Importing & Organising Media In Davinci Resolve

Having a well organised project structure is very important for editing efficiently.

I have previously talked about how I organise each of my project file structures using PostHaste, which you can find in this video.

Today, we are going to be looking at how this translates over to Davinci Resolve, and the tricks I use to keep everything in its place.

Settings

The first thing I always do is make sure my project settings are correctly set.

Click the cog in the bottom right of the screen, and make sure your project is at the correct resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate for your film.

Files & Bins

Next I import all of my media. To do this, I simply drag the folder structure from my computer, over to the side bar on the Resolve media bin.

This will copy over the files and folder structure.

When you are editing and adding new files, make sure you correctly organise each media into its correct place, as this will make it easier to navigate.

Timelines

I then add a ‘1.0 Timelines’ bin, which is where I will store all of the timelines and different versions of the film.

As I move through the project, from editing interviews, to editing each act, adding music & sound effects, and then colour grading, I will create a new timeline that separates out these edits, allowing me to easily go back and fix any mistakes that may occur.

Naming & Flagging Files

Once my media is imported, I will go through and change the names of my interview clips within Resolve. This helps me to quickly pick out what each clip is.

For example, with interview clips I title INT for interview, followed by the interview subjects name, and the location. So for this clip it was ‘INT-Thomas-Office-1’.

I will also flag clips, with different colours representing different locations. The flags act as a quick identifier, so that I can see which clips were shot in the same location, allowing me to easily use matching clips in a sequence.

To add a flag, right click on the clip, and choose the flag colour you would like.

With this project, Blue flags represent the interior of his car, Cyan flags represent the cliffs, Green flags his home, and so on.

Metadata

Something I else have started using recently is the clip metadata. Here you can add your own information directly into the clips metadata, such as Location, a description of the scene, whether it is day or night, what environment the scene was shot in and so much more.

To add metadata, click on this icon in your media pool, and select the settings you want, for example ‘Shot & Scene’.


Resolve is packed full of organisational features that can really help you to speed up your post-production. I have only touched on a few features that I regularly use, but there are many more. I’d highly recommend messing around with these features, and figuring out how you can use them in your workflow.

For example, where I use flags, you may want to use clip colours. Figure out what works best for you.

Over the next few weeks, I have a series of videos going over my post-production processes and how I use Davinci Resolve. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a video.