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Beginner's Guide to Davinci Resolve | Free Video Editing Software for Content Creation

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to Davinci


    • 2.

      Our Class Project


    • 3.

      Getting Set Up


    • 4.

      Learning the Layout


    • 5.

      How to Edit


    • 6.

      Transitions, Text & Effects


    • 7.

      Time Saving Tips & Tricks


    • 8.



    • 9.

      What We've Learned


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About This Class

How to use the free video editing software DaVinci Resolve for making YouTube videos, Instagram reels, Tik Tok videos and more!

As a content creator myself, I know how daunting the process of video editing can be when you first start out. Learning how to edit YouTube videos can be a long and tedious process. But I am here to break down the overwhelming information out there into manageable steps that we can take together through this class.

This class will take you through the absolute basics of using DaVinci Resolve 18, and by the end of it, you will feel confident enough to edit your own videos for social media, YouTube, and more!
In this class, we'll start from the ground up, covering everything you need to know to create professional-quality videos for social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and more. From understanding the interface and importing footage to adding effects, transitions, and audio, each lesson is crafted to build your skills and confidence.

Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn:

  • Downloading this FREE software for video editing
  • Installing DaVinci Resolve
  • Navigating the DaVinci Resolve interface
  • Importing your footage
  • Cutting, trimming, and arranging clips to tell your story effectively
  • Adding text, graphics, and overlays to enhance engagement
  • Incorporating transitions and effects
  • Exporting your finished masterpiece in the optimal format
  • A few tips and tricks that I think every beginner should know about

With practical exercises and hands-on demonstrations, you'll follow along every step of the way, gaining practical skills that you can apply to your own projects immediately. Plus, with access to a supportive online community, you'll have the opportunity to share your progress, ask questions, and connect with fellow creators.

By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to tackle video editing like a pro, turning your creative vision into captivating content that stands out in the digital world.

Ready to unleash your creativity? Enroll now and let's start editing!

Are you ready to take your content creation journey to the next level? Whether you're a budding YouTuber, aspiring Instagram influencer, or TikTok sensation in the making, this beginner's Skillshare course is your ticket to getting started with the art of video editing. Led by an experienced content creator, this class is designed for beginners who want to unlock the full potential of DaVinci Resolve 18, a powerful and free video editing software. Say goodbye to the overwhelm of complex editing tools and hello to a step-by-step approach that makes learning fun and manageable.

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Hey there, future content creators! I'm Curtis.

I have a vast array of experience being a Twitch streamer, YouTube content creator, video editor, podcast host, and a bit of everything in between. I'm here to help you embark on your own creative journey.

With a passion for crafting engaging content, I'm excited to share my knowledge on YouTube video editing, Twitch streaming, and the ins and outs of broadcasting and recording using OBS, and lots more! Whether you're a beginner looking to dip your toes into the world of content creation or a seasoned creator aiming to level up your skills, I'm here to break down the barriers and make the process fun and accessible.

