Even though Apple only had words of praise for Blackmagic's Resolve at its iPad presentation, the Blackmagic RAW format (BRAW) and Final Cut Pro have not yet become best friends. Quite the opposite. Final Cut Pro still cannot handle the BRAW files of Blackmagic cameras and recorders.
There is already a tool called "Color Finale Transcoder", which in principle enables a RAW file import in Final Cut Pro. However, for 59 dollars, this extension chooses a not entirely irrelevant diversions via background transcoding, which is of course not as elegant as simply opening and editing the files in the media management and in the timeline.
But as is so often the case, an unexpected solution suddenly comes from a completely different corner, simply because a capable programmer has a need for a problem solution himself.
This resourceful programmer is Chris Hocking, who (also thanks to the freely available Blackmagic BRAW SDK) has now managed to develop a first version of a BRAW importer for Final Cut Pro.
According to Chris, he was bored waiting for Apple or Blackmagic to add BRAW support for Final Cut Pro, so he built something himself. The so-called "BRAW Toolbox" is to be released in the next two months. The programme should make it possible to import BRAW files natively with audio and full metadata into Final Cut Pro.
There is to be a first public beta in November. Earlier projects by Chris Hocking were based on the open source idea with Git distribution and a call for donations. However, it is not yet clear whether the BRAW Toolbox will not ultimately be a paid tool.
Chris wants to inform about the further steps of the development via his Twitter channel. In any case, the first demo screens look promising.