In our previous article BlackmagicRaw Plugin and BRAW Studio - What's the difference ? we explained what each plugin was for and in which situation they are best fitted, as long as list all bugs from Blackmagic and new features we offer (timecode correction, 10 Presets, Custom A/B, metadata import etc.).

Now we will detail everything we know about their cross compatibility, which heavily depends on Adobe CC softwares behavior and what Blackmagic implemented.

Can we use both plugins at the same time?

When Premiere Pro needs to import a BRAW files, if both plugins are installed, as they both are importers for this .braw extension, Premiere needs to make a choice and give the priority to one of the plugin. So only one plugin will run for one file, even if both plugins are installed. If the plugin which has priority can't import the braw file (for whatever reason, special characters for example), then the second plugin will be used if it can import it.

From BRAW Studio 1.8.1, BRAW Studio has priority over the Blackmagic Plugin, so if you have both plugins installed, it will be BRAW Studio which will import your files in Premiere Pro and After Effects, except if the "lower priority" option is set in the Settings popup (see next section).

Note that for older version (1.8.0 and below), the Blackmagic plugin will always have priority, and BRAW Studio can't work with it installed.

Can I use BRAW Studio in After Effects and the BM plugin in Premiere Pro (and reversely) ?

From BRAW Studio 1.8.1 it's possible yes ! You can adjust the priority between BRAW Studio and the Blackmagic Plugin for Premiere Pro/Adobe Media Encoder OR After Effects, so you just need to open the Settings popup and set the option you like between the 2 available (see next section).

How let priority to the BM plugin when BRAW Studio is installed ?

The best way to do this is to use our "BRAW Studio standalone" located here : (Just double click on the file !)

  • Windows : C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore\BRAW Studio\BRAW_Studio.exe
  • Mac : /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/Autokroma BRAW Studio/

After this, in the popup you will see two checkboxes : one for Premiere Pro / Media Encoder and one for After Effects. By clicking on one of this checkbox, you will let priority to the BM plugin in the corresponding application.

Note : You will need to restart the App (Premiere Pro / After Effects) after applying this change.

Thanks to this checkboxes, you can easily switch between the two plugins to compare them !

Switch a full Premiere Pro Project between the 2 plugins

Warning : if you started one project with one plugin, we recommend you to absolutely continue and finish this project with the same plugin. Anyway, if you really need to tweak with your projects and take some risks, here's some good information to keep in mind :

  1. If you open a project that used BRAW Studio with the Blackmagic's plugin, the footage won't work and you'll get an ugly green / red screen. Seems like Blackmagic didn't plan for that to happen and it is buggy. Premiere Pro might become unstable because of this, don't do it.
  2. If you open a project that used Blackmagic's plugin with BRAW Studio, the footage will be decoded with BRAW Studio but will return back to Camera Metadata mode and you will loose any custom RAW parameters you entered. We don't recommend going that way as it could also make Premiere Pro unstable (as you can see there will be two Source Settings, with BMD's Source Settings being "offline"). If you still want to continue that route, you should open the project with BMD plugin installed, export the sidecar, remove BMD plugin, install BRAW Studio, re-open the project and Load Sidecar in all Source Settings where you need to get back your RAW parameters. You should also remove all "Blackmagic RAW" effects on every braw source, because these effects could not be stable (= the Source Settings of the blackmagic plugin).
  3. You can't use the "Replace Clip" feature to refresh a clip and switch from one plugin to the other one
  4. You can try to switch all .braw Clips of one project from one plugin to the other by exporting a FCP .XML and reimporting it into a fresh new project; However you will loose RAW parameters and not all features are supported (you can loose Effects, Text, Graphics layers etc.). In order to keep RAW parameters you should click Update Sidecar before the plugin switch and then click Load Sidecar.

Why would I want to uninstall Blackmagic Design's Blackmagic RAW plugin ?

Normally, BRAW Studio should have priority over the Blackmagic RAW plugin (except if you click on the priority checkboxes options as we said in the previous section). So there is no need to uninstall the Blackmagic plugin.

However, if you have troubles with BRAW Studio, you could (and should) test if it is because of the Blackmagic plugin presence. (We can't know how Premiere Pro will react in all different computers if the two plugins are installed at the same time).

How do I uninstall Blackmagic Design's Blackmagic RAW plugin ?

You can uninstall Blackmagic RAW by downloading the installer and when running it, choose "Remove".

The problem with this method is that you will also remove the Blackmagic RAW Player and the thumbnail previewer and we recommend using them to improve your daily experience with .braw. In order to only remove Blackmagic RAW Adobe plugins, we added a checkbox in our own uninstaller for that.

You can also follow the manual uninstallation procedure to uninstall Blackmagic RAW plugins from Blackmagic Design (only the plugins for Adobe CC) : exit any Adobe software such as Premiere Pro, Media Encoder and After Effects. Then go to your MediaCore folder :

  • Windows : C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore
  • Mac OSX : /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore

and remove the following :

  • BlackmagicRawPremiereImporter
  • BlackmagicRawPremiereSourceEffect
  • BlackmagicRawAPI (whole folder)

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