DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 9: Importing Premiere Pro Timelines

In our last tutorial, in our look at learning DaVinci Resolve, we talked about the importing our Avid Media Composer timelines into Resolve for a roundtrip workflow, for color grading.  Let’s now move on and talk about how Adobe Premiere Pro editors can utilize a similar workflow, to get their timelines into Resolve, as quickly and easily as possible.

Now, a couple of things I want to reiterate from our last lesson is that, first, you’re going to want to only send a two channel audio wav file from Premiere 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 Premiere. Next, since this is a round trip lesson, we’re assuming that you’ll be bringing your color graded timeline back to Premiere, when you’re done, to do effects work/etc, so when you send your timeline to Resolve, it’s cuts and dissolves only.  Alright, let’s get started!

Once you have your Premiere timeline set to go, much like in Avid Media Composer, AAF is the way to go, but the process in Premiere is much smoother.  Simply navigate to “Export” in the File drop down menu, and select “AAF”.

Once the AAF Export window opens, you can deselect everything.  Yep, that’s right, everything. Simply click “OK”, and select where you want the AAF file saved to.  

Inside of Resolve, simply navigate to the “File” drop down, and select “Import AAF, EDL, XML”, and (for the most part), you can leave the “Load AAF” window on its defaults.  

Once you say “OK”, Resolve will import your AAF, and you’ll see your timeline all set to go!

In our next article, we’ll wrap things up by looking at how the process works in Final Cut Pro X.

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