User Guide

First you have this YouTube Quick Start Tutorial to guide you through BRAW Studio. Don’t forget to read the Readme.pdf included in the downloaded archive for more advanced explanation !

Full Tutorials with Screenshots

F.A.Q. : Table of Contents

General and licensing

Workflow and timecode

Image rendering

Shooting BRAW

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 :

  1. Exit All adobe softwares

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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 : Premiere Pro is not lauching anymore with BRAW Studio installed

Could you try to delete 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/

In any case, contact us !

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.

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 :

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. What you can do is create Subclips from the same source .braw (see this article), or import the .braw multiple times (then you’ll have different Source Settings, one for each clip imported).

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.

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

There is a good website for that, check it out !