Premiere Pro To DaVinci Resolve Round Trip Workflow

If you are not too keen on the idea of editing, color correcting, finishing and delivering your projects by using only one platform such as the recently-released DaVinci Resolve 12 as the ultimate all-in-one solution, you can still stick to your favourite editing NLE of choice whether it’s a Premiere Pro or Apple FCP X and use the powerful colour grading features of the new Resolve separately by sending your media files once your edit is finally locked.

Yet, many people struggle when they need to move their projects from one platform to another (or “round trip” as it’s more commonly referred), so in the following video tutorial Andrew Davis demonstrates a simple and straightforward workflow on how to get it right and also explains some of the common mistakes people make when moving both media and edits between Premiere Pro and Resolve.

The easiest part in the process is exporting your timeline from Premiere Pro. Simply choose your timeline, navigate to File, Export and select either AAF or Final Cut XML option. After saving your XML or AAF file on your computer head on over to Resolve. Before importing the XML file you’ve just generated, you need to make sure that all the media drives that store your project files are associated inside the platform.

If you are a Mac user there is a button in the Preferences Panel that will do this for you automatically, however on PC you should add manually all the media drives by clicking on the plus button at the bottom of the window. Then you can import the XML file either in the Media or Edit Page.

Furthermore, on the Media Page in Resolve go to File and select Import AAF, EDL, XML…This will open all the associated media files with this project directly in the Media Pool. Alternatively, on the Edit Page right-click in the Media Pool, navigate to Import, select XML, AAF, EDL, XML and point the XML file you want to import. When the dialogue box opens up there are a few more options you can change on the fly, however in most of the time, it will be just OK if you leave all the default settings as they are.


At last but not least, always make sure that you double-check your media files once you’ve opened your project in Resolve. Unfortunately, there are certain occasions when things may go wrong so you should be prepared for this type of scenarios as well.

No matter how organised your workflow is, chances are, eventually, you will stumble upon some unexpected issues while round tripping so always keep that note in mind.

[source: Andrew Devis YouTube Channel]

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