DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 10: Importing FCPX Timelines

In our last lesson, in our look at getting up and editing in DaVinci Resolve, we looked at bringing in our Adobe Premiere Pro Timelines.  In this lesson, specifically for our Mac editors out there, we’re going to look at how the process is similar coming from Apple’s FCPX into Resolve.

As you can see from the image above, we have a very basic timeline that we’re going to bring over from FCPX to Resolve.

Now, much like in the Premiere lesson, there’s a couple of things I want to reiterate before we get rolling.  You’re going to want to only send a two channel audio wav file from FCPX over to Resolve, as you won’t need all of those layers bogging down your workflow.  Your audio will only be a reference for you to make sure everything stays in sync for the round trip back to Final Cut. Next, since this is a round trip lesson, we’re assuming that you’ll be bringing your color graded timeline back to FCPX, when you’re done, to do effects work/etc, so when you send your timeline to Resolve, it’s cuts and dissolves only.

Alright, when you have your timeline ready to go, navigate to FILE>EXPORT XML.

Once the XML export window opens, you can leave everything on its default settings, and save the XML to your desktop.

Now, inside Resolve, you can navigate to FILE>IMPORT AAF, EDL, XML and then navigate to your XML file, and click “Okay”.  Keep in mind that you can leave the “Load AAF” window on its default settings (assuming you want your Resolve timeline to have the same settings as your FCPX timeline).

Believe it or not, that’s it.  Depending on the length of your timeline, Resolve will take a few seconds, up to a minute or two to import your timeline exactly the way you have it in FCPX!

In our next lesson, we’re going to take a look at working with Markers inside of your Media Pool.  Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for Davinci Resolve here.

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