Want to quickly get comfortable with working in Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 14? In this chapter, you are putting together a rough cut. What is the Edit page and how does it integrate into your Resolve workflow? In this video, instructor Patrick Inhofer challenges you to balance audio tracks in the Fairlight page in Resolve 14.
- To this point we've touched upon the media page, you've gotten a little bit of work done on that edit page, some work on the color page, now we're going to look at the Fairlight page which is the audio mixing environment in DaVinci Resolve. Brand new to Resolve 14. I will say up front, right here, for the rest of this series whenever I'm in the Fairlight page and you try it, let's say it's a couple months from now and you give it a shot and it's working differently, don't be surprised.
Fairlight, the whole Fairlight tool set is under active development by Blackmagic and things have a way of changing on us, sometimes they break and then a dot version later they're fixed but they work a little bit differently, so if there are a little bit of inconsistencies, just kind of flow with it, just know what's going on. So the other thing I want to point out one more time is the awesomeness of how we have a single timeline with the user interface completely magically rearranging itself to optimize for the task at hand.
So looking at the color page notice we have two timelines, we've got the thumbnail timeline and the mini timeline, both are different ways of just flowing through the timeline without letting us actually edit the timeline. Let's jump into the Fairlight page and all of that stuff goes away that we were looking at a moment ago, we have a timeline in here, we can move our clips around in here. Now, the first thing you might be wondering is, 'Patrick, where's the video? I don't see anything.' Well, we can come up to the meters and in the meters, over here on the right hand side is our video, so if I hit play, and I'm going to mute this out for the moment, I hit play, and so we've got our picture playback, so we have a nice little reference to the picture.
If you want something larger, you can do that by clicking this little breakout box, and our viewer breaks out into a floatable window that we can resize and place anywhere on the main screen, or if we have a second display hooked up as an extended desktop, we can go ahead and drop that on that second display, and then when you want it to go away, you can close it down and it disappears back into the meters. Of course the meters menu also dominates with meters, I mean, you can see that right here we've got, what, 39 tracks of audio that we can meter simultaneously here on this page, and if I blow out this video, that expands pretty significantly.
Let's close that back in. I'll hit play, I'm going to unmute, and you'll see as the meters bounce, they go through a range of green, yellow, and red, and basically you don't want to peak out at red, if you do that you have the risk of audio clipping out or somehow distorting, so typically VO and sound of people talking you want in the yellows, and then background noises, background effects, background music, you generally want to keep in the green range.
Let's stop. Also up here at the top is the inspector. Let's click and open up the inspector. You see it keeps the meters open, it just takes over the entire right hand side of the screen and there's nothing to inspect because I've selected nothing. What shows up in here is when I click on a clip, I suddenly have all of these tools. What's active is clip volume, so I can go ahead and change the levels. Let's find a clip that I know I want to change the levels on, this clip right here where the mother speaks.
Let's play through that, - Did you see this? - [Patrick] And she's really, really, low in here and what I want to do is bring up those levels. One way of doing that is adjusting the volume on her clip. Let's go ahead and reset that. The other way, the way that I like to do it, is to click and drag on this little white line on the clip itself. That's my volume expansion. - Did you see this? - [Patrick] And now I've gotten her a little hot, so a little too bright with the going into the red so I'll drop it a little bit now.
This is kind of small, right, so is there a way to kind of zoom into this? Absolutely. Audio people are always zooming way in so I can use the slider on the left here to adjust track height and I can use the slider on the right to adjust my zoom and now I can really take a good look. - Did you see this? - [Patrick] And she's pretty good there, I'll drop her just a touch more to keep the meters from bouncing into red. - Did you see this? - [Patrick] That's good, and notice right here, I've got him on another mic reacting to her question.
We're probably going to want to do something about that. - Did you see this? - Hmm? - Your cousin's in the hospital from a heart attack. - And then once again, I'll go into this track, expand that up, find the right amount to bring it up and I'll be balancing this out looking at the meters. Now I've been using the spacebar to activate play but you do also have these transport controls up here, including looping controls. You can also press backwards and press forwards.
I'm going to stop for the moment. The other thing you can do is use your j, k, and l keys, so we're going to talk more about that on the edit page later on in this training, but if you're familiar with j, k and l, these work here on the audio page as well and are a terrific way of playing down here on the Fairlight page. And I'll press shift, z, to fit the entire timeline into this space. Now, we also do have a media pool, I'll click on that, and remember, we are here in a mixing phase where we might want to add our own sound effects, background shots, music, we can do that without going into the edit page.
I'll come down here into audio consolidate where there are a bunch of backgrounds and sound ups, and maybe we want to take the audio from this clip and drop it onto the timeline here. Now, I don't want to do this right now so I'm not going to actually, but if I wanted to, I could drop my sound effects and music right here onto the Fairlight page and it will be reflected back on the edit page. I'm going to close that down, we're getting a little tight on real estate. Let's close down the inspector, and shift, z.
Finally, there's a set of controls in here that you will probably expose at some point as you're playing around with this interface, and these are the automation controls. I'll go ahead and turn that on and there's a lot of stuff going on here. Most of this is related if you have a physical audio board. Remember this is a professional digital audio workstation software, so you know those huge mixing boards that you see in recording studios, this software will talk to some of that equipment designed to work with Fairlight.
You have these automation controls available to you. And now that we've gotten this brief overview of the Fairlight page, let's go ahead and start doing some mixing.
- 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