Use this workflow to transcode or convert Blackmagic Cinema DMG, XAVC, XAVC s, and XAVC HD footage shot with the Alexa MINI, Sony A7s, and A7r, Sony FDR-AX100 and other prosumer cameras

Launch Resolve Application

Click the "New Project" button in the lower left corner to create a new project

Title the project – click Create

Double click the project to load it

Set your Video I/O
Go to DaVinci Resolve>Preferences

Choose the Video I/O and GPU Choose Intensity Shuttle Thunderbolt if available.
Or Choose Intensity Extreme depending what suite or lab you are using

Note these features are only available in CMB 4.112 Graduate Hallway, CMB 4.120 Undergraduate Edit Suite and CMB 1st floor suites.

If you are not in these rooms you will not see the Intensity devices as a choice for input and output to the exturnal monitor. Your preferences will look like this.

Change the Control Panels to the Tangent Devices Wave or AVID Artist Color if one is connected. If not then choose None.

Click Save to apply changes

Unfortunately you have to restart Davinci to load the preferences.

Quit the program and choose to save then reopen using the steps above.

Set up some Project Settings. Click on the Project Settings Icon in the lower right corner of the screen

Go to "Autosave" and turn it on saving every 10 min

Click on Capture and Playback and choose>

Video Capture and Playback HD 1080PsF 23.976

Click on Master Project Settings > Change the Timeline Resolution>playback frame rate to 23.976

Change Playback frame rate to 23.976


Video Monitoring choose HD 1080PsF 23.976



Choose Save to apply these preferences

Now load your media into the media pool>

Navigate to the folder containing the media and select

Add Folder to Media Pool

Create a Timeline
Go to Edit Tab

Go to >File>New Timeline

Name it

Select all the files in the Media Pool that you want to use

Add a LUT to them or not. To add a LUT right click on the clip or clips.

Note if you are transcoding A7s footage and want it to have that film look the best LUT to use is the 3D LUT > Arri > Arri Alexa LogC to Rec709

Drag to timeline or choose to right click and >Insert Selected Clips to Timeline

The go to the Deliver tab

Choose to Render the Entire Timeline

Click on Render Settings>

and use the slider to navigate to the AVID AAF tab

Click on Browse to select the hard drive and folder you want to render to

Navigate to the hard drive and you can choose to Add a new folder if needed
Name your new folder and click OK
Make sure you select the newly created folder and click OK

Choose Video Format MXF OP-Atom


Codec DNxHD 1080p 36 8-bit if you are doing a offline or proxy version of the media.

If you don't want to return to resolve and do an "Online and or Conform" then choose a codec that you can deliver for screening and distribution.

Choose Video Format MXF OP-Atom


Codec DNxHD 1080p 220/185/175 10-bit


Click on the Audio tab

Check the box for "Export Audio" if you want to export Audio

Do NOT choose "Same As Source" for the Channels drop down.

(your audio will come out as static)


Make sure to choose 2 for the Channels drop down.


Codec = Linear PCM

Channels = 2

Bit Depth = 16

Tracks = One per channel

(if your audio still comes out as static, try changing the bit depth to 24)

Click on Add to Render Queue
Choose to Start Render once the Job has been added to the Render Queue

Job has completed.

The files need to be added to AVID MediFiles Folder



Quit Resolve>Save the project. Make a backup of the project and save it for the final color correction

and conform.

See this workflow for making a backup.

DaVinci Resolve - How to Relink Offline Media from a Exported Project

In Finder on the Mac


Copy or Move the .mxf files to the AVID MediaFiles>MXF>1 folder


This is so AVID can see the files when the .aaf file is imported.

TO COPY FILES OVER TO SHARED STORAGE LIKE EditShare or AVID ISIS Servers use this workflowAVID - ISIS 5500 Server - Media Management

Once the files are copied over Launch AVID

Make a new AVID Project or use an Existing one

Make a New Bin

Title the new bin "My XAVC Transcoded Footage"

Go to >File>Import

Navigate to the .aaf file in the Resolve exported media folder and select it.

The clips and the timeline will import into AVID. They should be linked to the transcoded media.


Edit the files in AVID developing a picture locked sequence that you can then export out of AVID

back into Resolve.



See this wiki for AVID .AAF export to Resolve.

Option #1

AVID - How to Export an AAF and QuickTime To Davinci Resolve 1080 HD workflow

Option #2

AVID – Relinking to Native files for .aaf and QuickTime export to Davinci Resolve


Bring the .aaf from AVID back into Resolve

>File>Import AAF, EDL, XML

Select the .aaf to import

Keep the default settings if you would like to guide Resolve to the files to bring into the media pool. See later in this document for adding media prior to importing into Resolve.

Select Yes

Search for the folder containing the .mxf

Navigate to the folder and click OK

Second option is to add the media to the resolve project first


Load your media into the media pool>
Navigate to the folder containing the media and select Add Folder to Media Pool

>File>Import AAF, EDL, XML

Select the .aaf to import

If you already added your files to the Media Pool then choose to deselect
Automatically set project settings and
Automatically import source clips into media pool

Hopefully you will link all the media with out a problem the following is some troubleshooting tips. . .

Example here of problems with some of the clips

To view what is missing easier click on the "Color" tab

Then click on the "Light Box View"

Here we can see what is missing easier.

You can right click to see clip info

Clip info

The Next Steps will Explain how to QuickTime into the Resolve Project
Click on the Media Tab > Go the the Library navigate to the folder containing the quicktime and right click it
Right click and choose "Add as Offline Reference Clip"

Go to the Edit tab and

Go to the Resolve timeline that was created from the .aaf
>Right click on the timeline and
>Choose Link Offline Reference Clip
>Choose the QuickTime that you exported

Go to the Timelines bin and choose the timeline > right click it > choose to link offline video and choose the name of the quicktime you just added as the offline clip

Go to the source window in conform view and choose to display the "Offline" by selecting the checkerboard icon.
This should show the reference "ganged" up with the timeline. If you click the Up and Down arrows you will navigate the timeline and the reference clip will follow exact picture match.