Basic Video Editing in DaVinci Resolve 17 | Sjoerd Wess | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Basic Video Editing in DaVinci Resolve 17

teacher avatar Sjoerd Wess, Cinematographer / Director

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Importing Media

    • 3. Create a Proxy Workflow

    • 4. Create Keyboard Shortcuts

    • 5. Spotting Your Clips

    • 6. Duo Timeline Setup & Workflow

    • 7. Add Text and Music

    • 8. Colorpage Sneak Peek

    • 9. Exporting and Archiving Your Project

    • 10. Media Management (Save TONS of data)

    • 11. Learn More

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

This Basic Editing Course

This course is ideal if you have a basic understanding of DaVinci Resolve 17, which means you are familiar with the button and page layout. However, you are curious about the editing process from start to finish. This course will teach you exactly that! 

What will you learn?

This course takes you over all the key features in DaVinci Resolve 17 that relates to the full editing workflow, from importing media to establishing a proxy workflow to work with heavy files on a 'slower' computer. But also how to add text, music and save tons of data by doing a propper sweep through your media in the end. In short, this course takes you through the entire workflow from A to Z. 

If you have never worked with DaVinci Resolve 17, I suggest you check out my 'Introduction Course' first.
Introduction To DaVinci Resolve 17 - Complete Walkthrough

BRAW (Blackmagic RAW) footage is supplied to properly follow along, please check the 'Projects & Recourses' page for the link. 

If you want more, head over to my other courses!
DR17 Series, course 1: Introduction to DaVinci Resolve 17
DR17 Series, course 2: Basic Video Editing in DaVinci Resolve 17
DR17 Series, course 3: Introduction To The Color Page in DaVinci Resolve 17
DR17 Series, course 4: Color Correction & Grading in DaVinci Resolve 17

DaVinci Resolve 17

DaVinci Resolve 17 is not only the best colour grading tool out there, but also extremely stable for video editing. The best thing? It's FREE! Yes, the basic version is FREE for you to download allowing you to edit timelines in HD, which is perfect if you want to practise. Find it here!

The topics

  • Importing media into your project
  • Creating a proxy workflow (to edit without lagging)
  • Create keyboard shortcuts
  • Spotting your clips (in a spot timeline)
  • Duo timeline setup & workflow
  • Add text & music
  • Color page sneak peek
  • Exporting and project archive
  • Media management (save TONS of data)

Who am I?

My name is Sjoerd (a very common Dutch name that is quite hard to pronounce for everyone outside of our tiny country). I started shooting skateboarding videos back when I was about 14-years-old which eventually evolved into the things I do today. Right now, I work as a cinematographer based in Holland, but luckily shooting everywhere in Europe.

My main passion lays in documentary filmmaking. The art of telling someone's story through beautiful and powerful images is amazing. I also have a strong passion for extreme sports, like snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding and climbing. A lot more about me can be found on my YouTube channel, check the 'useful links' section if you're interested. 

Useful Links:

My YouTube channel -
Instagram -
Facebook -

My Equipment:

Camera, audio and lighting Gear -

If you have any questions after completing this course, feel free to shoot me a message on YouTube, Instagram or through the discussion section. I'm happy to help!

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Sjoerd Wess

Cinematographer / Director


Hi all,

I started out as a kid, filming my buddies skateboarding. I was that kid who still tried nailing the kickflip, while my friends flipped down 8 stairs already. This, though, gave me the opportunity to film what they did and, in doing so, get better at it. I quickly discovered a talent for finding compositions and searching for interesting angles to improve the shot.

Now, many years later, I hardly ever film skateboarding. I do, however, practice the amazing art form of filmmaking every day.


Another big passion of mine is to teach others the craft I've taught myself over the last 15 years. YouTube is a great resource for me, but Skillshare enables me to go more in-depth about important topics. So, I'm glad you found me here! 

