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DaVinci Resolve (Free editing software) Video Editing for BEGINNERS

teacher avatar Alli Bartlett, Filmmaker. Youtuber. Business Owner

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    • 1.

      Intro to DaVinci Resolve 16 and Your Teacher


    • 2.

      How to Edit in DaVinci Resolve 16 for Beginners


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About This Class

In this FREE CLASS you'll learn how to use DaVinci Resolve for Beginners!

You'll Learn:

  1. How to set up your Project Manager Window and Database for best results
  2. How to get organized and import your footage and assets into DaVinci
  3. How to navigate through DaVinci's  different work spaces
  4. How to customize aspects of your work space
  5. Deeper dive into the MEDIA, EDIT and DELVER work space
  6. How to optimize working in the EDIT work space
  7. How to cut, trim, move,un-link, speed up and other editing aspects
  8. How to key frame
  9. How to use different effects
  10. How to export your video and MUCH MORE!!!!


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Alli Bartlett

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1. Intro to DaVinci Resolve 16 and Your Teacher: Hey, Friends, Famine Filmmakers, My Name's Alley and welcome to the skill share class where you're going toe. Learn how to use Divinci for salt. We're gonna be looking at how to use the free version. So if you haven't yet installed it, pause this video, install it and open it up so that we can get started before we get started. I'll tell you a little bit more about myself. So my husband Will and I have owned a video production company in Toronto, Canada, for the past six years. We create corporate videos, commercials as well as social media deals. I absolutely love editing videos, whether it's for our clients or for our YouTube channel, which on a side note is called Ali and Will on our channel. We release weekly filmmaking tutorials. I highly recommend you check it out, and I really loved DaVinci Resolve 16. Now they do have a paid version called Divinci Results 16 Studio. It's about $300 us right now, but the free versions great, and you can create a professional, high end looking video using the free version. In this class, we're gonna go over everything you need to know as a DaVinci result beginner so that you're nice and comfortable with the software and so that you can start editing your own professional videos. As a video editor and a creative person, you want to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in video editing. So it's great figure on skill share because you have access to a ton of great classes. I put out classes here on sculpture, almost weekly, all about filmmaking and video editing, and I do aimed to put outclasses all the time. So if you'd like to be notified when I do put new class out, then feel free to follow me. All right, So if you're as excited as I am to start working in defence, you results 16. Then I'll see you in there in the next lesson. 2. How to Edit in DaVinci Resolve 16 for Beginners: when you open up DaVinci resolve, the first window you'll see is the Project manager window. If you had worked on any previous projects and saved them, they would show up here and you'll notice on the left under disc, it says. Local database. You can use this local database to save your projects to. To find out the location of this database. You can right click on it, click on reveal and finder on a windows. I believe it would save. Reveal an Explorer and the location is revealed. Or you could create a new database. And this is what I like to do. I'll explain why in just a second, But first, let's click on new database to create one click on Create where it says name. I'll choose the name DaVinci YouTube database Any U two projects I work on all safe to this new database. Since I also edit client projects, I would create another database called Work Project Database, and that's where I store those client projects, too. This keeps my different world projects more organized. If I'm working from my YouTube database, any other YouTube project that I've saved to the same hard drive and to my YouTube database will be easily accessible for me in DaVinci. Same would go for my work database. Next, let's click on location to choose where will save this database. I'll be saving mind to an external hard drive in my YouTube folder, and I'll create a new folder that I'll call DaVinci YouTube database. All press open and make sure you have the create tab selected and then click create. I'll select this new database to start working from Awesome. Okay, so we can either create a new project by double tapping here where it says untitled project or by clicking new project. So let's do that, and I'm going to be using clips from a B C trip I took, so we're gonna call this project BC trip Press Create lovely, and that brings us into divinci results. DaVinci Resolve has seven different work spaces that allow you to work on different aspects of your video. So let's quickly go over them. And because this is beginner tutorial, we aren't going to do a deep dive into each of them were mainly gonna focus in the edit workspace. Okay, so starting from the left, we have our media workspace. This is where we organize anything footage, audio or other assets that we want to work on individual resolve and where we import them. Next we have the cut workspace, which is newer to dimension resolve, and this is kind of like Adobe Rush. It's a work space designed for quickly putting together video edits. The edit workspace is where I do my editing and where we're gonna be spending most of her time in this tutorial will get back to that in a minute. In the fusion workspace, you can work on visual effects. We have our colored workspace, where you focus on color, correction and color, grading the fair light workspace for editing and mastering audio and our deliver workspace where you would render an export your clips. Let's import some media by going over to our media workspace, and we can import footage by going to the top left, where it says media storage and navigating to the footage location. In this panel, we can browse through in locator footage and before we import it, One thing I've done and I recommend you do is customize your media pool columns. So the your only seen specific data of each of these clips. To do this right, click on one of the columns to open up your options, and you can check Mark or uncheck any of the information that you don't want to see. So personally, I like to see the file name the resolution, the frames per second and the date that it was created. I only have those four checked, and I've saved