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If you are coloring a video project in a program like DaVinci Resolve for a client, you'll eventually need to give them back their finished video clips with color correction. A question you may have is what files you'll need to produce for them. While every client has different needs in video post-production, there are some good practices you should follow to give back everything they could potentially need.
Of course, you must give your client back the color corrected clips for their videos project. You'll want to create a folder for renders and export each clip into it at the highest resolution possible. Ideally, you'll want to include ample amounts of heads or tails on each clip so they can make changes in their editing software later if necessary. Giving 1 or 2 seconds of video handles should be plenty to make sure a client doesn't need to come back to you for more color corrected footage.
To make conforming the project back to their video editing program easier, you'll need to create an XML of the color corrected sequence. This XML links to the color corrected files in a video timeline, with the clips already trimmed to the exact ins and outs necessary to match their existing edit. XMLs are readable by video editing software like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro, so it should be just what your client needs.
In addition, your client may appreciate it if you import the XML into their video editing software and save it as an appropriate project file. Saving your client time will definitely keep them happy.
It also helps to create a reference movie of the color corrected project. This is a single video file that has all of the clips in order without any heads or tails, simulating what they will look like in the final cut. It may not have all of the graphic elements that will be put back in during editorial, but it will give the client an accurate representation of what the scenes will look like once reassembled. If you are working with a client remotely, you may have already made a file similar to this for approval purposes.
Creating all of these files may take a little bit of time, but you'll be doing all you can to set up your client for success once they receive their color corrected files back. Talk with a professional in digital editing software or click here for more info.