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How to Add an Adjustment Layer in DaVinci Resolve

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To be more precise, in DaVinci Resolve it, is called the Adjustment Clip “effect”, it works similarly to the Adjustment Layer from Adobe After Effects, but it is different in some ways. In this article, I will talk about how to add an Adjustment Clip in DaVinci Resolve, what it does, and what exactly is an Adjustment Layer or Clip.

What Is an Adjustment Layer?

An Adjustment Layer is a tool that can apply blur, color adjustments, or corrections to the image without the need to modify the layers beneath it. When used in Adobe Photoshop, it offers a non-destructive way to edit your image, then you can apply effects and preserve the original image.

In DaVinci Resolve, it’s called “Adjustment Clip” and it acts as a video clip layer that parents all the other video clips beneath it. This enables you to easily scale, rotate, and move everything that is underneath it at the same time. Besides all of this, you can also add color correction, adjustments, or blur to entire groups or individual clips.

Adding an Adjustment Clip/Layer in DaVinci Resolve

Quick Guide

  1. Go to Effects Library > Toolbox > Effects.
  2. Drag and drop the Adjustment Clip over the clips.
  3. Adjust the length of the Adjustment Clip to match your video.
  4. Add the effect or transform setting modification you want in the Adjustment Clip.

Detailed Guide

Known as an Adjustment Clip, to add one inside DaVinci Resolve, go to Effects Library > Toolbox > Effects, grab it from there, and drag it over the layers you want it to affect. After the clip is placed, adjust the length of the Adjustment Clip to match your video.

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Let’s say I would like to add a warm tone to the entire video, so instead of applying the warm tone to each cut, I am going to grab the Adjustment Clip effect, place it over my layers and stretch it so it covers everything I want to be modified. Now, all that is left to do is adding the warm tone to the Adjustment Layer and it will warm up the entire video in one simple step.

Easy, right? Check out the video below, see how I add an Adjustment Clip over a video and how modifying the transform properties affects the video below it.

Summary

There you have it! Now you know how to add an Adjustment Layer in DaVinci Resolve! Next time you have to add the same effect to all the clips in your timeline, use an Adjustment Clip or Layer. Work smart and fast and not slow and steady!

I hope you will find this article helpful and that it will help speed up your workflow considerably. For everything else, stay creative and original in your work! Take a look at my other DaVinci Resolve tutorials.

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After spending 6 years in the post-production studio, Mihai decided to share his insights on video editing and computers.

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