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Video Editing in DaVinci Resolve: Four Essential Post-Production Techniques

teacher avatar Oliver Astrologo, Film Director & Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      About Post-Production


    • 3.

      Step 1: Tracking and Stabilization


    • 4.

      Step 2: Creative Transitions


    • 5.

      Step 3: Advanced Masking


    • 6.

      Step 4: Compositing


    • 7.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Edit your videos to look as polished as they do on the big screen with world-renowned filmmaker and travel videographer Oliver Astrologo!

As a video editor, you likely know that DaVinci Resolve simplifies the post-production process by containing all the editing tools you need within one software. Join Oliver as he takes this to the next level, by sharing the top four techniques to elevate your final video using DaVinci Resolve. 

Alongside Oliver, you will learn how to: 

  • Improve your footage by using stabilization techniques 
  • Seamlessly blend transitions into your edit 
  • Use masking and compositing techniques in the same way that is done in large film productions 

Whether you’ve been video editing in DaVinci Resolve for years or you’re just starting out, this class will take your video edits to the next level in four simplified steps. 


This class is designed for students with a working knowledge of DaVinci Resolve, but all students are welcome to enjoy it.

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Oliver Astrologo

Film Director & Photographer


Oliver Astrologo is a world-renowned film director that specializes in filmmaking & photography, serving global fashion and travel brands for the past 15 years.

Oliver keeps striving to connect with his audience using avant-garde editing techniques to deliver passion and emotions to the viewers.

His videos reached out millions of people and have been featured on the most important online magazines such as National Geographic, Condé Nast, Fstoppers, Vogue, Designboom, Travel+Leisure and many more.

