In preparation for editing the huge 4K files from Panasonic’s Lumix GH4, I’ve already gone ahead and placed an order for one of the new 27″ iMacs equipped with a 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2GB graphics card, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. But much more than sheer computer processing power is needed to edit 4K – you also need fast storage. Which is why I’m going to pick up LaCie’s Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2: to the best of my knowledge, the fastest external storage solution available for the money. Equipped with 2 Samsung PCIe SSDs, the Little Big Disk is capable of read speeds of up to 1,400 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,100 MB/s, quite a bump up from my two trusty Buffalo Mini Station Extremes. Haha. Unfortunately, the iMacs aren’t fitted with Thunderbolt 2, so transfer speeds will be a touch slower. I’ve been told by a sales representative that the drive should be in stores in a couple of weeks.
I’d had Resolve in my applications folder for forever but not for one second did I think I would ever need it, let alone learn to use it. But since I became interested in color grading, I realized FCPX wasn’t going to cut it. There remained only one obstacle – importing XML files into Resolve from Final Cut. Each and every time I tried, Resolve would crash. Of course, I consulted the Black Magic forums, but there weren’t any step-by-step procedures. Some readers suggested the problem stemmed from downloading Resolve from the Apple store, recommending instead getting it from Black Magic’s site. That wasn’t the answer, either. So I spent countless hours trying everything before figuring it out. Here is a brief tutorial for those using FCP 10.1 and OSX 10 Mavericks.
Once you’ve completed editing your project, the first step is to go to the file tab in the toolbar and select Export Project XML.
A dialogue box will open. Give your project a name and be sure to save the file to your computer, not to an external drive. Hit Save.
Quit Final Cut Pro and open Resolve. Go to the Edit screen.
Select the gear icon and configure your project. I shot my video with a Lumix GM1 at 24fps. 24fps may very well be the holy grail of filmmakers, but it sure can be confusing! No wonder some prefer shooting at 30fps for internet delivery. If these settings don’t match those of your project, Resolve won’t recognize the file.
Hit Apply, then Cancel. At this point, you can go ahead and hit the + sign on the upper left corner of your screen and create a new timeline.
At last, you are ready to import the XML file. Right click in Timelines in the upper left corner of your screen and select Import XML.
You will be asked to select a file to import. Black Magic advises importing XML files from a path you’ve already added to Preferences, Media Storage, but I’ve successfully imported from sources that weren’t added to my preferences.
After you have done that, another dialogue box will appear.
It’s best to leave the boxes Resolve has checked alone. If everything looks alright, hit Ok.
Your files will appear in the timeline and you’re ready to begin editing your clips.
I hope this tutorial has been useful. I welcome any comments or suggestions.