Premiere Pro to Davinci Resolve roundtrip for Canon C200

by Samuele Lilliu | 5 November 2017

Color correction and colour grading roundtrip workflow with Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve for Canon C200 Raw CinemaLight.

When it comes to video editing, working with proxies can be a great advantage. Proxies are low-resolution versions of the original source footage which can be used instead of the original source material in your video editing workflow. This can be especially useful when editing videos with high resolutions or large file sizes, as it reduces the strain on the computer’s processor, allowing the editing process to be faster and smoother. In the case of the Canon C200 employed here, within the camera settings, there is an option of simultaneously record proxies in compressed 1080p along with Cinema Raw Light 4k files.

As the proxies are low-resolution versions of the original footage, they can be used to make the initial cuts and edits. As illustrated in this video, the first step I take is to rename all proxies so that their filenames (not the extension) match the raw files. I then import all proxy files in Premiere Pro, where I proceed with tracks alignment and rough cuts. With proxies, the editing process is also less prone to lags or choppy playback. This is because the computer is only dealing with a smaller file size, allowing it to keep up with the demands of the editing process.

After I’m done with the initial edits in Premier Pro I export the sequence as an EDL file. In Davinci Resolve I first include all the raw files in the project folder and subsequently import the EDL file. I then proceed with the colour correction and grading and export the final footage. The final edits are then completed in Premiere Pro using the colour graded file.

Another advantage of working with proxies is that they make it easier to collaborate on the editing process. If multiple people are working on a project, they can all have access to the proxies and make the necessary edits from their own computers. This is especially useful if the people involved are in different locations and can’t be in the same room together.

In conclusion, working with proxies can be a great advantage for video editors in a fast-paced digital marketing agency. It allows them to edit faster and smoother, with less strain on the computer’s processor and less lags or choppy playback. It also makes it easier to collaborate on the editing process, which can be especially useful for larger projects.

1 - Canon C200 Premiere Pro to Davinci Resolve Roudtrip Schematic Illustration
2- Matlab code for renaming Canon C200 raw files
3 - Premiere Pro sequence showing a Color Chart
4- Color Chart calibration panel in Davinci Resolve