AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced Blackmagic RAW 1.5, a new software update with support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, plus Blackmagic RAW Speed test for Mac, PC and Linux, at the IBC 2019 Show in Amsterdam. Blackmagic RAW 1.5 allows customers to work on a wider range of platforms and editing software with their Blackmagic RAW files.
The new Blackmagic RAW 1.5 update includes Blackmagic RAW Speed Test, a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool for testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on their system, which is now available on Windows and Linux for the first time. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that customers get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1 and the desired resolution to perform the test. Results are displayed in an easy to read table that shows how many frames per second the computer can decode for all supported resolutions.
Editors working in Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer can now work with Blackmagic RAW files using the free plug-ins found in Blackmagic RAW 1.5. These new plug-ins enable editors to work with Blackmagic RAW directly, so they no longer have to transcode files. That means camera original Blackmagic RAW files can be used throughout the entire workflow. There is no longer a need to create proxy files and conform edits for finishing. These plug-ins bring the quality of RAW in small, modern, GPU and CPU accelerated files that are faster and easier to work with than any other video format.
Even more, when projects are moved from Premiere Pro or Media Composer into DaVinci Resolve for color correction and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata and image quality is still there.
"Blackmagic RAW is now available for editors working on all major professional NLEs," says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "It’s exciting because you can now edit native Blackmagic RAW files in Premiere Pro and Media Composer and then finish them in DaVinci Resolve without needing to create proxy files, all without ever losing quality!"
Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design Website.