Now we will explain everything we know about their cross compatibility in detail, which heavily depends on Adobe CC software behavior and what Blackmagic implemented.
Can we use both plugins at the same time?
When Premiere Pro needs to import BRAW files, if both plugins are installed, as they both are importers for this .braw extension, Premiere needs to make a choice and give the priority to one of the plugins. So only one plugin will run for one file, even if both plugins are installed.
From BRAW Studio 1.8.1 onwards only, BRAW Studio has priority over the Blackmagic Plugin, so if you have both plugins installed, it will be BRAW Studio which will import your files in Premiere Pro and After Effects, except if the "lower priority" option is set in the Settings popup (see next section).
Priority : can I use BRAW Studio in After Effects and the BMD plugin in Premiere Pro (or the opposite) ?
Yes you can adjust the priority between BRAW Studio and the Blackmagic Plugin for Premiere Pro/Adobe Media Encoder OR After Effects. You just need to open the Settings popup and set the option you like between the 2 available.
You can also launch our BRAW Studio Desktop application :
Windows : C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore\BRAW Studio\BRAW_Studio.exe
Mac : /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/Autokroma BRAW Studio/BRAW_Studio.app
After this, in the popup you will see two checkboxes : one for Premiere Pro / Media Encoder and one for After Effects. By clicking on one of these checkboxes, you will give priority to the BMD plugin in the corresponding application. Please restart the Premiere Pro and After Effects after applying this change.
Thanks to these checkboxes, you can easily switch between the two plugins to compare them !
Using the BRAW Studio Panel with the Blackmagic Plugin
Some features in the BRAW Studio Panel can be used with the Blackmagic Plugin and are free ! (No license needed).
The free feature concerned are :
Getting automatically the BRAW Metadata in the Project Panel
Correcting NTSC Timecodes in Premiere Pro
Helping tools in case of Timecode Shift issues
So you can install BRAW Studio, disable BRAW Studio plugins (see last section), and use the panel with the Blackmagic plugin for free !
The best way to keep both plugins
You should have no reason to prefer the Blackmagic Plugin if you have a BRAW Studio license, and so no reason to keep both installed. Now BRAW Studio is as fast as the Blackmagic plugin (sometimes faster !) and has more features. If you prefer the Blackmagic Plugin or need it, please contact us and tell us why !
In any case, it is better not to mix the two plugins, you might suffer from additional bugs or less features when having both plugins installed. For example "Reconnect Full Resolution" in Premiere Pro won't work anymore if you have BMD plugin installed whereas it's supposed to work natively with BRAW Studio. Also, sometimes files in After Effects can fail to import if the BMD plugin is installed.
That's why the best way for you to be able to use both plugins without conflicts is to move BMD plugin into the specific Plug-ins folder of your Adobe app. For example, if you're on Windows and want to use BMD for Premiere Pro 2020 and BRAW Studio for After Effects, you should move BMD plugin from C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore to this folder : C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro 2020\Plug-Ins.
Switch a full Premiere Pro Project between the 2 plugins
Warning : if you started one project with one plugin, we recommend you to continue and finish this project with the same plugin until we have a solid solution for transferring your projects. Anyway, if you really need to tweak your projects and take some risks, here's some good information to keep in mind :
If you open a project that used Blackmagic's plugin with BRAW Studio, the footage will be decoded with BRAW Studio but will return back to Camera Metadata mode and you will loose any custom RAW parameters you entered. It could also make Premiere Pro unstable (as you can see there will be two Source Settings, with BMD's Source Settings being "offline"). You could use .sidecar if you wish to save the RAW Settings. You should also remove all "Blackmagic RAW" effects on every braw source, because these effects could be unstable (= the Source Settings of the blackmagic plugin).
If you open a project that used BRAW Studio with Blackmagic's plugin, the footage won't work and you'll get an ugly green / red screen. Seems like Blackmagic didn't plan for that to happen and it is buggy. Premiere Pro might become unstable because of this, don't do it. Note : maybe Blackmagic fixed this issue since we have written the first version of this article
You can't use the "Replace Clip" feature to refresh a clip and switch from one plugin to another.
You can try to switch all .braw Clips of one project from one plugin to the other by exporting a FCP .XML and reimporting it into a fresh new project; However you will lose RAW parameters and not all features are supported (you can lose Effects, Text, Graphics layers etc.). In order to keep RAW parameters you should click Update Sidecar before the plugin switch and then click Load Sidecar.
Uninstalling Blackmagic Design's Blackmagic RAW plugin ?
Why would I want to uninstall Blackmagic Adobe plugins ?
If you have troubles with BRAW Studio, you could (and should) test if it is because of the Blackmagic plugin presence. We can't know how Premiere Pro will react in all different computers if the two plugins are installed at the same time. We already know it will prevent you from using "Reconnect Full Resolution" so we recommend uninstalling Blackmagic Adobe plugins.
You can uninstall Blackmagic RAW by downloading the installer and when running it, choose "Remove".
The problem with this method is that you will also remove the Blackmagic RAW Player and the thumbnail previewer and we recommend using them to improve your daily experience with .braw. In order to only remove Blackmagic RAW Adobe plugins, we added a checkbox in our own uninstaller for that.
You can also follow the manual uninstallation method to uninstall Blackmagic RAW plugins from Blackmagic Design (only the plugins for Adobe CC) : exit any Adobe software such as Premiere Pro, Media Encoder and After Effects. Then go to your MediaCore folder :
Windows : C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\7.0\MediaCore
Mac OSX : /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore
and remove the following :
BlackmagicRawAPI (whole folder)
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