A step-by-step tutorial guide to a Avid Resolve round trip workflow using 4K CinemaDNG RAW media.

Software Versions

DaVinci Resolve 11
Avid Media Composer 8.2

Media

4K CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 media (Blackmagic Design URSA)

Step 1 – Create DNxHD MXF Proxies (DaVinci Resolve)

Create a new project and import CinemaDNG media into Media Pool.

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Check and set correct Camera RAW settings in Project Settings for CinemaDNG.

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Select all clips in Media Pool and apply 3D LUT – “Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Film to Rec709”.

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Edit Page:

Select all clips in Media Pool and “Create Timeline Using Selected Clips” and ensure “Use Selected Mark In/Out” is unchecked.

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Delivery Page:

Set Render Timeline as Individual Source Clips.
Set Video Format as MXF.
Set Codec as DNxHD 1080p 220/185/175 8-Bit.
Check Export Audio.
Set Save As Use Source Filename.
Set Render To.
Add to Render Queue.

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Render.

Step 2 – Avid Import MXF Workaround

Create a new folder inside Avid MediaFiles/MXF (eg Avid MediaFiles/MXF/2).
Copy all proxy MXF files into folder.
Start Avid Media Composer and create New Project.
Avid will index the folder and create a new file “msmMMOB.mdb”.

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Create a new bin and drag the “msmMMOB.mdb” file from Finder into the bin.

Step 3 – Avid Export AAF and Reference Video

Select the Sequence and Export AAF file for conform.

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Export Sequence as Quicktime H264 clip.

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Step 4 – DaVinci Resolve Conform

Create a new project and import CinemaDNG media into Media Pool.

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Check and set correct Camera RAW settings in Project Settings for CinemaDNG.

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Import Reference H264 Quicktime into Media Pool as Offline Reference Clip.

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Edit Page:

Import Avid AAF and uncheck “Automatically import source clips into media pool”.

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Right click conform timeline and “Link offline reference clip” to imported reference clip.

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Check conform shot by shot, cut by cut.

Step 5 – Render Avid DNxHD Graded Shots with AAF for Round-Trip back to Avid Media Composer

Delivery Page:

Set Easy setup: Avid AAF Round-Trip Set Render to Add to Render Queue.

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Step 6 – Avid Import MXF Workaround

Create a new folder inside Avid MediaFiles/MXF (eg Avid MediaFiles/MXF/3).
Copy all proxy MXF files into folder.
Start Avid Media Composer and open Project Avid will index the new folder and create a new file “msmMMOB.mdb”.
Create a new bin for graded media and drag the “msmMMOB.mdb” file from Finder into the bin.
Import the new AAF created by Resolve from the directory where the graded MXF files were rendered.

Notes:

Timewarp effect:

Avid timewarp time remapping effect creates a corresponding linear time remapping on the clip in DaVinci Resolve when importing AAF. Supported transitions will be applied and multiple tracks are supported.

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