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Mark Smith
FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 26, 2019 at 11:29:20 am

I’m being led down the path to Resolve having purchased the Resolve gateway drug, BMPC 4K pocket cam. Love the camera, it punches way above it weight picture wise but I’m sort of stuck using resolve to rough grade Braw files and crank out pro res to edit in X. I don’t think I want to be editing in Resolve at this point though I may creep into it as I go.
Here’s my question: did BM fail to incorporate a way to screen clips you want to import into media pool in the App? In X you can import sections of clips, whole clips, screen for ones that are garbage and skip those altogether, not so in Resolve it seems. WTF? Drag and drop import is easy but after shooting wild life, if I have 7 clips that I want out of sixty some clips shot, why can’t I preview my clips in the Resolve before I Import ?
If I’m “holding it wrong” i guess I need to figure that out, otherwise I am a bit mystified.


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Michael Hancock
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 26, 2019 at 4:02:08 pm

In Resolve, open the Media Tab. In the upper left, navigate to your clips. Click through them and only import the ones you want.

I don't know if you can import portions of a clip. I do not think you can. But you definitely can preview them before you import them. You just have to do it in the Media tab.

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Brad Hurley
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 12:09:33 am

Resolve has a FCPX-like filmstrip viewer, available in either the Media tab or the Edit tab, you just have to enable it. In the Media Pool on the edit page, click on the three dots (ellipsis) to the right of the search icon (magnifying glass) and you'll see an option to view the filmstrip. You can skim through it just as you can with FCPX.

You can set in and out points on any clip and create a subclip (type option-b) to export portions of a clip. That's the closest you'll get to FCPX's "favorites" feature.

The only drag with subclips is that they don't include handles -- the in/out markers are the in/out of the subclip. If you want handles, you have to either get into the habit of setting your in/outs a bit wider than what you actually need, or you can adjust them afterward in the clip attributes (but that's a bit tedious).


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Brad Hurley
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 12:15:56 am

Oops, I didn't read your message closely enough: the filmstrip viewer isn't available in the Media Pool, but it's true that the Media Pool is where you go to preview footage that you haven't yet imported into Resolve. You can navigate to any folder where your footage is stored (e.g., an SD card) and click once on any file to preview it in the viewer. You can set in/out points and create subclips (option-B) right there -- the subclips will be added to your media pool, at least they were when I tested it just now.


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Brad Hurley
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 12:20:51 am

And to clarify once more: the filmstrip viewer is actually available in the Media tab, but only for clips that you've already imported into Resolve, not for clips that are, say, on your SD card and haven't yet been imported. Sorry for the multiple posts...it doesn't look like there's a way to edit posts otherwise I would have edited my original with these corrections and clarifications.


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Mark Smith
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 1:46:11 am

Yes. I stumbled into this feature earlier today. It seems that its also possible to set an in and out in a clip and just drag that section into the media pool for what that is worth. I’d be happier if X would just support BRAW already, however lacking that I’m getting solid results assembling time lines of clips in Resolve, applying the Arri Rec 709 lut and exporting as pro res HQ, which I import into x for edits. THe BMPC 4k with a few accessories and lenses is really is a really good deal and produces great images without a lot of sweat.


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Brad Hurley
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:06:34 am

It's easy enough to just import everything into the media pool and make your selects (e.g., subclips) from there. The clone tool (available in the Media page) is a more reliable way than drag-and-drop to transfer footage from SD cards/SSD/CFast to your RAID or hard disk or whatever you use for storage, as it does a checksum to make sure all the transferred files exactly match the source.

Before Resolve became a capable editor, a lot of people used your workflow with the original Pocket Cinema Camera, which shot CDNG raw; they would process those in Resolve and export Prores files to edit in FCPX.

Resolve is actually an excellent editor now, but if you're used to Final Cut it's going to seem inefficient in comparison, at least until you get used to it.


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Eric Santiago
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:54:34 am

Damn kids, you are all getting lazy 😉
Man, I remember when you had to add other crazy workflows like MPEG STREAMCLIP.
As much as I love using Resolve, I would rather it as a conduit to FCPX.
Works great if you decide to go back for finishing in Resolve.


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Mark Smith
Re: FCPX & Resolve
on Aug 27, 2019 at 11:20:03 am

For the moment, my goal is to use Resolve as the front end to X, just to process and rough grade braw. I’d rather edit in X for the time being as it allows me to get my work done without bashing my head too much. When I have time, I can delve into Resolve as needed to expand my skills. I’m particularly interested in the grading side of Resolve, ACES color space, for bringing projects that had different cameras used into some kind of cohesive finish.
I appreciate the tips, which have already helped take some friction out of the BRAW rough grading process. I have an extensive background shooting and I have to say that the new BMPC camera series is pretty spectacular in the images it can deliver.


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