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How To Cut Videos In DaVinci Resolve [Fast]

How to cut videos in davinci resolve
Published 31 August 2020

Last updated on 5 July 2022

DaVinci Resolve is one of the best video editing programs out there, and still, some things are not very straightforward. In this tutorial, we are going to see how to cut videos in DaVinci Resolve.

Everything is pretty straightforward, and there are two ways you can use in order to achieve your desired results.

To cut videos in DaVinci Resolve, go to the “Edit” mode, select the cut tool by clicking the “Blade Edit Mode” button shown just above the timeline. Please see our detailed walk-through with images below.

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Method 1 – Using the “Cut” tool

The first method is about using the “Cut” tool directly in your timeline. 

1. Create a new timeline and go into “Edit” mode

You will first need to import your video, and create a new timeline. You can import a video by clicking “Ctrl+I” and then drag and drop in the timeline. In order to access all the edit tools, switch to the “Edit” tab from the bottom control bar. 

Edit tab davinci resolve

2. Select the “Cut” tool

a. Trim Edit Mode

Here comes the interesting part. In DaVinci Resolve, you can use the “Trim Edit Mode” in order to cut the video.  This mode allows you to cut the video by dragging from the beginning or end. It’s the best method you can use if you want to only cut either end of the clip.

b. Blade Edit Mode

Additionally, you can use the “Blade Edit Mode” in order to split the clip, and continue editing from there.

How to cut videos in davinci resolve

This is a very easy method, and you can cut the shorten the footage where you need to. 

Method 2 – Using the Source Monitor to Cut Selects

With this method, you can cut the videos before actually adding them to the timeline. This helps by keeping your timeline organized.

1. Import your video and move to the cut tab

As I said, with this method you will cut the video before creating the timeline. After you import the video, go to the “Cut” tab from the bottom control panel.

Edit tab

2. Select and edit the movie

In the “Preview” screen, you can see your video, and by using the sliders under it, you can actually cut it. 

Preview window

3. Cut and add to timeline

After you cut the video, you can simply drag and drop to the new timeline. You will only have the part of the footage you want, and you can go ahead and further edit. Maybe add a slow-motion effect and even some transitions.

Time length in davinci

There’s no such thing as the best method to cut, as each of them can be used in a different situation. While it will be very useful to add the already cut video in some situations if you only work on one video and you need parts of it, then working in the timeline is going to be much faster.

In the meantime, you can now say that you know how to cut videos in DaVinci Resolve, and go ahead and create something awesome using one or two of these methods!

How to cut in Resolve video tutorial

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