Thanks for the answers but I'm afraid I was seeking more generally applicable info.
My question was, in fact, referring to *any* software, not just Adobe's (for example, Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro and Scratch etc.).
What is the standard procedure:
- to export the final video from the color-grading software (after grading it)?
- to export from editing software to grading software, grade, then, back inside the editing software, export to final video? Or is it something else? (I'm new at this).
What Ann is saying is that the 'standard procedure' is about to be thrown out in favor of a much better one available only with Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade, so if you can wait a month, it'll be much easier to get your cc/grading done. If you can't wait that long, the link in post 1 is a good place to start.
Depending on the capabilities of your color grading software, it is probably better to export straight from there. You have already lost one generation getting it to the color grading software (if you are not going to be using the new process coming out in October), you do not want to incur another generational loss.
The only serious grading I have done was to grade the entire set of clips and then bring them in to the video editor. That is not efficient for most people, but worked for me since it was only a few long clips where I used 90% or more of the material.
One more question: what should I import into PPro, if I have a choice: image sequences or something else (someone on this forum suggested PPro is not really geared for image sequences)?
For example I have a sequence made of 10 bins, of 10,000 images each.
And if the answer is "something else", what would that be?