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Blackmagic RAW is a RAW digital cinematography format, unveiled in 2018.
Looking back at Blackmagic Design history, this is the third video format that the company proposes to its most demanding customers:
Enter Blackmagic RAW
Finally, in fall 2018, Blackmagic Design present its own RAW video format, designed in-house with the ambition of becoming an industry standard.
- Format is open source and cross-platform. Blackmagic provides a SDK for developers and expects camera and software vendors to step in.
- Codec is designed for multi-core CPUs, for GPU-acceleration, with the goal of real-time processing on inexpensive PCs.
- Codec capable for acquisition, post-production and finishing
- Profiles ranging from 12:1 (baseline quality) to 3:1 (high quality), and constant quality profiles from Q5 to Q0, with bitrates enabling use of existing cards and disks
- Supported from day one by flagship camera URSA Mini Pro.
Later popularized by Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K and 6K (BMPCC)
The causes of failure reported by Blackmagic RAW users are:
- Device was turned off during recording (clip not finalized)
- BRAWs are corrupt after importing to PC
- “File Import Failure” error message
Cannot open file in DaVinci Resolve nor Premiere
- Checksum error in Shotput Pro
- SD card couldn't keep up writing at the required bitrate
- SSD drive used in URSA recorder not readable
- Accidental deletion or formatting of CFast card
- Card filled up and stopped recording.
It didn't finish wrapping the BRAW file
Try Treasured on your corrupted BRAW files!
Our service offers:
- FREE diagnostics and preview with Treasured
- FREE sample of repaired video
- Try before you buy with a FREE trial of your Repair Kit
- Enjoy FREE customer support by speaking directly with our trained experts
- Invaluable expertise, dedication and second to none customer service
Video Repair — online
Mac, Windows, Linux
Blackmagic RAW is an open source codec, so we can dive deep into gory details:
- Footage is stored in .braw containers, which are modelled on QuickTime .mov containers: One track for Blackmagic RAW video, one track for audio, one track for timecode, and a metadata atom
- Codec fourccs are 'brlt' 'brxq' 'brvl' 'brlt' 'brst' 'brhq' 'brvm'
- Frame header contains some metadata atoms:
0000: 00 00 01 00 62 6d 64 66 length of header 0x100, 'bmdf' marker followed by atoms srte, shut, innd, gain, aptr, expo, fcln, dsnc, wkel, wtin, isoe
0100: 62 72 61 77 00 11 30 00 01 08 08 1F 12 20 07 A0 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (1) 'braw' marker (2) picture length in bytes (32 bits) (3) columns and rows (here: 8 and 31) (4) picture width (16 bits) (5) picture height (16 bits) (here 4640x1952, URSA mini Pro 4.6K) 0110: 00 40 00 04 00 10 01 0E 02 0C 03 0A 04 81 02 DE (6) (6) height of slice in pixels (16 bits) 0140: 02 40 02 40 02 40 02 40 02 40 02 40 02 50 02 50 (7) (7) Eight slice widths (16 bits each) Sum of the widths is picture width. 0180: 00 00 12 00 00 00 27 40 00 00 38 18 00 00 48 E0 0190: 00 00 59 E0 00 00 6A E8 00 00 7B C8 00 00 8C 98 (8) (8) Offset of 7th slice (32 bits) The table contains 248 offsets (8 columns x 31 rows), one per slice. Offsets are counted from 'braw' position, and indicate where the slice data is stored
How we recover the lost footage for you
The first duty of our technicians is to confirm that the lost footage can be recovered with 100% quality, that a reshoot is not necessary.
Fortunately, with Blackmagic RAW — or with ProRes 422 codec in older cameras — this is generally possible.
When we repair corrupted BRAW footage, you don't have to worry about using the clips in your project. Repaired videos work just like normal ones. Quality-wise, they are indistinguishable.
Solution: Your Repair Kit, developed by our technicians
The only failure mode (see list above) that is very challenging to fix is the insufficient card writing speed. This can cause some frames to be only partially written, and those frames will have to be skipped in the recovery process.
Huge Blackmagic RAW files (hundreds of GB) are not a problem for Treasured and our remote repair system, since only around 200 MB of data need to be sent via Internet. With a small sample, we can figure out the repair technique and send the repair program to the customer.
Main features of the Repair Kits that we provide are described below.
Recovery on Cards and Drives
We have DeepMediaScan, to scan your CFast, SDXC or SSD drive and find lost footage.
Repair Kit rebuilds BRAW clips from any data source!
Repaired videos have same resolution, bitrate, color and format as originally recorded — You cannot distinguish a repaired Blackmagic RAW clip from a genuine one.
Repaired videos are compatible with post-production workflows.
Color grading, transcoding, editing — You don't have to modify your production schedule.
Audio is synchronized from beginning to end.