Video editing suites are ripe with controls. The number of tools at your disposal is astounding. What’s even more astounding is the fact that you need to keep track of all these tools and access the majority of them through a single interface, the keyboard.
Now in version 14, DaVinci Resolve has taken big strides in recent years and is now a full blown video editing post-production suite
Now in version 14, DaVinci Resolve has taken big strides in recent years and is now a full blown video editing post-production suite. It’s no longer confined to being solely a color grading application, although it’s incredibly powerful for that job. DaVinci Resolve 14 can take a project from start to finish. For that reason, along with the power of Resolve, video editors should be familiar with the basic keyboard shortcuts that’ll keep them in the flow of the edit.
1. Normal Edit Mode
First things first, Davinci Resolve has a lot of tools and it’s easy to get lost in the application, even while looking at the timeline. The normal edit mode in DaVinci Resolve 14 is where you can move and trim clips in the timeline. It’s the heavy lifting zone and foundation of any edit. Think of it as activating the selection tool in Premiere Pro CC or Final Cut Pro X.
There’s a reason an edit bay is known as the cutting room. The blade tool is an editor’s primary mechanism for cutting video. To save on the user’s cognitive load, they can select the blade by hitting “B.”
3. Split Clip
Windows: “Ctrl \ ” Mac: “Cmd / ”
Another popular, and efficient, way to make a cut is to split the clip at the playhead. This way, your hand never has to leave the keyboard to grab a mouse. One keystroke and the clip is split.
4. Join Clip
Windows: “Alt \” Mac: “Cmd \”
Of course, the reverse of splitting a clip– joining a clip–is just as important. Editors and producers are known to change their minds from time to time. You execute this keystroke while the edit of the split clip is selected.
5. Ripple Delete
Windows: “Ctrl Backspace” Mac: “Cmd Delete”
Deleting a clip from the timeline is easy; select it and hit “backspace” on Windows and “delete” on a Mac. However, if you delete a clip in the middle of an edit, simply deleting the clip will create several other steps of tedious work to join the rest of the clips together. A ripple delete is a time saver used by efficient editors as it removes the clip and joins the edit together from the head to the tail of the deleted clip.
6. Toggle Disable/Enable Clip
Eliminating or deleting a clip isn’t always the answer, especially if you’re in the process of deciding whether or not a clip should reside at a particular point in an edit. That’s when it’s useful to disable a clip. You can toggle between disabling and enabling a clip by selecting it and typing “D.”
7. Slip Edit/Slide Edit
Windows/Mac: “T” and drag
Slipping and sliding a clip in the timeline is one of the most powerful methods for refining an edit. DaVinci Resolve makes this super easy. All you have to do is hold down “T” while dragging the clip forward or backward. What differentiates between a slip edit and a slide edit is where the user grabs the clip. When the user click drags the top half of the clip while holding down “T”, the user will perform a slip edit. A slide edit is performed in a similar way, by dragging the bottom half of the clip.
Windows: “Ctrl + or -” Mac: “Cmd + or -”
Navigating the timeline is essential to any edit. Sometimes you’ll need to get in close to your cuts, down to the frame level, and other times you’ll need to pull out and get the big picture of the entire edit. Similar to other programs Ctrl/Cmd + zooms in and Ctrl/Cmd – will zoom the timeline out. You can also hold down the Alt/Opt key while scrolling with the mouse wheel to zoom in and out as well. As an added bonus, Ctrl/Cmd Z will toggle between a zoomed out view of the entire timeline and the user’s zoomed in view on the playhead.
9. Full Screen Viewer
Windows/Mac: “Shift F”
Editors are used to seeing every pane, panel, and window of their workspace. Unfortunately, producers and clients can be thrown off by the excess visual resonance. Simply enough, “Shift F” toggles on and off the Full Screen Viewer and allows you to fill the screen with the playback.
10. The Most Important Shortcut of All
Windows: “Ctrl S” Mac: “Cmd S”
There’s one keyboard shortcut that reigns supreme above all others and that is “Save.” Yes, it’s common knowledge; this is a universal shortcut, but it’s too important not to mention. The overwhelming nightmare of most video editors is lost work and the best way to avoid it is by frequently saving the edit. Fortunately, DaVinci Resolve 14 takes into account the average editor’s muscle memory and keeps this one the same.
Keyboard shortcuts are your bread and butter as a video editor. They’re the means to greater productivity and a direct path to a finished project. When new tools come out, or a platform expands, it’s always wise to freshen up and learn some new strokes.
Chris “Ace” Gates is a four time Emmy A?ward-winning writer and producer.
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. He is a big fan of animation and transmedia storytelling.
