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Cut Page: Examples

Lesson 17 from: DaVinci Resolve: How to Use Every Page

Casey Faris

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17. Cut Page: Examples

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Cut Page: Examples

Let's take a look at an example of something that we can make really quickly in the Cut Page. Here I have all of my media of our guy cooking, and let's say we wanna make a little montage of all of the cool things that he's making. Well, normally in the Edit Page, we would, again, just double click on each one and kind of start to add it to the timeline, but the Cut Page is designed for speed. And one of the really cool tools for speed is something called source tape. What this does is kinda bring all of the media into the source viewer all at once, so that we can really quickly buzz through all of our media and figure out what we want and add it to the timeline really, really quickly. So to get to source tape, there's these three little icons at the top left of our viewer, and we'll click on the middle one. And our interface changes a little bit and we have these little white lines across this bottom bar. Each one of those white lines is a cut between the different clips. And as we scr...

oll through this, we can see all of our clips are opened up all at once here in the source viewer. This again cuts out a step of double clicking on each clip, setting the in and out and then bringing it in, and then double clicking on another clip and then so on. We can just really quickly go through a set, an in and an out, and then throw that into the timeline, in, out, throw into the timeline, in, out, throw into the timeline and so on. So you can see how this cut is gonna go really quickly, in, out, throw in the timeline, in, out, throw in the timeline. So now we have all of our footage in the timeline, and we have our rough cut pretty much made in like two seconds, super easy. Now that we have everything kind of in the timeline, we can adjust the order of the clips. Let me colorize these clips real quick. I'm just gonna right click on each clip and make them different colors, just so that we can see this a little bit easier 'cause it's kinda hard with them all the same color. Right click on this and call it pink, right click on this one and we'll call it, I don't know, orange. So now we have all these different colors of our clips which just kinda helps you get organized. And you can do that in the Edit Page or the Cut Page. But let's say I wanna take this green clip and I wanna move it between the blue and yellow clips, I can grab it and just drag it here, and it will insert it really easily. Whereas normally I would have to, in the Edit Page, move a clip up, move this one over, and kinda put it down like that. The Cut Page makes it easy to just kinda click and drag and move things around. Now, this can get you in trouble 'cause you can grab a clip and just drop it on another clip and replace the clip. Which if you know that's a thing, is super handy. If you don't know that's a thing, can ruin stuff. So be really careful, Command-Z is your friend. So now we have our clips here and let's say..... Let's see if we like the order. I think what I wanna do is put this one first. So I'll take the yellow and just drag this over here to where it highlights kinda that little insert. And we can trim this up like that really quickly. And we'll trim this one. So now we have the rough cut made in the Cut Page. Now, the other little gotcha about the Cut Page is that the audio, again, it's designed to go really quickly. It's kinda designed for a bunch of clips that have audio already in them maybe something like a news interview, and you can kind of put all the clips one after another and use the sound from each clip. But layering the sounds, like putting in this VO, is maybe a little bit more awkward. Because you can't really get super detailed with the audio, you can put that in and you can kinda see that it's there, but you can't really see the audio tracks for all of these clips. And it just kinda gets a little bit awkward here. So I'd really recommend if you have a project that has several different layers of audio, that you maybe make your rough cut here in the Cut Page, and then switch over to the Edit Page to actually be able to adjust your other audio tracks. So those are the essentials of the Cut Page. It's really designed for some specific workflows. And so if you are working on a vlog where you might have audio and video together, and you just want to string them all together in an edit and you wanna do it really quickly, maybe you're doing it every day, the Cut Page might be your best friend. If you're working on something like a short film that has 15 different audio tracks and 20 different layers of video, you might wanna stay in the Edit Page. But, the great thing is that you can move back and forth in between the Cut Page and the Edit Page at any time and use the various tools. What I find myself doing quite often is using source tape to find the right B-roll that I want, and throwing it down into the timeline really quick in the Cut Page, and then switching over to the Edit Page to actually do my edit. It's really up to whatever you want to do.

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user 714f13

I'm glad to see the DaVinci Resolve courses have been added to Creative Live. Casey Faris does a great job with his teaching. In this course he clearly explains the layout of each page and shares example workflows for each. It's really good as an intro to Resolve.

a Creativelive Student

Helpful class if you are interested in DaVinci Resolve. Casey Faris presents the information clearly and doesn't waste time. Looking forward to his Color Correction and Fusion classes.


Made navigating through Davinci an exciting thing to do! Great work!

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