AVID – How To Export an .aaf and QuickTime export to Davinci Resolve After Relinking to 2K or 4K Native files


IF YOU HAVE FOOTAGE IN YOUR TIMELINE THAT WAS RECORDED ON THE Canon C100 (AVCHD,) (not C300 that is okay) Sony A7s (.mts) or F3 (AVCHD) or Canon 5D or 7D (.h264) or Panasonic HMC150 (AVCHD) or any other camera

that does not record ProRes or DNxHD or DNxHR then don't use this workflow.  Use this workflow 

AVID – How To Relink to your Original Camera Footage And Re-Transcode for Online Conform to UHD or 4K

This is for projects with footage that was shot using the Sony PMW F5, Panasonic Vericam LT or that was recorded on a PIX or Ninja or on the Arri internal SXS cards using the ProRes codec.

  1. Duplicate the sequence and put in a new bin.

  2. On the duplicate delete any titles you made in AVID.  Try to get all your video clips down to the V1 track and or V2 track.  If you can get the video track down to one that is easiest.

  3. Next attempt to modify the video tracks down to 1 or 2 tracks if possible.

4. NEXT - Export DnxHD Quicktime for "Resolve" as reference

See this wikidoc How to make a DNxHD QuickTime

5. Duplicate the sequence and delete the audio tracks so that you only have the 1 or 2 video tracks in your timeline that

we are going to send to Resolve for Color Correction


  1. Close project and hide the AVID media files so that AVID doesn't relink to the old transcoded media. Change the name to the AVID MediaFiles folder.

    Change from this

    To This

    Relink to the Storage volume that the CAMERA ORIGINAL FILES 

    .r3d or ProRes or the Sony F5 XAVCHD files are on. 

    Go to >Tools>Source Browser

    Choose to Link not Import

    Navigate to the RAW Footage folder for each card

    Or each day of cards and the folder

    Locate the original Native Pro Res .movs QuickTimes or 

    XAVCHD or .r3D etc.

    Click on Link

    The clips will load into the Bin shown here from each

    card you linked to. Do this till all the cards are linked and

    the files appear in the bin.

    When all the cards are re-linked and loaded up in the bins

    Go to each of the bins and select all the footage in each bin by using the keyboard shortcut "command a" on a mac

    Do this in all the bins that contain your camera masters that are linked in AVID

    Once all that is done then>

    Open the Bin that contains your final duplicated sequence that you want to link the newly linked files to

    Right click the sequence to relink and choose Relink

    >Managed Media

    Use the standard relinking options after the AMA media has been mounted

    Choose Selected Items in All open bins

    Choose to relink by Tape Name or Source file Name

    If that doesn't work choose

    Choose to relink by Tape Name or Source file ID

    Change the timeline Clip Color to show AMA clips as a different color so you can make sure you are linked to the "Native" ProRes .mov QuickTimes

    Go to the Timeline "fast menu"

    Choose Clip Color

    Choose a color for the AMA clips and make sure the "checkbox" is checked for Linked Clips

    Notice in this timeline only part of the clips turned purple. You should have the entire timeline show purple clips so that you know all the clips are relinked.

    On AVID timeline, you can -Match Frame>Find Bin>Reveal File to double check the files are relinking back to the original native 2K or 4K camera files

    Once the media in the timeline is relinked to the Native Camera files the timeline should look purple (or whatever color you chose for AMA in clip color) showing that the files are relinked to AMA media. You now need to remove any "Color Transformations" or Resizing that you did in AVID because your want Resolve to have the most original version of the media. Select the timeline in the bin > Go to Clip > Refresh Sequence > All This will remove all the LUTS, Resizing, TimeWarps etc. . . Note here if you have a timewarp effect (slo mo or speed up) it's best to "Bake In that shot" What this means is export that shot with the motion effect as a "ProRes" QuickTime and then bring it back in and overwrite that clip in the sequence.
    Check to see if your timeline has any multicam edits. Right click the timeline and choose Commit Multicam Edits

    Click OK here on this message The sequence will be copied and the group edits committed

    If you don't have any grouped clips then no modifications will be made but it is good to check because Resolve won't work with an .aaf that is exported from a sequence with grouped clips

    Last put the space back into AVID MediaFiles so your audio and Offline media comes back online

    Back in AVID

    The next step is to export the .aaf Go to >File > Export

    Note when exporting a .aaf for a "ProRes" AMA linked timeline you can only use the "Link To" method

    To create the .AAF file from a ProRes.mov AMA linked timeline

    Choose LINK TO on both Audio and Video

    Must have Link To selected as the "Export Method" for both the Video/Data Details and the Audio Details tabs shown here

    The .aaf for the color correction. Example shown here.

    You will have to bring all the original "Native" Quicktimes that you relinked the timeline to and this .aaf to the Resolve color correction session. Ex: bring the hard drive with the quicktimes on it and this .aaf file

    The deliverable for the "Resolve" session will be the folder or folders that contain the ProRes .mov files and the .aaf file

    See this link for instruction on how to import the .aaf and media into Resolve. 

    Davinci Resolve - Final Conform and Color Correction Project Setup - Import .aaf or .xml and Quicktime