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 :

FAQ

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General and Licensing

What are the requirements, specs and known issues of BRAW Studio ?

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 !

How do I uninstall BRAW Studio ?

You can use our official uninstaller! More information here

If it didn't work here's the manual process to do so :

    Exit All adobe softwares

    Delete this folder : (Windows) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore\Autokroma BRAW Studio (Mac OSX) /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/BRAW Studio

    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

    Relaunch your Adobe softwares

Why do I still have the 500 frames trial limit ?

You might have entered a wrong license, see our article here. For example if you have a BRAW Studio for Premiere Pro and Media Encoder license, it won't work for BRAW Studio for After Effects they are available in two separate licenses.

If you're sure you licensed the right plugin, please empty your media cache (How to clean (delete or trash) media cache files?) and restart the software.

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!)

Can I use this on multiple computers ?

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.

Can I register BRAW Studio for After Effects and Premiere Pro with one license ?

No BRAW Studio is avaible in two different licenses for different uses, more information on why in this article.

Mac OSX : I can't run the .pkg installer !

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

Mac OSX : Premiere Pro is not lauching anymore with BRAW Studio installed

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 !

Workflow and timecode

How do I use .BRAW proxies with Premiere Pro ?

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!)

How is the Sidecar workflow and Decode Using Camera Metadata ?

.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.

Will my footage look the same between Premiere Pro and Media Encoder ?

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

Are sidecar files created automatically ?

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 !

How do I fix the Resolve timecode issue after importing the timeline in XML ?

This is a bug from Adobe Premiere Pro where the timecode is misinterpreted and shifted through time. It should only affect NTSC framerates (23.96, 29.97 fps). We developed the BRAW Studio Panel to fix this ! More info here.

Can I use both Blackmagic RAW plugin from BMD and BRAW Studio ?

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.

PPro / AME Image rendering

Video track or Audio track disappears when bringing the .BRAW into the timeline !

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 :

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How do I set different RAW settings on the same .braw ?

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. You have 2 choices then to apply different RAW settings on the same footage on Premiere Pro :

Import the same footage many times (as much as you need different color corrections on this footage) and change each Source Settings

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.

Why does my clip displays red and black bars ?

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 !

Why is my clip glitching ?

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"

I get a Prefs size error, how do I clean the plugin cache ?

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!

Why won't any effect render on top of my .braw ?

Please make sure you don't have the Global FX Toggle turned on!

Why doesn't it save the render, I always get a Yellow or Red line ?

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 others effects on top (like Lumetri) without cancelling any cache renders, it will always go back to the Red color when you relaunch Premiere Pro.

After Effects Image rendering

Does it supports 32 bpc (32 bits per channel) ?

Yes BRAW Studio for After Effects supports 32 bpc if you configure your project in 32 bpc.

Why is it not written "Floating point" or "Trillion of Colors" instead of "Millions of Colors" in After Effects Importer description ?

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

How long can I record BRAW with my camera and storage ?

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

Articles about BRAW Studio

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

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2020 comes with a weird bug where all the clips in your timelines would shift or be reset to their first frame after moving the PPro project or relinking footages; here's how to fix your project!

by Antoine on February 15th, 2020

The BRAW Studio Presets

Everything you should know about the BRAW Studio Presets feature !

by Nicolas on December 6th, 2019

BRAW Studio for After Effects is available now

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

by Nicolas on November 12th, 2019

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.

by Nicolas on November 8th, 2019

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.

by Nicolas on October 23rd, 2019

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.

by Nicolas on September 17th, 2019

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

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

by Nicolas on September 13th, 2019

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 they are available with different licenses for each Adobe CC Host.

by Antoine on September 8th, 2019

Introduction to BRAW Studio for Premiere Pro and Media Encoder

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

by Nicolas on September 2nd, 2019

BRAW Metadata from Premiere Pro's Project Panel

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

by Nicolas on August 24th, 2019

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

by Antoine on July 3rd, 2019

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.

by Nicolas on June 29th, 2019

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

How to import .BRAW in Red Giant Shooter PluralEyes in order to sync the audio of your footages with Adobe Premiere Pro ?

by Antoine on June 24th, 2019

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 !

by Antoine on April 16th, 2019