The edit page is designed to be easy and intuitive for new users, yet powerful enough to give professional editors all the tools and control they need! You get drag and drop editing for quickly building a story and moving shots around, as well as traditional three point editing tools used by industry editors. Plus, DaVinci Resolve is faster because it features an automatic trim cursor that changes depending where you click in the timeline, so you don’t have to waste time continually going back and forth changing tools. The edit page also includes dozens of transitions, effects and titles that make it easy to create professional work for broadcast television, feature films and online streaming!
Getting files into DaVinci Resolve is as easy as dragging and dropping! The media pool at the top left of the screen contains all the clips in your project. To get started, simply find files you want to import on your hard drive, drag them into the media pool and start editing. You can even drag entire folders with subfolders into the media pool and maintain their structure. DaVinci Resolve is designed to work with virtually all professional video and audio file formats ranging from H.264 and H.265 to ProRes, DNx, Blackmagic RAW, EXR and more. Whether you’re shooting on an iPhone or using a high end digital film camera, you’ll never have to waste time copying, transcoding or moving files.
Marking clips using "in" and "out" points lets you refine the portion of the clip you want to use in the edit. Double click a clip to load it into the source viewer on the left. Drag the playhead to the frame you want, then click the in and out buttons at the bottom right corner of the viewer to mark the start and end points of the clip. You can also use the I and O keyboard shortcuts for a faster workflow. Audio and video can be marked separately to create split edits where the audio starts before or after the video. Turning on audio waveforms lets you visually see where sentences start and stop, and you get tape style audio scrubbing so it’s easier to find the part of the clip you want.
You can drag and drop clips directly into the timeline or the timeline viewer on the right, where you will see an overlay with editing options. The edit overlay gives you instant access to the most popular types of edits, letting you quickly choose between insert, overwrite, replace, fit to fill, place on top, append at end, and ripple overwrite without having to remember shortcut commands. Once you’re familiar with the different types of edits, you can use the buttons for the most common edit types on the toolbar or use keyboard shortcuts to work even faster. After you’ve placed a few clips on the timeline, you can rearrange them using the swap and shuffle commands.
Inserts a clip into the timeline at the location of the playhead and pushes everything else down to make room for it. If the playhead is in the middle of a clip, it will split the clip and place the new clip in the middle.
The overwrite edit is one of the most common types of edits. When you perform an overwrite, it will place a new clip on the timeline at the location of the playhead, writing over whatever clip or clips were there before.
Replaces a single clip on the timeline with one of the exact same length. The "out" point of the clip you are editing into the timeline will be changed so it fits perfectly, making it the same duration as the one it replaces.
Fit to fill takes the portion of the clip that you have marked and adds a speed change to speed it up or slow it down. The speed change is automatically calculated so it fits into the space you have selected on the timeline.
The place on top command puts the clip you’re adding to the timeline on the next available video track at the location of the playhead. Place on top is great for adding titles, graphics or creating picture in picture effects.
Append at end places the source clip after the last edit on your timeline, regardless of where the playhead is located. You can also use it to add multiple clips from the media pool to the end of your timeline all at once!
Ripple overwrite replaces a shot of one length with a shot of a different length. Longer clips replace the clip in the timeline and push everything down to make room, while shorter clips pull things in so there are no gaps.
Trimming lets you adjust the timing between clips so you can fine tune your edit. The smart trim tool automatically switches between ripple, roll, slip and slide based on the location of the mouse pointer. This makes DaVinci Resolve faster because you don’t have to waste time going back and forth to switch trimming tools. Select the trim icon in the toolbar, then click anywhere inside a clip or at the edge of a clip on the timeline. You’ll see the cursor change to different types of trim tools as you move your mouse. This is known as context sensitive trimming. You can trim during live playback, hear audio while trimming and even trim multiple points on different tracks at the same time!
A roll trim works on both the left and right sides of an edit at the same time. While one side is shortened, the other side is extended by the same number of frames so the overall length of your timeline remains the same.
Rippling will extend or shorten the beginning or end of a clip. When you ripple an edit point, everything to the right of the edit is pushed down the timeline or pulled in to accommodate the clip’s new duration.
Slipping changes the portion of a clip that you see in the timeline by moving its "in" and "out" points. The white outline shows the full source clip duration, so you can fine tune it without affecting the surrounding edit.
Sliding changes a clip’s position on the timeline without changing its length. The clips on the left and right get shorter or longer as you slide the clip in the middle. You can think of a slide like a roll between 3 clips.
The effects library has extensive broadcast quality transitions and special effects plug-ins. Simply click the effects library icon at the top left of the page to open it, select the effect you want and drag it onto a clip in the timeline or onto the cut point between clips when adding transitions. Transition duration can be changed by dragging the edges of the transition in the timeline or by changing it in the inspector at the top right. The effects library features over 30 different transitions such as wipes and dissolves, along with over 65 GPU and CPU accelerated effects, including blurs, flares, warps and more! Plus you can add 3rd party OpenFX plug‑ins for even more creative options!
