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Timeline is Where the Story is Made

Lesson 10 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

Timeline is Where the Story is Made

Lesson 10 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

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10. Timeline is Where the Story is Made

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

The topic of this lesson is how to edit video in DaVinci Resolve, specifically focusing on the timeline and how it is used to control the story.


  1. What is the timeline in video editing?

    The timeline is where all the video clips and audio tracks are arranged and edited together to create a cohesive story.

  2. How can you control what parts of a video clip are shown in the timeline?

    You can trim the clip by dragging its edges to select the desired portion of the video.

  3. How can you change the order of video clips in the timeline?

    You can drag and drop the clips in the desired order to rearrange them.

  4. Can you adjust the speed of a video clip in the timeline?

    Yes, you can change the speed of a clip by stretching or compressing it in the timeline.

  5. Is it possible to zoom in or out of the timeline?

    Yes, you can use the plus and minus buttons or a slider to zoom in or out of the timeline.

  6. How much control does the editor have over the story in the timeline?

    The editor has complete control over the order of events, the pacing, and the amount of content shown in the timeline.

  7. Are the events in the timeline always a reflection of how they happened in real life?

    No, the editor can manipulate the events in the timeline to create a different narrative than what actually happened in real life.

  8. What will the next lessons cover?

    The next lessons will cover how to control various aspects of the story in video editing.

Lesson Info

Timeline is Where the Story is Made

Let's dive a little bit deeper into what it means to control the story in our timeline. Our timeline is like our cutting board, but it's also kind of like the soup pot, where we put all of the ingredients together and kind of make sure that they all work as one cohesive thing. And we have a lot of freedom with how we arrange things in the timeline and how our story is portrayed. And just, 'cause we're getting a little bit more detailed here, I'm gonna bring up a highlighter for my cursor so you don't get lost because you know, things can get kinda crazy. Look at that. Look at that handsome boy. Now you know when I click and stuff. So, I'm gonna start with an empty timeline here. And let's say we want to grab a clip of him cutting this onion. I'll grab this and drag it down into our timeline. And we can control how much of the onion that we want to show. Let's say we just want him to cut a little bit of it. We can trim this back here. And I'll grab the front edge of this and get it to w...

here he just starts cutting onions. And we'll move this to the very beginning of our timeline so that it immediately starts out with him cutting onions. And we have a lot of control over this, not only can we decide that the audience is going to watch him cut onions and maybe even tear up a little bit, but right here when he pauses, we could maybe cut before that. And we'll just have him cut a little bit of onions. Then again, we're in control of what happens next. Maybe after that he cuts cucumbers, or I don't know, maybe he cuts peppers. So, let's say he cuts peppers. We'll take that down. And we can trim that. And I can zoom in and out of our timeline using this little plus and minus buttons or this little slider. And I'll grab the edge of this and drag it all the way in. So, now our story is he cuts some onions and he cuts some peppers. Or we can switch it around, so he cuts peppers and then he cuts onions. Pepper and then onions. We have a ton of freedom as the editor of this project. No matter how the story worked out in real life, we can decide the order and how fast it goes and how much we want to show, which is why you should never believe anything you see on TV. So, in the next couple lessons we're gonna dive into how we can control various aspects of our story.

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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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