Davinci Resolve is packed full of features that help you to keep your project organised. I use all of these features on a daily basis as it helps me to keep on top of everything and speeds up the editing process.
The first I want to talk about is the most obvious, bins, which are basically folders. Bins are the simplest way to organise the media in your project.
To create a bin, go to your media pool, right click and click add bin.
I like to create them for all types of media. I usually have one for my video files, with sub-bins for B-Roll, Shoot Date or Subject. I also have a bin for my audio, with sub-bins for Dialogue, Music and Sound Effects.
You can create bins for pretty much everything, and they can help you to easily navigate your project.
Next, we have smart bins, and these are really awesome.
You can create smart bins in your media pool by going to the smart bins section, right clicking and clicking on Add Smart Bin.
It will then give you the option to name the bin and select different filters for it to automatically organise your files.
You can organise by the camera it was shot on, what production it was from and a whole host of other metadata. I’ll do a video in the future going over smart bins in more depth.
In the colour panel, Resolve uses nodes to organise your edits.
You want to create a new node for each change you do. I usually create a node for my saturation, white balance and exposure, any windows I use, for the look, and final tweaks. This allows you to easily know what changes you have made, and to go in and tweak them.
You can create a new node using Alt-S or right-clicking on your current node > hovering over add node and clicking add serial.
Labels and Colours
A great way to visually see the difference between media in your timeline is to use track labels and colours. I will colour each track differently and have a corresponding label for it.
For example, My dialogue is always orange and labeled DX. My music is pink and labeled MX and my sound effects are Teal and labeled FX.
For video, I will name my interview tracks, B-Roll Tracks, Titles, Subtitles and more, so that I can easily recognise whats what.
To change the colour of your track, right-click the track, hover over change track colour, and click on the colour you want to use.
To change the track label, double-click on the label, delete the contents and name it as you wish.
With my business, I tend to be working with a wide variety of aspect ratios, switching between them multiple times per project.
To speed this up, I have created presets for each aspect ratio I work with so that I can change my project settings on the fly.
To do this, click the settings cog in the corner > modify your master settings to what you want, click on presets and click on save as.
Next time you want to use it. Select it and click load.