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1. Introduction to Davinci: You got a great idea for Youtube video, but you just don't know how to edit it. This class will take you through everything that you need to know to be able to edit your very first video for Youtube, Tiktok, or Instagram. And the best part about it, the software is completely free. Let's break down this daunting task in the small, manageable steps. We'll be taking a look at how to download and install the venture resolve, the basic layout of it, your standard workflow tips, tricks and effects. And how to use different transitions. And also how to export a video. This class will give you the confidence and knowledge that you need to be able to understand and edit your first to video. I'll see in the next lesson where we're going to go over the project for the course. 2. Our Class Project: This course, you'll be creating a video using Da Vinci Resolve. This is going to let you practice and show off your new skills. Let's go through what a good project will have in your project. You should at least have two clips and some form of transition between them. There should be text used within your video and audio which could be from your clips or the footage that you use or some form of background music added in. You can use your own footage or get some free stock footage from a website. I'll provide the link to Pexels in the projects and resources section, which is a stock website that I love to use personally. So don't be scared to experiment with the software. It's going to be the best way to learn. Don't you have finished all the lessons here and worked on your video uploaded to the projects and Resources section. Click Submit Project, and if you want, you can also upload a cover photo or a thumbnail here, I know your project, whatever you want and include a short description. This is where you explain what your video is about and how you got on completing the project. Next click video, you will see this section up here, and this is where you can post the link to your recording. If you are unsure how to add a link to your video, upload your recording as an unlisted Youtube video. This means that no one will be able to find or watch your video on Youtube without the link. And then once you're finished, click Publish at the top. My other course on OBS has a complete breakdown of how to upload an unlisted Youtube video if you need help with it. Once you've uploaded your project, I'll be able to watch it and comment on it, and potentially give you some feedback. If you have any questions about the project, please ask about them in the discussion section. So let's move on to our very first lesson. Here I'll show you how to download and install the Vinci resolve. 3. Getting Set Up: Our very first step is to get you the software. If you haven't already, you'll need to go to this website, Blackmagic The full URL here is on screen for you. You'll need to scroll down a little bit to find this section where you can choose to buy the version of resolve or download the free version. The pre version has all the tools and functions that you need to get started on your edit and journey. And we're choosing from either Mac, Windows or Linux here. Click on the right one for you and Window open, where you need to enter some details. Once you've done that, click the register and download button. And once that's finished, find it in your downloads folder, click the folder and click Extract. All make sure that this box is ticked and click Extract. And when that finishes, it'll open the new folder for you. Here, just double click on the application file and it'll start the installation process for you. In the set up wizard, click next to Continue and read and accept this. If you want to change the installation folder, do that here. And now we can start the installation, and then click Finish to exit the set up. Once the process is done, when you first opened Vinci, you can skip these steps for now. And it will take you right into the main editing page that's installed. Now let's figure out more about the layout and understand what we're seeing here. I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Learning the Layout: Software can be daunting. But in this lesson, we will start to break down the lead and figure out exactly what we're looking at here. When you open Davinci resolve it, should bring you to this screen. This is your project manager. Here, you will see all of your previous editing projects to create a new project. Either double click the Untitled project icon here or click New Project at the bottom. At first glance, this screen looks like a lot. Let's break it down together. Along the bottom here we have seven different icons. First is the media page. You can import, manage, or sort your media here. You can look through files on your computer in this section and add it to the main media pull. The media pull is all of your clips, images, videos, and audio that have been imported into the project. Added media this way isn't the only way though. We're going to make it a little bit simpler for our first video, so don't worry about this page just yet. The second icon on the bottom bar takes you to the cut page. This is for speedy edits and it is often used before getting into the finer details of the edit. It can be overwhelming to learn both, so we won't be focusing on that during this course. The third page is the edit page. This is the most important one for us during this course. So let's spend a little bit more time on this one. Let's start by clicking the Effect button up here. This brings up a section which includes transitions, titles, text, filter effects, and more. Now up in the top right, click the inspector button. When we have clips, we can change some of the settings for them. Here in the top left area, we have our media pool. In the middle, we have our preview window where the video will play. And along the bottom here we have our timeline. The timeline is where we'll be arranging our clips and making all of our edits to our video. The Fusion page is where you can add some more visual effects, motion graphics, and edits if you enjoyed eventual resolve. It'd be beneficial to learn more about this in the future, but for now it's not necessary as we won't be using it in this course. The colors page is where you can professionally manipulate the colors in your videos. The far out page allows you to edit the sound and audio of your clips. And finally, the deliver page is where we finalize our project for distribution. Most often this will be to save your edited project to a file on your computer. We'll look more at this page later on though. Two more things to mention. In the bottom right, you'll find the Home and Settings icon. The home button will bring up your project manager and the settings button will bring up the settings for the project. That's all you need to know about the layout of Davinci resolve. For now, let's get stuck into making our first video. I'll see in the next lesson. 