DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 11: Working with Markers

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last article, in our look at learning DaVinci Resolve, we talked about the importing our Final Cut Pro X timelines into Resolve for a roundtrip workflow, for color grading.  In this lesson, I want to talk about using Markers with your newly imported footage. 

As you know, getting footage into the Media Pool, W  Markers are there to help you do just that. Most people think that the only way to work with Markers is to access them via your timeline, but that’s not true. You can not only add markers to your footage in the Media Pool, but you can also enter your text information as well as some other great parameter adjustments, right from within the Media Pool’s viewer window.  Let’s see how it’s done.

One thing that’s important to point out right away is that footage is not “imported” into Resolve, until it’s in your Media Pool.  Therefore, you can’t add any markers to your clips, until they have been imported. Once in the Media Pool, simply double click on any clip to bring it up into the viewer.  Now, you can use the shortcut key of “M” to add a marker to your footage. If you were to double click on a clip from the Media Storage window, and preview it in the viewer, you’ll notice that you can not add a marker here, so keep that in mind.  Once a marker has been added to your clip(s), to access the parameters (name, duration, color, etc), you can simply double click on the marker, and the “Markers” window will appear.

One thing that is very cool that I would like to point out is that you can add not only standard makers, but spanned markers as well, by simply adjusting the duration of the marker from one frame, to whatever duration you want the marker to be.  You can also adjust the marker dynamically in the viewer by simply dragging either the in or out point to wherever you need it to be.

In our next lesson, we’ll take an overview look at the editing interface, and talk about with the main windows do, and how you’ll work with them in your Resolve workflow.

Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for Davinci Resolve here.


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