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Preparing your Adobe Premiere Pro
Sequence for colourdesk

September 2019 / Categories: Reference

Step 1

Duplicate your working sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro. Differentiate this sequence with your working sequences (ie; use the suffix *_Picture_Lock).

Step 2

Consolidate your edit onto a single video track and delete all empty audio and video tracks (see image below).

If compositing with multiple video layers, retain as many as needed.

If your edit contains nested sequences, check that they have the same sequence settings as your *_Picture_Lock sequence (pay particular attention to framerate).

It’s good practice to groom edits onto a single video track so you can see your cuts with greater clarity. You’re much more likely to pick up on user errors, such as unwanted frames or unnecessary cuts.

View your *_Picture_Lock sequence on your Program Monitor, then imagine it as a strip of film. You only see the top video layer, so there is no need to retain video layers hiding unseen clips beneath.

This practice makes timeline navigation in DaVinci Resolve much easier.

Unfortunately Video Effects are not carried over into Resolve as Premiere has not been programed to log them during the XML export. This includes titles and Dynamic Link compositions.

Step 3

From File, choose > Export > Final Cut Pro XML

Step 4

Set your XML file destination within your Project’s file structure. If you’re working on a project with multiple sequences, it’s helpful to create a designated XML folder.

Step 5

Make sure you have enough free space on your hard drive for the final Resolve export. Short films and video clips can comfortably exceed 60gb of space at 4k!

That’s it, you’re now ready to bring your project to colourdesk!