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Media Pool - The Pantry

Lesson 7 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

Media Pool - The Pantry

Lesson 7 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

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7. Media Pool - The Pantry

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

In this lesson, the instructor demonstrates how to import video clips into DaVinci Resolve using the media pool. He explains the importance of keeping the frame rate consistent and shows how to organize footage into folders within the media pool. He also highlights the use of smart bins for filtering clips and demonstrates different views, such as thumbnail and list view, to view clip details.


  1. How do you import video clips into DaVinci Resolve using the media pool?

    Right click anywhere in the empty space in the media pool and select import media. Navigate to the folder with the video clips and select all the clips to import.

  2. Why is it important to keep the frame rate consistent while editing video?

    The frame rate determines how many pictures per second the camera takes. Keeping the frame rate consistent ensures smooth playback and editing.

  3. How can you organize footage within the media pool?

    Right click anywhere in the empty space in the media pool and select new bin to create a folder. Rename the folder and drag and drop the desired clips into the folder.

  4. What is a smart bin and how can it be used?

    A smart bin is a search window that acts as a filter for specific types of clips. To create a smart bin, right click in the empty space in the media pool and select add smart bin. Set the criteria for the filter, such as file name contains a specific word, and the smart bin will only display clips that meet the criteria.

  5. What are the different views available in the media pool?

    The different views in the media pool are thumbnail view and list view. List view provides detailed information about each clip, such as duration, frame rate, and resolution. To switch to list view, click on the list view icon located in the middle of the media pool interface.

Lesson Info

Media Pool - The Pantry

So now that we have all of our ingredients it's time to actually bring them home and put them in our cabinet. Now, what that's gonna mean for us is putting all of these video clips inside of Resolve. There are a bunch of different ways that you can do that. I'm just gonna go back to Resolve here, and the way that I like to do it usually is go over to the media pool and right click anywhere in the empty space and select import media. Now it's gonna ask, okay, where are all your ingredients? So we just navigate to the folder with our video clips, and I'll just Shift select all of these clips here and click open. And now it's gonna ask me something very frightening. It says, "Would you like to change the project frame rate?" And I'm like, we're just learning video. What is that even? I don't even know what that means. Well, a frame rate is basically how many pictures per second does your camera take? And it's pretty important while editing your video that you keep your frame rate consiste...

nt. So if you shot at, let's say, what is this, 29.97? Is that what this is? See, I just know by looking I can just tell. It's a guess, okay? I got lucky. So if you shoot maybe at like 30 frames a second, you wanna make sure that your project is set up at 30 frames a second. A pretty a good rule of thumb is if you take in a bunch of media from your camera and this thing pops up, just hit change. You can always change it later. That's okay. Just do it. And now we have all of our media here in the media pool. Again, the media pool is a lot like your pantry or your fridge at home. If you have some footage on your computer, it exists in the world somewhere, just like an onion might exist at the supermarket, but until you put the clips into the media pool, Resolve can't really do anything with it. You kinda have to let Resolve know that those clips exist. So that's what we're doing, is putting them in the media pool, getting them ready to use in our project. But that's not all that the media pool can do. The media pool is a really great place to organize your footage. So not only do we have all of our footage here, but we can put it into folders. So if I right click anywhere in the empty space I can say new bin, a bin is just what we call a folder, and I can select that name and rename it. So let's say Pizza. Now I can hold Command and select any shot of him making pizza, which would be all of these, and I can drag them into the Pizza folder. And now we're getting a little bit organized, you know, being responsible. All those times where mom told us to clean our room is actually starting to pay off. How about that? And at this point you can get as detailed or as messy as you really want. I definitely recommend the former, (laughs) because the more organized that you can be now the less trouble that you're gonna get into later. In fact, all of these dough shots could go in the Pizza as well. The other thing that's really cool about the media pool is you can actually set it to automatically do a little bit of sorting for you. For instance, we can make a smart bin. So I'll right click down here in the empty space and say, add smart bin. And this is kind of like a search window that you can just get totally crazy on. So we can say a file name contains slicing, and this will make a smart bin a smart folder which will only have slicing shots. And we can make as many smart bins as we want and we can really keep organized that way. The difference is that these clips don't actually go into the smart bin. This is just kind of a way to filter things. And so if we go back to master over here, by the way, if you don't see this, you can click on this little button right here in the upper left to kinda show this menu, but all of these clips are actually inside of the Pizza folder, whereas this slicing smart bin, this is just kind of a filter so that we can see clips of kind of by type. Last thing I wanna point out about the media pool is that there are different views. Right now we're looking in thumbnail view, but a view that I actually really like to use is list view, which is up here kind of towards the middle, this little white kinda list thing. That makes list view. And if we can open this up and maybe close this menu, we have all kinds of different Little pieces of information for each of our clips. Including how long it is, where it's at, how many frames per second, our resolution. All of the details that you'd ever probably wanna look at are here in the list view. You can even right click on this little header here and show like way more. It's crazy! So if you're one of those people that's really organized, this is just the best. But whether you get super organized or not, all of our media is now in the media pool and that means that we can actually use it in our project.

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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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