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.