5. How to Edit: Lesson will be the most important part of the class I'll be taking through a very basic and quick workflow for editing a video. Once you've learned this, you'll be well on your way to publishing your very first video. The first thing to do is create a new project and name it. I'm going with Skillshare class Project and clicking here to Create. Once we're in, we're going straight to our Edit tab. In your Documents folders, find the footage you want to edit and drag it into this area. You might get this pop up. It's just like, you know, your project and your footage have two different frames. Just click change here and it will make the project's frame exact same as the frame rate in your footage. My goal here is just to make a very short ten second promotional video for piano lessons. I'm just using some stock footage which you can find in the resource section. If your clips aren't already in the correct order, just simply click and drag them to move around until they are. Make sure that this magnet is on. It'll turn white whenever it is. Make sure that your clips will snap together and not leave gaps. You'll see these arrows in a line appear when it is snapping to. I'm going to start by cutting my clips down to the right length. Pressing Space bar will play the footage on your time line and then by pressing Space bar again, it will pause this first clip. I want to start roughly here to get the frame you want with more accuracy. Click the plus button here. These are zoom in and out controls. This red line is your playhead. And you can move around by clicking on the timing bar across the top of your time line. You can also move one frame at a time by using the left and right arrow keys. Once you know where you want to start the footage, we can use the razor blade here to make it a cut. Let's click it, Then click our clip hovering over our playhead. Now if I move the playhead, you can see that there is a split in the clip. This first part I don't need. So let's go back to our normal mouse pointer or selection mode by clicking here. And now click this first part. And to delete it, we just use the backspace button. I'm going to continue doing this to make cuts at the start and end of our clips and deleting the parts that I don't want to use in my video. Now, once we have our clips cut, we can now make some more edits to our video. Let's start with our inspector. Here we can change the zoom position, rotation, crop, and lots more. I'm clicking on my first clip and zooming it in slightly until there is no black line along the top and bottom anymore. To change these settings, you just click on the box and slowly drag left or right. I'm going to repeat that with all of my clips. Then with the last clip, I'm zooming in a little bit more And moving the position of the clip up so that the piano is more in frame. I'm going to add some music. This line of green bubbles is called one. It is my first audio track. It holds the sound for the videos I've input. I'm going to drag music into below that. Two, I don't want any audio to play for my video clips at all. I'm clicking on the M button on this audio track to mute everything that will be along that line. Next, select the audio that you have input and in the inspector you can change the volume of it. I'm just going to lower this slightly. I want to immediately start playing. I am using the same method as before to make a cut and delete that first bit. Next, I'm going to spend a bit of time allowing my video clips to the song. This can take quite some time, depending on how many video clips that you do have. Once you've finished your video, maybe in the next lesson, where we'll add some transitions and effects. 6. Transitions, Text & Effects: All right, let's start this lesson by adding a transition between two clips. So I'm going to zoom and place my playhead between the first two clips. On the left hand side, we can see our toolbox, which has a section for video transitions. Click it and then we can hover over these options and move them from left to right. To preview the transition effect, I'm clicking the zooming transition and dragging it to my timeline, making sure that it is on both my first and second clip. Clicking the transition and looking in the inspector gives us some settings to change. I'm changing the duration to not 0.4 seconds or 11 frames. I'm going to add in the same transition a few times. Next I want to add some text clicking titles in our toe box. To find the text option, I'm using text plus click and drag it to the time line. I'm putting it over the last clip, so I'm using V two, the second video track. You could use the same way of cutting and deleting as before, but I'm going to show you a different way to do it. I'm placing my playhead where I want the text to stop selecting it. Then hovering over the end of the text clip until I get the symbol. And clicking and dragging it backwards until it snaps into place. Now selecting the text and looking at the inspector again, we can find our settings for the text. I'm changing the words to Let's Learn together. And choosing a different font from the dropdown menu. I can also change this font to be bold from the second dropdown menu. And I'm happy with the white font, so I won't be changing the color. But scrolling down, I can change the size if I want. I'm making it larger by clicking the box and dragging to the right. The tracking changes the space in between each letter. I'm going to make it smaller by clicking and dragging it to the left. Along the top of the inspector, we can move to the shading tub to make more changes like adding outlines or shadows. I'm clicking element three, which is a preset black shadow. All we have to do is tick this box to enable it. And then we can change the settings. I'm lowering the opacity and then making it softer by increasing the values here in x and y. I'm gonna watch the whole video through to make sure that I'm happy with it. When I'm happy with it, I'm going to move on to the color page. This can look daunting, but we only need to know the basics right now. This line here shows you your clips on your timeline. I'm going to select the first one and then change some of the color settings in this area. Select the circle with, the middle. I'm going to increase the saturation slightly to about 70 and increase the mid detail to about 35. I'm going to check each clip and make similar changes until they all look high. I want them to. Once you've finished that, we can now move on to the next lesson where I'll be giving you a few tips and tricks to help you in your Devin resolve journey. 