BRAW Studio

Fully-featured Blackmagic RAW Importer plugins for Adobe CC

Documentation

First you have this YouTube Quick Start Tutorial to guide you through BRAW Studio. We also have the following articles / tutorials and a FAQ : There's also this Youtube tutorial for the Premiere Pro Source Settings Panel.

FAQ

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General and Licensing

You can find all of this information on the Overview of BRAW Studio page. Also, don't forget to regularly check for updates and read the Changelog of BRAW Studio !
You can use our official uninstaller! More information here
If it didn't work here's the manual process to do so :
1. Exit All adobe softwares
2. Delete this folder :
(Windows) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore\BRAW Studio
(Mac OSX) /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/Autokroma BRAW Studio
3. Delete folder named com.autokroma.brawStudioPanelVisible in this folder (delete also com.autokroma.brawStudioPanelHidden if you find it !) :
(Windows) C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions
(Mac OSX) /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions
4. Relaunch your Adobe softwares
If you performed a manual installation of BRAW Studio yourself you need to look for "BRAW_Studio" and delete all related files !
Please double check you entered a BRAW Studio license and not an AfterCodecs one read our article here for more details. Once licensed, please empty your media cache (How to clean (delete or trash) media cache files?) and restart your Adobe applications. If you converted some .braw files for proxies or into another codec (or exported a Premiere Pro project containing .braw) before entering the license, you'll need to reconvert them again with the plugin licensed because the trial image is burned forever in them (BRAW Studio is not used anymore to make the proxies!)
One license is for the same user on up to two computers not used at the same time. For example you can do OSX + Windows not at the same time, or your professional computer and your personal laptop not used at the same time.
Yes : BRAW Studio used to be available in two different licenses for different uses, but it was recently merged into the same license in Version 2 so now you'll get access to BRAW Studio on all Adobe applications. Don't forget to update to get the latest version.
If you're on Mac OSX Catalina or higher (10.15+) sometimes Apple notarization system doesn't work so you can't open easily our installer .pkg. Please allow opening unnotarized applications in your Security Preferences, see this article : Safely open apps on your Mac on Apple.com
Could you try to delete BRAW_Studio.app in this folder : /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/Autokroma BRAW Studio/; also delete if it exists the same for AfterCodecs : /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/Autokroma AfterCodecs/AfterCodecs.app
In any case, contact us !
Please download and install the latest Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable. Here's a direct link to vc_redist.x64.exe : download, double click on it and pursue installation.
On Windows you should run your cmd.exe or Powershell in Administrator Mode, then run BRAW Studio installer executable with the /S argument, for example in Powershell : ./"BRAW Studio v2.1.2 Installer.exe" /S if you're in the extracted folder from the downloaded zip.
WARNING : if you have Blackmagic RAW Adobe plugins installed, it will uninstall them without asking you for confirmation (since there is no GUI here) and will redirect you to a webpage explaining the incompatibility between the two plugins

Workflow

You can export proxies and convert (Right click -> Export Media) your .BRAW directly from Adobe Premiere Pro and it will open up Media Encoder for conversion. If you converted your proxies before entering the license, you'll need to reconvert them again with the plugin licensed because the trial image is burned forever in them (BRAW Studio is not used anymore to make the proxies!)
.BRAW imported into Adobe Media Encoder are decoded by default with the "Camera Metadata" setting, like on DaVinci Resolve. This means that it will try to read the .sidecar next to your .braw to apply the color grade. If it can't find it, it will use the settings from your Camera when you shot the footage. If you changed the .sidecar after importing the footage, it will keep the same old .sidecar values until your restart Media Encoder / Premiere Pro.
When you send a project or a .braw clip from Premiere Pro to Media Encoder's render queue, it will act as a dynamic link between the two softwares; this means the render will look exactly the same as it looked like on Premiere Pro (i.e. it will take Exposure, ISO, Color Balance, Contrast etc. from the Source Settings). See previous answer if you import your .braw from Media Encoder's UI
No, you need to click "Update Sidecar" in order to create or update the .sidecar files. Please note that you might need Administrator Rights for some folders where you don't have permissions to write !
You should make sure you don't have Blackmagic RAW Adobe plugins installed because they will conflict with BRAW Studio and prevent you from reconnecting your .braw
No they are fully incompatible. More information here : BlackmagicRaw Plugin and BRAW Studio - What's the difference ?. Please note we are only talking about the Adobe plugins from Blackmagic RAW. You can use Blackmagic RAW Player and the thumbnail previewer along with BRAW Studio there's no incompatibility. We even have a checkbox in our installer to install them automatically !
This error message means that you opened a Premiere Pro project that was using Blackmagic's Adobe plugins for Blackmagic RAW, and now you don't have that plugin installed anymore so it cannot find the Source Settings effect linked to each .BRAW in your Premiere Pro project.
The simplest to fix this issue to install again Blackmagic Design's Adobe plugin. If you're now using BRAW Studio you will have a missing Source Settings filter in the Master tab of your .BRAW and won't be able to retrieve your Source Settings color grade.
This error message means that you opened a Premiere Pro project that was using Autokroma BRAW Studio plugins, and now you don't have our plugin installed anymore so it cannot find the Source Settings effect linked to each .BRAW in your Premiere Pro project.
The simplest to fix this issue to install again BRAW Studio.

