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I’ve just recently finished grading a music video in Davinci Resolve 10, and whilst I’ve usually had no problem taking timelines across from Adobe Premiere CC this one had some cause for head scratching. I had shot the video on my BMCC across the last few sunny days in November, to test the dynamic range of the camera. A lot of music videos have different frame rates and shutter speeds for visual effect, so I shot this video at 30fps and set Premiere to conform the footage to 23.976fps. This involves giving the performers a faster mix at least a week in advance of the shoot so they can practice, this mix was 125% faster. The effect is a pleasing slow motion dream like feel to the video.

I exported the XML and loaded it into Resolve, and immediately the timeline broke. After setting the frame rates again to 23.976 the edit failed to restore itself, and after a fresh XML import. The work around? (time friendly of course) export a flat ProRes file for the entire video and scene detect the cuts inside Resolve.

The alternative would have been to bring across a full length file of the edit, drop it in a video lane above the footage and go through the entire video correcting any issues. This in itself is a good ‘best practice’ anyway, but in this particular case the video was completely screwed up beyond repair. Impossible to rebuild in Resolve…

I’ve also been slowly archiving older projects over the last couple of months (I need a Drobo or similar at some point, but I’m putting off the purchase!), and exporting a graded and non graded ProRes file seems to be the only guaranteed way of revisiting older projects. I’ve also had trouble reloading older CS6 projects with altered fps on the timeline, thankfully for now the older CS6 apps are still available on Adobe’s cloud service.

Here are some frame grabs from Resolve…

GTR grabs_1.8.1 GTR cover GTR grabs_2.1.2 GTR grabs_1.19.1 GTR grabs_1.72.1 GTR grabs_1.50.1 GTR grabs_2.1.1