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Roundtrip Premiere Pro to Davinci Resolve Color Grading Workflow

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In this video editing tutorial, we’ll cover how to use Davinci Resolve to color grade a project that has been edited in Premiere Pro. We can export AAF or XML from Premiere and import a full project directly into Davinci Resolve to take advantage of it’s amazing color grading power and then export that AAF or XML right back into Premiere Pro so we can finish adding titles, captions, finishing transitions, cut tweaks, and more before exporting the finished movie, film, or YouTube video. It really is an amazing workflow and allows you to use the incredible power of Davinci Resolve without fear or worry on your next video editing project! Check out Davinci Resolve Lite here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve Written Premiere tutorial: http://bit.ly/2hXZxf5 Pick up my image retouching tutorial package ($27) right here: http://tutvid.com/retouching-photos-photoshop/ INSTAGRAM, SNAPCHAT, & MORE: http://instagram.com/tutvid http://twitter.com/tutvid https://www.facebook.com/tutvid 👻 tutvid.com CREDITS: Social Icons in outro: http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/six-social-networking-icons-with-infographic-resources_982300.htm
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Emil Hultling (7 hours ago)
I’m a little iffy about the copy/paste part.
i think it only import the still rraw image if you doing raw??
Yoqora (1 month ago)
Very helpful Tutorial!
Liam Ellis (2 months ago)
Super helpful tutorial ma man, many thanks!
Алексей (2 months ago)
Шило в жопе чтоли
Francesco Tasselli (2 months ago)
Very inaccurate tutorial, and among other things spoken too fast so seem cool. But the main weakness of the workflow proposed is that when you import the graded clips in Premiere in this way there is a clear changement of the colors setted in Davinci.
Ramon Bannister (3 months ago)
So, I'm watching this when both apps have gone through multiple updates (Premiere 2019, Davinci 15 which has animation and audio editing windows now). I think, THINK, the xml issue has been resolved. Even so, my question is, what if I want to do an animation within Premiere w/ multiple videos in 1 screen? (I'd need to do that b4 color grading so I know what works and what doesn't in the edit.) Will the animation data not be recognized by Davinci? I suppose I'll answer that myself in the next couple days, lol.
Alberto Varet Pascual (3 months ago)
Hi! Just a question: if you have worked on Premiere but also linked some of the images to After Effects, how can you like the whole project later to Resolve? 'Cause I have a message like 'Translation Report/Please check the FCP Translation Results report (saved next to the xml file) for possible issues encountered during translation'. Thanks!
Brian (3 months ago)
Isn't there some quality loss with this workflow? You're exporting graded clips in DNxHR 444 and then importing to Premiere only to export again for the deliverable. Doesn't that make the footage even more lossy?
Stastro (4 months ago)
Great explanation of the trip!
PLBLK (4 months ago)
Its good practice to, finish your edit, then grade, then mix the audio, then combine the stereo L&R Wav finished audio with the master finished grade either in the software you used to grade or the audio software and export. (also its AH-Vid not AY-Vid)
Things That Meditate (5 months ago)
2:30 is what i cam here for. 16min is just too much...
qarimanable (5 months ago)
Thanks alot sir
TimeAxisMedia (5 months ago)
Question please....in Premier, I've done a number of tweaks such as gaussian blurs, artificial zooms and movements, opacity, etc. How is that going to work when I bring back the files from DR? Won't it all be lost?
Francis Tapiador (3 months ago)
you need to arrange it first in premiere then export to da vinci then go back to premiere then you can now continue the edit i think
Mayk Brito (4 months ago)
I wanna know this
Tyler (5 months ago)
Does this process degrade the footage?
THEOWULF (5 months ago)
Why is it that the colors look different from Divinci to Premiere? Pause at 7:57 (your final color grade). Then go to when it's in Premiere 13:17. The shadows are totally washed out. Look at the lines on the guy's shirt. You can hardly make them out in Divinci but you can see everything in Premiere. It is not because the picture is smaller because the same thing is happening to me on my project and I'm having the same problems. Please help.
who. else (2 months ago)
has to do with his Da Vinci Export. I get weird colors when I export from Resolve, usually when it's 10bit file.
