The above link doesn't solve the problem. I am sending the project to a colorist to color correct in DaVinci. They do not use Speedgrade. I do not use Speedgrade. So the fact that there is no functionality with another (extremely commonly used and popular I might add) color correction program once you have merged clips is a real problem. And I should at least be able to "unmerge" my clips so that I can create (or replace the merged clips with the original source video) and send an XML file but the fact that that also isn't possible is really frustrating.
The above link doesn't solve the problem.
I guess that depends on how you define the problem. You're defining it as something quite specific - sending a merged clips edit to Resolve. I'm taking a broader viewpoint - you're trying to color correct and grade your edit.
From that viewpoint, it will solve the problem. It may introduce a couple new problems, such as learning SpeedGrade, or finding someone who already knows how to use it.
You'll have to decide which problems are easier to solve, I guess. The original of getting your edit to Resolve, or the new one of using SpeedGrade.
Ah yes -- well very holistic approach I suppose... but considering my question "how to export a project with merged clips to an XML file?" - this doesn't actually answer that question. It is a work around. But one that requires me to find and hire another colorist (and let's be honest a large portion of the post-production community works with Resolve) and I don't think I am being unreasonable for expecting Adobe to have considered the possibility of this work flow (editing a project in Premiere and then moving to a commonly used platform such as Davinci Resolve to color correct). Or yes I could learn SpeedGrade but if I had the time to color correct the project myself we wouldn't be hiring someone else to get the project completed in a timely manner... so yeah it's a work around that doesn't really work. I am hoping having the original source video color corrected will make it all work - and I will NEVER used the Merged Clip feature in Premiere ever again. And wish there was some way for me to warn others against falling victim to its charms as well.
this doesn't actually answer that question.
True, but I just don't know the answer to that question. So, I default back to the underlying question behind all issues...how can I get the job done so I can get paid?
SpeedGrade may not be the only way. Someone else may have a way more suited to your liking. I just happened to be the first one along, is all.