The BRAW Studio Presets

by Nicolas on December 8th, 2019

(Originally published on December 6th, 2019)

Everything you should know about the BRAW Studio Presets feature !

Available directly in the Source Settings and Layer Settings

You can't miss it ! It is at the top of the Source Settings (Premiere Pro) and the Layer Settings (After Effects) UI parameters.

There is one dropdown list to select the preset you want to deal with, and 3 buttons to interact with the currently selected preset.

Load Preset

The first button "Load Preset" loads the parameters inside the current selected preset into the current Custom A or B RAW Parameters.

When loading a preset, the "Decode Using" will automatically be switched to "Custom A" if it was on "Default" or "Camera Metadata".

See also next section "Loading Presets Errors".

Save Preset

The second button "Save Preset" writes the current RAW Parameters used to decode the image (whatever the "DecodeUsing" selected) into the current selected preset.

  • If no preset has been saved, the name will be "No Preset Saved Yet".
  • If the preset is saved and was named "No Preset Saved Yet", the name will become "Untitled Preset" automatically.
  • If the preset is named "Untitled Preset" but the preset file is not present, the name will be set automatically to "No Preset Saved Yet"
  • A custom User Preset name will never be replaced automatically.

If you'd like to have a different custom automated name from this one ("Untitled Preset"), with the current .braw footage name inside it for example, please contact us !

Manage Preset

The third button "Manage Preset" opens a new window and allow the user to manage its presets. For now, the only thing available is the ability to rename the currently selected preset.

Note that only ASCII characters are allowed, and this character "|" is also not allowed, but our Preset Manager GUI should not allow you to enter forbidden characters.

If you'd like more options contact us !

Quick Copy / Paste feature cross App !

The Preset feature can be used to quickly Copy / Paste BRAW parameters from one clip to another. Other ways are possible of course, more informations in this article !, but as the BRAW Studio Presets are global, this feature is more handy to transfer them between different hosts : Premiere Pro and After Effects for example.

When you have Premiere Pro and After Effects already opened, the dropdown preset list (and so the preset names) will be sync as well as the presets values. So if you save a preset and set its name in Premiere Pro, then after switching to After Effects, in the Layer Settings the Preset name will be automatically loaded in the dropdown list and you will be able to load the BRAW parameters saved previously in Premiere Pro into your current Layer Settings.

Loading Presets Errors

When you load a preset with its dedicated button "Load Preset", there could be errors if some values inside the preset are not available in the current BRAW. It is the case for :

  • ISO : from one camera to another, or one "Analog Gain" to another (like in the BMPCC 4K), the available ISO List can change. So if you save a Preset with ISO 4000 for example, and if this ISO is not available in the current BRAW ISO List (from 100 to 1000 for example), then you will get a message displayed and the closest ISO below the Preset ISO will be set : in our example 1000 will be set as ISO.
  • LUT : you can set a LUT directly in the BRAW File in some cameras. In BRAW Studio you will be able to apply the LUT or not, and change the LUT between the one in the BRAW File and the one in the Sidecar. If you set a preset with LUT Applied, the LUT will not be copied in the Preset, but the information to apply which LUT (Embedded or Sidecar) will. When applying the preset (Load Preset), if no LUT is available for this BRAW, then you will get the following message and no LUT will be applied.

Backup or Share Presets

If you want to save your current Preset List somewhere, or share it with someone else, you just need to copy a folder and a file.

The values of your presets are inside a folder located here (replace [YOUR_USERNAME] by your user account name)
  • Windows : C:\Users\[YOUR_USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Autokroma\BR_Preset
  • Mac : /Users/[YOUR_USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/Autokroma/BR_Preset
The names of your presets are inside a file located here (replace [YOUR_USERNAME] by your user account name)
  • Windows : C:\Users\[YOUR_USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Autokroma\BRAW_Studio_options.ini
  • Mac : /Users/[YOUR_USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/Autokroma/BRAW_Studio_options.ini

(Note that AppData in Windows and Library in Mac are hidden folders !)

Copying / Sharing the BR_Preset folder will just copy the values of the preset and not their names. In order to save the preset names, you need also to copy the "BRAW_Studio_options.ini" file.

You can also go to the "Settings & License" popup, click on "Open Log Folder" and you will find the "Autokroma" folder (where you can find the "BR_Preset" folder) in one of the parent folder of the opening folder which will be displayed.

Of course, if you want to apply this presets (values and name), you just need to replace the folder and the file at the same location.

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