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Setting In's & Outs in the Source Viewer

Lesson 15 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

Setting In's & Outs in the Source Viewer

Lesson 15 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

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15. Setting In's & Outs in the Source Viewer

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

The lesson is about how to set in and out points in the source viewer in DaVinci Resolve to trim clips before adding them to the timeline, as well as other tips for efficient video editing.


  1. What is the purpose of setting in and out points in the source viewer?

    Setting in and out points allows you to trim a clip before adding it to the timeline, saving time and making the editing process more efficient.

  2. How can you set in and out points in the source viewer?

    You can set in and out points by dragging the playhead to the desired location and clicking the Mark-In and Mark-Out buttons. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts "I" for in and "O" for out.

  3. What happens when there is a space between clips in the timeline?

    Spaces between clips appear as black in the timeline, and it is generally not desired. You can either drag a clip to the left to fill the space or select the empty space and press backspace or delete on the keyboard to remove it.

  4. How can you set a keyboard shortcut for a specific function in DaVinci Resolve?

    To set a keyboard shortcut, go to the upper left-hand corner of the interface, click on DaVinci Resolve, and select Keyboard Customization. In the search bar, type the function you want to set a shortcut for, and then click in the empty space to assign a new shortcut. Save the changes and close the customization window.

  5. How can setting keyboard shortcuts improve the editing process?

    Setting keyboard shortcuts for frequently used functions allows for faster editing as you can perform actions with a simple key press. It helps streamline the workflow and makes it easier to build the timeline quickly.

Lesson Info

Setting In's & Outs in the Source Viewer

Now that we've learned a ton about how we can control the story in the timeline, here are a couple little tips on just how to kind of work with things in a little bit more efficient way. So here in our source viewer, when we preview our clip, not only can we just pick it up and look at it like we would pick up an onion and look at it, but we can actually trim it a little bit before we put it into the timeline and save us a little bit of time. In the source viewer here, I can move back and forth just by dragging this play-head around and I can set the beginning of my clip right where my play-head is, by clicking this little button right here which is called Mark-In. What that's gonna do is highlight this little bar right here, and that's gonna be the beginning of my clip. And when I want it to end, let's say right when those vegetables fall, I can click this Out button right here and that'll mark the out. So the in is like the start of a clip and the out is like the end. So we can take ...

that and then drag that into our timeline. And now we're starting with our trimmed clip and we don't have to bring the whole clip into the timeline and adjust it there. So this is a really nice way to work because we can go through and preview whatever we want and kind of decide where we want our clip to start even before we throw it into the timeline. Again, you do this with this button right here, Mark-In and Mark-Out. You can also hit I and O on the keyboard; I for in, O for out. So what I like to do is just click and drag this and hit I for in, and then drag to the end and hit O for out. Then I can drag this clip and drag it into the timeline wherever I want, and it comes in trimmed. Another couple tips is anytime that there's a space in the timeline, it's gonna show up as black. So you generally don't want a space between your clips in the timeline. One way to take care of that is to grab your clip and drag it down to the left. But you can also just select the empty space and hit backspace or delete on the keyboard and that will suck everything down. So anytime that there is a gap in between two clips, you can select that empty space and hit delete and bring them down together so you don't have a gap. The other thing that I really like to do once I start editing is to set a keyboard shortcut for certain things. You know how when we're throwing things into the timeline, one thing I like to do is grab this and bring it over to appended end. Well, you can actually set a keyboard shortcut for appended end. All you have to do is go up to the upper left-hand corner of our Resolve interface, under DaVinci Resolve and go to Keyboard Customization. This will bring up your keyboard shortcuts which is a great big, intimidating window here. But if you go to Search right here and you type Append, it will show you what the default shortcut is for appended end, which is Shift + F12 by default. What I like to do is get rid of that and you can click in this empty space and you can set your own keyboard shortcut. So I'll set that to P. I'll tell you why in a minute. And it says, "Oh no, P is already assigned "to workspace viewer mode," blah, blah, blah, blah. It's okay, just hit Assign and then go over here to Active Key and then go up to this little keyboard thing and just hit P, and then it will show you everything that is assigned to P. You can click on Cinema Viewer here, which is not something that we actually want. I'll get rid of this. Yeah, okay. I'll get rid of this search. And then if I click on Cinema Viewer, that will bring that up and I can get rid of P right there. So now if I click on P, it just says appended end and I'll hit Save, and we'll call this Casey's shortcuts and hit Close. And you can do that to set almost anything that you want to do in Resolve. So what I like to do is on my keyboard, I'll grab another clip here, I'll hit I for in, O for out, and without even letting go of my mouse, I can hit P and that will throw that at the end of the timeline. So this makes this really easy, so now I can go, "Oh yeah, I want this onion shot, I, O, P." Next shot, I, O, P. And that really lets you build your timeline really quickly. So there's a couple tips for working in the timeline and kind of this whole editing process. Next, we're gonna get into the workflow of actually creating a project from beginning to end.

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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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