i'm just finishing editing a short film in Premiere and I need put the MTS files in Resolve for color grading but I'm cracking my head trying to get the best workflow possible. I try to rewrap the files but Resolve didn't import right, right now i'm thinking that the best way is convert the files to PRORES. Anyone have a better idea?
Depending on the length of your project, What we do here for the most part is export a ProRes 422 Master file (minus all the text graphics)of the finished project. Then in Resolve bring the master file in via Scene Cut Detection.
Go through that process an add cuts to media pool. This will give you a nice cut timeline with separate files for grading.
A couple of Caveats...
When encountering a dissolve in the Scene Cut detection DO NOT use the scene cut for this! Keep it a long clip with the dissolve between straight cuts for now. You need to add these scene cuts manually and then add the dissolve (both in the conform page). If you let the scene cut detector make the cut you will NOT be able to add the dissolve which will look terrible depending on your color grades for each of the shots.
Also be sure to right click on your timeline before you start grading and choose local grade, otherwise it will apply your grade to every shot on your timeline, which you probably don't want.
It is a cumbersome thing to have to do, but unfortunately, RESOLVE does not work with .mts files from the FS700 so it is your best choice unless you trans-code all your footage before you edit to Proes, which is what we do for the larger projects. then an XML workflow is doable.
I really hoping that Premiere CS7 adds the capability to Media manage a finished project to a codec of my choice, which it currently does not do. This would really be a Godsend. Crossing fingers...
Then again, considering a camera upgrade from the 700 to an EPIC, in which case all of this will be mute for our company. I really want a 100% RAW workflow from edit through finishing with no trans-coding and Adobes workflow with the EPIC might just be that perfect storm.