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How to Add Transitions In DaVinci Resolve

Add transitions in davinci resolve
Published 17 April 2021

Last updated on 22 July 2022

Like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or Filmora, DaVinci Resolve also has preset transitions. You can create your transition if you need something more advanced by playing with the parameters. In this article, I will show the simple steps you have to follow to know how to add transitions in DaVinci Resolve.

As one of the best 5 editing software, DaVinci Resolve is used by many color grading specialists, motion graphic artists, and video editors to give life to videos. This tool combines professional video editing, color grading, visual effects, and audio mixing completely free.

You can download this software directly from Blackmagic Design. DaVinci Resolve is available on all three major operating systems, so It doesn’t matter if you have a machine that runs macOS, Windows, or Linux; it’s available for all of these.

Adding transitions In DaVinci Resolve

Resolve has made it easy to add transitions over the videos inside your timeline. There are two simple ways to do it:

Method 1: Add a single transition in DaVinci Resolve

To add a transition in DaVinci Resolve:

  1. Make sure there is a cut between two clips
  2. Simply select a transition from the Effects Library
  3. Drag and drop it over the cut
Add transitions in davinci resolve

After you drop the preset transition over your cut, a window with the transition’s settings will pop up in the upper right corner. Here you can modify, set up the flow and the look of the transition.

If you want to speed up or slow down the transition, you must hover the mouse over the transition’s endings and drag it right or left

Method 2: Add multiple transitions in DaVinci Resolve at the same time

With Resolve, you can add multiple transitions simultaneously; this way, you avoid wasting time by doing the same thing repeatedly. Imagine how long it will take to use the first method for 100 clips.

Timeline image of a transition

The first thing you want to do is to unlink the sound from your videos. We do this because, if not unlinked, this method will also apply the transition to your sound.

To unlink the sound, you have to make a selection and use the link/unlink tool or press Ctrl+Shift+L (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+L (macOS).

Link or unlink selectin in davinci resolve

2. Select your transition and mark it as the default

The second thing you wanna do is to set the default transition you want to apply over your edit. To do so:

  1. select a transition, right-click on it
  2. Select “Set As Standard Transition
Set standard transition in davinci resolve

That red little line will move to the selected transition. This will tell you which is the currently selected default transition.

3. Select the clips and add the transition to all

The last thing to do is to select the clips you want to add transitions to and then press on your keyboard Ctrl+T (Windows) or Cmd+T (macOS).

If some videos don’t have sufficient handles to apply the transition, DaVinci Resolve will offer to trim the videos for you; if you don’t want this, you can skip those clips. Select trim or skip and the transitions will be applied.

Add transitions box
Timeline marker in davinci resolve

In conclusion, you can use either one of these two methods to add transitions between two videos. Go through the library of transitions and see what is available to you.

There are many cool ones, for example, my favorite is “Burn Away”. It creates a nice paper-burning effect with just a few clicks.

Check out our guide on the best free effects for DaVinci Resolve to get some extra juice!

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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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