You want to spend the time in your color session concentrating on color and mood, not solving conform problems. We’ll look at some options to help you get the most out of your session.
Render a textless version of your film as a single flat file in an intermediate format such as ProRes 422 HQ or DNxHR HQX, and then export an EDL of your timeline. These files will be used to reconstruct your timeline in Resolve so it can be colored and exported as a single color-corrected file. You can then take this new file back into your NLE and apply any titles, graphics or supers that are required. The advantage of this method is that it eliminates almost any possible conform problem.
Some NLE tools do not translate directly into Resolve. Discrepancies may arise from speed ramps, sizing and positioning changes, generators (such as color backgrounds), freeze frames, compound clips and titles. You may want to give some thought as to how these are handled. You might choose to render (or “bake in”) the effects, or you might want to temporarily turn off effects or place clips having effects on their own track so that effects can be turned off during the color session and turned on again (or use paste attributes) when you bring your project back into your NLE.
Here is a pretty good guide to how to prep your project:
And there is some in-depth information in the DaVinci Resolve manual, in the chapter titled Importing Projects and Relinking Media. The Resolve manual can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design Support page:
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