7. Time Saving Tips & Tricks: In this lesson, I'm going to go over a few of Da Vinci resolves tips and tricks that will help you on your editing journey. Let's start with setting your timeline to always start at zero. You might have noticed that whenever our playhead is right at the start, it says one here, that means 1 hour. I personally prefer to have my timeline start at zero. To do that, all we do is click Davinci Resolve in the top left and select Preferences. In this window, we need to choose user at the top. Then on the left choose Editing. And here we have our start time code. Just change the one to zero and click Save in the bottom right. Another feature I think everyone should know about is how to use multiple timelines. Using multiple timelines can be a great function to use in your editing. I often use my main timeline for a Youtube video, and then create a separate timeline to use for short form content or videos that I can post on social media. So instead of having to create an entirely new project, it's so handy to have that second timeline right here. Let's create a new timeline by clicking File New Timeline. Call it Short Form, and click Create. Now let's click this button here. This will bring up our timeline viewing options. Clicking this one on the left will bring up all of our timelines in this project within separate tabs. An example used for this could be to have a main Youtube video edited on your first timeline, and then create a shorter video for Instagram reels using the highlights from your Youtube video. However, you would really want a video on Instagram, Tiktok, or Youtube shorts to be vertical instead of horizontal. And that brings me onto my next step, which is how to use vertical timelines. So let's see how to make the second short form timeline to the right resolution. Right click your timeline file. Then in the Timelines menu, choose Timeline Settings. Tick use project Settings, then Tick. Use vertical resolution and click Okay. Now we can copy and paste any of the footage we want to use from our main timeline into our new timeline. Before doing that, let's change one setting to make this easier. Click File and then click Project Settings. Move to the image scaling category. And here in input scaling, change the setting to scale full image with crop. Now let's see what that looks like when we copy and paste some footage in. It's filling the entire screen there, which is exactly what I wanted. And if it's not the right place, we can just move it using our settings over here. The next handy tip is how to delete gaps between your clips to ensure a seamless final product. It's so straightforward to do, but slightly hidden a way where you might not stumble upon it. Make sure you don't have any clips highlighted. Then go to the edit tab at the top and delete gaps from this menu. You can also delete a single gap by clicking the space between two clips and pressing the backspace button. And my final really useful tip is how to use auto save. This gives you some peace of mind, knowing if anything crashes, you will have a recently saved backup of all of your timelines. So to turn that on, all you have to do is click Devin. You resolve, then Preferences, and again, select User from the top. And then Project, Save and Load. From the categories on the left tick the boxes for live save and project backups. I'll set mine to save a backup every 5 minutes and then click Save on the bottom right. This one has saved me so much time. I'll see in the next lesson where I take you through how to export your video. 8. Finalizing : All right, so for now we have all of the essential knowledge to edit your first video, but how do we get it out of Vinci? Let's go through how to save and export a file. First we need to go to the deliver page. This is the seventh and last icon along the bottom. This section is just the timeline that we were working with. And we have the entire timeline selected here. And this is our viewer where we can preview the video one more time. On the left hand side is where we'll choose the settings for a video and we're going to choose this preset Youtube. Then here you can enter the title for a file and click Add to Render Cue. Here on the right hand side is our render cue. This is a list of all of the jobs that are ready to be rendered, exported, or saved to your computer. Let's add a second file and have them both be rendered together. Head back to our edit page and select the vertical timeline that we have made before. And then back to the Deliver page where we can add this to also be exported. Select the Youtube preset again and make sure to use vertical resolution, Enter a title, and add this one to the render que To. Now over here in our que, we can click Render. All this could take some time depending on your computer's hardware and the length of your videos. Finally, we can right click this job whenever it's finished, open file location to view our final rendered file. 9. What We've Learned: Have successfully finished this class on how to edit videos using Davinci Resolve. You have downloaded and installed software, learned the layout, explored the basic workflow, and edited your very own first video. You've added effects and texts where necessary. You've learned some tips on how to help you along the way and know how to export and save your edits. You're in a great position now as a beginner video editor, but this is just the start for you Get stuck into learning more and exploring the Davinci resolve software. It is incredibly powerful. If you do have any questions, the discussion section of this class is a great place to ask for help. Please don't forget to complete the class project. It's a perfect chance to practice and demonstrate what you've learned. I would absolutely love to see what you're now able to do by taking this class. If you'd like to, you can leave me review on this class by selecting the reviews section. And if you want to, you can also follow me here on Skillshare to stay up to date with my classes and be notified of new releases. I'll be adding classes about streaming, broadcasting, editing, content, content creation, and so much more. If you do have any suggestions or even requests, please let me know. Or also if you want to, I stream over on Twitch. A twitch for slash review K. You can ask me any questions there if it's easier. I wish you all the best with your journey with Da Vinci resolve and I look forward to seeing you in a different class here very soon.