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Tip #1431: Editing ProRes RAW in DaVinci Resolve

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Converting ProRes RAW to ProRes 4444 allows Resolve to edit the media.

The ProRes RAW logo.

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ProRes RAW is a very popular codec that provides the highest-possible image quality in the smallest possible (but not actually very small) file size.

ProRes RAW can be edited in:

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Avid Media Composer

But not DaVinci Resolve. However, there’s a workaround, as reported by Charles Hull on the BMD forum:

“I’m sure this has been discussed here, but there is a very simple work-around for running ProRes RAW in Resolve. When I first heard about it I thought it was too much hassle, and might not work well anyway, so I continued with FCPX for ProRes RAW. So the work-around is to transcode ProRes RAW to ProRes 4444. ProRes RAW is 12 bits, and ProRes 4444 is 12 image bits, so it is a good fit, and it runs well in Resolve. The simple and painless way to do this is to import all the clips into Compressor and bulk export them to ProRes 4444.

“I’ve been shooting ProRes RAW since it first came out. I do mostly HDR, and get very good results with ProRes RAW and Resolve. Coincidently just ordered the Panasonic S1H and was happy to see it will have ProRes RAW via the Atomos NinjaV. I know how to handle this.”


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