New in Resolve 14 is a reorganization of project preferences. Blackmagic decided that some of those project preferences were really user preferences that should live across multiple projects. In this video, instructor Patrick Inhofer points out what these user preferences are and how to use them across multiple machines.
reorganization of project preferences. Black Magic with some prodding from users decided that some of those project preferences were really user preferences and they should live across multiple projects. They also decided that those preferences should be moveable. So user preferences can now exported, carried to a new computer and imported. A huge feature request that was finally fulfilled here in Resolve 14, let's take a look.
To get to our user preferences, they're right next to our system preferences. So we come up to the DaVinci Resolve menu, select preferences, and select user at the top. And then you can just kind of work your way down. So what I'm going to do is show you my favorite kind of essential preferences I'm always sure to set. But I encourage you to go through and look and read every single preference and decide how you might want to work DaVinci Resolve. And from time to time as you get more experience revisit this because you'll start realizing which preferences you don't like the default behavior for.
So the first thing I always do on any new project is the auto save preference, you've got two different types of saves here in DaVinci Resolve. Well, three one is the manual save where you just hit command S or control S. The other is to automatically turn on save. And when you turn it on, it does a traditional save at one of these default durations. And if you've got this set to 20 or 30 minutes or even an hour, I feel for you because you're going to lose a lot of work one day.
I tend to keep this at five to ten minutes. I find five minutes is a little too quick and ten minutes a little too slow. I really want seven minutes in there. But I don't actually use this much anymore because I actually like a brand new save option that's recently been brought to DaVinci Resolve called live save. So if I click on live save, DaVinci Resolve is anymore saving in the background, every single time I make an edit, add an end point, make a color correction.
Every move I make DaVinci Resolve is constantly saving in the background. The are one or two things that cannot be undone. But for the most part, just about every move you make, Resolve is constantly saving behind you. So I always turn that on. The next essential preference that I like making sure is set the way I want is keyboard mapping. Now depending on who you are, you may find that you're more comfortable selecting a different set of keyboard shortcuts that match your favorite NLE.
Now if you do work on one of these other NLEs, and you're tempted to use the keyboard mapping say for Avid or Final Cut or Premiere. I tend to encourage you not to, try using the DaVinci Resolve keyboard shortcut set, why? There are things that Resolve does that none of the other NLEs do. Just like there are things that Avid does or Final Cut does that none of the others do. Resolve is the same way and it's key set is designed to be customized to this environment.
And I really think if you want to get super fast and take advantage of all the unique features in Resolve, you'll get there more quickly by rebuilding that muscle memory and learning how to work in Resolve using their key set. So, now let's take a look at saving, exporting, and importing. Once you go ahead and make modifications to your keyboard shortcuts and that's relatively easy to do. If I come down here into the edit menu and reveal the command, so there's the command in the left hand column and the shortcut assigned to it in the right hand column.
You'll see that remove attributes is not assigned. Personally, I find that to be a very useful command so I'm going to go ahead and double click in this empty space. The normal is alt V, let's go ahead and make it something like shift, control, alt V or shift, command, alt V on the Mac. And then when I press V, hit enter and now I have this custom command set here. I can always remove it by clicking the trash can.
So now I've customized this keyboard mapping set. I can go ahead and save it as a preset. I'll call this Pat's keyboard, click okay. And now whenever I'm on this machine I can always make sure I can load up my favorite preset. If I make changes, it's very easy to go ahead and update. And more importantly, I can now export this preset. So let's go ahead and do that, Ill export this. I'll save it to my desktop, I'll call it Pat's keyboard.
I'll get rid of that apostrophe and I'll get rid of the space and hit save. And now if I go ahead and delete this preset. And delete it, it's no longer there. I'm going to import it, here it is on my desktop. Open and the keyboard shortcut that I just added in, remove attributes is back in there. I'll click save for this to take. And it wants me to save this as a preset so it doesn't forget what I am.
Pat's Keyboard, click okay and we're done. And now when I go to do something like render out as individual clips, again experienced editors and finishers will know what I'm talking about. It will add those extra 48 frames of handles by default. You won't have to override it. Also notice when I press save Resolve doesn't require me to relaunch, only system preferences require me to quit out and relaunch.
- Setting up a project and key preferences
- Organizing your media
- Editing to the timeline
- Color correcting to fix problems and add effects
- Copying color corrections across clips
- Making targeted fixes
- Mixing audio
- Using audio busses
- Rendering to nonlinear editors