To create 2D or 3D titles, open the effects library at the top left of the screen, find the text generator or Fusion title template you want, and drag it into the timeline above your video tracks. Then use the inspector to type your text and adjust parameters such as font, size, color and more. The basic title generators let you build simple titles and lower thirds from scratch. The subtitle generator can be used to create perfectly timed subtitles. There are also dozens of Fusion title templates, which are professionally designed, pre-built 2D and 3D animated titles that you can customize to create professional looking cinematic titles without having to be a motion graphics expert!
Clip settings can be viewed in the inspector at the top right of the screen. You can change or animate any setting over the clip’s duration using the diamond keyframe buttons. Simply select a clip to see its parameters, adjust a setting, click the keyframe button, move the playhead to a different frame and repeat the process! You can also use the on screen controls to animate common transform parameters such as position, size and rotation. For even more control, click on the small keyframe and curve icons on the animated clips in the timeline to open the keyframe and curve editors. These allow you to move keyframes, adjust timing and set animation ease controls for virtually all parameters.
The edit page features a complete set of professional Fairlight audio controls and plug-ins. You can set levels in the timeline by clicking on the level bar in the middle of an audio clip. The inspector features a level slider too, along with controls for panning, pitch and a full 4 band parametric equalizer. To change the level on an entire track, simply adjust the track’s fader in the mixer. The mixer has visual meters that let you monitor signal levels, ensuring the audio is not too quiet or loud. There are also over 20 Fairlight FX in the effects library that you can use to clean up dialog, remove hum and more. Plus you can switch to the Fairlight page at any time for even more options!
The Quick Export option is the fastest way to deliver a file. To output your program, go to the Quick Export file menu and select Quick Export for one click access to the most popular delivery options. If you enter your account information, quick export will render and upload the finished video to your YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox accounts, all in a single step! You can also create your own custom presets. Simply switch to the Deliver page, adjust your settings, and save it as a new preset, render and export from there! DaVinci Resolve can deliver files in a wide range of formats for the web, television broadcast, online streaming and even digital cinema packages for theatrical distribution.
Once you have mastered the basics, you will find that the edit page features an incredibly rich set of features that give you total creative control over every aspect of your work! You will be able to mix and master your soundtrack, add speed ramps, work with advanced editing and trimming tools for more sophisticated projects, use facial recognition to organize clips based on different characters, create picture in picture effects, work with multi cam footage, and so much more! Plus, DaVinci Resolve works with just about every type of video and audio file, and gives you a variety of different ways to manage your footage, which is especially useful when you are working on larger projects.
The retime control command lets you create fast or slow motion footage from any clip. Variable speed changes, or speed ramps, allow the playback speed to change over time. For example, an action clip may start at normal speed, ramp down to slow motion for a few seconds, and then speed back up. You can create speed ramps in the timeline using the graphical curve editor for both frame position and playback speed. Simply move frames to any point in time and adjust the speed between them! Control the quality of retimed footage by choosing between optical flow, frame blending and nearest frame rendering. DaVinci Resolve Studio has advanced speed warp for incredibly fluid, crystal clear quality!
You can create picture in picture effects using the on screen controls in the viewer or by adjusting clip transformation settings in the inspector. The on screen controls can be enabled in the pop up menu at the bottom left of the timeline viewer. Just stack two clips in the timeline, select the one on top, and use the on screen controls to resize and reposition the clip anywhere in the frame. You can animate the effect by clicking the diamond keyframe button in the inspector, moving the playhead and then changing the position, rotation or scale of the clip. You can even drag a drop shadow from the effects library onto the clip in the timeline to make the picture in picture stand out!
Dynamic zoom is an incredibly easy and fast way to reframe and add gentle push in or pull out animations to any shot. Dynamic zoom is ideal for adding extra drama and interest to shots which would otherwise be just static. Best of all, you don’t have to know anything about animation to use it! Just select a clip in the timeline, then turn on dynamic zoom in the inspector. When you have selected the clip, green and red boxes will appear in the viewer over your image. The green box shows where the shot will be framed at the beginning of the clip and the red box shows where it will be framed at the end. Simply drag and resize the boxes to your desired start and end positions, then press play!
The inspector features built in stabilization and lens correction controls for every clip in the timeline. The edit page uses image warping and translation to smooth out or even lock down unwanted camera motion in a clip, while preserving the motion of individual objects in the frame. You’ll see options for camera lock, zooming, crop ratio, smoothing and strength in the inspector. These let you determine how much stabilization you want to apply. For example, you might just want to remove a camera bump or two, naturally reduce the slight shakiness often found in handheld shots, or lock it down entirely so it looks like a static shot. Just choose your settings and click the stabilize button.
Jump cuts occur when you have two different parts of the same clip next to each other on the timeline. For example, if you cut a sentence or phrase out of the middle of an interview clip you’ll end up with a cut that visually jumps from the interviewee sitting in one position to a slightly different position. Normally, you would try to cover these types of cuts with another camera angle or B roll, because they’re visually jarring. The smooth cut transition uses advanced optical flow image analysis to remove the jump cut so it looks like one continuous take. It is applied like any other transition. Just drop it between two clips on the timeline and adjust the duration until it’s perfect!