PrPro : bugs and troubles

This is a bug from Adobe with plugins and cache. Please start Premiere Pro and maintain the "Shift" Key pressed. You should get a message "Are you sure you want to reset your plugin caches ?" : answer Yes !
In old versions of Premiere Pro (before 14.3 version) there was a bug where the timecode is misinterpreted and shifted through time. It should only affect NTSC framerates (23.96 and 29.97 fps). We developed the BRAW Studio Panel to fix this ! We recommend using the "Export Corrected XML" feature.
If you're using Premiere Pro 2020 it might be a bug from Adobe : Premiere Pro Timeline Shifts (or First Frame) After Moving Project or Relinking Footage. If you modified the "Media Start" timecodes of your .BRAW you might suffer from an Adobe hidden behavior, please read this article : How do I avoid the Shift Issue in BRAW Studio.So you need to ask yourself two questions : 1) Am I using 2020 version ? 2) Did I modify the timecodes of my footages ? You could have both issues at the same time, but you need to study both issues separately if you want to make sure you fix both !

PrPro / AME Image rendering

You might have disabled all audio or video tracks, please be sure at least one of each are enabled before brining the footage in the timeline, see this image :
PPro EnableVideoTrack
The way Source Settings works in Premiere Pro is to modify all instances of the same clips on all timelines, so any change will affect all instance of the same .braw imported. This is only an issue on Premiere Pro because on After Effects you have the Layer Settings filter that is applying the RAW parameters on the current layer and not the source.The best way to apply different RAW settings on the same footage on Premiere Pro is to use the BRAW Studio Panel feature : "Set New Source". You just need to select a clip and click on the button in the BRAW Studio Panel !More information here !If you want to do it manually, you have 2 choices : 1. Import the same footage many times (as much as you need different color corrections on this footage) and change each Source Settings 2. Or Use the "SubClip" feature, see this article :
  • Import your braw footage
  • In the "Source Monitor" panel, choose the bounds to your first "Sub Clip"
  • Right click in the Project panel in your footage and select "Make Subclip"
  • After this : you will have a new source in the project (the subclip) with different RAW Parameters.
Most probably because you opened your Premiere Pro project with BlackmagicRaw plugin from Blackmagic Design installed and used to decode .braw instead of BRAW Studio ! More information in this article : BlackmagicRaw Plugin and BRAW Studio - What's the difference ?. And don't forget to update BRAW Studio !
We have seen a lot of errors coming for Adobe. Pleas try to switch your rendering engine to "Software" in your project settings. On OSX you can also try "Metal" instead of "OpenCL"
Please restart Premiere Pro by holding the SHIFT key and press OK to the popup that's asking you if you want to clean the plugin cache, then Premiere Pro will start by having the plugin cache cleaned and the error should disappear. Please contact us if you still get this error!
Please make sure you don't have the Global FX Toggle turned on!
Please read this Adobe Blog post : Red, yellow, and green render bars and what they mean. We noticed that with .braw you can't add other effects on top (like Lumetri) without cancelling any cache renders, it will always go back to the Red color when you relaunch Premiere Pro.

PrPro BRAW Studio Panel

At the top menu bar, click on Window -> Extensions -> BRAW Studio Panel to open it !
You need to select "DecodeUsing" -> "Custom A" (or "Custom B") to be able to set the other parameters below. Gamma Controls like Saturation, Constrast, ... are only available if Gamma is set to Blackmagic Design Film, Blackmagic Design Extended Video or Blackmagic Design Custom.
The panel could be not well initialized. At the bottom of the Panel, please try to hit the "Reload Panel" button. Note that for Premiere Pro CC 2018 12.0 it's normal, you will need to click inside the Panel to update its content. If you still have the problem, please send us some logs !
You can select up to 100 clips at the same time and then for all of them you can : apply a preset, reset to Camera Metadata / BRAW Default, or Export / Load the Sidecar.