Enjoy th... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Class Introduction: Welcome to this editing course into Vinci Resolve 17. If this is your first time in the Vinci Resolve, makes sure to check out the introduction course first, because there I'll take you through all the pages which will be very helpful in editing later on. In this course, we will discuss the following topics. How to import media, how to create a proxy workflow for better and faster editing. How to create your own keyboard shortcuts. How to stop all your clips into a separate timeline that will speed up your editing workflow. Then also how to arrange a rough cut from the spot timeline using a duo timeline setup. Then once we have that rough cut, we add in texts, we add in music, and we check what kind of things we can do with the music. Then we take a quick sneak peek into color page. Then we export a project and we archive and do some media management to top it off. As you can see, there's a lot to talk about before we get started, make sure to download my simple footage that I use in this course to properly follow along. It's free and you can play around with some B-roll footage. Now, let's dive in. 2. Importing Media: The first thing we're going to talk about is how to import your media into DaVinci Resolve. Since I already talked about this in the introduction course, I will not go in depth about it, but I'll just show you how I like to do it. So I prefer to drag and drop it from the Finder window into DaVinci Resolve. This is for me the easiest way. So that's what we're going to do. Navigate to your finder window with the folder containing all the clips highlighted. Drag it over to this area here, and let go. It will create all the bins for you, which makes it very easy and convenient if you have a very big project that you're working on. All right, next we're going to take a look at how to create a proxy workflow. 3. Create a Proxy Workflow: The first thing we wanna do when creating proxies is to go down to the bottom right corner, click on the gear icon, and then scroll down to this area where it says optimized media and ran their cash. Over here you can choose what kind of proxy media format you want. Now, if you're on Mac, I prefer to do it on progress 42 to proxy. And if you're on Windows, I like to use DNA XHR, LB. These are the smallest files within that intermediate codec. Now choose proxies since I'm on a Mac, then you can choose the proxy media resolution as well. I personally leave it at choose automatically. But if you're running a computer that is not fast enough, you can choose 1 16th, 1 eighth, and so forth. Then the last really important step is where you want to save your proxy media. I personally like to store all the proxy media files inside the folder that I'm working in. So I'm working in the highland kettle footage folder. So here I'll usually create a new folder called proxies. And this is what I'll use, so everything is contained in that one folder. Very easy. Click Save. Now we're ready to actually be transcode our footage. Alright? If you have multiple bins containing clips, then it's best to highlight all the bins. And then all the clips will be dropped into one bin area. Select all the clips inside this combined been area, right-click, and then generate proxy media. Let it run for a little while until it's done and you're ready to roll. Then the last thing you need to do is go over to playback and select this option here, use proxy media if available. There's one other thing you can do if you need to do a really quick edit and you don't have time to transcode everything into another format. You can use timeline proxy mode. This way, the entire timeline that you're working in is sort of downscale into quarter resolution or half resolution. It works really well. But if you have the time, I would highly suggest you just transcode all your clips into a different format because that works way better. 4. Create Keyboard Shortcuts: Using keyboard shortcuts is essential if you want to edit faster, let me show you how I set it up. If you want to skip this part, you can also download my keyboard shortcuts for free. You can find them in the description and you can install them right here, press on the three dots, and then import preset and just add the text file that you download from my website right over there. But let me show you all the keys that I use most often in my editing process and what kind of command it's attitude. So you can do it yourself. Okay, so the first key is to W key. This key will rapidly everything from the left to the right. Now the Iike, this will delete everything from the right to the left. The V key that will select your normal cursor, your normal editing cursor. Next is a tiki, that is the trim tool. If you select this key and you press the W or Iike, it will rapidly lead and move the entire timeline over simultaneously without you having to drag all the clips over by yourself. And very, very fast, easy to use, especially when you're spotting your clips. All right, next is the P key. This one is especially useful if your color grading, because it will expand your viewer to the full maximum of your screen. This way you can check if there's any imperfections in the color or anything like that. So very useful key to have as well. The SP, this one will make sure that the snip tool is de-selected or selected. So if you're, for example, have to move an audio clip just a little bit and the snap tool is enabled. It will jump to the first part of your video. For example, if it's disabled, you're free to move it frame by frame, very useful as well. The other tools that I use very often are the I and the O'Toole. These ones will make sure that you can select an endpoint and an out point. And this is especially useful in your viewer area. So when you're spotting your clips, all right, once you have set it up, you're ready to edit a lot faster. Cool. Let's continue to spot our clips and create a spot timeline. 