XML is a fantastic way to get your cut project from your Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro to Resolve. XML preserves all the edits and uses your original media for grading, thus avoiding the massive one movie scene detector workflow.

Another advantage to XML is the ability to tweak cuts. Within the Conform tab in Resolve, users can extend edits and replace clips, thus allowing minimal changes after picture lock.

If you’re working with REDCODE, skip down to the Resolve XML guide for XML workflow for RED. Resolve will automatically link to your 4k R3D files instead of the ProRes proxy

Resolve XML workflow for non RED Material

  1. Export XML From your NLE
  2. Launch Resolve and set your Media Storage Volumes
    1. Open DaVinci Resolve from the dock
    2. Click DaVinci Resolve on the top taskbar and go to Preferences
    3. Add your video location by clicking the + button under Media Storage Volumes and adding your hard drive with the footage
    4. If you are at the Color suite
      1. Set your Video Capture Hardware to Intensity Pro
      2. Set your Control Panel Type to Tangent Devices Wave
    5. Click Save
    6. Quit the App and Relaunch
  3. Prep your project for XML
    1. Click your user
    2. Create a new Project
      1. Click the config tab at the bottom
      2. Click the add button under Project List on the bottom left and give it a logical name
  4. Import your XML Into Resolve
    1. Click the Conform tab at the bottom
    2. In the Timeline Management pane, click load to import your XML
    3. Choose a file to Import window will launch, so navigate to your XML file and click Open
    4. Load XML… window will pop up, so do the following
      1. Next to Import Session:, choose the proper timeline that you want to color grade
      2. Make sure Automatically set project settings is checked
      3. Make sure Automatically import source clips into media pool is checked
      4. Click ok
  5. Click the Color tab and begin grading
  6. Render out your project
  7. If your project is interlaced, Click the Config tab and make sure enable video field processing is checked under Timeline Format
    1. While In the Color tab, on the top taskbar, click Session -> Render to launch the Render window. NOTE, sometimes you need to click Render multiple times because the window glitches and doesn’t launch
    2. In the Render Window, choose the following settings
      1. Easy Setup: should be FCP XML Round-Trip
      2. Frame Rate: should match your sequence settings, like 23.98. Never choose 24, 30 or 60.
      3. Make sure the Output Size: matches your sequence settings
      4. For Output Type:, choose QuickTime Apple ProRes 422
      5. If your project was interlaced, make sure Enable video field rendering is checked
      6. Next to Destination Path, click Browse and choose the folder containing your project
      7. In the box next to Destination Suffix, type in DaVinci_Resolve_Renders, you’ll get a message saying you might overwrite footage, just click ok
      8. Click Render to being rendering the material
  8. Immediately save your project
  9. Export XML from Resolve
    1. Click the Conform tab
    2. In the Timeline Management pane, click export to import your XML
  10. Import the XML into your NLE of choice

Resolve XML workflow for RED

  1. Export XML From your NLE
  2. Launch Resolve and set your Media Storage Volumes
    1. Open DaVinci Resolve from the dock
    2. Click DaVinci Resolve on the top taskbar and go to Preferences
    3. Add your video location by clicking the + button under Media Storage Volumes and adding your hard drive with the footage
    4. If you are at the Color suite
      1. Set your Video Capture Hardware to Intensity Pro
      2. Set your Control Panel Type to Tangent Devices Wave
    5. Click Save
    6. Quit the App and Relaunch
  3. Prep your project for XML
    1. Click your user
    2. Create a new Project
      1. Click the config tab at the bottom
      2. Click the add button under Project List on the bottom left and give it a logical name
  4. Add your media into the Media Pool
    1. Click the Browse tab on the bottom
    2. Click the storage folder containing your R3D mags under media storage
    3. Find the folder containing all your R3D mags under Clip Details’, right click it and click Add Folder and SubFolders into media pool
  5. Import your XML Into Resolve
    1. Click the Conform tab at the bottom
    2. In the Timeline Management pane, click load to import your XML
    3. Choose a file to Import window will launch, so navigate to your XML file and click Open
    4. Load XML… window will pop up, so do the following
      1. Next to Import Session:, choose the proper timeline that you want to color grade
      2. Make sure Automatically set project settings is NOT checked
      3. Make sure Automatically import source clips into media pool is NOT checked
      4. Click ok
  6. Click the Color tab and begin grading
  7. Render out your project
    1. While In the Color tab, on the top taskbar, click Session -> Render to launch the Render window. NOTE, sometimes you need to click Render multiple times because the window glitches and doesn’t launch
    2. In the Render Window, choose the following settings
      1. Easy Setup: should be FCP XML Round-Trip
      2. Frame Rate: should match your sequence settings, like 23.98. Never choose 24, 30 or 60.
      3. Make sure the Output Size: matches your sequence settings, should be 4096 * 2048 if you shot 4k 2:1
      4. For Output Type:, choose QuickTime Apple ProRes 4444
      5. Next to Destination Path, click Browse and choose the folder containing your project
      6. In the box next to Destination Suffix, type in DaVinci_Resolve_Renders, you’ll get a message saying you might overwrite footage, just click ok
      7. Click Render to being rendering the material
  8. Immediately save your project
  9. Export XML from Resolve
    1. Click the Conform tab
    2. In the Timeline Management pane, click export to import your XML
  10. Import the XML into your NLE of choice