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Davanci Resolve 12 Round Tripping with XML and Adobe Premiere Pro

For the past few weeks, I’ve been scouring the internet, calling Black Magic Design and the Resolve support staff and reading endless forums trying to find an answer on how to do a simple, yet effective roundtrip workflow from Davanci Resolve to Adobe Premiere Pro CC then Resolve for final color then Premiere for final editing – and yet I never found one. So, I sat down and kept trying different solutions until I had it figured out and mapped out.

I use the Sony FS700 with the Odyssey 7Q and often record to Cinema DNG format.

Here is what I found to work with pictures below:

1. Import DNGs in to Resolve
2. Basic Trimming on clips to save space and time when exporting proxies
3. Basic Color Correction (optional)
4. Deliver – Set to Round Trip to Final Cut, and export as DNxHD
**36mb/sec if your computer can’t handle editing anything more than that**
5. In Resolve, go back to Edit and export XML of the Timeline and save to same place as the exported files
6. Open PPro and Import XML
7. Do basic blocking and tackling for edits in PPro
**Keep in mind time remapping (rate stretch still works though), nests, PPro titles, AE comps and various effects may not transfer back to Resolve for your trip back there. Keep things simple for this, and be sure to move everything down as close to one track of video if possible.**
8. Export XML from PPro
9. Import XML in Resolve and uncheck “auto import”
10. Do your final grades to each clip
11. Deliver – Set to QuickTime Uncompressed 10bit RGB (these will be massive files)
12. In PPro – right click on folder of proxied footage and select “Make Offline”, then right click again and “Link Media” to the selected destination where you saved your final graded clips.
13. Turn on VFX, titles, AE comps, nests, time ramps, etc.

Step-1---Import-DNGs-to-Resolve1: Import DNGs in to Resolve and create a timeline

Step-2---Trim-clips-to-approriate-length2. Trim your clips to save time and space when you export proxies. You don’t have to if you want to retain the entire clip for editing.

Step-3---Apply-light-color-correction3. Do a light color correction on the image if you’d like, so you’re not staring at boring, dull footage during your editing session.

Step-4---Exporting-Proxies4. Export Proxies. Be sure to set the Render Settings to “Export to Final Cut Pro”. This will give your clips the reel and version numbers that will later correlate to your DNGs.

Step-5---Exporting-XML-from-Resolve-Timeline5. Export XML from your Resolve Timeline. Be sure to select “XML Files” not the FCPXML, those won’t work in Premiere.

Step-6---Importing-XML-in-PPro6. Start a new Premiere Project and Import your XML

Step-7---Do-your-basic-edits7. Do your basic blocking and tackling edits, etc. so you know what clips you’ll be working with for final color.

Step-8---Export-XML-from-PPro8. Export XML from Premiere


9. Import XML in to Resolve. Be sure to uncheck the Auto Import clips


10. All your edits should be there and lined up.

Step-11---Exporting-High-Rez-Final-Graded-Clips11. Exporting your final clips for final editing. Leave your Render Settings Preset to “None”. I generally use the QuickTime Format and the Uncompressed RGB 10-Bit Codec for my finals.

Step-12---Make-Proxies-Offline12. Go back in to PPro and Select the folder that your clips are in, right click, and hit “Make Offline”

Step-13---Relink-Media-to-Graded-Clips13. Click on that same folder and hit “Link Media”. This will replace all your proxy clips with the full quality, uncompressed clips


14. Pretty simple step, finding your footage in your “Graded” folder. Find one, and you’ll find them all. 

Step-15---All-Finished15. Yay! You have fully graded, high quality clips in PPro and you’re ready to make little tweaks if needed.