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DaVinci Resolve: Tips, Workflows, Keyboard Shortcuts

I started using DaVinci Resolve for all sorts of post production work (editing, sound, color) in 2020.

My usage is a bit sporadic, and I often need to re-remember how to do things, so I started making a search index of tips, tricks, keyboard shortcuts, and workflows here.

General

TEST RENDER (frame rate, audio)

Open Questions

Editing

Play a Portion of the Timeline on Loop

Dual Viewer Mode on Edit Page

Punch In / Crop in Post

Animate Anything (eg, Camera Tracking) with Video Keyframes

View and Delete Video (Fusion) Keyframes for Adjustment Clips

Cross Dissolve (Fade in / out video)

Editor Choppiness

Render in Place…

Improve Choppy Slow Motion with Frame Interpolation (when you didn’t capture at a high enough framerate)

Copy and Paste Clip Attributes

Paste Insert at Playhead

Paste into Any Track

Delete a Gap on the Timeline

Organizing and Importing Media

Search Text of Markers with Edit Index

Use no-op Adjustment Clips as Annotations

Automatically Set Reel Names from File Pathname

Set Human Readable Clip Names with Metadata Variables

Keywords

Custom Metadata Groups

Fixing Framerate (fps)

We had two options.

Option 1: Export from DaVinci at 60fps and then convert to 24fps after the fact:

# inspect the fps, was 60
ffmpeg -i  scene-06.mov

# convert from 60 to 24fps by dropping frames (vs changing duration)
ffmpeg -i scene-06.mov  -filter:v fps=fps=24 scene-06-24fps.mov

We would have done Option 1 if we had more work on the project done before we realized this error, but since we had done relatively little, we opted for Option 2.

Option 2: Create a new DaVinci project and DON’T change the Project Timeline fps when DaVinci prompts to do this on initial import.

Then, for all of the clips that are at 60fps, right click, select Clip Attributes and change Video Frame Rate from 24 to 60 fps.

NB: we did this once clips were in a timeline, BUT I think we might have been better off trying this in the Media Pool.

Sound

Sync Based on Timecode

Sync Clips Based on Waveform with Syncalia

  1. Drag all video and audio into a Timeline named “Everything”
  2. Open the timeline and File › Export AAF, XML and export an fcpxml file.
  3. Open in Syncalia. Sync. Export XML.
  4. Import the xml back into DaVinci, name Everything - SYNC.
  5. Almost all of the audio should be synced.

Syncalia Timeline Tracks Gotchas

Transcribe Timelines

Background Noise Filter

Crossfade (Fade in + out audio)

Normalize Audio Levels!!

Normalizing Audio Levels (Continued)

An Alternative to Audio Volume Keyframes

Fix Left / Right Audio Pan Issues

Fix Mono / Stereo Audio Issues

NB: this is just me looking at one example, but I think he did different things for different tracks.

Display Different Audio Channels from wav in Separate Tracks

Fairlight Index

Use a Bus to Group Audio Tracks

Apply Filters to Entire Bus

Use Dynamics Audio Compressor

Make Dialog a Little More Clear By Adjusting Band 1 In Equalizer

Make Something Sound Further Away

Simulate a Walkie Talkie Sound

Create Ambient Outdoor “Roomtone” by Looping Smaller Clips with Offsets

Bounce Audio to a New Layer

(OLD WAY I did this):

Sidechain Dialog to Music

Target Loudness

Color Grading

Useful Shortcuts for Color Grading

Stills

Rob’s Basic Process for Color Grading

  1. Select the BRAW clip and you can do things like:
  1. Make 6 or 8 Serial Nodes

  2. Node 1: White Balance

  1. Node 2: Skin
  1. Node 3: Light & Exposure
  1. Node 4: Spot Adjust
  1. Node 5: Film Grain
  1. Node 6: Motion Effects
  1. Node 7: LUTs

Multiuser

Use an ec2 Postgres DB for Cloud Multiuser