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How to Add Transitions In DaVinci Resolve

Add transitions in davinci resolve
Published 17 April 2021

Just like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or Filmora, DaVinci Resolve also has preset transitions. If you feel that you need something more advanced, you can also create your transition 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 for 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 have made it very 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, you simply select a transition from the Effects Library and drag 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 at the same time; this way, you avoid wasting time by doing the same thing over and over again. Imagine how long it will take using the first method for 100 clips.

Add transitions in davinci resolve

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, select a transition, right-click on it and 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 of the 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 in davinci resolve
Add transitions 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.

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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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