5. Spotting Your Clips: Okay, so the first thing I do when I start to Spock my clips is to create a new Timeline. If I haven't made a bin format timelines yet, do it first because this will make sure time lines to keep everything nice and organized. And inside a timelines been, we can create a new Timeline. I'm creating a UHD timeline because the project I'm shooting in its UHD 24 frames a second. And we call this spots. Press Enter, and there you go. All right, so the first thing that I'm doing is I go to one of the bins I am spouting first, click on the first clip, and then just dragging through my entire clip. Now, let's say I want to use this part. What I'm doing now is I press, I go further and press O if I'm satisfied and I only want to use this part for my video, I drag it into the timeline. It can continue doing this with all the clips until every clip in your bin has been spotted and put into the timeline. That is one way you can do it. The second way you can do it is to drag all the clips from your bin into the timeline at once and then press the T tool for trim and then go over it inside your timeline like this and impress a W key and that will rapidly everything from the left to the right. What I just said in the keyboard shortcuts part. All right, so let's say I want this part to be gone. Press the e tool. Now, continue. All right, Let's say we want everything from here and further, press a W key and then scroll through it and press the E key thing. All right, now, let's say we want this chewing part. Let's press the W key. Go further. And right when he turns his head, we want to cut it off, press the E key. As you can see, this is very fast way to go through all the clips, and especially when you haven't shut the clips are self. This is the fastest way to get to know the material you're working with. All right, let's do the other been real quick. So you can see how fastest can be done. Let's say we only want the tuning part here up. Let's see the sketching part here. Alright, let's move it over buf. Just when he flaps his ear. There we go. Nice part here. Right here. That's good. And then the walking part here. And there we go. So I just spot at six clips in less than 20 seconds, so that is pretty quick. Okay, so let's say I spot at all the clips in my project and I made a specific spot the timeline, then I'm ready to start making my rough cut. So let's do that. 6. Duo Timeline Setup & Workflow: Okay, so the first thing we're going to do when creating a rough cut is creating a new timeline. Call it rough cut and check our project settings. You want to make it UHD 24 frames a second. Create. Alright, so now I'll rough cut is the main timeline that we are seeing. Let's make a duo timeline setup so we can drag and drop our clips into a rough got area. Go to this little icon right here, click it and select the top left option. Now you get another row where you see all the different timelines that are present in this project. If you click this little button on the right here, you get another timeline section. If you X out on this spot timeline in this section, you can select it right here. Okay, so the cool thing about this is that you can now start building your edit. So let's say we want to start press V, By the way, to go back to your normal cursor. If you want to start with this clip. Yeah, So a nice flapping of the ear, drag it up and put it right here. There we go. Then let's say we want to have the walking part. Fabulous. Next, this clip and so forth and so on. This is a very fast and efficient way to build out your edit with all the clips that you want to use. This is also very easy for other editors to come into this project and to see where you left off. Okay, so let's assume that we are finished with our rough cut. I'll be dragging some more clips in here just for good measure. Let's say this is it. We can X out on our spot clip here, and we can X out on this whole window here. So we have one bigger timeline present. Then we can add in some texts and some music. 7. Add Text and Music: Okay, so in order to add some texts, you can go over to the effects library and go over to titles. I suggest that you just scroll through and check out what they are doing. For example, you can just drag it in normal text title, which is just plain old text, doesn't do anything, no animations whatsoever. But you can also scroll down and just see all these different options such as, you know, some of them are pretty cheesy, but some are fairy. 8. Colorpage Sneak Peek: I'm not going in depth about color grading in this course. If you want to learn more about color grading, makes sure to check out my other courses on the introduction to the color page, color correcting and color grading. Right now I'm just going to add a lot to make everything fast and efficient. This is my own lot. You can purchase this from my website as well. Since this is a Blackmagic Pocket clip, I'm going to add in the Sydney S seven or nine. Let's see, this is black magic generation five footage. That is it. And I'm going to change the levels up little bit. There we go. Alright, now I'll go back to the stills menu. Right-click on this frame and grab still. And then I'm going to highlight all the clips in my timeline and apply the grade to these clips. And I can make some small adjustments to match the levels. But if you're satisfied with what you're seeing, you're ready to continue. And that is what we're going to do. So again, if you want to learn more about color grading, make sure to check out my other courses. The next thing we're going to talk about is exporting. 