April 3, 2020
DaVinci Resolve 15 – Tutorial for Beginners [COMPLETE] – 16 MINUTES!

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Tutorial for Beginners [COMPLETE] – 16 MINUTES!


Hello, welcome to this video! Let’s get a simple and general overview onthe newest DaVinci Resolve 15 by Blackmagic Design.Please leave us suggestions and comments to help us improve our nextvideos dedicated to DaVinci Resolve!DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editing software, with advanced media editing, color adjustments, and outstanding visual and audio effects. This comes with two versions: a freeware called Lite, and the Studio one, which collects more advanced effects. In this video you will get a simple overview on all you need to start as a beginner. When opening Resolve, the Project Manager page shows up, used to start a new or existing project. As you make and save projects, these are stored inside the default Local Database, as you can see from the Databases panel on the left. These databases can be link to servers online or to computer folders. To define a new database, just click on New Database, providing name and location. You can open a project by double-clicking on it. To come back to the Project Manager, just use the Home button in the bottom right corner. To start with a new project, you can use the New Project button, or double-click on Untitled Project. When opening a project, the main workspace opens, divided in six different workspaces you can choose at the bottom. Media is used to browse, import and then manage all the files inside the project; Edit is where you modify and edit the appearance of any media; Fusion is a new workspace dedicated to visual effects, and animations; Color and Fairlight collect several color and audio adjustments respectively; and Deliver is where you can render and export your final video. In this video we will take a look at the Media, the Edit and the Deliver workspaces. When a new project is made, the first thing to do is to add all media needed, such as videos, pictures and audio files. On the Media workspace, you can import files by dragging and dropping them from the Media Storage panel into the Master collection at the bottom. In Edit workspace, these files are collected inside the Media Pool panel, you can check them by double-clicking on them and using the Preview. At this point, you can start editing files by dropping these into the Timeline from either the Media Pool panel or from any computer window directly. These files are shown as colored rectangles called clips, with their names on them. Video frames and pictures are in blue, and collected within Video Tracks, with a V letter and a number on the left. Music and speech are in green color and are contained inside Audio Tracks at the bottom, well separated from the Video Tracks. You can check the Timeline content carefully by using your mouse wheel and holding down the Shift key to move in time, and the ALT key to zoom in and out around the red marker. Remember to save your project with CMD+S (or CTRL+S on Windows). The first time you save you are asked to fix a name for it. Your project is stored as a .db file inside your database, and make sure to save it often, especially when you see a red ‘Edited’ word on top. You can get a quick preview on each clip according to what you set under Timeline View Options. You can expand the clips to get visual frame thumbnails in time, or show sound waves on all the audio files. Whereas, to get a complete playback on the project, you have to use the main Preview in the top right corner. This shows your project content where the red marker is placed. You can click and drag on the timeline to place and move the red marker, in order to check your project frame after frame in time. To playback in real-time, use the player below the Preview. Now, let’s see how to edit your clips with the Selection Mode enabled. You can move clips by clicking and dragging these in time or in other Tracks. New Tracks are added in case they are needed. Videos with audio get frames and audio pieces linked, showing a chain icon on these. These are always moved together, but you can make these independent by right-clicking on them and going to Link Clips. You can stretch and shorten clips in time by clicking and dragging their edges. Just pay attention with videos and audio files, since these get part of their content cut if shortened. To stretch and shorten a clip without affecting its content, you can change its speed or playback rate by right-clicking on it and going to Change Clips Speed…. If you set a percentage below 100%, the clip is played slower, and so it can last longer in time. If the percentage is above 100%, the clip is played faster, and so it is shorter in time. You can also playback the clip in the opposite way by enabling Reverse speed. To delete a clip, select it and use the Backspace key. In case you make any mistake, you can undo the latest actions by CMD+Z (or CTRL+Z for Windows). To make quick copies of a clip, just click and drag it while holding down the ALT key. Make sure not to overlap the two clips, or one of them gets cut. To split a clip into pieces, enable the Razor Edit Mode, and click on the clip where you want to split it. You can manage the content of each Track by using the buttons on the extreme left. You can use the lock button to prevent any Track from any modification on any of its clips. On Video Tracks, use the frame button to hide or show its content. On Audio Tracks, use the Mute (M) button to mute all its clips, or the Solo (S) button to mute all the other Audio Tracks except interested one. To delete a Track and all of its content, just right-click on it and go to Delete Track. Video Tracks also set an order of visibility between the clips that overlap in time. All the clips inside the top Video Tracks are shown in front of all the clips contained inside Video Tracks lower in position. The main Video Preview is also used to edit the basic appearance of the visual clips selected from the Timeline, according to the mode chosen in the bottom left corner. Use Transform to move the clip by clicking and dragging it; scale it by using the white nodes; and rotate it by using the external node on top. With Crop, you can use the