The edit page features more advanced trimming tools than any other system! You get context sensitive cursor tools, as well as dynamic JKL trimming which lets you trim during looping playback. Asymmetric trimming is perfect for quickly opening or closing gaps in the timeline because it lets you trim in different directions at the same time. You can also select and trim multiple clips on the same or different tracks. There are track targeting, locking, and sync tools in the headers at the left of the timeline so you can manage sync relationships when working on complex multitrack edits. Plus, there are trim commands that let you quickly extend or shorten an edit, trim to the playhead and more!
The fastest way to edit clips and scenes between timelines is to use the stacked and tabbed timeline features. Simply click the timeline view options icon at the top left of the timeline window to activate tabs. Timelines can be stacked vertically so you can drag and drop clips between them, or tabbed across the top of the timeline window so you can quickly switch to a new scene, copy the clips you need, switch to another timeline and paste them in! This lets you have multiple timelines open at the same time, which is essential when you’re working in larger, more complex projects or when you’re working with assistant editors and other collaborators in the color, Fusion or Fairlight pages.
Animation doesn’t just refer to moving objects! Any setting can be changed over time. For example, you can animate the opacity of a clip from 100% to 0 over the course of a few seconds. When you do this in the inspector, the rate of change is constant, or linear. The curve editor lets you see keyframe positions and animation curves directly under each clip in the timeline. Simply click on the curve icon at the bottom right corner of the clip to open the curve editor. Using the drop down list on the left side, select the parameter you want and use the bezier tools to create your own custom ease in and out curve. Keyframes can be copied, pasted, moved in groups and edited as needed.
A visible audio waveform in the source viewer simplifies the process of marking interview and dialogue clips! Click the option menu, which looks like three dots, at the top right of the viewer to enable audio waveform overlays. This allows you to quickly navigate to different parts of a clip based on spikes, silent areas or other visual cues in the audio waveform. Tape style audio scrubbing makes it possible to understand dialog while playing back at slower speeds. The combination of tape style scrubbing and audio waveform overlays lets you quickly and precisely find the parts of the clip you want. It’s also easier to create split edits where the audio starts before or after the video.
Adjustment clips make it easy to add an effect or color correction over multiple clips in the timeline. They work from the top down, so any effect you add to an adjustment clip will be applied to all the clips below it. For example, if you want to add the same analog film look to a series of clips in the timeline, drag a new adjustment clip from the effects library and place it on a higher video track over your clips. Trim it to the desired length, add the analog damage effect and adjust its settings in the inspector. All of the shots under the adjustment clip will have the same effect! You can even custom name adjustment clips and drag them back into a bin in the media pool for use later!
While the cut page features super fast syncing and smart multicam edit tools for fast turn around projects, the edit page features a full multicam interface with everything you need for editing larger, more complex projects with 4, 8, 16 or more cameras. The multicam viewer lets you see all cameras playing back at the same time. It also features keyboard and mouse controls for fast cutting and switching with separate audio or video only options, and highly accurate syncing via audio waveform, timecode or in/out points. Once edited, you can refine your trim points and change clip angles in the timeline. You can even step into the multicam clip to trim and color correct angles independently!
DaVinci Resolve lets you customize and save your own keyboard shortcuts. There are even built in presets for other application shortcuts, which makes it easier if you're switching to DaVinci Resolve from other editing software! Virtually every command and tool, including context sensitive menu items, can be assigned a keyboard shortcut. Simply select keyboard customization from the DaVinci Resolve menu at the top left of the screen. The visual interface lists all available commands and currently assigned shortcuts. Press on any key to see what is in use and what else is available. Once you're done, you can save your own preset and even export it for use on other DaVinci Resolve systems!
Markers are small indicators on a clip or timeline that can act as reminders about things you need to work on, shots that you like and more. Markers can be color coded, have a title, text description and keywords, and they can be set to any duration you'd like. Annotations are on screen notes or images used to leave comments or feedback on clips. You can enable annotations in the pop up menu at the bottom left of the timeline viewer. There are tools for highlighting, drawing and even typing or adding basic shapes. Markers and annotations help to keep you organized when working on larger projects and when collaborating with others. Annotations can even be shared with remote collaborators.
When you add clips into the media pool, you can create folders called "bins" to organize them. Select "New Bin" from the file menu and then simply drag the clips you want into the bin. Making bins is as easy as creating folders on your hard drive! The media pool has buttons to switch between icon and list view, along with a search tool for finding media, and a sidebar that displays the master bin hierarchy. You can also create smart bins that automatically sort footage based on metadata such as camera, date, scene and more. DaVinci Resolve Studio even features advanced facial recognition technology powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically create bins for individual characters!
The DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard lets you edit with both hands, dramatically speeding up your workflow! It’s a professional keyboard with transport controls on the right side and edit functions on the left side. This means you can use the search dial and source tape buttons with your right hand to locate shots, while simultaneously marking clips and performing edits or live trimming with your left hand. It’s much faster than using a mouse! The keyboard features a machined metal design, durable high quality keys that feel great, and an elegant search dial with electronic clutch so you can quickly locate shots and trim edits live! Everything you need is right at your fingertips!
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