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  • Color Finale BRAW transcoder

    Posted by Mark Smith on May 7, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Has anyone been using the color finale BRAW transcoder extension for X? If so, how would you rate/recommend It? Its not an expensive plug in so cost is not an issue, I’m more interested in how functional it is.

    I’m also wondering about whether now that there is a plug in available, Apple’s next up date to X will include BRAW functionality. The gen 5 update for the BMD cameras has just landed and my BMPC 4 K looks even better than before, so use of raw in X is of even greater interest to me.

    Paul Golden replied 3 years ago 3 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Oliver Peters

    May 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve reviewed it, done testing with it, and used it for a handful of clips on real projects. It works well and is in active development. So expect it to get even better in the months ahead. You can try it out as a trial (with watermark) if you want to see whether it fits your workflow. Naturally for FCP users, it’s either that or use Resolve to first transcode the files. Your comfort with Resolve, workflow, and quantity of material will likely affect your decision.

  • Mark Smith

    May 7, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    I bought the plug in – It works & I really like the Gen 5 color science with the BMPC4k . I had one funky transcode on a short clip, which came out ok on second attempt. I was hoping for BRAW implementation in X, which cold maybe still happen but until such time the Colro Finale plug in will be a welcome addition.

  • Oliver Peters

    May 11, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    FYI – CFT was updated to 1.1 today with a number of new features, including scopes and BRAW metadata.

  • Mark Smith

    May 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Yep. like the extension . The 1.1 upgrade has been released, however I do not see a way to download or get the update in any way shape or form.

  • Oliver Peters

    May 16, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    You update from the CFT app itself. You can launch it from Applications. Or it’s open after you use it in FCP. Close FCP and you’ll see the CFT icon on your top Mac menu bar. There’s a pulldown and one item is to check for updates. That should find a newer version and download/install the latest build.

    – Oliver

  • Oliver Peters

    May 16, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Easy reference guide:

    – Oliver

  • Paul Golden

    May 17, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve had a look through the manual and features. Can anyone tell me the advantage of using this plug-in over transcoding with Resolve (Lite or Studio)?

  • Oliver Peters

    May 17, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Preference and staying within the FCP environment. Also not everyone is comfortable with Resolve.

  • Paul Golden

    May 20, 2021 at 1:36 am

    I think if you own BMD cameras, it’s really worth to learn even a minimum of Resolve (which often comes free with the camera) to make ProRes dailies for your FCP session. Without becoming a full-blown colorist, you can get really usable assets with a minimum of fuss. The only thing that would make my life easier would be built-in BRAW support in FCP that allows editing directly without transcoding. If I can’t have that, I’ll at least rip dailies for FCP from Resolve and move on from there.

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