In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we started an introductory talk about Clip-Based Parameters (CBP), and I teased that there was an easier, and to be honest more dynamic way of accessing the CBP of a clip, as well as having a very cool way of annotating clips, so let’s talk about that in this lesson.
Last time, we talked about how to access the Inspector, by simply hitting the button in the upper right corner of the interface, and that’s fine to get access to some of the parameters (like Composite), but let’s be honest, dragging parameter values is not the same thing as using on-screen controls/widgets to get things just the way you want. So how do you go about accessing these tools, as opposed to having to got to the inspector constantly? Well, you can access them from right below the Sequence window, as you see in the below image.
You can see that we have a few options of tools we can choose from with Transform and Crop being fairly self explanatory, but what about the other three? Well, Dynamic Zoom is a good one. A quick and simple way to add a Ken Burns effect to your shot. Simply make sure that it is turned on in the Inspector, and you’ll now see your start and end frame positions that you can easily adjust it’s scale or position.
OpenFX Overlays will display any on screen widgets that are included with third party effects, much like the ones you find in Boris Continuum Complete effects.
And last, but certainly not least, Annotations. This cool parameter gives you the ability to write in the frame, and have it added as a marker to your clip or timeline. It’s a totally awesome feature, and one that you wouldn’t even know is there.
Alright. In our next lesson, we’re going to apply some standard effects that come with Resolve!
Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for DaVinci Resolve here.