For most of my production work I bring the raw clips into AE to do the VFX that cannot be done in Premiere Pro. These clips are brought in without any color correction and my DI (digital intermediates) are rendered without color correction. If I'm working in raw I do all the effects in raw so the color grading is all done in PPro (Lumetri for the latest version).
If I generate a DI inside PPro it always is rendered to a 10 bit or better production format with color correction added so I match the look inside AE while doing the composite. This is the unusual workflow because most of the time color correction wipes out some of the data that a could be used in the raw files to help me do a seamless composite.
The last option, which is only occasionally used, is that a LUT is applied to a clip in AE that matches the LUT used in Premiere. I'm on the latest version so I am using Lumetri instead of Resolve but you could do the same. Then the LUT is turned off and on during production so I can see how things are looking. I render a 10 bit or better DI without the LUT applied so that when the project goes back to color grading the original LUT can be applied.
I hope this makes sense.
Yeah that's the IDEAL workflow.
The workflow I'm looking for needs to be AE / PR VFX happening simultaneously with color work in Resolve from a colorist. The best solution so far has been to make timelines for every single clip in Resolve, keep the timelines the same length as the source clips (not the I/O cut), and then render.
From there it's about replacing files in AE / PR. Since you can't really automate the Resolve export of full clips, there's room for human error (I.e. accidentally clipping a few frames), and it's really time consuming. Since we've already done it once now, we won't have to do it again - but it's extremely frustrating to work that "manual" for such a high-level process. It would seem to me that there would be a simpler workflow that allows for simultaneous work between AE / PR and Resolve that doesn't include XMLs (AE, embedded comps won't accept when in tandem with PR).
So are you looking for a feature request? Please let us know what you wish to see precisely so we can see if what you want is feasible.
Hey Kevin - would be awesome to have a simple round trip between Resolve and AE (and PR for that matter).