How to convert your project to BRAW Studio ?

November 10th, 2020
How to convert your project started with the Blackmagic Plugin to BRAW Studio !
Because you are suffering of one of the numerous bugs of the Blackmagic Plugin, or because you just want to test BRAW Studio and use all its features, we explain here how to properly convert one of your project started with Blackmagic Plugin into a project using BRAW Studio.
Note that this feature is only available for Premiere Pro from version 12.1 (Premiere Pro CC 2018.1)

First Step : Install BRAW Studio

The first step is easy, close Premiere Pro, download and install BRAW Studio from our installer and follow the different steps.
We advise you to uninstall the Blackmagic Plugin when the installer will ask you this.
Do not open your project once BRAW Studio is installed ! Please follow the next steps before.

Second Step : Open an empty project and the BRAW Studio Panel

Open an new empty project in Premiere Pro.
Go to Window > Extensions &gy; BRAW Studio Panel.

Third Step : Launch Conversion

Go to the ToolBox tab, and click on Convert, then select your project started with the Blackmagic Plugin.
panel convertMain
Note : don't worry, we will export the converted project into a new .prproj file and let your original project untouched.
The process should begin and you should see a progress bar. It's time for you to have a coffee / make a break and let the magic happen ! The process can take some time when converting bigger projects, on very exceptional cases, even up to one hour.
At the middle of the conversion, the new converted project will be automatically loaded. If any Premiere Pro popup messages appear, please close them, because the conversion process will be paused while the popup is on. But after this, do not touch your project and wait for the progress bar to be complete !
panel convertProcessing
Once the conversion is finished, you should see a message, as seen on the picture below, and a result .txt will tell you how the conversion handled all the Source Settings.
panel endProcess

Fourth Step : Monitor Conversion Results

You can monitor how the conversion processed your project with the result .txt exported, by simply clicking on the link which will appear on the panel at the end of the process (the blue text seen on the picture above). The .txt file will be opened by your default text editor.
In this result .txt you will find details about the Source Settings parameters which have been transferred from the Blackmagic Source Settings to the BRAW Studio BRAW Settings.
Note that if you didn't grade any .BRAW footage in Premiere Pro on this project, you should not care about the Source Settings conversion, and so you should not care about this conversion results file !
If the conversion of any given Source Settings was successful, you will get one of the following messages :
  • "Source Settings were not initialized : Nothing to do" : if you never changed the BMD Source Settings, and so it should not have been initialized, which means that the Camera Metadata was used to decode the BRAW file, and, as it is the default value when loading the BRAW Studio BRAW Settings, nothing needs to be done.
  • "BMD DecodeUsing is set to CameraMetadata : Nothing to do" : if you let the BMD Source Settings Decode Using parameter as Camera Metadata, for the same reason as the previous case, there is nothing to do.
  • A list of "[ParameterName] : [ParameterValue]" : It indicates all the different values found in the BMD Source Settings, which have been transferred to the BRAW Studio BRAW Settings.
If you get any errors in this conversion result, please contact us and send us your project ! Do not contact us for the messages described above, as they are perfectly normal.

Can I also convert projects to BMD plugins ?

Yes we also have a tool for this, but you will loose your Source Settings. A good workaround is to batch update all Sidecar files with our Panel.

Et voilà !

You can now use your project with BRAW Studio ! If you want to know how to convert in the other direction (from BRAW Studio to Blackmagic Raw plugin), please check this article. You will just need to enter your license to unlock the full potential of BRAW Studio, you can see here how to do this.

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