Mayk Brito (4 months ago)
yeah.. I noticed that too
Kizae (5 months ago)
please dont do minutes of colorgrading on a workflow tutorial
APerson TV (5 months ago)
great vid. helped me out a ton
Adam Purcell (5 months ago)
This doesn’t explain how to do a proper reconform in Premiere in the event I’ve been working with smaller proxy files that also have a ton of effects that need to be preserved, like a bunch of picture in picture effects, for example. In Avid for example, I’m able to do a high-effects edit with low resolution transcodes at 1080p, send an EDL to Resolve whereby all of my selects are colored and then rendered with handles at the original native framerate and aspect ratio. I can then in Avid, “decompose” the offline edit whereby a new sequence is made with unlinked clips, change to a UHD format for finishing, and point the unlinked sequence to the rendered color files, and then voila... I now have a sequence in Avid where every effect and modification is perfectly maintained, not just the in and out points. Can Premiere do that?
D Rogers (6 months ago)
I would love to see more videos from you on DaVinci Resolove. I like the way you explain thing clearly.
Exogen Design (6 months ago)
Davinci Resolve is probably the best Grading software ever created I love premiere pro, but in terms of color grading specially those corrective lut for each camera, I was so dumbfounded and struggling looking for noise reduction profile for my mavic pro because the flickering and noise are just to noticeable, but then in davinci i color graded it and added a corrective lut from dji and the output was way nicer and the quality was better too, having both of these program are just really a must.
Shoreline 7 (6 months ago)
I really apriciate ur tuts they are so good and you explain so well one of the best on the tube tbh keep it up :) and yes lets dive in to davinci
Richard Butler (6 months ago)
Video starts at 2:30
Anh Tran (7 months ago)
It does not work for me, when I use slow motion on clips. Pr Pro CC2017 and Davinci resolve 14. Do exactly the same but when I import back Pr, it does not play as slow motion.
Yetcop Rendón (7 months ago)
Great great tutorial, thanks Daniel!
NotAverageAfro (7 months ago)
Now that they both work, what you export too will depend largerly on what the original files you're working with are anyway. If you filmed on an ARRI or a Canon then You'll probs be working with MXFs so you'll want to export out of Resolve as MXFs
Subhasis Mukherjee (7 months ago)
Was not getting any audio even with the highest volume in 5.1. Had to reset my speaker in stereo mode and its now audible.
sokpiseth (8 months ago)
This video make me understand about how to use xml or aff thank you
Michael McCarron (8 months ago)
Are there any tricks to doing this with clips of different resolutions? say 1080p a-cam and 4k drone shots? I've tried this method and it seems to be messed up
Shine Like no other (8 months ago)
i swaw 15 tutorials and found out much less then here ( about different things)
DVSM (9 months ago)
all you guys need in your life is jesus and davinci resolve
DVSM (11 days ago)
Wtf is wrong with you? You just responded to your own comment that you have written half a year earlier....
DVSM (3 months ago)
wow you are so enlightened and wise! <3
Gina Miller (9 months ago)
How do I import a After Effects project or template into Final Cut Pro?
Rose Ozkan (9 months ago)
Great Video Tutvid! Thank you. Does XML work right now? This clip was 1.5 year ago. So what are the updates on that? Of course i can look it up online :D but since you know the issue first hand and i heard it from you, i thought first to ask you. :) Thank you.
Michael Frymus (9 months ago)
I import XML into Resolve and it says clips not found and the media is offline. The clips that are 24p are fine. But i shoot a lot of 120p and it just doesnt work.
Moon Striker (9 months ago)
That's not how Davinci opens AAF at all for me. It pops up a window titled "choose a source timeline name"... and when I choose one it only imports that one clip instead of the whole project. It's a complete failure.
lazar razal (9 months ago)
how you know someone never edited on media composer when they pronounce avid as "eivid".
Min Khat Aung (10 months ago)
thank for sharing
Lenart Kobal (10 months ago)
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! Top :D
why are u talking so fast? do u know that ur diction sucks?
soloalpinist (10 months ago)
The content of your videos is great... but why do you have to talk SO fast??? It makes it very difficult to follow along...
Sebastian von Wachenfeldt (10 months ago)
AFF does not work AT ALL for me. I just get this message: "the selected compositemob is out of bound" wtf???
Who Am I (11 months ago)
would you please talk more slowly!!!??? Stop Speaking nuisance!!!!!!!
Hayhoe Studios (11 months ago)
Is it ok to export an export? What's the target bitrate you use for 5k video?
True Prints (11 months ago)
if these firstly are the proxy files in premeire then how will be the workflow go... please tell me is we have to make online means replace to original files in premeire pro for jumping in davinci for color grading..........
