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Edit Pass #3: Get Picky

Lesson 19 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

Edit Pass #3: Get Picky

Lesson 19 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

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19. Edit Pass #3: Get Picky

In this lesson, Casey shows you how to apply some final touches. Congrats, your rough cut is now a final cut!
Summary (Generated from Transcript)

In this lesson, Casey Faris demonstrates how to make a third pass edit in DaVinci Resolve, focusing on fine-tuning and adding more excitement to the video. He shows how to adjust the beginning of the video by moving clips and adding a fade-up effect, as well as how to create a speed ramp effect using retime controls. Casey also explains how to use trimming and the trim edit mode to create stylistic cuts and jumps in time. Lastly, he demonstrates how to use the Dynamic Zoom feature in Resolve to add a zooming out effect to a clip.


  1. How can you make the beginning of a video more exciting?

    By moving clips and adding a fade-up effect.

  2. What is a speed ramp and how can it be created in DaVinci Resolve?

    A speed ramp is when a clip starts fast and then slows down or vice versa. In Resolve, it can be created by using retime controls and adjusting the speed of the clip.

  3. How can trimming and the trim edit mode be used to create stylistic cuts and jumps in time?

    Trimming and the trim edit mode allow you to use different parts of a clip without moving it to another track. This can create stylistic cuts and jumps in time.

  4. What is the Dynamic Zoom feature in DaVinci Resolve and how can it be used?

    The Dynamic Zoom feature is a built-in effect in the edit page of Resolve that zooms out a clip. It can be used to add a zooming out effect to a clip without having to manually animate it.

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Edit Pass #3: Get Picky

Now it's time for our third pass of our edit. This is really where we get a lot more detailed and a lot more picky. This is kind of our last row. This is the last time that we're gonna go through this and really look at all of the details and make sure that everything is exactly the way that we want it to look. Okay. So to start out with, this very first shot, it's pretty good, but I feel like it could be a little bit more exciting. We always want to have our intro be pretty exciting. So I think what I'm gonna do is grab everything and just move it to the right a little bit more, just so we have a little bit of space to work with at the very beginning of our sequence here. I'll zoom in. And I'm gonna look at our music. And let's just trim this to the left. And I think what we'll do is maybe just fade this up and let's see what this sounds like. (soft music) Yeah. So now we kind of have this like (whooshing) thing coming in and then it hits with the three hits. (soft music) Yeah. So now...