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1. Introduction : Hi, my name is Oliver Astrologo. I am a film director. Watching my films, you have the feeling that the camera is constantly moving and never stops. All different location of places are perfectly visually connected using some seamless transition. In this Skillshare class, I'm going to explain how to put into practice some of these techniques using a software that is called DaVinci Resolve. In this class, we are diving into two some of the most important functionalities of DaVinci Resolve and we will learn how to use them at their best. You will learn how to improve your footage by using some advanced stabilization techniques. Then we will dive in into the transition. We will make them completely seamless, effectively blended with the editing. Finally, we will use masking and compositing in the same way that this is done in the large film productions. It has been over five years that I'm using DaVinci Resolve for editing my videos and I really love this software. You don't need to be a pro in order to start in this class. You just need a laptop, a computer, and DaVinci Resolve. DaVinci Resolve is free and available to download now from the Blackmagic website. Of course, you need a footage as well. If you never did footage, you can use the footage that I am going to provide you with the material of these classes. Follow me in this class and you will learn some techniques. But remember, it's not the gear, it's not the software that elevates your project, it's the creativity, it's what you got in your mind. Software, computers, everything is just a tool, an extension of your creativity in order to make this process easier and quicker to do. Are you ready to start? Let's go. 2. About Post-Production: The software that we are going to use in this Skillshare class is called DaVinci Resolve. I assume that you already got confidence we did. If you haven't done it yet, I suggest you to go to the Blackmagic website, download it, and start exploring the different functionalities. One thing that I really love about individual solver is the fact that you get all the tool that you need for the post-production inside one single software. You can switch between different entity modes. This one and the edit mode is the most commonly used, is the same tool that usually get when you are using Premier or Final Cut Pro. But individual solver, you get to some additional tools that are really, really interesting. For example, you get the color tool. Color tool is probably the features that I mostly lava buddies software. In my view, the Vinci resolve is offering one of the most powerful tool for the color grading on the market. One important figure that you need to bear in mind when you are using the vicious or usually if you come from Premier Pro or finite card, when you need to do the post-production and you need to apply some very specific effects. For example, the Maschine go mmm, into somebody better compositing. You do everything in this interface, in the editing interface. While in the Vinci resolve the most advanced effects like the color grading, but also the masking. Any other compositing and specific effects. They can be done using the color interface or the fusion. Fusion is in a certain way the equivalent of after efforts. We are not going to use this functionality inside of inches of today this class, we'll be mainly focusing on the transition, so we don't need this tool as well. If you need to learn more about dementia solver, I will suggest you check out my Skillshare class about robots production where I go deeper in the older aspects and all the functionalities that DaVinci Resolve is offering. And also I give you all some insight about how the creative process that is behind the editing or some of my most popular videos. If you haven't done it yet, I will suggest you go to the black magic website and downloaded your free version of DaVinci Resolve, start making practice with it. In the next lesson, we're diving into telepractice and we are going to answer footage by applying some inner city symbolization. 3. Step 1: Tracking and Stabilization: Sometimes it happens that there is some material that is very practice is very interesting but easy and perfect. For example, I've been in Venice, I should discover a movement to it again, ball2, too dark. It doesn't look very smooth. So how we can fix this one? When you are using a traditional software, it you just need to toggle the stabilizer here, individual solver, you get three different way of stabilizing the foolish perspective similarity translation. There isn't a specific mode that works at the base unit just to try them and see which one gives the best results on your clip. Let's try, for example, perspective and apply some stabilization. It looks better. It's definitely look better, but it's still not perfect. In the color tab that we get some interesting tool for doing the post-production. My favorite one is the tracking stabilizer. I manage it using the tracking stabilizer to fix some materials that was completely unusable and the inmate miracles, which if you read under 13, the tracker tracker panel, you need to choose if you haven't done yet from Window switch to stabilize their ear from this panel. And then you need to pick the classic stabilizer functionality inside of this context menu. And this one's morphing to do, you need to switch to point tracker. Now we activated is tracking stabilizer. This one finger that you need to do is to add the tracking point. Tracking point is where the software should look for the movements in order to track and stabilizing the moment. In order to make it this effective, you need to move the truck in punter and something that tells us strong contrast, for example, the handle of the door in this case could make the job, but because it's a bright element and it's easy for the software to understand that also to track them moment. Also, you need to be sure that you are at the first frame. So you just need to scrub the year and set the first frame. We just need to start the tracking forward. So we just to click this button and activated the tracking. It UPS and sometimes that the software maybe miss the target to. So you just need to reposition the cross on the right point here. In order to fix. You can use at the back and forward buttons in order to see. And then right-click again on the truck flower. But also we have done, we just need to click on satellites. As you can see now when the software is applying the standardization, you will see, for example, that the image looks very crop that this is normal because software in order to keep the elements subject perfectly centered, that you need to crop the image. In order to avoid it the crop, we just need to toggle checkbox taken stabilized again. Now it looks smoother. As you can see when the camera is moving back and forward the, you see this black border on the side. We just need to use the traditional keyframe, reposition the framing in order to avoid or reduce the black border on the sides. So we just need to go in the first frame, set a keyframe here and the position. And then we need to scrub the timeline to the end. You need just to reposition the window on the center of the screen. You might need to do this in the middle as well. For example, you can maybe reposition a year. And as you can see now the diffusion is perfectly stabilized. If you see for support is little jumper probably there was something that tracking error that was not perfect. If you still have some black borders on the edges, we just need to zoom in a bit. We can try to speed ramp. It looks much, much better now, let's see the before, just to see the difference before and after. If you are using Premier Pro or Final Cut in order to get the same result, you need to move an image in it. You do the post-production or using another external software, for example, you need to use After Effects, using the tradition tracking after efforts. Everything individually solvent is integrated into the same software. I will invite you to download the food from the material class. Enemy tries to make some practice. In the next class, we are going to use the stability that foolish and we also, we are going to think about a transition. 