Tips For Getting Your Video Project In And Out Of DaVinci Resolve

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If you decide to do the color correction for your video project in DaVinci Resolve, you'll need to know how to get it in and out of the program. Here are some tips that will make the job easier for you.

Preparing Your XML File

The XML file is the document that tells Resolve what media your project uses and where all the in and out points are. You will need to clean your video sequence up before making it to help Resolve understand what is going on.

Duplicate your sequence in your editing program, and then start removing anything from the sequence that is not going to be color corrected. This includes graphics, name keys, and any other elements that will remain the same. You want your sequence to be the bare minimum, which will help eliminate potential mistakes that Resolve makes when importing the XML file.

Go through your sequence and start removing filters on your raw footage that may not translate properly to Resolve. This includes any temporary color corrections and garbage masks. You are going to be recreating all these in Resolve, so there is no need to take them with you when the program will not interpret them in the exact same way.

Convert any media so that it is unified in video codec and frame rate, since you will be working with native footage in Resolve. Bringing in a variety of different video files could cause problems with playback in Resolve, so make everything as close to the same video settings as possible. For example, freeze frames should be rendered as a movie file instead of a generated image in the editing program.

Finally, media manage your project so that just the essential files are all in one folder. Now you can make your XML from the new sequence with the media linked to the consolidated files.

Outputting Your Color Corrected Files

Don't make the mistake of exporting your color corrected video clips with the exact in and out points as they were in your original sequence. Revisions can happen at any time, and you want to give yourself some wiggle room when it comes to making changes. It is always a good idea to export each video clip with 1 second of heads and tails. This should give you enough room to add some extra frames onto a video clip if needed in the final cut of your video project.

For more tips, consider taking a DaVinci Resolve training course that will provide you with specific information related to doing the actual color correction process. 

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