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  • IS FCPX to DR with Multicam a hopeless cause?

     Kasey Gay updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 11 Posts
  • Kasey Gay

    April 7, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Hey team,

    I’m a longtime fcpx user who recently picked up a Blackmagic Camera so I’m having to integrate DR into my workflow. I’m GUESSING in advance that the solution to my problem is likely “just learn Davinci” but I’m not quite there just yet. I’ve got a pretty heavy workload at the moment and FCPX is just home to me.

    Here’s my issue though that I’m hoping you can help with.

    I’ve watched a lot of tutorials on how to the BRAW clips, Export proxies from DR, edit in fcpx, then return and relink in DaVinci but all the tutorials are simple timelines with a few clips.

    Currently I’m trying to export an XML with multi cams, titles, ect, and Davinci is currently not playing nice with it. Most of the stuff is arriving unlinked and I’m having little success getting it to recover.

    In fcpx, I’m accustomed to just grabbing the clips in Findr, waving them into the timeline and FCPX relinking for me. This doesn’t seem to work for Davinci. I’m also going to media pool and right clicking clips but not finding the “relink media” button that I’m promised in the tutorials.

    In addition, there’s a lot of clips called “Secondary timeline” showing up in the media pool that I’m not accustomed to.

    Has anyone been through this wash before?

    My intention was this:

    1. Import XML

    2. Unclick auto-import media so that Davinci doesn’t import the Proxy files back in and I can drop my original braw files into the mix

    3. Drop my files in, Davinci rebuilds my Multicam clips for me.

    4. Away we go into color grading.

    Davinci doesn’t seem to want to accept my offer of media being dropped into the media pool as acceptable though. There’s all of these “secondary timeline” clips listed and I haven’t figured out how to make heads or tails.

    I’m also looking for buttons that say directly “Relink media” but just not finding it.

    Any starter tips?


  • Kasey Gay

    April 7, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Currently pulling my hair out.

    I have clips missing. I know what the clips are. I find the clips. Drop them into the media pool. Davinci doesn’t acknowledge them as a missing clip and instead adds them as new media. It seems to be arbitrary which clips it does this with as some of the neighboring clips arrive just fine.

    Any thoughts?

  • Tero Ahlfors

    April 7, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Bring your media in first. Then import the XML and then Resolve should ask where in the media pool it would search for the files. There are also multiple ways to reconform after the fact, but that would be the easiest way to start a project.

    Also there are a lot of stuff that will not come over from a FCPXML file and those should be mentioned in the manual. I don’t know if you can flatten multicam edits in FCPX, but you should probably try that as well.

  • Kasey Gay

    April 7, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you Tero> Appreciate the time and expertise.

    I’m playing with that but it still seems very arbitrary about what files it will and won’t relink.

    It populates MOST of the timeline but then won’t ackonlwedge some simple files. It actually seems to get a lot of stuff correct. Even the compound clips but I don’t understand why I can’t drop in simple video files and have them link up.

    Any suggestions on how to override the file pathway? I just can’t make it recognize the simple stuff and DR seems arbitrary about how to override.

    Clearly I’m just new but it’s cabin my head in currently.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    April 7, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    You should probably start checking what clips aren’t linking and do they have anything in common. One thing that might mess you up is that you made proxies in a format that doesn’t support a timecode track and you’re trying to then reconform them to files that do.

    You should read the whole part 6 about conforming in the latest Resolve 16 manual (the 17 one isn’t out yet) that starts on page 880.

  • Kasey Gay

    April 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks Tero. Heard.

    What I find maddening right now is that the missing files currently aren’t a conform or transcode issue I don’t believe. The missing files are currently from a basic camera that I didn’t generate proxies from.

    I don’t think its a transcode or proxy issue anymore. I think it’s a simple miscommunication with the file link. It won’t acknowledge a link between my original files in DaVinci Resolve.

    If I let it run its own search, it’l even attach new files of the same name (old projects) and dump them into this new one in its place.

    I don’t understand why the media pool won’t let me just click 2 files, unlink them from their source, and link new ones in. Why does it make me click command A and unlink everything. I just don’t understand the logic of working with these broad strokes.

    And sorry. I’m blatantly venting.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    April 7, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    You’re assuming too much. Read the manual.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    April 8, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    I haven’t received a FCPX timeline for a couple of years now, but that one did have multicam, and I had to send it back to the editor and have him commit the multicam edits, or flatten them, or what ever fcpx called it. He said “oh, i forgot about that”, did it, sent it back, and everything pretty much worked as expected. There are always gotchas going to and from programs….very rarely will timelines come in perfectly, but i always say, if the list comes in 85 to 90 per cent correct, i’m usually pretty happy.

  • Kasey Gay

    April 8, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks guys.

    I discovered that it wasn’t so much a Multicam issue. Sony cameras have time code issues apparently when coming throughfcpx which was reeking havoc. Ha. I had to watch a tutorial in Spanish to discover that but finally found the root of it. *I don’t speak Spanish.

  • Oliver Peters

    April 24, 2021 at 12:49 am

    If you aren’t comfortable with Resolve or roundtripping, there’s an alternative. Color Finale Transcoder is out and this lets you import/transcode BRAW files into FCP.

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