4. Step 2: Creative Transitions: Before diving into any specific transition, we need to put everything together in the edit in a way that it looks completely seamless. According to the camera movement, I follow at this clip where the camera is moving toward the door with this shoot that has been done in another completely different location in another moment. Just putting everything together, it really looks very cool because it looks like the camera is moving through the door. Now, it's time to improve it. What we can do here is when the camera is getting close to the door, open the door and create a very nice transition, giving the effect of the door is open. We need to align the two different clips on two separate tracks of the timeline, and any nudge and move the indoor scene few seconds before in order to find the right position. Now, you need to move as far as the timeline when the camera is very close to the door. I just need to duplicate this clip and create a copy of it on another track. The clip that is positioned in the upper track will be the left door and the clip that is positioned under would be the right door. Now, we are using a very simple tool that is called cropping. I temporarily disabled the video track here, and I use the crop lights in order to crop the door here. I may need that to add a little bit of softness, 987 to make things clear. Now, let's do the same thing on the right door on the second track, so let's disable this track temporarily. We need to enable this one, and I need to crop left in this case. Let's use the same number that we used to crop the other door in the crop left slider. It's 987. Can you see? We might need to adjust the cropping because this is too much. Eventually, we can. Brilliant. Now, we need to animate the doors. This is very clever trick. We need to find a place where the camera is very close to the doors. I might need to slightly zoom in the frame of the door. What you need to do is go here. I need to go on the position, I set a keyframe here, and it's also to set a position keyframe also on the right door. Let's set a keyframe here as well. Now, let's move to the end and we set another keyframe for the position. We just need to animate the door. This will be the right door that is open in the right. Let's go back and repeat the same for the other door, and we animate the position of the left door. Let's see if it works. The camera is moving here and the door is opening and getting inside the other room. In order to make the effect more realistic, we need to add a sound. The sound effects, they are used to amplify and also to give up stronger perception of something that is going to happen. Let's move it here. Let's open the Media Pool and go in the sounds and I go out this door sound. This one. We move the sound here. We just need to nudge it. Brilliant. There is another tool in [inaudible] that will help me to make this more authentic. Let's go to the left door video track. We need to set the keyframe on the yaw. The yaw allows me to change the yaw or the fusion, giving the feeling that the door is stealthy, we need to set it to zero, then we need to move to the last keyframe and move the yaw to the maximum. We repeat the same thing on the other video track and set a negative number for the yaw, since the yaw is in the other side. Let's see. Now, we can, for example, get all the material, click with the right button and put everything inside a new compound clip. Now that everything inside the compound clip, we can also play with the speed ramping and adjust a bit the timing. Higher speed points here and need to add the speed point here. The speed at which the door are opening is good for me, but I would like you to make the moment when the camera is approaching to the door a bit faster. I just need to speed up this part and then we make faster also the other part. Now, we need to adjust the speed ramping count. Speed ramping is another technique often used when you need to make some transition. When you speed up and make it even faster, you make eventually some less noticeable. With the speed ramping, sometimes you can fix something that it does look perfectly authentic. Never abuse with the speed ramping, always try and affect something that looks authentic even without the speed ramping. Know bad. This is a very simple but effective transition and give it to the spectator the feeling that the camera is effectively entering inside the door. It's also nice to see that we use some very simple tools like the cropping and the yaw tools that are available here in the specter without using any advanced masking something very complicated. Just using the cropping, we managed to create an effect that's usually using the traditional post-production requires maybe to move to another software, do some of bit of masking. You need someone to start with it. In just a few minutes, we managed to create it. Taking the footage that is available here within the Skillshare materials and try to make something creative using this kind of transition. In the next class, we are going to make things even more fancier by using some advanced masking effects. 5. Step 3: Advanced Masking: If we need to achieve some advanced that affects of course, the standard tools that usually get inside the specter of DaVinci Resolve they are not enough. Sometimes you need to mask objects or elements that have a very specific shape. For example, in the previous lesson, we use at the door as elements for making the transition. Here we are using this object that is passing in front of the camera. And we're going to make a mask around this object in order to get these efforts. First finger, as usual, we need to align the different clips on the timeline. We need to find the right moment you make the transition. Then we need to switch to the color interface individual solve. So we need to create a mask year and cuts this part of in order to create it is seamless effect. Before start, we need to do an alpha channel. Alpha channel is just an instruction that's tell DaVinci Resolve the color that we are going to have an Alpha output. We just see to right-click year in an empty space inside the nodes panel and bigger the alpha output. And then we need to connect these blue dots with the Alpha channel. We need to