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September 28, 2012 /Region of Interest /

CinemaDNG in After Effects CS6 (and elsewhere)

[UPDATE: The CinemaDNG Technology Center page has been updated with the CinemaDNG specification, example files, and other materials for those interested in working with this format.]

A recent post on the Adobe Labs blog seems to have confused many people with this sentence:

“The Cinema DNG Initiative has been discontinued and is no longer hosted on Adobe Labs.”

What this is intending to communicate is simply that the experimental plug-in for CinemaDNG for Premiere Pro CS5.5 was removed from the Adobe Labs website. The CinemaDNG format continues to be an open format, and its development is not limited to Adobe. We moved the specification and other materials from the Adobe Labs area of the Adobe website to the Adobe Developer Center area of the Adobe website.

CinemaDNG files can still be opened by any current Adobe application that includes the Camera Raw plug-in for importing DNG files. This includes After Effects and Photoshop. Also, we just issued a bug-fix update for SpeedGrade that makes it work better with CinemaDNG files.

[UPDATE: The Adobe Labs team has corrected their blog post to make the above more clear.]

Here’s a post by Philip Bloom showing how to use some CinemaDNG test footage from the BlackMagic Cinema camera in Photoshop. Here’s a screenshot of me using the same footage in After Effects CS6:

One question that we’ve been seeing a lot–especially since the recent announcements of a couple of cameras–is why Premiere Pro doesn’t import CinemaDNG files. The answer is simply that we have not been satisfied with the performance that we have been able to achieve with CinemaDNG files in Premiere Pro, in which real-time playback is crucial. If it’s important to you that we add native import of CinemaDNG footage into Premiere Pro, please let us know with a feature request so that we can get a sense of whether this is an area where we need to put more effort. We really do value those feature requests.

In the meantime, of course, you can use After Effects to transcode your CinemaDNG footage to something that you can edit with in Premiere Pro.

For information about the CinemaDNG specification and how this format is being developed, see the resources linked to from the CinemaDNG Technology Center page and the CinemaDNG page on Wikipedia.

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