CinemaDNG files from the Black Magic Cinema Camera are large in file size and are not compatible with Premiere or Avid. Proxies are smaller, NLE-friendly files that are used just for editing. After the editing process is complete, proxies can be replaced with the RAW footage via XML or AAF roundtripping.

Making Proxies in DaVinci Resolve 10

  1. Ingest your BMCC footage using ShotPut Pro.
  2. Launch DaVinci Resolve 10 and select the proper user.
  3. Create a New Project using the “plus” icon.
    1. Right-click on your new project and click Config.
    2. Adjust the Playback frame rate to the recorded frame rate rounded to the nearest whole number. (eg. shot in 23.976, use 24)
    3. Under Conform Options, adjust Timecode calculated at to the exact frame rate (eg. 23.976). Click Apply, then exit out of the Config window.
    4. Open your project.
  4. Click DaVinci Resolve, then preferences to select the Media Storage.
    1. Click the plus icon.
    2. Navigate to the drive volume where the footage is.
    3. Choose the proper volume and click save.
    4. Save your project.
    5. Quit Resolve and reopen.
  5. Create a new Folder in the Media Pool according to mag. Create a new folder for each ingested mag.
    1. Click the plus icon and rename the new folder to the appropriate mag. (eg. BMCC-001-date-A-001-BMCC-RAW)
  6. Navigate to the folder where the footage is in the Library window.
    1. Select all the footage.
    2. Right-click and then Add into Media Pool.
    3. If your project settings were wrong in the beginning, you will be prompted to change them to match the media. Click Change.
  7. Click the EDIT tab to create a new timeline.
    1. Click the plus icon in Timelines, and name the timeline according to the folders in the media pool. Make a new timeline for each media folder.
    2. Select all the clips in your media pool folder, and right-click to Insert Selected Clips to Timeline.
  8. Click the COLOR tab to create a first light look.
    1. By default, your flat RAW footage has Rec.709 applied by Resolve.
    2.  Select one or all the clips.
  9. Click the Camera icon on the far left of the screen to adjust Camera Raw settings. This gives you the option to view your footage flat (BMD Film) or contrasty (Rec.709).
    1. Adjust Decode Using: Clip
    2. Adjust Color Space: BMD Film
    3. You may click the check icon in the bottom-right of the Camera Raw window to Apply settings to all selected clips.
  10. Click DELIVER to prepare to export proxies.
    1. For Adobe Premiere Pro
      1. Under Presets, in Easy setup, select Final Cut Pro XML Round-Trip.
      2. In Output, Codec is, select any of the QuickTime DNxHD options.
        1.  If you want to conserve hard drive space and are going to relink to the CinemaDNGs at the end, choose Quicktime DNXHD 1080p 36
        2. If you want high quality proxies or are never going to relink back to the CinemaDNGs, choose QuickTime DNxHD 1080p 220/185/175 10b
      3. Make sure your framerate is 23.976 (or 29.97)
      4. Adjust Set to video or data level: Unscaled full range data (for Premiere Pro on Windows)
      5. Click the Browse button to select the folder where you want to Render job to.
        1. Create a Proxies folder.
        2. Under Sub folder, name it according to the mag.
    2. For Avid Media Composer
      1. Under Presets, in Easy setup, select Avid AAF Round-Trip.
      2. Any of the MXF DNXHD 1080p codec settings will work.
        1.  If you want to conserve hard drive space and are going to relink to the CinemaDNGs at the end, choose MXF DNXHD 1080p 36 8b
        2. If you want high quality proxies or are never going to relink back to the CinemaDNGs, choose MXF DNxHD 1080p 220/185/175 10b
      3. Make sure the framerate is 23.976
      4. Click the Browse button to select the folder where you want to Render job to.
        1. Create a Proxies folder.
        2. Under Sub folder, name it according to the mag.
  11. Under Output Options, UNCHECK Render each clip with a unique filename.
  12. Add Job to Render Queue.
  13. Start Render.
  14. Export an XML or AAF
    1. Go back to the Edit tab
    2. Click File -> Export AAF, XML…
      1. Export it to a logical location and choose the proper Type of File , either XML or AAF