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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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Things That Meditate (11 days ago)
2:30 is what i cam here for. 16min is just too much...
qarimanable (12 days ago)
Thanks alot sir
TimeAxisMedia (14 days 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?
Tyler (16 days ago)
Does this process degrade the footage?
TYO (18 days 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.
Kizae (20 days ago)
please dont do minutes of colorgrading on a workflow tutorial
APerson TV (26 days ago)
great vid. helped me out a ton
Adam Purcell (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I would love to see more videos from you on DaVinci Resolove. I like the way you explain thing clearly.
Exogen Design (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Video starts at 2:30
Anh Tran (2 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 (2 months ago)
Great great tutorial, thanks Daniel!
REMIX MACHI (2 months ago)
i want one help iam take a xml out from a Premiere Pro CC and i lode that xml out in resolve but it is not loded correctly the all clip where mismatch in the timeline how to solve this and place the clip correctly please help me please
NotAverageAfro (2 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 (2 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 OFFICIAL (3 months ago)
This video make me understand about how to use xml or aff thank you
Michael McCarron (3 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 (3 months ago)
i swaw 15 tutorials and found out much less then here ( about different things)
DVSM (4 months ago)
all you guys need in your life is jesus and davinci resolve
Gina Miller (4 months ago)
How do I import a After Effects project or template into Final Cut Pro?
Rose Ozkan (4 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 (4 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.
Lithian Haim (4 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 (4 months ago)
how you know someone never edited on media composer when they pronounce avid as "eivid".
Min Khat Aung (5 months ago)
thank for sharing
Lenart Kobal (5 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 (5 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...
I S R A (5 months ago)
what if you already have effects on your footages (ex. speed ramp, transitions, etc..) and you want to color grade it in davinci
AFF does not work AT ALL for me. I just get this message: "the selected compositemob is out of bound" wtf???
Who Am I (6 months ago)
would you please talk more slowly!!!??? Stop Speaking nuisance!!!!!!!
Hayhoe Studios (6 months ago)
Is it ok to export an export? What's the target bitrate you use for 5k video?
Mr.Future Technical (6 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 (7 months ago)
This isn't working with Adobe P CC 2018 & Resolve 12.5
Jonathan R (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
Thank you
Maredich Zinn (7 months ago)
many thanks, finally I start understandng Resolve
Rudy Ayoub (7 months ago)
the xml exported back to premiere loses the grade, whats the problem?
Rudy Ayoub (6 months ago)
Skek reD thanks
ich heisse Marvin (6 months ago)
you have to render it first
Portrait Mood (8 months ago)
nice work flow.. but what i do if my clients says remove one shots in clip and replace with other shots?
Tim White (8 months 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 (3 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 (6 months ago)
omg i was wondering this too
CV BLOG (8 months ago)
Does this work with proxies?
Arthur_AK (8 months 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 (9 months ago)
Great tutorial
Canberk SEZER (9 months ago)
too long for that video.
DIEGO VALLADARES (9 months 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 (9 months ago)
Currently I am running Premiere Pro CC 2018 and DaVinci Resolve and I followed your steps and I was consistently unsuccessful. Could it be the settings of the project or something else?
Reggie Bass (9 months ago)
Excellent! Thank You!
Victoria Films (9 months ago)
what if you ve worked with proxies on premiere? would Davinci still apply your color correction on the source ?
juanjo rojas yt' (9 months ago)
thanks brother i was searching a tutorial of this in spanish but there is none, your tutorial is excelent! thanks !! :D }
Patrick Levar (10 months ago)
So nice 👌🤓 thanks
Tetra Vine (10 months ago)
How you grade this video?
Lonzos Studios (10 months 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 (10 months 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 (10 months 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 (10 months ago)
thanks man :)
S Ch Mouli (10 months ago)
Super sir, good teaching.
K STUDIO FILM (10 months ago)
Very nice video Sir, Can i link Davinci Resolve with After effects ? Like same Premiere pro
JonSchwartzVisuals (10 months 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 (10 months ago)
hello Sir, Can I know about your OS system configuration. because your os is working very smoothly n fast
Tery Wilson-Filmmaker (11 months ago)
Thanks for this tutt.
Henrik van Walsum (11 months ago)
Normally, how/ why would XML be better than AAF, if it didn't mess it up?
Don Gerra Marco (11 months ago)
You resemble the youtuber who does art of the image https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtoftheImage
Don Gerra Marco (11 months ago)
i like this
Suraj Banerjee (11 months ago)
Plz lesson on Davinci resolve!
dbVault (11 months 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 :)
vinloc3854 orion3754 (1 year ago)
not working with Adobe CS6. Any suggestions?
ich heisse Marvin (6 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 (7 months ago)
thank you, very helpfull....I never undestood but now I do
Mateusz Oziabło (1 year ago)
What if i get error when exporting from premiere AAFRESULT_INSUFF_TRAN_MATERIAL?
Monster2R (1 year ago)
Might want to add a note during export to click render individual clips. I didn't see the setting and ended up with a .mov and no .AAF Unless I'm the only clunk head who doesn't know that lol
Leon Ho (1 year ago)
LM8 Records (1 year ago)
YOU TALK SOOOOO MUCH! cut it to the point dude .... people get bored of your annoying examples
James Brevard (1 year ago)
Don't mind this guy^^? Your tutes have been VERY helpful.
Ross Wilcox (1 year ago)
Dude, chill
tutvid (1 year ago)
Do I really have to change all the footage? What with a big project with diff foortage in difflines. Seams easy with just six clips..
deepjyoti ghosh (1 year ago)
Moldur (1 year ago)
thanks dude
John MacNeill (1 year ago)
Good work thanks. I really needed the help
Mathis Arnell (1 year ago)
My premiere edits get very complicated. I do a lot of scaling in shots, warp stabilizing, re framing etc. How on earth do I get all that into resolve? It's been years and I've never found a solution besides rendering out of premiere a single file and chopping it up in resolve.

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