DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 22: Effects Part 1 – Clip Based Parameters

In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we talked about the Slip and Slide commands inside of Trim Edit mode, and how you can quickly adjust your edits without having to do an re-editing.  In this lesson, I want to take a step sideways, and start talking about effects work inside of Resolve, and we’re going to start out with Clip-based Parameters.

What’s important to keep in mind about clip-based parameters (CBP) is that technically, they are not an effect, but I refer to them as effects, as in many other editing applications, these parameters are applied like effects (i.e. – Lens Correction).  So let’s take a look at what we have. First, you need to be able to find the clip-based parameters, which are attached to every clip added to your timeline. The Inspector is where you do that. Look to the upper left corner of the interface, and you’ll see the Mixer, Metadata and the Inspector panels.  Once you press the “Inspector” button, it will pop out of the right side of the interface.

Clip-based Parameters in DaVinci Resolve

If you get a window that says “Nothing to Inspect”, it’s because you don’t have a clip selected in your timeline.  You’ll notice that the CBP are divided up into “logical” categories including Composite, Transform, Cropping, Dynamic Zoom, Retime & Scaling and Lens Correction.  We’re going to cover what a few of these do, coming up in a couple of lessons.. I’m not going to cover the obvious ones, like Transform, Crop and Opacity, as they are fairly self explanatory, but I’ll look at a few of the other ones, as they are some pretty handy tools to have.  

Something else that I want to point out is that even though the background of your shots looks to be black when you make a CBP adjustment like Scale, or even rotation, the “black” is actually transparent, and you can now start stacking clips in your timeline, to create some basics effects or “looks” for your edits.

In our next lesson, I want to talk about a great shortcut you can use to get access to your CBP, as well as a “hidden” annotation feature you can use, in conjunction with Markers.

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


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