that as Alleys layout. If you want to save your column layout as well, you can click on Create Column, Leo. Name it whatever you like and press. OK, I'm gonna press cancel because I re have mine saved. Let's change list for you to thumbnail view so we can see what each of these clips looks like. Teoh import your footage into DaVinci Resolve. You can drag over it to select it and then drag it into the master panel. Great. Next, let's hop into her edit workspace where we can start working on our video edit. I'll select these clips and drag them onto the timeline. We can zoom in or out of our timeline by going over to the slider here and adjusting it. Weiqing grabber play head and scrub over these clips to check them out. Let's clip on the timeline view options. I come here under video view options. I prefer the film view, which allows me to see not only the some now of each clip, but on longer clips. It allows me to see multiple thumbnails that indicate what's going on in that area. The footage under audio view options. I like to see the full wave form. But even though it clicked that we can't see any way forms right now, that's because right under words has timeline view options. We have to select audio way forms awesome, and we can now see the visual of our way form in the audio track of our dialogue clip. And just on a side note, I didn't record audio with my other be rolled clips. That's why there's no audio away form showing up underneath them. Awesome. And we can also adjust the track height of the video or the audio using the's sliders. Okay, I'll click off of that when I'm editing. I like to keep all of my dialogue footage on my video, one track and my bureau clips on a video to track, so I will select all of the other clips and drag up. And doing that automatically creates a video to track as well as another audio track. This clips also B roll clip, so we'll drag it up. Awesome. Next, I'd like to delete the audio from my beer. Oh, clips about when I drag over them by default. They're linked to the footage. So this click away to select just the audio portion of your footage. You can hold down alter option on your keyboard and select just that audio oppressed delete to remove it and get the audio from that bureau. Klopas. Well, great. If we want any of our bureau clips to show over are talking head clip making sure we're using our selection tool. We can select, say this helicopter clip and drag it over top of that talking head clip. Currently, as I drag my talking head clip around on the timeline, you'll notice that the audio is linked to it indicated by this link symbol. But let's say for some reason you want to unlinked the audio from that clip. You can do so by right clicking on it and uncheck ing link clips. There we go. Now, when I drag the footage portion of the clip, it drags independently and the audio from a club stays. Where is I'm gonna press command Z on my keyboard a few times because I actually do prefer that footage to be linked to that audio. I'm gonna zoom into my timeline using the command plus key on my keyboard a few times, and I want to check out this paddling clip. Okay, so that was shot in slow motion, but I'd like to speed it up. To do that, we can right click on the clip and click on change clips, speed. And I'm going to double the speed of this clip to 200% press change. So let's check out how it looks when it sped up. Cool. Okay, that's looking good. If we want a trim part of a cliff, we can have her are mouse over the end of a clip and I'll drag that into the left. There we go. We've edited off the end of that clip. Okay? I'm gonna zoom out on my timeline and before we continue, let's save this project. You can do so by pressing command s or control us on your keyboard. Or you could go up to file Save project, and you want to remember to periodically save your project while you're working on it. You continue track off by clicking on this film strip, so it chose in red. With a slash through it, we'll just turn that back on. If you want to increase the volume of your audio, you can hover over this line in your audio track and drag up. If you'd like to fade your audio in their out on either end of your audio track where you see this white marker, click on it and drag it into the track. If you want to make a cup point in a specific part of your clip, you can do so by selecting the blade tool here and making a cut grabber selection tool. And we can drag that cut part of her clip over if we want to. With it selected, we can delete it as well. Awesome. I'd like to add a music track to this project to do so. I'm gonna tab over to my finder window, and I could very simply just drag my music track into the media pool, and I'll drive this song onto the eight to track so that it sits under my dialogue. Okay. And you see, I have this big space. My timeline. Well, I want everything in my timeline to sit right at the beginning of the timeline here so I could either select everything and drag it over. Or I can click on this blank spot and press delete on my keyboard. And there you go. Sometimes when I'm working on longer edits, I use a song a few times within the edit. So let's say we want to do that here. To duplicate this music track, you can pull down alter option on your keyboard, select that music track and drag it over. When you let go, you'll have your duplicate. I'm gonna lock the A two track so that as I'm moving around clips on my timeline, I don't accidentally drag these music tracks over. So I will press this lock icon. There we go. And now they're not going anywhere and select this clip of will in my timeline and go over to the drop down menu here. Currently, I have transformed selected which allows me to grab any of these nodes and drag the size of this clip. Smaller or larger, I can adjust where it sits in my frame. Let's click the drop down menu again and select crop. I can drag in on either side of the frame to crop it. And let's say I want to crop from the top. Well, currently, we can't see the top of this frame. So up here, where it's as 56% I'm gonna click this drop down menu and choose 25%. And this has zoomed out this clip for us so we can see what we're working with, which makes it very easy for me to adjust the top of this crop. Cool and all. Adjust the bottom as well. Awesome. Let's go back to fit. Great. Okay, so I have this clip cropped. I can click on it and drag the cropped area around. We'll put that clip over top of the helicopter clip, so if you wanted to have a clip was in a clip, that's how you could make that happen. Let's quit this drop down menu again, and let's take a look at Dynamic Zoom the green border indicates what the frame will look like when the zoom begins and the red border indicates