nodes to crop the clip, in order to remove all the parts you don’t want on the project. Moreover, use Dynamic Zoom to apply animated pan and zoom, and Annotations to add colored arrows and lines on the clip. You can edit all your media clip properties with the Inspector panel in the top right corner. Depending on the clip selected, this panel shows Video or Audio properties you can edit by sliding on the bars, or typing the property value directly. If you don’t see any option, make sure to double-click on the property name. You can also extend the whole panel by using the down arrow button on top. When selecting visual clips, you can use the Opacity to set the transparency level, and Composite Mode to adjust the transparency according to the clip colors. Inside Transform, use Zoom to scale, Position to move, and Rotation Angle to rotate the clip around the Anchor Point. Moreover, use Pitch and Yaw to 3D rotate, and then Flip buttons to flip the clip horizontally or vertically. Inside Cropping, set how to crop the clip, applying any feather with Softness. When selecting audio clips, you can adjust the volume with Clip Volume; the tone with Clip Pitch, and apply any audio filter under Clip Equalizer. When selecting videos with audio, you can edit both the visual and the audio properties depending on the selection chosen on top. After editing the clip with the Inspector or the Preview, a waveform icon appears on it, used to open and close an envelope graph. This is used to edit the clip properties in time by using markers called keyframes. Keyframes save a property value in the instant of time they are placed. In this way, if you get two or more keyframes in time with different values saved, you create an envelope curve where the clip property changes in time according to it. You can open the envelope graph on each property from the list in the top left corner. By default, all of these have a flat envelope line. To add keyframes on it, place the red marker on the right instant of time, and click on the rhombus button in the top right corner from the graph, or from the Inspector panel, next to the property name. Once you have two or more keyframes, you can shape the envelope curve by moving each keyframe horizontally through time, and vertically to fix the property value. Click on a keyframe to select it. You can edit the envelope curve on it with the buttons on top, and remove the keyframe by right-clicking on it and then going to Cut. Whereas, to remove all the keyframes and reset the property value, use the revert button on the right. You can add transitions, titles and effects on your project by using the Effects Library panel. Under Video and Audio Transitions you can browse for amazing transitions to drag and drop on the extreme edges of the clips. Visual transitions apply effects to make the clip appear and disappear; whereas audio transitions increase or decrease the clip volume. You can also add visual transitions between two clips by adding the transition on the first clip, with the second clip following. You can manage any transition just like the clips. Click and drag its edges to change its duration, and use the Inspector panel to change its properties. You can also add keyframes and use the envelope graph to change the transition in time. If you don’t see any waveform button, make sure to zoom in enough. To change the effect of the transition, just drop another on it. To remove the transition, just right-click on it and go to Delete. You can also apply simple linear transitions directly on the clips by clicking and dragging the white markers on the corners. Inside the OpenFX and the AudioFX sections you can find several video and audio effects you can browse and drop on the clips. Clip with effects show an FX icon in a corner, and a new section called OpenFX on the Inspector panel, where you can adjust and fine the effect properties. You can also use the Preview in OpenFX Overlay to edit the effect without using the Inspector panel. Whereas, all the audio effects are inside Audio, below all the audio clip properties. Next to the effect name, use the bin button to delete the effect; the revert button to reset its properties, and the orange button on the left to turn the effect on or off. New in DaVinci Resolve 15 is the Fusion workspace, used to apply advanced visual effects on each clip before it is used on the Edit Timeline. The appearance of each clip is the result of the path from MediaIn to MediaOut, across several effects (or Tools) you can choose from the Effects Library panel. We won’t see this workspace in this beginner tutorial. In the Edit workspace, you can use the Titles section under the Effects Library to import ready text templates by clicking and dragging these on the Timeline. You can add standard static Titles, and also the new Fusion Titles, which include animations. The text imported creates a new title clip inside a Video Track and in grey color, which can be managed just like other clips. You can use the Inspector panel to edit its basic visual appearance under Video, and everything regarding text font, style and color under Text (for static titles) or Fusion (for the animated ones). The way to change, revert or keyframe the text properties is the same as seen for other clips. Let’s see how to export your project with the Deliver workspace! On the Timeline below, choose the part of the project to render by adjusting the highlighted region. On the Render Settings panel, set the video format and resolution to use. Choose Custom to apply the video settings as you prefer; YouTube or Vimeo to use a ready suitable template to upload to these sites, also in 2160p (or 4K); Final Cut, Premiere or Pro Tools to export to these products; or Audio Only to export just the audio part. Then, set the video name under Filename, where to save it under Location, and fine video settings, audio codec and metadata through the options below. Once done, click on Add to Render Queue to list a new rendering Job under the Render Queue panel on the right, saving settings, file name, and what to render from the project. To start rendering, select the Job interested, and then go to Start Render!Thanks for watching this guide! Check out our channel for more amazingand free video tutorials!