switch to the mask panel, to the wind of panel here. And we need to cover mask. My suggestion is to find the moment where the object that is passing from the camera is year and certainly in the middle of the screen in order to have a bit of space. So to understand the auto animate it. And we are going to pick the Pen tool. The Pen tool allows you to drop the mask around the place you want to cover. Are the some points and create a follow the shape. I'm driving a mask around all the elements that I want to cut away from the frame. I need to close the shape. Now as you can see, the masking on-site close, the shape is not in the right side. I just need to invert the mask in order to invert the musculature to click here. Here, I can control if the mask is hiding or showing the specific part of the framework on which I'm applying it to. Now it's time to add the summer keyframes, the keyframes panels each usually Eden in bluish results. So you need to click here and toggle DataFrame frames. And then we need to click IRR in order to toggle on the automatic keyframing. And we need to add a keyframe in order to add a keyframe and we just see it you slightly move the mask or maybe touch point. And this will toggle on activated, they automatically frame. So we have a set of the first keyframe on. So we did the first keyframe, we need to move it one frame forward and back. And this is probably the most boring part because if we want to create an autism, make it a very seamless, we need, for example, to move the mask, to add a few more keyframes. So we're going to move the mask here. Always try to make the transition completely seamless, completely invisible for the people that are watching your videos. We can also make it a bit softer. Bye. If you change the softness, you need to change on every keyframe. So I need to resend softness on the keyframe that we have the before. Let's go in for 2D and and move year. Usually 3, 4 different keyframes should be enough in order to cover the entire building. And finally, we need to do one last keyframe to hide completely mask unless repeat also the same thing on the previous keyframe. All right, one more here. Okay. If we go back and forward using the we can see how the masking is applied. Let's go back to the editing panel and see if the mosque work. Yeah. If you need, for example, to mask some specific movement or you need to create a more realistic effect. That's the way to do the right masking in DaVinci Resolve. You can download this footage from the classes materials are you can start practicing with the Maschine and also you can put all the things that they teach during this lesson into the practice. I would like to see how you are approaching this transition, as mentioned before. Try to experiment with it and try, for example, to combine, to use this kind of transition with the other foods made by your own. If you're going to have a camera, you can even use your mobile phone or any other kind of tool that is capable of shooting video. So you don't need any professional equipment to do that. See you in the next lesson because we are going to talk about another interesting, the thing that is the compositing. Compositing consisting in merging together different clips for large images in something that you lose a single element. 6. Step 4: Compositing: In the previous lessons, we discussed the fundamentals for making some interests in transition force using the basic tools individual solve, and then we use some advanced masking techniques. Now we are trying the compositing. In a nutshell, the difference between compositing and editing is very simple. Editing is a movie, a video that is composed by different clips together. Compositing is a single image that you get in a video that is composing using different sources, like images, photographers, footage, any other kind of stuff that could be useful for making the effort. We're going to use the compositing too, create a very seamless transition from this f2 dash that is composed by two different clips that have the same camera movement I would like to achieve. And a very interesting effect, I'm going to cut through the whole of the window and make them transparent. This is a very common technique that you use a Muslim my videos in my long-run, Sweden, for example, I use these techniques twice. I know that these are time-consuming processes, so you don't need to do it by yourself. You can just allow the day images that has already been processed inside the class is materials. So you just need to get a day file, window dot PNG. Let's bring the file that has really been processed on the timeline. Let's close the media pool. Let's change the zoom here in the spectrum. We can make this shorter. Go one frame back with zoom in here. Can you see that the glasses are transparent? We can also animate the position. Yeah. Let's go to the first frame. Let's put a position to 0. Hey, we are. Maybe we can let the indoor scenes starts few frames later, so we are the feeding. All right. So let's see how everything is going together. So the camera is getting close your eyes. Now, we need to make it a bit more realistic by changing the speed and match the speed of the camera animation to the window of images with the speed of the camera that is moving inside the indoor scene. There are two ways to do that. The trickiest one is to play with cars year in the Vinci resolve. The best thing in my view is to nest this clip inside a new compound clip. And then using the speed ramping tool controlling the speed. So we just need to make this faster. And we need also to make this curve a little smoother. Definitely words. Now the effect looks very realistic. Is not just the transition itself, that making your video fancier is a way that you are thinking your shots. Let's see a practical example. Here. I just did the same camera movement and the way that I put all the kids together by matching, for example, steps, the way that they work and make the transition more realistic when the two clips are perfectly merged together in time by simply matching, in this case, the position of my fourth year, the ground. That is what makes something very fancy and very regional. That was the final part of this class. Let's see for the final facts in the next class. 7. Final Thoughts: Depositing was the final part of this class. I hope you liked the way that I used very simple things, very simple techniques in order to achieve something that looks very professional and very nice. Feel free to post your piece of work and try to also use the materials that everybody with this class used to create something that is different and looks different. [inaudible] the footage, fancy around the camera movements, everybody probably will also result in something that is more professional. Next time that you are taking your camera, you're going around somewhere, think about the transition in advance. The transition are just something that you need to add on top to make things smoother, fancier. Next time you are watching a video of mine, try to figure out how I made some specific transition and also try to figure out which of the techniques that I have explained today I have used in order to obtain realistic effect. Thank you everybody for watching. See you in the next Skillshare class.