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  • X native support for Braw?

    Posted by Mark Smith on June 22, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Is X ever going to support Braw natively? Are there structural or legal problems that prevent support of this format? Clearly Resolve supports the format and runs well on Macs, as does Braw player. There are lots of BMPC cameras out there shooting Braw, and I have a couple of them, I’d really like to see native Braw support, but am not sure if this is ever going to happen.

    Robin S. kurz replied 1 year, 10 months ago 9 Members · 32 Replies
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  • Bill Rabkin

    June 22, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    You’re not likely to get this question answered by the community, Mark. Apple is notoriously tight-lipped about future releases of FCP.

    You could make your suggestion directly to Apple through the FCP “Final Cut Pro” menu. Select Final Cut Pro > Provide Feedback to Apple…

  • John Fishback

    June 22, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I, too, have wondered about this. What might help you is an FCP Workflow Extension by Color Finale called Color Finale Transcoder that lets you adjust exposure, white balance, ISO, etc. of BRAW files (and other formats such as ARRIRAW & CinemaDNG) and then import them (or segments of them) into FCP. It works with Intel & M1 Macs.

  • Mark Smith

    June 22, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve had the plug in for some months now and it works. What I am asking about whether there would be native support similar to Resolve so there is no need to transcode.

  • John Fishback

    June 22, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    That’d be great, but I don’t hold out much hope. I think Apple probably doesn’t want competition for ProRes RAW.

  • Mark Smith

    June 22, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Fcpx already supports canon raw and red raw so why not Braw?

  • Craig Seeman

    June 23, 2022 at 12:01 am

    There’s lots of speculation back and forth as to which company is blocking.

    Some believe it’s Blackmagic because they’d prefer their camera uses to use Resolve and buy their additional hardware (edit controller, color controller). Note that Resolve does not support ProRes Raw.

    But if Blackmagic were the culprit they’d be preventing Premiere Pro from using it as they’re a much bigger threat.

  • Mark Smith

    June 23, 2022 at 12:09 am

    I can’t say anything about about Premiere from first hand experience- I have no experience with premiere. I am hearing from some friends that it is buggy & full of latency. I suggested to a person I know to try editing in X what he was doing in Premiere, which he did and realized what it took him half a day to edit in premiere he could do in about half an hour on X, without bugs or lags.

  • John Fishback

    June 23, 2022 at 12:17 am

    I don’t think Resolve supports ProRes RAW natively. Maybe that has something to do with it. Or, it could be $$. While I believe BRAW is open source, ProRes RAW may be an expensive license.

  • Frank Valtellina

    June 23, 2022 at 6:53 am

    FCPX does not support Braw and this is absurd. But even Blackmagic doesn’t develop the plug-in like it does for Premiere and Avid. Nobody seems to want to tell us the real reason. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Craig Seeman

    June 23, 2022 at 11:59 am

    And today there’s more salt in the wound of FCP.

    Blackmagic added Gyro stabilization date to the Pocket Camera’s BRAW in today’s camera firmware update. Major important for a camera that has no IBIS.

    Of course, Resolve 18 Beta will be getting this update very shortly.

    I love FCP but us Pocket 4K (recording to ProRes) but this update adds a very good reason to move to Resolve. FCP just can’t handle Pocket Cameras to their best advantage and it costs 0$ to move to Resolve (only the time to relearn the older more widely established non-magnetic track-based timeline which I have 20 plus experience in before FCPX’s introduction).

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