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Robert A. Ober


An expert in the workflow field, Michael Phillips, had this comment about my Resolve to Avid workflow:

"One thing I try to avoid is any AAF for clips that have audio tracks. I have found it to be very hit and miss. Video only seems to work well."

I have not found this to be true but others have so one should be aware of the possibility of audio issues.


Michael also mentioned this useful point, "Other considerations for users is whether you want to to work at camera source resolution or at project resolution as they may not be the same. If working at anything above HD you will want to select DNxHR."

I would add to that a repeat of my warning that DNxHR LB from Resolve may not be playable in Media Composer.

Thanks to Michael Phillips,, for sharing his observations on the workflow.


This is more HowTo than opinion but it is in my opinion the best way to bring media into Avid Media Composer.

A Post Production Workflow for Avid Media Composer

1. With the cards, drives, or other type of media connected to a computer running Resolve 11 or 12 use the clone tool to make multiple copies on multiple drives. Preferably backup the media to LTO tape.
2. Put the original media in a safe place or upon verification of the copied media, erase the cards for reuse.
3. Add the media to the Resolve media pool.
4. Make sure the project properties include video monitor and timeline settings that are appropriate for the for the format that was shot. MAKE SURE YOU SELECT “Assist using reel names from the: … “Source clip filename”.
5. In the edit window make a timeline from the media.
6. In the color window do a one pass color correction if you desire or should.
7. In the Deliver page select the preset for Avid AAF Round-Trip as Resolve 12 calls it.
8. Change the settings to whatever is appropriate for your situation. The idea here is to make DNxHD or DNxHR media for editing and viewing. The video format should be MXF OP-Atom.
9. NOTE: I have had DCI 4K DNxHR LB from Resolve 12 not work in Media composer 8.4.2. I made DCI 4K DNxHR SQ and those worked. Camera media was DCI 4K XAVC-I from an XQD card recorded in a Sony FS7.
10. Make sure the preset is still AVID AAF Round-Trip after you change the settings and correct it if needed.
11. Click “Select All Clips” at the bottom of the left hand column and make sure you set in and out marks if you did not do it on the timeline page. Be carful in some version of Resolve 11 as I have had the color page ignore the timeline IN/OUT marks.
12. Click the Add to Render Queue button.
13. Select the job in the right column and click Start Render.
14. Put the resulting MXF OP-Atoms in a AvidMedia Files/MXF/1(or whatever number) folder.
15. Launch Media Composer and import the AAF from Resolve and the Resolve timeline and the MXF OP-Atom clips you made should import.
16. Start organizing and editing.


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Robert A. Ober



So have you seen the reports on the new iPhone? Folks seem to be in agreement that it will have a larger screen, such as this article on The Verge: .

What most have failed to mention is the real reason for the larger screen. With the likely addition of 4G cell service capability the phone will need additional space for a larger battery and the 4G chip(s). I do not believe Apple is in any hurry to emulate the screen size of most Android phones. Some say the market has gone in the direction of larger cell phone screens, but I say that in Android land that is about all there is. If you want the new Galaxy III S you can only get the 4.8' screen. Too big in my opinion but some like it.

Robert A. Ober


Robert A. Ober has been following and participating in the computer industry since the early 1980's. He has worked with industry giants and sole proprietors.