New to FRV, wondering how to combine this with my PhotoMechanic

I am very new to Fast Raw Viewer.  I've been using PhotoMechanic since as long as I can remember, and I have mostly switched from using Lightroom to using PhotoLab 4.  I've been watching all the videos about FRV, and I have two or three more to watch - tomorrow.
From what I've seen so far, it looks like when I come home from taking photos, the first thing to do would be to evaluate them in FRV, and do the "culling".  Once I've done that, I would probably want to use Photo Mechanic Plus to copy the good images to a folder in an organized location on my computer.  This includes renaming the folders, renaming the images, and copyng over the metadata that I would already have edited.
My first question - is what I just wrote reasonable, or am I missing something?
At some point I would want to start editing in PhotoLab 4, but if I understand the videos correctly, I can do the "raw editing" in FRV, saving the information along with the images.  This would presumably optimize the image, getting the images ready for my custom editing in PL4 - cropping, straightening, adjusting the image to look its best, adding my watermark, and finally noise reduction.  Last step is to export the image, both to my Smugmug Photo Gallery ( ), and to pass on to others.
Second question - is what I just wrote correct?  Can I use FRV to adjust the raw image, so it's ready for me to polish in PL4 ?

Dear Sir:

To your first question, yes, what you are suggesting is indeed a reasonable approach.

FastRawViewer sets "editing" parameters as XMP sidecar entries. DxO PhotoLab doesn't expect any of those parametric edits in XMP files, and will probably ignore them.

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Thank you.  So very simply put, FRV is for evaluating and culling my images.  Presumably rejected images will go into a new folder on my memory card, and when I ingest images from the card, I will exclude the folder with the rejects.
All I will be doing is evaluating, and learning.  At the end of the process, the (better) images will get ingested same as always.

Dear Sir:

Because of reliability issues (readers, cables, drivers, etc), I prefer not to write to cards out of camera. When culling, I use FastRawViewer to copy the images that I need from the card to a folder on a disk; and of course backup the whole content of the card to some permanent storage (in my case, FreeNAS servers, one local, one remote).

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