100 thoughts on “DaVinci Resolve 15 – Tutorial for Beginners [COMPLETE] – 16 MINUTES!

  1. I downloaded the free version. On the install it had a screen that said you will need to install these programs and had a list with a only a few checked.
    I left it as was and finished the install. tried to run the first time and it said my panels were not connected via USB and that's as far as I got. So not a great start
    So I am thinking I should have checked all the programs on the install but not to comfortable with that not knowing what they are.

  2. God Bless the Developers, and the community/Black Magic for this gift to humanity! tired of those expensive editors

  3. good video I came back to it I have a question how do you flip the audio around so that it goes in reverse
    Edit: 5:32 you have an option there I found out

  4. Any new creators want to help out each other? I have just shot a whole event using GoPro Hero 7 Black. Would love to know the feedback on the first video of my channel!

  5. This is a fantastic video demo/tutorial. Although the steps were moved through rather quickly, the presentation was clear, concise and easy to understand. And while I will NOT be able to get all the steps right because the step procedure was rather quick, I know I can refer to this video often and learn what I need to know regarding the basics of Davinci Resolve 15. Thank you for a well thought and very well presented video. Not all of them are so well made.

  6. i just downloaded it and when i doubleclick a folder to edit a video it just opens the folder to an empty site still in the menu. with no way of actually getting into the workspace

  7. great video.
    davinci resolve definitely change the way of editing.
    there's a new transition packs for DaVinci resolve 16.
    drag & Drop , Real time playback… very cool.
    you might be interested in this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjIo06omKl4

  8. my projects don't open as tabs and take up the whole screen and i can't figure out how to make them smaller

  9. I'm trying to reverse a clip on DaVinci, But I can't right click on the clip, it's not working, does anyone know how to? 
    (by the way, I'm using a mac, so maybe that's why the right click doesn't work but does anyone know how to achieve it on a mac?)

  10. Wow I never thought I could learn how to edit so well in Davinci I thought I would be stuck with the basics but you just cleared up most of the effects I wanted to add to my videos so easily. I cant wait to try these out it was tremendous help. 🙂

  11. someone needs to add timestamps here to go exactly where i have questions….. great vid man! subscribed right away

  12. when i import videos it dosent come like it never comes it shows like i can do it but then it never comes

  13. So basically a free version of PowerDirector… Heh… after they deleted my license im laughing all the way to the bank after I installed this. I payed like 100 dollars for powerdirector back in the day and the idiots said the installation was only good for like one month and when I moved to my new computer I couldn't install it again and was stuck with windows movie maker. Sayounara, suckers.

  14. Davinci resolve is full of bugs and crashes. The black magic design family has been around for years but they cant seem to get it right the first time. There is always firmware updates and the technicians are short patient. I lost a major client because davinci resolve could not understand 1080 p and 4k on the same timeline. I could not optimize media, add more clips to timeline, or could I render. I never had this problem with adobe!!! I know davinci resolve is packed with pro features, but unfortunately maybe that's the problem. It seems that they are trying to do too much at one time. They should concentrate and prefect on certain things before they sell to the public. Its like they are trying to play catch up at all times. smh

  15. davinci resolve crashes all the time. here is a message from them: In an Explorer window, go to this path:

    C:Program FilesBlackmagic DesignDaVinci Resolve
    And run the CaptureLogs.bat file. This will place a .zip file on your desktop.
    If Resolve has crashed, run this before restarting Resolve.

    Then, right click on the Start icon.
    Select Control Panels.
    Select Administrative Tools.
    Select System Information.
    Select File, then Save. Do not use Export.

    Send us the .zip file and the .NFO file.

    If you have a project that will cause a repeatable crash, use the File – Export Project menu and export a .drp file and send that, along with detailed instructions on how to recreate the crash after loading the project. In the Export Project dialog window that opens, don't check any of the 4 checkboxes. That will keep the .drp file as small as it can be.

    Additionally, please send the project DRP file so that our Resolve Specialist can do additional testing

    If you have any additional questions, I'm here for your support. Thank you for being a valued Blackmagic Design customer, have a great day.

  16. Right out of the gate I can tell you something that you can improve. The program is NOT called "lite", you guys dropped that name and decided to go with either Resolve or Resolve Studio. Calling it anything else is going to be confusing.
    SO, is this video about Resolve or Resolve Studio?

