If I File/Import/Premiere Pro Project all the individual clips but not on a timeline.
Wrong. Similar to DL import, it will create a composition that contains all your clips, but neatly arranged as separate layers. You only lose unsupported effects and transitions from Premiere, but since grading is done on clips with hard cuts and enough handle, this should not be a problem. I suggest your read the online help (again) to alleviate any confusion.
Ahhhh....found it. I didn't see the Premiere sequence converted to a composition as it was burried 3/4 of the way down the stack.
I graded the first dozen shots or so of the sequence with Colorista2 and then used File/Export/Adobe Premiere Pro Project, saved it as Filename_Graded, then opened it in Premiere. The shots that were all on a single video track were now scattered over six but they played back correctly so I guess that's not a big problem. The real problem is that while the graded clips show that Colorista was applied to the clips, the adjustments were't applied. All the settings are nulled out.
My question now is: Is my workflow correct and this is an issue with Colorista2 or is there a way to have the Colorista2 settings make their way between these two programs?
Thanks in advance.
is there a way to have the Colorista2 settings make their way between these two programs?
No. That's just how it works. It relates to Colorista making massive use of custom UI elements which are handled differently in Premiere and AE. any "proper" conversion would have to be built into the plug-in itself via a meta fromat, possibly, but that's not gonna happen. It#s perhaps best you settle on doing it all in AE and then only exporting the resulkts once you are really done with all tuning.