Pierre Verna (1 year ago)
This isn't working with Adobe P CC 2018 & Resolve 12.5
Jonathan R (1 year ago)
Without using resolve, I have color corrected in Premiere, but now I’m having an issue when I go to export a file as H.264 4K , I get banding visible in the export that wasn’t visible in the preview window of Premiere. I’m assuming this has to do with compression but mostly bit depth. I think? Can anyone help with this?
faez salamat (1 year ago)
Thank you
Maredich Zinn (1 year ago)
many thanks, finally I start understandng Resolve
Rudy Ayoub (1 year ago)
the xml exported back to premiere loses the grade, whats the problem?
Rudy Ayoub (11 months ago)
Skek reD thanks
ich heisse Marvin (11 months ago)
you have to render it first
Portrait Mood (1 year ago)
nice work flow.. but what i do if my clients says remove one shots in clip and replace with other shots?
Tim White (1 year ago)
This doesnt seem to support time-remapped clips, or 120fps clips in a 24p sequence. Any suggestions to fix that? Would you be stuck to mixdown video?
Zafn Plus (8 months ago)
hopefully you know by now ha! If you import the AAF timeline you should be able to readjust each clips attributes (right click on source files) and you can change the frame rate to whatever is needed. If you interpreted the clips as 24fps in premiere from 120fps source clips you can change it from custom frame rate (by default) back to 24 and the clips should line up in the davinci timeline. Hope that helps!
Tim White (11 months ago)
omg i was wondering this too
CV BLOG (1 year ago)
Does this work with proxies?
Arthur_AK (1 year ago)
When I imprt it, it doesn't show up that menu type a thing, and I get error "The selected CompositeMob index is out of bound." Win10, CC18, Resolve 14
Kevin Eaton Films (1 year ago)
Great tutorial
Canberk SEZER (1 year ago)
too long for that video.
DIEGO VALLADARES (1 year ago)
good tutorial greetings from ecuador. you can make a tutorial to send the files edited in multicam in premier and color in davinci
Arsenio Alvarez (1 year ago)
Currently I am running Premiere Pro CC 2018 and DaVinci Resolve 14.2.1.007 and I followed your steps and I was consistently unsuccessful. Could it be the settings of the project or something else?
Reggie Bass (1 year ago)
Excellent! Thank You!
Victoria Films (1 year ago)
what if you ve worked with proxies on premiere? would Davinci still apply your color correction on the source ?
juanjo rojas yt' (1 year ago)
thanks brother i was searching a tutorial of this in spanish but there is none, your tutorial is excelent! thanks !! :D }
Patrick Levar (1 year ago)
So nice 👌🤓 thanks
Tetra Vine (1 year ago)
How you grade this video?
Lonzos Studios (1 year ago)
none of these technique seems to work for a real project...works if you just chop up an clip for tutorial purposes, but not for a  real project...all kinds of errors and missing files error...
ol (1 year ago)
Hey man thanks for this. Can I ask you something? Is there a way I can include my pre-grading I did in premiere with Curves in this?
Rain.Monkey (1 year ago)
Absolutely brilliant, thank you so much.  Excellent presenting style focusing on exactly what a user wants to know.  Never used Resolve before, now I'm excited to start learning.
Francesco Paggiaro (1 year ago)
thanks man :)
S Ch Mouli (1 year ago)
Super sir, good teaching.
K STUDIO FILM (1 year ago)
Very nice video Sir, Can i link Davinci Resolve with After effects ? Like same Premiere pro
JonSchwartzVisuals (1 year ago)
I have followed your directions exactly and when I export my aaf from Premiere and bring it into Davinci it adjusts some of my cuts...Say for instance I have a cut 47 frames in, Davinci does two things. It uses a different section of the clip, and would cut say for instance at 43 frames in. Does anyone else have a similar issue? Of course the 47 frames and 43 frames are just examples. Seems like it is ignoring my cuts from Premiere.
Deepak Bhadauria (1 year ago)
hello Sir, Can I know about your OS system configuration. because your os is working very smoothly n fast
Tery Wilson-Filmmaker (1 year ago)
Thanks for this tutt.
Henrik van Walsum (1 year ago)
Normally, how/ why would XML be better than AAF, if it didn't mess it up?
