The Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G HDR BRAW update has been highly anticipated since release, but now users of Blackmagic Design’s latest Video Assist 12G HDR monitors can take advantage of new BRAW recording abilities. The update, Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 and Blackmagic RAW 1.7 add BRAW recording support from Panasonic’s EVA1 and Canon’s C300 MK II cameras.
Observant readers will note that the two cameras mentioned currently output a raw signal over SDI, a connection that is fully catered for on the Video Assist 12G monitors. However the question that will be on the lips of other camera users will be whether the monitors will be able to cater for the latest crop of hybrid cameras that output RAW over HDMI, such as the Nikon Z 6 and the Panasonic DC-S1H.
No comment has been forthcoming about this particular function. It is after all much more complicated to implement than the SDI alternative. But it is the Vibliotech’s understanding that BRAW over HDMI is indeed being worked upon. The ability to do so requires an examination of each camera’s colour profiles, and various other jiggery pokery to be able to record the signal. But it remains to be seen whether such a feature is guaranteed to appear. Remember that it took a full year from the initial release of the Nikon Z 6 to the point at which both Atomos and Nikon announced the release of the respective firmwares that enabled raw recording. The Panasonic DC-S1H, while having the function announced, has yet to have had it physically implemented.
Regardless, this is an important development. BRAW is a highly efficient codec, wonderfully smooth and responsive to manipulate within Blackmagic Design’s own NLE software, Davinci Resolve, which has also received a substantial update recently. If there’s one thing that is needed right now, it’s more traction for BRAW. With ProRes RAW having gained support within the likes of Adobe’s Premiere Pro, it is essential that there are more options outside of Blackmagic Design’s own cameras for recording the BRAW format.
It’s no secret that ProRes RAW and BRAW are competitors, but users and consumers of this technology need to be placated by having the two codecs universally supported, if possible, even if the respective companies want their own codecs to succeed. The first software to native support both raw formats will gain a lot of support from users in terms of reputation and usability.
But, this is a good step in the right direction, and long may the improvements continue.
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