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
|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>
Create a Timeline
Go to >File>New Timeline
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|
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
See this workflow for making a backup.
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 workflow||AVID - 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.
Bring the .aaf from AVID back into Resolve
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.
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>
>File>Import AAF, EDL, XML
Select the .aaf to import
If you already added your files to the Media Pool then choose to deselect
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
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.