In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we talked about Trim Edit mode, and how you can now trim clips in both destructive, and non-destructive ways. Now, I want to keep the idea of Trim Edit Mode (TEM) going, and talk about two other fantastic features you have access to when in TEM, and that is slipping and sliding, and what the difference is between the two concepts. Let’s get into it!
So, the first big question is, what is the difference between slipping and sliding. A “Slip”, is the technique of adjusting the content of your edit, without adjusting the in and out edit points. What you are doing to your clip is “slipping” it back and forth “inside” the edit. Sliding, on the other hand, is slightly different. When sliding your clips, what you are doing is keeping the duration the same, but moving the clip back and forth up and down the timeline, to give it a new starting location. The purpose of these two commands is simple. Make editor adjustments with one keyboard shortcut, and a slight location change as to where to put your mouse, to get the different commands to work. Here’s a visual representation of slipping and sliding.
Now, I’ve spoiled things a little, but you can see the difference between slipping and sliding. How you get to them, as you saw in the video, is with a slight position change of the mouse. Once you enter TEM, slipping and sliding automatically become accessible. Positioning your mouse in the middle of any clip will give you access to the “Slip” command, and if you take the mouse and move it south towards the bottom of the clip, you’ll now see that the icon has changed, and instead of slipping your clips, you’re now sliding your clips. These are two tools that I use all the time, and ones that will save you a ton of time, when refining your edits.
In our next lesson, I want to start talking about basic effects in Resolve, and how you can get access to not only them, but third party effects as well.
Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for DaVinci Resolve here.