DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 16: Basic Editing Part 1 (Skimming)

By Kevin P. McAuliffe

In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we took a look at both the Fairlight and Deliver Modules.  In this lesson, we’re going back to the Edit Module to talk about editing clips into your timelines. But before you put that clip in the timeline, take a look at it with the Skimming Tool!

If you’re new to editing, DaVinci Resolve has made some huge steps in the last few updates to make it an editing application, on par with Premiere, Media Composer and FCPX.  To get things rolling, picking your shots is the most important step in the process but, to be honest, you don’t want to be double clicking on every clip to call it up in the Preview window (left side), to see the contents of the shots.  That’s where the Skimming Tool comes in handy. Don’t worry about double clicking, simply mouse over the shot, and drag the mouse left and right, and you’ll notice Resolve will immediately preview the shot both in the bin and then in the preview window as well.

Once you’ve found the shot you’re interested in using, now double click on it to call it up in the preview monitor.  Once there, you’re now ready to add in and out points to the shot, before dropping it into your timeline. With the standard keyboard layout, you’re going to use the “L” key to play your timeline, and then use the “I” and “O” keys to make in and out points in your clips.  Keep in mind that you can also drag through your clips to choose In and Out points as well. Now that you have your clip marked and ready to drop into a timeline, let’s go ahead and do that.

We’re going to use the standard keyboard short cuts for right now, and you have two choices when it comes to dropping clips into your timeline.  When dropping in the first shot, though, it really doesn’t matter which one you choose. You can use either F9 for an Insert Edit, or F10 for an Overwrite edit.  Again, either one with the first shot really doesn’t matter. Once you hit the key on the keyboard, you’ll notice that the clip will now appear in your timeline. If you’re more a drag and drop editor, don’t worry, as Resolve has the capability to drag and drop editing as well.  Once your edit points are entered, simply drag and drop the clip into your timeline, and you’re all set to go!

In our next lesson, we’ll talk specifically about the differences between the two types of edits, and when you’ll want to use one, over the other.

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




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