Don Gerra Marco (1 year ago)
You resemble the youtuber who does art of the image https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtoftheImage
Don Gerra Marco (1 year ago)
i like this
Suraj Banerjee (1 year ago)
Plz lesson on Davinci resolve!
D2Sims (1 year ago)
For some reason when I import it to resolve, my cuts are off. Like the end of every clip is cutting off. Does this happen to anyone else?
Debbie Vu (1 year ago)
I need some help please. I've fully edited my video having done basic color correction through Premiere but when I try to export it as AAF, it tells me that: "Cannot export video effect "AE.ADBE Three-Way Color Corrector" (Sequence: "Rough Cut", Video Track: "Video 1" (#1), Position: 147, Time: 00:00:06:03) because it is not supported. Effect was ignored." Please help me. Thanks in advance!!
Ita Liano (1 year ago)
does xml work now?
Beatrice Aliné (1 year ago)
Heya there, thx for making this tutorial. Sadly i cannot export bugfree AAF because i use Mirroring- & Timelapseedits on my footage - therefore if i try to load the information into Davinci it cannot connect media, even if i tell the program in which folder the footage is... is there a workaround for this?
Ryan Payne (1 year ago)
I'm not sure how to fix your problem, there may be an easy fix out there. But what you can do is to make a note of each clip you used in the edit. Import each into resolve, colour them and render them out but make sure it's set to use the same name as the original file name. Then you can just swap out the original files for the coloured version with the same name into the folder where premiere believes the footage is. It should just assume the new clips are the old ones. Downsides are that it's harder to see a direct side by side of your edits to see if each shot matches correctly and instead of only rendering a part of the clip you need to render the entire thing which will take longer.
VIdeo tip! The process of conforming from proxy files in Premiere to full res in DaVinci.
Summer Anderson (1 year ago)
What about working with proxies? I want to edit proxies in Premiere then roundtrip then reconnect to original files for hi res export. Will the new color grade apply to the reconnected files?
Federico La Tona (1 year ago)
Perfect tutorial! Thank you so much! Most helpful!
Azeem Charania (1 year ago)
what if I have used twixtor or another transition preset, Does AAF or EDL supports it?
Paul Pictures (1 year ago)
Awesome! Thanks very much :)
KING OF ENTERTAINMENT (1 year ago)
good
vinloc3854 orion3754 (1 year ago)
not working with Adobe CS6. Any suggestions?
ich heisse Marvin (11 months ago)
only use resolve instead of premiere:) It got even much better now with the new release of version 15.
Alex Ball (1 year ago)
can any on please tell me why i get a frozen footage at the end of each clip when going back to premier from davinci?
barış tandoğan (1 year ago)
this video saved me so much time thank you man!!
Goutham P Panicker (1 year ago)
nested file not working.
Sebastian Nieves (1 year ago)
"Get it! Got it! Good!"
Jay Weinman (1 year ago)
Thanks for the tutorials! I'm having a problem bringing a 59.94fps project that was color corrected in the DaVinci Resolve back into Premiere Pro. Premiere keeps converting it to 29.97. How do I fix this?
Harbour Media (1 year ago)
Finally, I actually got a timeline in without it breaking. Thanks man!
Photography Guru (1 year ago)
This is a nice workflow but sir I've problems when I using wrap stabilizer,twixtor in Premier Pro . After color grading the stabilize and slow motion are gone. can you give me a solution?
Kerry Glennon (1 year ago)
DaVinci can't work with baked in effects like speed ramping/warp stabilizer. You need to grade in resolve before you add effects back over in Premiere Pro
akbar tirkamoon (1 year ago)
what about after effect? whats the best export format from after effect to resolve?
thanks man
Boxman Media (1 year ago)
this all works fine until I got ot replace the original clips wit the graded clips and then the audio is out of sync, even though everyhings in the same position. help please
Kev Kuehnl (1 year ago)
The King in the North!
Chris Bretz (1 year ago)
Thanks for your efforts, great to have clear instruction. I have Prem Pro CC2017 and the titles don't export to Resolve - you get an error "clips not found" and they appear as red "media offline" clips. I'm new with it all, is that normal?
Chris Bretz (1 year ago)
I exported in AAF
somethingtowatch (1 year ago)
thanks dude!  Does this mean if I'm grading a feature, it will export thousands of AAFs? (for each shot)
Joey Baron (1 year ago)
What about transitions? Or effects?
Maredich Zinn (1 year ago)
thank you, very helpfull....I never undestood but now I do

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