DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 17: Basic Editing Part 2 (Overwrite vs Insert Editing)

Insert Editing in DaVinci Resolve

In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we took a look at the Skimming Tool, and how it’s a great, simple way to track down your edits points as quickly and easily as possible.  In this lesson, we’re going to talk about Insert vs. Overwrite editing, and when you’ll choose one technique over another.

So the first obvious question is, what is the difference between Overwrite and Insert editing.  Well, the simplest answer is that one is a destructive process, and the other isn’t. Insert editing is destructive, as when you use the technique to drop clips into your timeline, assuming you’re editing clips in between other clips, all the subsequent clips that come after your edit point will be pushed down the timeline, to make room for the new clip.  Not a big deal if you’re working with video or audio only. If you need to maintain sync in your audio and video, you need to be very careful about what you’re doing. Overwrite editing, on the other hand, is non-destructive, and when you drop clips into your timeline, whether it’s video, audio or both, the clips replace all, or a part of the area of your timeline you’ve marked.

Now, for this tutorial series, we’re going to stick with the standard Resolve keyboard shortcuts, and the shortcuts for Insert and Overwrite edits are F9 and F10 respectively.  What I’ve done below is show you the two main differences between the two editing techniques via animated GIF’s.


Insert Editing in DaVinci Resolve


Overwrite Edits in DaVinci Resolve

Many people think that when you’re editing, you need to have an in and out point on both the clip you’re editing into your timeline, as well as the timeline itself.  Well, that’s not the case. You only even need (at most) three edit points. Either an In and Out point in the clip you’re dropping into your timeline, and an in or out point in the timeline itself, or vice versa.  When I’m getting started, I’m normally using the In and out points in my clips, and when I’m refining my edits, I’m more focused on the timeline, and keeping things just right, so I get specific and use the In and Out points, there, and just one in the clips I’m adding in.  It might seem a little confusing, but once you get editing, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about!

In our next lesson, I want to talk about a few other editing tools, and how you can use them to speed up your overall editing workflow.

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

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