40+ must-know Davinci Resolve shortcuts: 2021 cheat sheet
- Play (forward): [L]
- Play (reverse): [J]
- Stop: [K]
- Go to first frame: [;]
- Go to last frame: [‘]
- Go to previous keyframe: [
- Go to next keyframe: ]
- Next clip: Down arrow
- Previous clip: Up arrow
- Set mark in: [I]
- Set mark out: [O]
- Mark clip: [X]
- Add Marker: [M]
How to Add or Change Shortcuts in DaVinci Resolve
This list contains the shortcuts for DaVinci Resolve as they come “baked-in” to the program. However, many editors find some of these combinations confusing or awkward and want to alter them to make them more adaptive to their work style. Thankfully, DaVinci makes it easy to do that.
Follow these steps to add or change your shortcuts and hotkeys in Davinci Resolve:
Step 1: Navigate to the “Davinci Resolve” menu in your menu bar and select “Keyboard Customization.”
Step 2: Decide whether you want to create completely new hotkeys or use the option of replicating a shortcut keyboard layout from another program such as Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer. The pre-built shortcut imports from other programs makes it really easy for editors who are used to working with a certain hotkey layout to replicate it directly in Resolve without having to manually enter each hotkey.
To use a replica keyboard layout:
Step 3: Select the dropdown menu at the top righthand side of the window. By default, it should say “DaVinci Resolve.” The dropdown should then reveal different options for programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer.
Step 4: Select the program you want to replicate in the dropdown and then hit “Save” at the bottom of the window to lock in your preferences.
To add custom hotkeys and shortcuts:
Step 3: Locate which command or tool you want to assign by scrolling through the list of commands or using the search bar to search for the specific command.
Step 4: Delete the linked key or shortcut associated with this command and replace it with your own or add an additional shortcut on top of the original shortcut using the “+” sign next to the assigned key or key combination.
Step 5: Once you have created all your assigned shortcuts, you can choose to save them to your default keyboard or create a new keyboard layout using the dropdown menu at the top right corner. Select “Save As New Preset” to save your new layout as its own preset.
Now, you can create your perfectly personalized keyboard shortcuts that will help you blaze through your DaVinci Resolve editing sessions at lightning-fast speeds.
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Speed up your workflow when editing video projects with these shortcuts
New controls and tools are constantly being added to video editing programs, making them more complex and creating the need to keep track of such tools. DaVinci Resolve, one of the most popular post-production video editing suites around, is one such program.
For this reason, video editors must get familiar with basic keyboard hotkeys to keep their work flowing. If you are not using them already, check out the following 10 essential DaVinci Resolve shortcuts to get started:
1. Normal edit mode: A. DaVinci’s normal edit mode allows you to move and trim clips in the timeline, the foundation of any edit.
2. Blade: B. This tool is an editor’s main mechanism for cutting videos.
3. Split clip: Ctrl + \ - Cmd + /. A popular and efficient way to cut is splitting the clip at the playhead. This way, your hand does not need to reach out for a mouse to split the clip, as you simply click on a key.
4. Join clip: Alt + \ - Cmd + \. The opposite of the above, and equally important, is to join a clip. If you decide to change your mind after a cut, this key will resolve it quickly.
5. Ripple delete: Ctrl + Backspace / Cmd + Delete. Getting rid of a clip from the timeline is easy; select and click backspace or delete. However, deleting a clip in the middle of an edit can create more steps and extra work, joining the rest of the clips afterward. A ripple delete saves you time, as it allows you to join the head and the end of the deleted clip.
6. Toggle Enable/disable clip: D. Deleting a clip may not always be the solution. Sometimes it is better to disable it. You can toggle between disabling and enabling a clip by selecting it and keying D.
7. Slip edit/slide edit: T + drag. An excellent method for clean and professional editing, this command allows you to drag either the top or the bottom half of the clip in the timeline.
8. Zoom: Ctrl + o - / Cmd + o -. At times, you’ll need to get close to an image to ensure your editing is precise and, at other times, get a more general view of the whole edit. This combination of commands helps you view the timeline while your zooming is also in view, as needed.
9. Full-screen viewer: Shift + F. Use these keys to see the playback panel in full screen.
10. Save: Ctrl + S / Cmd + S. Save, possibly the most critical hotkey of all, enabling you to protect the progress of your project in one keystroke.
If you want to know more about using this software, sign up for Domestika Basics: Introduction to DaVinci Resolve, taught by director of photography Juanmi Cristóbal. You will learn about different editing settings and tools available in DaVinci Resolve to work on color audiovisual projects.
You may be interested in:
- Color Grading with DaVinci Resolve, a course by Sonia Abellán Avilés.
- Performance of Low-Cost Music Videos, a course by Juanma Carrillo.
- Directing Conceptual Audiovisual Pieces, a course by Jiajie Yu Yan.
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