where the zoom is going to end. So let's adjust the screen border. So it's really tight on will. And I'm gonna really overemphasize the look of this so that you can see what dynamic Zoom does still hit space bar my keyboard to play this back. This clip now starts off Super zoomed in on the shot, and it ends on this wider shot. I'll undo that now. You can also more precisely change the scale, size position and so on of your clip by again making sure it's elected and clicking on Inspector. Let's just bring this clip over. Top that helicopter clip again. Okay, so I could adjust the opacity of the clip. You could add key frames, so I'm gonna bring my play head to the beginning. This clip click on this oh past the key frame used my right arrow key on the keyboard to move into the clip, Click on the key firm again, bring the opacity upto 100. Let's watch that back and we've just key framed Ah, rapacity. We could also change the composite modes normal add or color burn and so on. Under transform, we can adjust the rotation of our clip like so will undo that. By clicking on this circular arrow, you can adjust the X axis, or why access position again. You could add key frames if you wanted to. You can also zoom in, zoom out. Let's undo both of those. Great. And if you wanted to turn off any of these effects, you click on the toggles to the left of their names, and I'm just gonna go up to the top of my workspace and hover over the word edited. Check out when I last save this project, and it was saved over an hour ago. So let's press command s or control less on her keyboard to save clicking on Effect Library . You have different effect options. Let's grab, blur dissolved, drag it onto the front of this clip, weaken, drag that blur, dissolve out to extend the duration of the dissolve. And we can also make any adjustments to that transition over here under Inspector and I'll just turn, blur, dissolve off cool. We can also choose different titles here, so I'll click on the lower through title and drag that onto RV three track. You can change the text as well as the font, the color of the text and so on. And if you want to extend the duration of that lower third stays on screen, you can simply drag it out. I'm gonna delete that, cause I just wanted to show you it as an option. If we go over here and scroll down, you can see that you have tons of audio effects. I like noise reduction. Let's drag that on to the talking head audio on a one track and that opens up the noise reduction window. Here you can adjust the threshold, attack, sensitivity and so on. I really want to put together an audio editing tutorial. If that's something you're interested in, let me know. In the comments below gonna x out of that, I'll select that dialogue audio and under the audio tab, we can adjust the clip, fall, yume, pan, clip, pitch and mawr. We can also just different parameters in our noise reduction on your effect if we want to go and one other thing I want to show you in terms of organisation, which comes in handy especially if you have lots of different assets in your project, is how to create bins. So you may have noticed when I created a new timeline that the timeline also showed up here amongst our footage and music track. So let's create some bins to stay nice and organized. You can right click on your media pool, but I've been and have been is been created. So I'll call that been footage and dragon. Drop accordingly. And let's change this list view pool. I'll double click of my timeline. Been toe access it double click on the name of this timeline, which by default just says Timeline one and call it BC trip. Let's go back to the master cool often when you're working with an edit that has both dialogue, audio and music, you'll want to adjust the volume of the music in the areas that the dialogue will be heard . To do that, select your music track, go up to Inspector where it says clip volume quick on this key frame, and that adds a key frame onto your music track. I'm gonna move my play head inward a little bit and I'll add a second key frame. Click on that second key frame and drag it down to around minus 17 decibels so that the volume of the music fades as the dialogue audio is heard will go over close to the end of the dialogue and do the same thing now. Depending on how loud or quiet your audio is, your decibel settings will change accordingly. Awesome. I'll trim the end of this music so that it ends in the spot that I'd like my video to end. So when you're happy with your own video edit and you're ready to export, you can go over to the delivery window. Bring your play head to the beginning of your video or the area that you'd like the expert in video to start playing at and press I to create in point. Next will go to the end and create and out where we'd like our video to end Fantastic and on the top left. Under render settings, you can choose to create your own custom settings. There's a YouTube option video option and so on. Let's click on the YouTube option. Next word says location. Click on browse and choose the location that you'd like your exported video to be saved. And if you did want to customize any of your settings, you could do so here. We even have the option to upload our video directly to YouTube if we want to. Okay, when you're happy with your settings and you can click on add to render queue on the top right of your screen under the render queue, your videos ready to be exported. But the render hasn't started yet, so you could choose to continue editing different video projects and continue adding them to your render queue and export multiple videos from DaVinci at once. But if you're only exporting one video ones in that render queue, click on start render and depending on how big or small your video file size will end up being, the amount of time the render will take will differ. And when the render has completed and your videos been exported, it will show us completed. Congratulations. You are no longer a beginner. Divinci results 16. You learned about how to get organized, how to import clips, have edit how to use different tools and effects. Oh, and we can't forget how to export your video. Now you can use the skills to create your own videos or great videos for clients. Thanks so much for taking this class. I hope you enjoyed it. And my husband and I do have a YouTube channel called Ali and will where we put out weekly tutorials all around filmmaking definitely recommend you check that out. I also put out new classes almost weekly here on skill share, all around filmmaking and video editing. So to say, notified, Feel free to follow me Thanks again so much and I hope to see you in other skill share classes, happy editing and bye for now.