9. Exporting and Archiving Your Project: Inside the deliver page off the venture result, you have a lot of features. The first thing you'll see here is that my timeline is a lot longer than my actual edit. So I'm going to go back into my Edit Page, a press Minus to zoom out or in on the timeline. And I'm going to ripple, delete some of this music because it's way too long. I'm also going to extend the cross-fade. So it fades out nice and softly. Then I go back to the deliver page to finish our project. All right. First, I'm going to give it a name course. Then I'm going to give it a location that is going to be inside this folder and call it X ports. And then I'm going to save it. Okay, So this project I want to upload to YouTube. So what I do here is I go to mp4, H.264, since that is the preferred codec for you too. I uploaded in UHD, so 3840 by 2160, frame rate is 24, and I'm going to restrict the bit rate to 100 thousand k bps. This is my preferred export setting for YouTube. If I am, for example, uploading a video in HD, I can do that as well, But I will restrict the bit rate to 50 thousand k bps. All right, So if I would, for example, one to add this to Instagram, first, I want to change the entire sequence. I'll go back to timelines. Rough cut Command C, command V. Call this IG, for example, change the settings into, well, what are we using for Instagram? 1080 by 1350, that will be a Instagram post. Then we go into this Instagram clip and then we highlight all the clips. We go over to inspector video scaling fill. Now, let's say that the position of all these clips is correct. Go back to deliver page and then I am selecting 10 thousand k bps and I'm calling this course IG. Alright, so that would be my workflow. If I would upload this to Instagram, for example, and never go above 10 thousand KPBS because Instagram is compressing the hell out of your clip. So it doesn't matter if you upload it in a higher bit rate. Okay, So if you have done that, then you can just add it to the render queue. If you have another timeline that you want to run there, for example, our rough cut, you can just select it right here. Change the name again. Make sure to check the k bps or the bit rate. Change it up again. Add to render queue, select all the renders are jobs that you want to render out and then render all. And there it goes, just have to wait for a little bit and you're good to go. Next. We're going to check how to archive and do some media management for our project. 10. Media Management (Save TONS of data): All right, Once you're done exporting your project, press shift one to go back to the menu that it all started from. And then you'll see that your project is highlighted right here. Now, what I like to do whenever I am finished with the project, the client is happy and it's all completely done. I right-click on this icon. I go to Export project archive. Now, press it. Find the destination. My desktop here is fine. I'm going to call it editing course DaVinci Resolve 17. That is fine too. Then I can select whatever I want to add in that file. So I made proxy media in the beginning. So I'm going to highlight that. I don't want to add my Render cache because my computer is fast enough to run it without it, and then press Okay, what is going to do now? It is copying every file that it can find that is used in this project, whether it is in the download folder, in some Google Drive folder, it'll grab it from all these folders and combine it back into one folder on the desktop in this case. So it's very convenient if you're using multiple clips from like your download folder or a trek from your music folder. And so you can find everything and put it back together without having to spend too much time on it. All right, That is one, the second one. And this is probably one of the most useful tips you can do in order to save a lot of space is two media manage your spot timeline. Alright, so we created a spot timeline that contains all the clips that we used in our main edit. So in the end, this bottom line contains all the clips that we wanted to use. Everything that is not in this bottom line is basically unusable footage or clips that are out of focus, you never know. Anyway, highlight the spot timeline. Go to File media management. Go to timelines, check if the spot timeline is selected and then used media and trim keeping 24 frame handles, click it, and then you can transcode it if you want. If not, if you only want to copy it, it's fine too. But what this essentially does is sort of copying all the clips that you use inside the spot clip, but it is keeping the trim. That means that all that start and finish of that clip, like the camera movement or people screaming action or go or something is cut off. So you're left with Alec good bits, but you're keeping the original codec. So for example, if you shut everything in B rock, it is keeping that original codec, but it is chopping off all the unwanted clips and parts of that clip. Okay, So you can see here that the current size is 5.3 gigabytes. And after this whole thing is done, you're left with 2.1 gigabytes. So that is a massive difference. So think about when you do this on a project that contains two terabytes of clips in total. It will save you a lot of space. So start and it will copy everything for you. All right. 11. Learn More: All right guys, thank you so much for watching this course. I hope it helped you out become a better editor inside the Vinci Resolve. If you want to learn more about cinematography and filmmaking or about color grading, check out my other courses. Also made sure to follow me on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. And of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me. Thank you so much and I'll see you in the next course.