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DaVinci Resolve Basic Video Editing Tutorial

In this video and article we’re going to be taking a look at the basics of editing with DaVinci Resolve. Most of these instructions apply for DaVinci Resolve 12, 12.5 and 14.

DaVinci Resolve Instructions

This tutorial will teach you how to import files, place them in the timeline, move and trim video clips, adjust the volume of audio clips and do many more things with Resolve.

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Import Files

Davinci Resolve Import

Once you’ve opened a project, on the bottom menu you can see four tabs. Media, Edit, Color and Deliver, select the Media tab. In the media tab, on the left you can see a folder menu of your harddrives. There you can browse to the files you want to add, and just drag them down to the media pool.

You can then access the Media Pool on the Edit tab and begin adding clips to your timeline.

Place Files Into Timeline

Davinci Resolve Timeline

To place files into the timeline, simply go to the Edit tab. On the top left you will see the Media Pool with all the files you added to your project. Just pick a file, click, hold and drag it down to the timeline.

Move, Cut & Trim

Davinci Resolve Move and Cut

Between the preview screen and the timeline there is a toolbar with a few options. The first one is an arrow which is the Normal Edit Mode, you can also access it by pressing A. After that there’s the Trim Edit Mode option which has the hotkey T. Third is the Razor Edit Mode, which can be accessed by pressing B as well.

To move a video clip go to the Normal Edit Mode, left click on a clip in the timeline, hold and drag to move it around.

Cutting a clib can be done by switching to Razor Edit Mode. Simply go to a clip on your timeline

Davinci Resolve Trim

For trimming you don’t need to switch to the Trim tool. Just go to the end or beginning of a clip, and hover your mouse over the edge of the clip untill the cursor icon changes. Then just click, hold and drag to trim the clip.

Transition Effects

Davinci Resolve Transitions

In the Edit tab on the far left there’s three tabs: Toolbox, OpenFX and AudioFX. To access transition effects, select Toolbox (if it isn’t already selected). There should be two subheading called “Audio Transitions” and “Video Transitions” there. Just click and drag the effects you want to the beginning or end of a video or audio clip.

Add Text & Image Overlays

Davinci Resolve Add Text

If you want to add text and overlay it on your video, go to the Toolbox menu on the far left, scroll down untill you see a subheading called “Titles”. Choose the “Text” option from there, click and drag it on a video track on top of the footage you want to overlay. You can edit the text options on the top right menu, to the right of the video preview.

Change Opacity, Position & Other Settings

Davinci Resolve Settings

To change opacity, position and more settings, first click on the video clip you want to adjust. Then check the top right menu next to the video preview. There you can adjust the opacity, position and size of the video clip. You can also use keyframes to for example make a clip fade in and out, or make an image overlay move around on the screen.

Adjust Audio Volume

Davinci Resolve Audio Volume

Adjust the volume by first left clicking a audio clip in the timeline. Then check the top right menu next to the video preview, there you should see a volume option. You can also use keyframes to for example create fade in and out effects, or lower the audio of a music clip when someone in the video is speaking, and more.

Export Project

Davinci Resolve Export Project

When you are done editing, you’ll obviously want to export your project. To do that, first click on the Deliver tab on the bottom menu. On the far left you will see a menu called “Render Settings”. Here you can choose from a range of preset settings, which usually work just fine, or configure your own render settings. For example the “YouTube 1080p” preset works pretty well for full high definition videos.

Once you are done with the settings, click on “Add to Render Queue”. When you do that, a dialogue will pop up asking you where to save the file. Select your destination folder and click OK.

Then finally press on the “Start Render” button to begin exporting the video.

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