Cinematographer & Filmmaker
Corey Steib
How to work with raw files in post
by Corey Steib on January 30th, 2017

As the use of 4K and other applications are becoming the norm on many productions, so is shooting in raw. So first what is a raw?

A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film scanner. Raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor.

Normally, the image is processed by a raw converter in a wide-gamut internal colors pace where precise adjustments can be made before conversion to a "positive" file format such as TIFF or JPEG for storage, printing, or further manipulation. This often encodes the image in a device-dependent color space. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of raw formats in use by different models of digital equipment (like cameras or film scanners).
The go to system to handle your raw files is DaVinci Resolve By BlackMagic. But what if you have an older computer (like myself) which can't handle resolve. Well have no fear as I have a solution for you. Since my camera can't handle it as it's an 2009 iMac I had to come up with an alternative for my raw Cinema DNG files. Their is this beautiful thing called Adobe LightRoom which you would normally use for still photos, but since their is no wrap around for dng files it creates individual images. I have created two videos which give you step by step instructions on how to edit and import your images over to Final Cut Pro X. 
if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or hit me up on twitter.

Posted in Black Magic Cameras, RAW, Tips    Tagged with RAW, Compressed Raw, raw files, editing raw files, editing raw, cinema dng


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