Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the exercise files, part of DaVinci Resolve Guru: Mastering Scopes.
- If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com online training library then you have access to the exercise files used in this title. After downloading and unzipping the exercise files, you'll be presented with a folder called Exercise Files. And that's this folder right here. Now you can store this folder in a location of your choosing but for this title I'm going to keep it right here on my desktop. Inside of this folder you'll find a couple things. First, is this DaVinci Resolve project or .drp file called Resolve Guru_MasteringScopes.
In just a moment we'll import this file into Resolve and then reconnect the media referenced in this project. You'll also find a folder right here called Media which contains all the media used in this title. And as I mentioned, this media is referenced in the Resolve project we'll be using. This media is some performance footage and B-roll footage from a music video for the band Minimus the Poet and all of this media is in the Apple ProRes codec. So be sure you've installed QuickTime on your system to play back ProRes files.
On the Mac, you can write ProRes as well but on the PC, ProRes in DaVinci Resolve is a read-only codec. For this title that's A-Ok as we won't be writing or rendering any files. So let me go ahead and launch DaVinci Resolve. So I already have an active database that I want to import the drp file into. On your own system make sure you have a database connected that you're Ok importing a new project into.
If you don't want to mingle the project used in this title with other active projects, be sure to create a new SQL or disk database prior to importing the drp. Now if you need help with databases, be sure to check out the Resolve 11 Essential Training title here on the online training library for more information. Ok, let me go ahead and log into my database. Then I'm going to right-click in the grey area here of the Project Manager and choose to Import. Then I'm going to navigate to my desktop, into the Exercise Files folder and I'm going to select Resolve Guru_MasteringScopes.drp Again, this is the DaVinci Resolve project file.
I'll choose Open. And then in just a second, the project will import here into the Project Manager. Let me just double-click on the project file to open it up and when I do, here on the Media Page, you can see all of the media that I have for this project. But guess what? All of this media is offline. But we can quickly relink it. So I'll press Ctrl- or Cmd-A to select all of the clips and then I'll right-click on one of them. I'm going to choose this option right here, Change Source Folder.
Because Resolve uses absolute file paths, we need to redirect Resolve to where this media now lives on my system or your system. So I'll choose Change Source Folder. Down here where it says To, I'll click these three little dots and then navigate back out to my desktop. Now this is really important. On a Mac, any drive that you have connected to your computer will be available in the list of available drives. On the PC, you do need to configure these locations in your resolve preferences and I've already done that.
So I'll navigate to my desktop then to Exercise Files then I'll simply select the Media folder and choose Open. Then I'll click Change and in just a moment all of the media should reconnect. Now don't be concerned if some of the thumbnails are still showing black. If you just hover your mouse over these thumbnails that will force Resolve to update the thumbnail for that particular clip. In this title, most movies have a corresponding timeline and we can find timelines on the Edit Page.
So here in Resolve, if I click the Edit tab and then up here in the upper left, you'll notice that I have the Timelines button. And then, I have a timelines folder for each chapter. So Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and so on. And inside of a particular chapter folder you'll notice that I have a timeline. And these timelines are named for the chapter, in this case 03, and then the movie number in that chapter, 01 in this example. I'll of course be sure to let you know what timeline we're using for a particular movie.
Finally, be sure to save this project so you don't have to relink media again the next time you open up this project. I'll choose File and then Save Project. If you're not a premium member of the Lynda.com online training library then you don't have access to the media files used in this title. But you can of course follow along with your own media.
- Opening and configuring scopes
- Evaluating color, contrast, and balance with a waveform
- Evaluating skin tone and saturation with a vectorscope
- Using RGB Parade or the Histogram
- Matching shots using scopes
- Guiding look development with scopes