DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 38: Working with VFX Connect Clips

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By Kevin P. McAuliffe

In our last lesson, in our look at learning DaVinci Resolve, we talked about Compound Clips, and how to work with them in your timeline.  In this lesson, we’re going to take that concept a little further, and talk about VFX Connect Clips, and how you can work with them in the full version of Fusion.

Now, the first, and most logical question you might be thinking is “Why would I want to use the full version of Fusion, when I have Fusion right here inside of Resolve?”  Well, the simple answer is that there are many more tools inside of the full version of Fusion…..oh yeah….and it’s also free to use!

DaVinci Resolve 15 - VFX Connect ClipThe easiest way to think of this workflow is that it’s very similar to the way Premiere and AE work together to get your Resolve timeline over to Fusion.  Here’s how it works.

First, you’re going to need to select a group of clips that you’d like to send over to Fusion.  Once you’ve selected them, right click on them and select “New VFX Connect Clip”. You’ll now be presented with this window.


What Resolve is basically asking you is “You’re going to be exporting the clips in your timeline you want to send to Fusion, so choose the codec you want to have the footage exported as.”  In our case, we’re simply going to export to the Desktop in a ProRes 4444 Codec, so the export window will look a little like the below.

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Since I want Fusion to open automatically, I’m going to select “Open VFX Connect Clip in Fusion”.   Once you say Create, Resolve is going to render out all your selected clips into the folder you created (or chose), and then it’s going to open them in Fusion, and lay out a proper Node chain, so that you can now composite the clips any way you like.  What’s also going to happen in Resolve is that a new “VFX Compound Clip” will be added to your timeline

DaVinci Resolve 15 - VFX Connect Clip Fusion

What makes this process really cool is that once you’ve made all your changes and saved your Fusion project, in Resolve, you can simply right click on your VFX Connect clip and select VFX Connect>Refresh to update your Resolve timeline, and get all the compositing you created in Fusion, inside of your Resolve timeline.

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

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