[2024] How To Import XML Into DaVinci Resolve

To import an XML into DaVinci Resolve, navigate to the Edit tab, select 'Import AAF, EDL, XML…' from the 'File' menu, and ensure the “AUTOMATICALLY IMPORT SOURCE CLIPS INTO MEDIA POOL” option is unchecked. Once imported, review your timeline for accuracy and proceed with further edits or grading as needed.

December 18, 2023
[2024] How To Import XML Into DaVinci Resolve
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DaVinci Resolve XML Import

In DaVinci Resolve 18, XML files are notorious for their pivotal role in the post-production workflow. These files serve as a bridge, allowing editors and colorists to seamlessly transfer project data between different software platforms. The importance of XMLs cannot be understated; they ensure that intricate edits, transitions, and effects created in one software can be recognized and further refined in another, like DaVinci Resolve.

With XMLs, the possibilities are vast. They enable professionals to merge the strengths of various software tools, ensuring that the final output is of the highest quality. Whether it's transitioning from a rough cut in one software to color grading in DaVinci Resolve or integrating complex visual effects sequences, XMLs make it possible.

In This Article:

  • The significance of XML files in DaVinci Resolve 18
  • A step-by-step guide to importing XMLs
  • Tips for ensuring a smooth XML integration
  • Navigating potential challenges and solutions during the import process
  • Leveraging the power of DaVinci Resolve post-XML import for further editing and grading.

Can DaVinci Resolve open XML?

Yes, DaVinci Resolve is fully compatible with XML files. Here's how to import them:

Step 1: Accessing the Edit Tab

In DaVinci Resolve, the Edit tab is your primary workspace for assembling and refining your video projects. To access it, look at the bottom row of icons in the main interface. You'll see icons labeled 'Media', 'Cut', 'Edit', and so forth. Click on the one labeled 'Edit'. This is where you'll spend a lot of your time refining your video sequences.

Step 2: Navigating to the Import Option

Now that you're in the Edit tab, you'll notice a top menu bar with various options such as 'File', 'Edit', 'Timeline', and more. Hover over the 'File' option. A dropdown menu will appear. Here, you'll find an option that says 'Import AAF, EDL, XML…'. This is the gateway to bringing in external project files, like XMLs, into DaVinci Resolve. By the way, if you prefer using shortcuts or context menus, you can also right-click in the gray media area below to find the 'Import' option.

Step 3: Selecting Your XML File

After selecting the 'Import AAF, EDL, XML…' option, a file browser window will pop up. This is where you navigate to the location on your computer where your XML file is stored. Once you've located your XML file, click on it to highlight it, and then click the “Open” button. Believe me, it's as straightforward as it sounds.

Step 4: Configuring Import Settings

Upon selecting your XML file, a dialogue box will emerge. This box contains various settings that dictate how DaVinci Resolve will interpret and integrate the XML data. One crucial setting here is the “AUTOMATICALLY IMPORT SOURCE CLIPS INTO MEDIA POOL” option. Ensure this is unchecked. Why? Well, if checked, DaVinci Resolve will automatically pull in all the media files associated with the XML. In some cases, this is helpful, but for our purposes, we want to maintain control and decide what media we import. So, no worries, just uncheck it.

Step 5: Reviewing the Imported Timeline

Once the XML is imported, your timeline will populate with the sequences and edits from the XML file. Take a moment to review this timeline. Ensure that all the edits, transitions, and effects appear as expected. If something seems off, don't panic. Sometimes, discrepancies arise due to differences in software interpretation. In any case, most issues can be fixed with a bit of tweaking.

Step 6: Embarking on Further Edits or Grading

Now that your XML content is successfully imported, guess what? You're all set to dive deeper into the editing process. If color grading is your next step, you can transition to the 'Color' tab, located next to the 'Edit' tab. This is where you can enhance and refine the visual aesthetics of your footage. All in all, with the XML imported, you have a solid foundation to build upon and bring your creative vision to life.