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

Software Versions

DaVinci Resolve 11
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3 (must be 10.1.1 or later for XML import/export)

Media

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

Step 1 – Create ProRes 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 Quicktime.
Set Codec as Apple ProRes 422 LT.
Set Resolution to HD 1920×1080.
Check Export Audio.
Set Save As Use Source Filename.
Set Render To.
Add to Render Queue.

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Step 2 – FCP Import

Import ProRes proxy media into FCP.

Step 3 – FCP Export XML and Reference Video

Select Project and Export XML.

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Select Project and Share… Export File (set up ProRes 422 LT or as desired).

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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 Quicktime into Media Pool as Offline Reference Clip.

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Edit Page:

Import Final Cut Pro XML 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 ProRes 422 HQ (or format of choice) of Graded Shots for Round-Trip back to Final Cut Pro

Delivery Page:

Set Easy setup: Final Cut Pro XML Round-Trip.
Set Render to.
Add to Render Queue.

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Step 6 – FCP Import

Import Final Cut Pro XML file created by Resolve from the directory where the graded media files were rendered.

Notes:

Speed changes on the FCP timeline create corresponding linear time remapping on the clip in DaVinci Resolve when importing XML. Supported transitions will be applied and multiple tracks are supported

2 Comments

  1. This was amazingly, amazingly helpful getting my Digital Bolex footage working. I watched and read many tutorials before yours, but they would always lead me astray somewhere. Thanks to this, I’ve now successfully used Resolve to create proxy-sized dailies for FCPX, edited them, bounced the XML back to Resolve, colored, and bounced colored piece (now in ProRes 4444) back to FCPX for finishing. Synced sound even followed along without issue. For anyone reading, the steps here work flawlessly.

    • Wow! Thank you so much for the feedback! I am so glad it helped. Really, thank you for your kind words. I’ll be doing some Resolve 12 updates, although as far as this workflow is concerned nothing really changes with the new version. Be sure to follow my page on facebook, hopefully (depending on facebook’s ever changing page algorithm) you’ll be able to see when there’s new content. If you think you know any others that might benefit, please share it around. Thanks!

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