DaVinci Resolve – Quick Guide

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Create New Project

  • Select New Project
  • Enter a name for the project and click Create.

Interface / Workspaces:

  • Media
  • Cut – for basic edits
  • Edit – video editing
  • Fusion – special effects and motion graphics
  • Color – color grades, corrections
  • Fairlight – audio stuff; pro audio tools
  • Deliver – exporting and rendering video projects

Settings

Timeline Format

  • Timeline resolution – Custom; for 2560 x 1440 processing
  • Timeline frame rate – 60fps
  • Playback frame rate – 60fps (same as above)

Video Monitoring

  • Video format – HD 1080p 60

Presets

  • Click Save As.
  • Enter the preset name and click OK.

Media

  • Right-click on the media pool and select Import Media.
  • Find the media to import.

Cut / Edit

  • Drag down the media file onto the timeline.
  • Zoom in and out of the timeline – use +/- or Detail Zoom
  • Playback monitor (right window) – see what the finished product would look like.
  • Preview monitor (left window) – view other media files.
  • Timeline View Options – enable Subtitle Tracks and Audio Waveforms
  • Video View Options – select Film Strip View
  • Audio View Options – display Non-Rectified Waveform and Full Waveform

Editing

  • Start trimming video down
  • Remove all gaps, bad takes, etc.
  • Use handles to remove clips or blade tool to slice up footage.
  • Add B-Roll footage.
  • Mute unwanted audio.
  • Enable/disable snapping for precise edit

Audio

  • Add additional music to timeline.

Titles

  • Add titles.

Transitions

  • Add transition effects.

Audio levels

  • Adjust audio levels.
  • Add audio effects.

Color

  • Apply LUT > HDR ST 2084 > HDR 1000 nits to Gamma 2.4

Export

  • Go to Deliver.
  • Resolution – Custom 2560 x 1440
  • Frame rate – 60
  • Format – MP4
  • Video Codec – H.265
  • Type – Auto
  • Encoding Profile – Main 10
  • Audio – Bus 1 (Stereo)
  • Audio Codec – AAC
  • Data burn-in – Same as project

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