After Effects Image rendering

Yes BRAW Studio for After Effects supports 32 bpc if you configure your project in 32 bpc.
After some tests in our side, "Floating point" could be displayed but then After Effects would always ask for 32bits to be rendered, even if "8bits" or "16bits" is selected in Project Settings. This would involve performance issues because 32bits takes more time to be rendered. Same for "Trillion of Colors" : 16bits would be always asked for 8bits and 16bits and that would also involve performance issues. For us, the current behavior is the best : if you configure your project in 8bits, then After Effects will ask 8bits to our importer, and same respectively for 16bits and 32bits. Sadly, the description will stay as "Million of Colors" even if it's true only in 8bits.

Shooting BRAW

There is a good website for that, check it out ! https://www.braw.info/capacity/

Articles about BRAW Studio

Blackmagic RAW 1.7 Bug : no thumbnails and file access issues (Fixed)

More information about the bug in Blackmagic RAW API 1.7 on Windows that might affect you on Windows

Our Progress on BRAW Studio and Future Features : Tell Us About Your Needs !

A quick recap of what we've achieved recently in BRAW Studio and a public poll for you to tell us what features you need the most

BETA for URSA 12K .BRAW & Color Science Version 5 (Import in Premiere Pro and After Effects)

Try out our latest BETA implementing BRAW API 2.0 BETA, to import URSA Mini Pro 12K files and test BMD Color Science V5 into Adobe video apps !

Premiere Pro Timeline Shifts (or First Frame) After Moving Project or Relinking Footage

This Premiere Pro 2020 bug will shift your timelines or reset your clips to their first frame; here's how to fix your project!

Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) Wrong Timecode Issue in Adobe CC

In this article we will talk about the timecode issue and its consequences on your workflow : unable to export XML timeline for DaVinci Resolve and timeline Shifts.

BRAW Studio Settings & License Popup

The BRAW Studio Settings & License Popup is the place where you will register your license and change the global settings of BRAW Studio

Blackmagic RAW Plugin and BRAW Studio - What's the difference ?

Blackmagic Design released their own plugin for Premiere Pro and Media Encoder to decode BRAW : in this article we will explain its differences with our plugin BRAW Studio so you can choose what's best for you

The BRAW Studio Source Settings Panel

Our V2 update of BRAW Studio introduces a new section of our Panel to let you color grade in a more efficient way and with Batch modifications to a selection of .BRAW !

BRAW Studio Version 2 Next Upgrade with Source Settings Panel

Explanation about our V2 upgrading process to use our new Source Settings Panel, and to know if you qualify for our free upgrade

Compatibility between Blackmagic RAW Plugin and BRAW Studio

All you need to know about compatibility between Blackmagic Design Adobe plugin and our plugin BRAW Studio.

BRAW Studio 1.9 : New Export XML Feature in our Premiere Pro Panel

Our latest feature introduces the best way to solve the Adobe timecode bug for timeline XML export

How do I avoid the Shift Issue in BRAW Studio ?

In this article you'll learn how to deal with the shift issue which could happen to your project with BRAW Studio : first how to avoid it, and then how to repair a project with shifts.

The BRAW Studio Presets

Everything you should know about the BRAW Studio Presets feature !

BRAW Studio for After Effects is available now

Learn the basics of our new plugin BRAW Studio for After Effects !

How to report a bug in BRAW Studio ?

When using BRAW Studio, in case you have trouble with the plugin, you should send us some logs so we can give you assistance and fix a potential bug in our plugin. Here's how to do it.

What's the Difference between AfterCodecs and BRAW Studio?

In this article you'll learn what plugins are, what the differences are between Autokroma plugins and why AfterCodecs available with different licenses for each Adobe CC Host.

Introduction to BRAW Studio for Premiere Pro and Media Encoder

What is our plugin BRAW Studio and its basic function ? Limitations of the trial, the Panel for PPro, explanation about the Source Settings and the Sidecar workflow are all discussed in this article

BRAW Metadata from Premiere Pro's Project Panel

In this article you'll learn how to display the metadata contained inside your Blackmagic .BRAW shots, such as Reel, Scene, Take, Lens name, etc. in Adobe Premiere Pro

How to Retrieve Your License from aescripts.com

In this article you'll learn how to retrive your license from your aescripts + aeplugins user account

Importing Blackmagic RAW (.BRAW) in PluralEyes - Syncing audio for editing in Premiere Pro

How to use .BRAW with Red Giant PluralEyes in order to sync your footage and audio automatically in Adobe Premiere Pro

How to License BRAW Studio and access RAW Params

In this article you'll learn how to access the Settings and License of BRAW Studio in order to license it and remove the trial limitations !