If you can hold out a week or two and plan to upgrade to CS6, you will have the integrated option of coloring in SpeedGrade, a professional grader comparable to the full version of Resolve.
I would very much like that (and I would very much like to believe that CS6 is coming out in a week or two rather than a month or two). I plan to upgrade to CS6 as soon as it is released, but am I trapped inside a walled garden until that happens?
Also, just for the sake of argument, let's say that version 1 of SpeedGrade is a real stinker (or let's say that I simply prefer Resolve or Apple Color or another product). Is there any way to do what I'm trying to accomplish, short of going through my bin, exporting all the clips one-by-one and then manually reconforming them into a new sequence? If Premiere can't handle it internally, is there any third-party software that might help me out here?
Someone else will have to chime in on that one. I've never used an external program for grading.
The only glitch in your workflow is the inability of Resolve to use .mts files natively.
This adds to the complication of what can be a reasonably normal NLE to external CC application (via an xml export of the project.). You can use an intermediate if you choose.
It is an issue for me as well but I cover it by shooting to an external recorder simulateneously ( avch on the sd card and prores on the Samurai ssd)
Speedgrade has addressed this and it will be great ( fingers crossed).
Checkout the CS6 to Speedgrade workflow that has been posted up by Adobe.