Blackmagic RAW

The latest codec to hit video brings the speed of video to the quality of RAW

The Next Generation of the RAW Codec

Don't get held down for wanting the best

RAW files are massive, taking up large quantities of space not only on your storage, but also within the processor, causing things to slow down. After a few years of tinkering, Blackmagic Design have engineered a new, updated and modern alternative to the RAW format.

Used in Every Step

Take on high quality, lossless video without the unnecessary computing hog of wanting the best quality video. With its optimised GPU and CPU processing and expanded metadata, this makes Blackmagic RAW the first codec that can be used for almost every step in your production workflow.

Helps Processing

To help with ingesting the RAW files, Blackmagic RAW actually unloads part of the de-mosaic process onto the camera. This adjustment to the workflow allows video playback far quicker than before. With this, you also get the added bonus of faster ingest, as the BRAW file format brings better compression, while still retaining the excellent video quality you’ve come to expect.

Generation 5 Color Science

Blackmagic RAW uses Blackmagic Design Generation 5 Color Science for reproducing extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, lifelike colours. Images are encoded using a custom non-linear 12-bit space designed to provide the maximum amount of colour data and dynamic range.

Blackmagic RAW Player

When viewing BRAW files, you’ll want the dedicated Blackmagic RAW Player. Whereas older RAW formats would struggle to display correctly in traditional video players, the Blackmagic RAW Player takes the video’s metadata and information contained within, bringing you not only the super high quality video that BRAW brings to the table, but also plays smoothly even on older systems.

Source Development Kit

Blackmagic have also provided the Blackmagic RAW SDK for users who are code savvy, giving these particular users access to information relating to the camera’s sensor, colour space transformation and all embedded sidecar metadata. There’s also access to I/O trimming, preview scaling and more inside the SDK, which is available for free.

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