  17. After viewing this tutorial, I've accomplished what I set out to do: Decide to acquire and educate myself in the ways of BlackMagic's free software (I am, indeed, a beginner of the most embryonic sort). I thank you for your help and would like to offer what I hope is a helpful suggestion. I'm used to the "For Dummies" series of books, not because I'm stupid, but because they overlook nothing; the assumption is that the person reading has almost zero knowledge of the topic being covered. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to explain literally everything, but I might suggest a "For Dummies" tutorial for people who want to begin discovering (for instance) narrated slide-shows of vacation pictures but have no clue what "rendering" does, or what "pitch" and "yaw" mean, much less how/why they would use such things. Might you consider a tutorial for the person who is truly flying blind, to get them used to terms and the potential for great editing, then suggest, "Now that you have an idea of things you can do, we recommend using DaVinci Resolve; here's a quick tutorial on that product, and you can put to use all of the new terms and ideas we've presented here." Just a thought from a "professional dummy"! 😀

  18. How do i cut multiple clips at the same time? like the clips underneath also? Im moving on from premiere. really hope there's a way to do this.

  19. AMAZING TUTORIAL! I'm currently switching from premiere pro and this was seriously helpful since I took a week break from my beginning channel and now I'm ready to start up with the basics and shall continue to learn but thank you again!!!

  20. Not bad mate. Only thing i would suggest is as this is a "beginner" video could you take a little more time in showing how to get to the various menus you were taking about. Exaggerate moving to and opening up the locations of said menus explaining as you to do it. 9 out of 10! well done.

  21. Does anyone know if you can make the text follow a certain object? I’m brand new to this software

  22. Most impressed it didn't end with "Please like and subscribe!"

    Liking and subscribing because of this.

  23. I'm not able to import any of the files I wanted to import, which is old 4gb .avi files I recorded over 6 years ago. It doesn't even show the files when I go to the directory. Will this software not work for this?

  24. All I can say is "Wow!" and "THANK YOU" for creating this tutorial.

    I'm a Camtasia user and have stayed away from this software because I didn't want to go through a steep learning curve.

    Other videos assume too much of the viewer but you made it so incredibly easy. 👌

  25. What's wrong with davinci resolve 15.3.1 it's not allowing me know more to edit my material I used it on my pc upgraded to macbook pro downloaded it an it will not allow me to listen to the audio clip an trim at the same time the audio completely shuts off as soon as I start to trim or if I glance my arrow to the media pool so I went back to my pc downloaded back on it to see if I can match any mistakes I probably might have made on the macbook an now the pc is doing the same thing what the hell is going on

  26. I'm having an issue When I try to render my project the title becomes a separate file from the video so they don't render together. Any help plz.

  27. I am editing my in resolve 16 for some reason the audio sound has lot of static
    I loaded the same clip into final cut and there was no static noise
    Weird!!!

  28. Thanks so much! Having worked with other products in the past, Davinci is fairly intuitive, but I was having trouble trying to get editing effects to work properly. No problems now!

  29. Thanks goodness! Was so lost till I found you. Just wanted to know how to move the panels around so I can nav and make it my own space. Thank you kindly!

  30. Finally a tutorial that goes into depth! I bought this software years ago and couldn't even use it because it was so complicated to figure out and now, now I can use it and I absolutely love it. Thank you.

    One thing that troubles me is when added transitions. The video gets jagged. Is that due to CPU level or just something all video editors go thru?

  31. Thank you for the post I found it still very relevant for DVinci 16 it's a fast, quick and good for basic editing, great for beginners.

  32. Thank you for this very complete tutorial 😀 But is it about the free version of resolve ? I can't use any of the openFX, it tells me I've reached the limitations of DV Resolve when I thought the free version included at least some of the openFX :'( or maybe I did something wrong when installing it ? (also the fusion menu at the bottom of the interface makes everything crash whenever I try to click on it)

    If someone has encountered the same issues as me, I'd be glad to get some help ^^'

  33. I’m done editing a video and I’m trying to figure out how to transfer a dance video from the computer to my phone any help and steps on what to do

  34. Could you help me maybe?

    When I try to add clips to the media pool, all the clips are shown green with defect audio.
    I tried multiple ways of adding media to the pool but none of them shows my clips as what they're supposed to look and sound like.

  35. does this just not work on MacBook air? there is nothing explicitly called 'media storage' and trying to import via finder just doesn't work, any ideas? i really need this, iMovie is taking the piss and there are no other options that don't cost upwards of $20

  36. For beginners? Let me show you all the function of this fighter jet. OK hop in and take out that target and go land over there on that aircraft carrier.

  37. Does this software even exist? Every time I search foe it I get to a downlead link but all I can seem to download is Filmora 9. I'd rather try out Davinci!

  38. Thank You for making an amazing video tutorial. I have been trying to use Resolve now for a few months and just needed a little bit more info. Thank you for making it short and easy to understand!

  39. Guys I m facing Problem to apply transitions…Whenever I try to select and apply nothing works…Can anyone help me …Please..By the way I am a vlogger

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