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How to Change the Opacity of Video in DaVinci Resolve

Changing opacity of a video
Published 23 January 2023

Do you want to make the videos you’ve been editing in DaVinci Resolve stand out? If so, you need to change the opacity. But how do you change the opacity of your videos in DaVinci Resolve?

To change the opacity of your videos in DaVinci Resolve, adjust the Opacity setting in the Inspector tab to a lower value, such as 50% or 25%. Preview the video to see your changes play out, and make adjustments as needed.

This post will show you how easy it is to manipulate and change the opacity of any video using DaVinci Resolve. Let’s dive right into learning how this setting can enhance your videos!

Opacity affects objects’ transparency in a video

The opacity property controls how opaque or transparent an object is on the screen. It refers to the transparency level or degree of a particular object. 

For example, by setting the opacity of an object, you can make it appear more or less transparent. The value for opacity ranges from 0 to 1. A value of 0 means that the object is entirely transparent, whereas a value of 1 means completely opaque.

Reasons to change the opacity of a video in DaVinci Resolve

Generally, all objects have an opacity value of 1 by default. However, you may want to change this so that your objects are more transparent or opaque on the screen. Here are a few reasons why you might want to do this:

  • You may want to make some objects utterly transparent to appear more faded or subtle on the screen. For example, you might want an object to fade gradually from fully opaque at the beginning of a video to utterly transparent towards the end.
  • You may want to make other objects utterly opaque to stand out more on the screen. For example, you might want to create an entirely opaque title card or logo in the middle of your video.
  • You may want to adjust the opacity of particular objects at different points in your video. For example, you might want to make an image gradually fade more and more transparent as it moves across the screen, or you might want to make an object gradually fade from opaque at the beginning of a video to fully transparent towards the end.

How to change the opacity of a video DaVinci Resolve

Now that you know why you might want to change the opacity of a video in DaVinci Resolve, let’s look at how you can do this.

  1. To get started, open your video clip in the timeline. Then click on “Edit” to ensure you are ready to change the opacity.
Edit tab
  1. Now select your video by clicking on it. Then click on “Inspector“, which should be at the top right corner of the screen.
Inspector tool
  1. Once you have opened the Inspector window, scroll down until you find the “Opacity” setting. By default, this should be set at 100%. So if you want to change it, you must move this slider to the left or right.
Change the opacity setting in inspector tab
  1. Once you have found the Opacity setting, select it and drag the slider over to the left (or right) to change its value. You can customize it however much or little as you want – from 0% (completely transparent) to 100% (fully opaque).

FAQ

Can I apply keyframes to the opacity setting?

Short answer, yes! In the inspector tab under the composite section. You’ll find a little diamond next to the opacity setting. This is your option for adding keyframes.

Video tutorial

Here’s a quick video to guide you through adjusting the opacity of your clips in DaVinci Resolve:

Conclusion

And there we have it – now you know how easy it is to change a video’s opacity in DaVinci Resolve!

Whether making an eye-catching vlog or creating a stunning music video, experimenting with opacity is an excellent way to add an extra layer of interest and customization to your projects. So go ahead – give it a try today!

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