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Controlling Clips on the Timeline

Lesson 11 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

Controlling Clips on the Timeline

Lesson 11 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

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11. Controlling Clips on the Timeline

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In this lesson, Casey Faris discusses how to control the clips on the timeline in DaVinci Resolve to create a desired story. He explains that the clips chosen determine the narrative and suggests that not all parts of a real-life event need to be shown. He demonstrates how to add, delete, and rearrange clips to shape the story and introduces the concept of introducing new clips to alter the narrative. By doing so, video editors have the power to control the story they want to tell.


  1. How can you control the story in video editing?

    You can control the story by choosing which clips to include on the timeline.

  2. Do video editors need to show every part of what happened in real life?

    No, video editors do not need to show every part of what happened in real life. They should focus on the story they want to tell.

  3. How can you change the story using new clips?

    By introducing new clips, you can alter the story and create a different narrative.

  4. Can you rearrange clips on the timeline?

    Yes, you can rearrange clips on the timeline to change the order and flow of the story.

  5. What is the role of a video editor in controlling the story?

    As a video editor, it is your responsibility to decide which parts to include and exclude, ultimately shaping the narrative of the video.

Lesson Info

Controlling Clips on the Timeline

The first major way that we can control our story is by choosing what clips are actually included on the timeline. We have all of these ingredients, we have all these different pieces of our story, and depending on which ones we choose, that determines the kind of story that we actually make. So if we want him to make pizza, we can start with him working with the dough, I'll just overwrite these clips here, then we can have him roll the dough out. Then, he can put some sauce on there, I'll just append at end. Then, he puts on some cheese, and we can just skip all the other parts, and just cut to him basically finishing off the pizza. Zoom out, so we can see our whole timeline here, we can also hit Shift + Z to zoom all the way out and see everything. And now, our story is he adds flour to the dough, then he rolls it out, he puts a bunch of sauce on there, put some cheese on, and kinda finishes off the pizza. But we don't have to include any of this, maybe in our story he doesn't make t...

he dough himself, we can just get rid of all the dough and we could just start with him saucing the dough. Maybe we don't like the peppers at all, maybe we just want to cut this out and add a shot of him adding the tomatoes and the herbs, and this is our whole pizza. I think this is something that people kinda get caught up in sometimes is they need to show every single part of everything that happened in real life. Just because it happened in real life doesn't mean that we need to show it, we're really just after the kind of story that we want to tell. We can also change the story a little bit by introducing new clips. So here, we have the clip of him grabbing those tomatoes, which might have already been cut, or we can go back to another shot of him cutting these tomatoes, and I can insert this shot, and the story now goes, he puts some cheese on there, pauses to cut some tomatoes, and then puts them on the pizza. Did that happen in real life? No, but we can make it seem like we did just by adding or taking away different clips. This is the first major way that we can control our story is what parts do we include and what clips to exclude, and as a video editor, it's up to you.

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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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