can not be achieved with such software/hardware combinations) or any chosen codec which builds that data in to a readable format.