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Complete Guide To Keyframes in DaVinci Resolve

Add keyframes in davinci resolve
Published 7 December 2022

Keyframes are essential if you want to be able to edit your videos like a pro, and DaVinci Resolve offers you powerful motion editing and animation. Knowing how to add keyframes and access the keyframe editor in DaVinci Resolve is the first step to making Hollywood-level edits. 

You can add keyframes in DaVinci Resolve by switching to the Edit screen and navigating to the Inspector tab in the top right corner. The top right section of the screen will show a list of attributes with small, diamond-shaped icons. To add a keyframe, click on the icon corresponding to an attribute. 

Read on to learn the basics of working with keyframes in DaVinci Resolve. We’ll discuss how to add them in a detailed step-by-step process.

Adding keyframes in DaVinci Resolve

1. Switch to the edit window

DaVinci Resolve typically has the following windows: 

  • Media
  • Cut
  • Edit
  • Fusion
  • Color
  • Fairlight
  • Deliver
Davinci resolve window tabs

The labels of these windows are located toward the bottom of the screen. Each window allows the user to focus on a specific workflow. 

The Edit window is where the animation and motion editing work takes place. If you’re not in the Edit window, the first step is to make the switch. 

Note that you can access keyframes from other windows like Fusion, Color, and Fairlight. 

However, since you’ll mostly be using keyframes for editing tasks like zooming and panning, it’s best to use the Edit window, which is optimized for editing workflows. 

2. Navigate to where you want to make the edit

If you are using keyframes, it’s because you want to edit media. You’ll have the video clip you’re working on loaded into the software. 

Before you can add a keyframe, first locate where you want to make the edit. 

For example, if you want to add a zoom effect to your video clip, navigate to the point in the clip where you want the zoom to start. You can do this by dragging the slider on the clip.

3. Switch to the inspector tab

The top right section of the Edit window will have three tabs: 

  • Mixer
  • Metadata
  • Inspector

To add keyframes, you must be in the Inspector tab. It contains a list of properties grouped into video or audio. 

Inspector tab in davinci resolve

Depending on whether you want to alter the video or audio of the clip, you’ll select either the video or audio tab under the Inspector tab. 

The video tab typically has the following properties: 

  • Composite
  • Transform
  • Cropping
  • Dynamic zoom
  • Stabilization
  • Retime and scaling
  • Lens correction

Under each property, you’ll find attributes. For example, when you click on the Transform property, a drop-down menu will reveal the following attributes: 

The audio tab typically has the following properties: 

  • Clip volume
  • Clip pan
  • Clip pitch
  • Clip equalizer

4. Find the property you want to alter

To add a keyframe, you must first find the property you want to alter. 

For example, if you want to create a zoom effect in your video, follow these steps: 

  1. Switch to the video section in the Inspector tab.
  2. From the list of properties, select the ‘Transform‘ property. 
  3. From the resulting drop-down menu, select the ‘Zoom‘ attribute. 
  4. Select the Diamond-Shaped Icon Next to the Relevant Attribute. 
Keyframes in davinci resolve location
Keyframe icon locations

Each attribute is listed alongside values. For example, the Zoom attribute will have two values: X and Y. After the attributes, there’ll be a diamond-shaped icon, which is a symbol for the keyframe. 

To add a keyframe, click on the diamond-shaped icon next to the attribute you want to alter. 

The icon should turn red, indicating that you’ve successfully added the keyframe. 

Referring to the zoom example I mentioned earlier, you’ve added a keyframe where you want the zoom effect to start. 

To complete the zoom effect, here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Go back to your clip and drag the slider to where you want the zoom effect to end. 
  2. Once the slider is in position, go back to the Inspector tab at the top-right corner of the screen. 
  3. Navigate to the Zoom attribute under the Transform property. 
  4. Input the zoom values you want. For example, you could set the zoom to 1.5 times. 

Following the above process, the second keyframe will automatically be added to the clip, and your zoom effect will be complete. 

If you play the clip, you’ll notice that the zoom effect starts at the first keyframe and ends at the second keyframe. 

Conclusion

Following the process outlined in this article, you can use keyframes to make basic and fascinating edits in DaVinci Resolve. 

All the best as you bring out the Hollywood-grade editor in you!

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