what we can do is adjust our video to kind of line up with that audio, and it really will come together to be a lot more exciting. So I think this is a good beginning for our audio. I'll select everything and just drag everything down so that it starts. (soft music) Right there with that fade up. And now let's take this shot and we can really get a lot more fancy just by doing a couple little tricks here. So as he drops this, (soft music) let's do a speed ramp. Now, if you don't know what a speed ramp is I'm sure that you've probably seen it in action movies. You've probably seen it in kind of sports montages. It's where something starts really fast and then it kind of slows down. That's called ramping. It's just like, if something goes down a ramp, it kind of speeds up. And then as it kinda gets flat, it slows down. So we're gonna start with this going quickly. So I'm gonna give this a little bit of room. We'll start with him letting go of that dough. I'll turn off our audio here and then right before it hits, that's where we're gonna want it to slow down. In fact, actually, maybe we'll have it kind of squish out a little bit before it slows down. And right there where I want that speed to change, I'm gonna make a cut. So let's grab the blade and I'll cut that right at the play head and switch back. And now this very first clip here is gonna be fast. And then this second clip is already in slow motion, so we're just gonna keep playing it at the same speed it's been playing. Now to change the speed of this clip, we have to open our retime controls. If you right click on whatever clip you want to speed up, we can go up to where it says retime controls and click on that. And that will kind of add this little bar to the top and all these little arrows. That means that we're in retime mode. While we have our retime controls up, we can grab this little dropdown here, where it says 100%, and we can change that speed to whatever we want. We could change it to 400% if we want to, and that's going to speed it up four times faster. But we can also just grab the edge of this towards the top, and we can trim this. But what it's really doing is kind of squishing the clip down and playing it faster. So let's maybe do something really quick like this, maybe 500 and something percent. Let's see how that looks. So now we have him dropping that and it has this really cool effect. (instructor whooshing) So cool. So that's a lot more exciting than what we had. And what's even gonna make it better is if we sync it a up with our audio. (soft music) So right when it goes, where it kinda takes off and goes bobli boo. (soft music) Right there. That's where we want that to switch. So we're gonna put that cut right there. (soft music) Yeah. See, that makes a lot of sense. So now we're just gonna take the end of that and drag that out. (soft music) Good. Much better. So now we have that retiming going and I can actually get rid of my retime controls here by just clicking on this little x. And now we have our sped up clip, (soft music) which changes into our regular speed clip. Pretty awesome. Now let's say maybe I want this to kind of fade up from black. I can grab this and trim it to the left, and we'll just fade that in. (soft music) Yeah. See that works. (soft music) Here we go. Much better. Okay. So we pretty much fixed the beginning. That's pretty awesome. Let's see what else we can do. When I was a boy, my mom would cook every night. It was more than food. It was passion. She put her heart and soul into her food. I think we'll do the same thing here with these other kind of slow motion shots. So I'll take the shot and drag it up to the third track just so we can see it. And I'll turn off our audio again and let's do kinda the same thing, right as this kind of start to go, right as that splash happens, let's cut right there. And I'll select this first clip, right click and say retime controls. And then I can grab the edge of it and really push this so it goes quick. There we go. Really nice. And I'll trim this to the left And let's make it a little faster. Again, bring up our retime controls and squish it. There we go. Cool. Much better. All right. And we'll take this and tuck it down there under our pizza shot. Turn on our audio. (soft music) She put her heart and soul into her food. (soft music) Okay. So the only thing I don't like about that is that it feels like he stopped and then he starts after the cut. So I think what we'll do is cut in a little bit later, move this over. (soft music) She put her heart and soul in her food. And look, there's this little music hit right there. Why don't we time that up with the music hit like that? Maybe we'll extend this one out. Anytime that you can line up a video cut or something that you're doing visually with something that happens in the audio, the better. (soft music) She put her heart and soul in her food. Yeah. So now it feels intentional. (soft music) And I just want to pass that on to everyone I meet. All right. I just want to pass that on to everyone I meet. Okay. Another thing is this end shot. I think let's let that sit a little bit longer. So we'll just drag that out. To everyone I meet. (soft music) And right as that ending happens, the (whooshing), we're gonna fade that out really quickly. (soft music) Yeah, that works. Okay. So I'll hit Home on the keyboard to go to the very beginning and let's play this through. (soft music) When I was a boy, my mom would cook every night. It was more than food. I think I want to add a little close up of him here too. So we're gonna use that same technique of cutting in the middle, selecting this time the second clip. And a different way to do this, is to go to the lower left hand corner of our viewer. And I can grab this and just kind of scale this up and move it around this way. A boy, my mom would cook every night. It was more than food. All right. Let's also cut on the beat here and I'll turn off this little icon just so we don't have those things distracting us. Let's cut right on the beat. And I could just trim this second shot over and then trim the first shot over like that, but if you have two clips that are kind of next to each other, you can grab that edit and move it back and forth and it will trim them both at the same time, which is really convenient. So I can grab this and just move that transition down there. Would cook every night. There we go. So now it hits on that kinda snare drum, makes it feel a little better. My mom would cook every night. It was more than food. I really like when that kinda music hits right there. So why don't we make a cut right there and this time instead of doing a time ramp or anything, I just want to use a later part of the clip. What that's going to do is kind of jump forward in time which you don't always want, but it's totally okay to do in a stylistic sense. Anytime that you jump forward in time, I'll let the editor do that for me right now. If I'm talking and then you cut to later, and there's obviously time missing, then it kinda feels weird if it's supposed all be together. But if you're using it as a stylistic thing, like bam, bam, bam, then it feels cool. I assume they're gonna cut that right. I don't know. (instructor laughing) So we want this to feel cool. So I'm just gonna use a later piece of time from this same clip. So what I could do is grab this clip and bring it to the second track and then trim this down like this and trim this down like this, and that would accomplish what we wanted to do. I could slot that in there and then. It was more than food. Cuts to later. It's cool. It works. It was more than food. Yeah, that's nice. But a quicker way to do that in Resolve is to use this second tool right here, which is called the Trim Edit Mode. So I can click on that. And if I mouse over a clip, I get this little icon that looks like two brackets with arrows in between. And that's going to slip whatever clip I am using. And what that really means is that it's going to keep the same place in the timeline, but it's gonna use a different part of the clip. So I can grab this and can kinda see visually what's happening. If I move this back and forth, I can use the earlier part of the clip or the later part of the clip. So we'll just move this over so it uses the later part of the clip. It was more than food. And now we get that same effect and we had to grab it and move it over instead of taking it to another track and all of that stuff. We're looking a lot better. It was more than food. It was passion. Okay. It was passion. Let's make this shot a little bit more exciting. Here we have him cutting those onions. It works well, but it's not like the most dynamic amazing shot in the whole world. We can use a little effect that's built right into the edit page of Resolve called Dynamic Zoom to kind of do that, like zoom out effect. And we don't have to do anything fancy. We don't have to animate it ourselves. We just literally tick a box, check this out. So I'm gonna select this clip and go over to the inspector and remember this, adjust the details of whatever clip you have selected. And there's a little option here called Dynamic Zoom. I'm just gonna click on this little switch. And now we have this kind of zooming out over here. It was passion. Look at that. So easy. The Dynamic Zoom is something I use all the time for slideshows. You can put a whole bunch of still images in your timeline and then just select them all and then click Dynamic Zoom, and it will zoom them all out, and it saves a million hours. So next time you need to do a slideshow for grandma, you tell her, you know what, I'm gonna charge you a lot less this time. So now let's take a look at our edit. (soft music) When I was a boy, my mom would cook every night. It was more than food. It was passion. She put her heart and soul into her food. And I just want to pass that on to everyone I meet. All right. I think that's a really solid to edit. And next we're gonna get into a little more details with the audio.

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This is a great class! Probably my favorite Creativelive class so far. I've been a fulltime photographer for 13 years now, I guess it's about time I get back into video. I love that Resolve has a free version to learn on. The pace of this class was perfect, can't wait to watch the rest of Casey's DaVinci classes.

Simona Geneva

Thanks to Casey Faris for the interesting study material. I have been looking for a creative life course for DaVinci Resolve for a long time and I am very happy that one has already been created on your platform. I look forward to the other pieces. Thanks again for the shared knowledge!


I've seen many DaVinci tutorials that seem to just make things more confusing but Casey's tutorial really took a simple step-by-step explanation to really show how powerful and yet simple it is to use Davinci. The tools Casey covered in this course gave me the confidence to edit the ton of videos I have collecting dust on my hard drive. Great job Casey and a great sense of dry corny humor...lolol highly recommended!!

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