A Crash Course For The 4 Page Workflow Of Davinci Resolve 12.5

27 June 2017
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Are you new to using DaVinCi Resolve 12.5? If so, you may not be used to the interface to quickly get started with the software. Unlike non-linear video editing software, DaVinci Resole uses a unique workflow that takes you through 4 pages to do your color correction. Here is an overview of how the process works.


The media page is where you bring in all of the video clips that you plan on color correcting within DaVinci Resolve. Once you have imported your clips, you can double click on each clip individually to preview the content of the clip. You can select the clips you want, identify in and out point on each clip, and drag them into the media pool.


Select "New Timeline…" from the File menu to open up the New Timeline window. Give your timeline a name and click on "Create" to continue. This screen also gives you the option to select how many video tracks you want in your timeline, but if you are just doing a basic color correction on a few tracks, you should create a sequence with a single video track.

The new timeline will appear at the bottom of the window. You can take the media clips you imported to your media pool and drag those directly to the timeline. Now is your chance to make revisions to how the edit is looking. You can reorder video clip and trim them in this page.


The color page is where you will be spending most of your time in DaVinci Resolve. The video clips that you placed in your timeline will now display as thumbnails in the middle of the window. The order is based on how the clips appear chronologically in your edit. The node window is in the upper right that keeps track of your color corrections, the viewer is in the top center, and all of your color tools are along the bottom. To bring up scopes to view the color waveform you can right click on the viewer and select "Show Scopes" from the drop down menu.

A simple workflow for color correction involves correcting the exposure of the image first, followed by the white balance, and then make saturation adjustments. Make color adjustment to every shot before you continue.


The deliver page has four sections: render settings, viewer, timeline, and render queue. Thankfully, you only need to concern yourself with two of them.

Render settings will be the section where you select how you will export your video. You can select a codec, frame size, frame rate, and output location for the clips. There are even presets designed specifically for delivering to YouTube and other social media platforms. Once you have selected your settings, you can add the clips to your render queue and start exporting the clips with color corrections.

This crash course is designed to give you an overview of what is involved with the DaVinci Resolve 12.5 workflow. For more information on actually making great color corrections, you should consider taking a DaVinci Resolve training course, such as with Color Grading Central.