How do I avoid the Shift Issue in BRAW Studio ?

by Nicolas on February 29th, 2020
(Originally published on June 29th, 2019)
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.

When does this issue happen ?

This issue happens when clips are getting offlined and then relinked. It can be the case when :
  • You updated Premiere Pro and are opening projects saved from an older version of Premiere Pro
  • When you move the location of your .braw footage
  • Or when your .braw files are located on an external drive (or a network location) : their filepath could change from one session to another (on Windows, the letter of the drive can change)
shift clipShiftedExample
By a "Shift" we mean that the in and out points of the clips on the timeline are changed by the same amount of time. Sometimes the duration of the clip on the timeline is changed and you will see stripes on your clips. This is not strictly a "bug" but a behavior from Adobe, related to how to transfer timecode after a footage relocation.
Also, this issue only happens if you modified the "Media Start" timecode of your footage, manually or also for example using our BRAW Studio Panel (see below). For all we know this Adobe behavior is not specific to Blackmagic RAW (.BRAW) files.
Note : if you are using Premiere Pro 2020 and don't think you changed the timecodes of your footage, it could be another issue, please read our article about this : Premiere Pro Timeline Shifts (or First Frame) After Moving Project or Relinking Footage.

Where does this issue come from ?

There's an Adobe bug with NTSC timecode interpretation (framerate of 23.976 or 29.97). We created the BRAW Studio Panel in order to correct those timecodes from your imported .braw clips.
When these clips are getting offlined by Premiere Pro and need to be relinked (and this can be done automatically), if the option "Align Timecode" is set, then Premiere Pro will shift some clips in your timeline.
Note that some clips could be shifted and others not. It could also happen if you modified the timecodes manually and it can happen to any other video file whose format is not .BRAW.

How do I avoid this shift ?

When PPro wants you to relocate the files, you need to untick the option "Align Timecode" and the shift should be avoided !
shift alignTimecodeCheckbox

I want to avoid the shift, but the relink is done automatically : what should I do ?

  1. Open a new project
  2. Import one braw file inside
  3. Right click on the clip in the project panel and select "Make Offline ..."
  4. Right click again on the clip and this time select "Link Media ..."
  5. In the "Link" panel which will be displayed, untick the checkbox "Align Timecode" and then click "Cancel".
Now, the option will be disabled every time you will need to locate files (for new projects also), even if the "Locate" action is done automatically by Premiere Pro.
shift clipOfflineThenRelinked

My project has been saved with the shifts and I can't go back in time.. How do I repair it ?

Open the BRAW Studio Panel from the top menu : Window -> Extensions -> BRAW Studio Panel.
On the "Timecode Correction" tab of the panel, there are 4 buttons to help you recover your original clips in timeline. If you don't see these buttons, please update BRAW Studio.
Shift Panel Shift Correction
The first 2 buttons should repair all your clips, if all your files have been offlined then relocated before. In case the clips have been offlined and relinked many times, your files could have been shifted multiple times. In that case you will need to click on this button many times (for each click, check if the in and out points of the clip in the timelines are correct !). If you click one time more than needed by mistake, the second button is here to undo the global shift of the first button.
The last two buttons are here to shift selected clips in your current timeline, in case the first 2 buttons are not sufficient.

I'm using Blackmagic RAW Premiere Pro plugins, can I still use this feature ?

Yes !
We hope these tools will help you recover your projects ! Please contact us about any issue that comes up.