How to Round-trip Projects Between Apple Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve [v]

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[ This is an excerpt from a recent on-line webinar: “High-Tech Medley” which is available as a download in our store, or as part of our Video Training Library. ]


There are advantages to moving video editing projects between applications. In this video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to move an Apple Final Cut Pro project from Final Cut into DaVinci Resolve for color grading, then bring it back to Final Cut for final output.


How to Round-trip Projects Between Apple Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve

TRT: 10:31 — MPEG-4 HD movie



Hosted by Larry Jordan, “High-Tech Medley” presents a variety of new features and new techniques for different software. Specifically:

New Premiere features include:

This session is a great way to hone your skills and boost your knowledge on the latest power features.


This is an intermediate-level session. Some knowledge of Premiere and Final Cut will be helpful. However, no knowledge of Resolve is necessary.

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4 Responses to How to Round-trip Projects Between Apple Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve [v]

  1. Will you cover how to flatten a FCP multicam timeline to send to Resolve? I learned there is a way using CommandPost but haven’t gotten into it.

    • Larry says:


      I’m not sure you need to flatten. Resovle handles multiple tracks and compound clips with no problem. Titles are not converted, but, generally titles are added in Final Cut during final export of the finished color grade.

      What do you see that needs flattening?


      • Howard Silver says:

        Need to flatten FCPX multi-cam clips to reveal underlying original clip in order to refer back to raw clip in DVR.

        In my case, braw camera files converted in DVR to ProRes that retain original source names in delivery to FCPX.

        Roundtripping back to DVR from FCPX, a non-multi-cam ProRes clip will link back to braw clip it was converted from. Not so with multi-cam clips.

        Supposedly, CommandPost can convert each clip in FCPX multi-cam timeline one-by-one to original Prores file. I haven’t figured out the command yet.

        • Larry says:


          Thanks for mentioning multicam. I totally forgot to test that. And you are correct, FCP does not support native Blackmagic RAW files.


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