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  • Organizing a massive project

     Mike Thomas updated 1 month ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Mike Thomas

    August 17, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Brand new to Resolve and shooting a feature film soon. I need to understand how to organize the movie by “scenes”. I’m switching from Sony Vegas where is was so simple. In Vegas each scene is saved as its own project, then each project is imported into a Master project. You work on each scene individually and the changes are reflected in the Master project automatically. You finish all the scenes individually then open the master and render it out.

    How do I do this in Resolve? I’m learning about “compound clips” and “stacked timelines” which has similarities but doesn’t seem to be quite the same.

  • Michael Gissing

    August 18, 2020 at 2:48 am

    All NLE software approaches the same task with slightly different methodology. Vegas is probably the odd one out. Having multiple timelines, stacking them and also using compound clips is how many editors would approach your problem.

    I think you are on the right track unless you expect Resolve to be the same as Vegas. It is far more like Premiere.

  • Marc Wielage

    August 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

    [Mike Thomas] “Brand new to Resolve and shooting a feature film soon. I need to understand how to organize the movie by “scenes”. I’m switching from Sony Vegas where is was so simple. In Vegas each scene is saved as its own project, then each project is imported into a Master project. You work on each scene individually and the changes are reflected in the Master project automatically. “
    Well, you could set up the bins and timelines so that each bin had (say) one day’s synced material, and then have one timeline per scene. When you’re ready to view the results, you can stack multiple timelines together to watch the entire thing in sequence. Once the project is locked, you’ll need to consolidate the timeline as individual shots for final color.

    A lot of this is explained in the basic Resolve textbooks (including the one on Advanced Editing), available for free on Blackmagic’s website:

    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/training

    Specific philosophies for editing are kind of an individual choice, so that’s a wide-open discussion. One thing for sure: be sure to use the metadata options available for every scene & take in Resolve. Those are very powerful features, and they can allow you to locate shots in a specific location, or from certain angles, or with specific characters. Sorting and finding those shots quickly are a big part of working efficiently.

  • Mike Thomas

    August 18, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks guys. I’ll look harder at “stacking timelines” and using bins.

  • Mike Thomas

    August 23, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    After searching all over the internet I was really surprised to not find a single step by step tutorial to do what I’m wanting to do which is organize and work on a film project by scenes. I finally figured it out so here it is for the next guy:

    1. Under “Master Bins” create a bin for each individual scene and import files for that scene. Name the bins what you want to call each scene.

    2. Do this next step for each scene individually: take all the files from the bin and place them on a timeline. Name that timeline the name of the scene.

    3. Select all the clips on the timeline and create a “compound clip”. Name the clip the name of the scene including the word “compound”. After creating the compound clip “decompose” the clip, which just means to un-compound it.

    4. Next create a new empty timeline and call it “Master Timeless”.

    5. Go to the Smart Bins and create a folder called “Compound Clips” and set it up to only show clips with the word “Compound” in it.

    6. In the Smart Bin you will find all the compound clips you made from each scene. Place them on the “Master timeline” in the order that they will play in the finished movie.

    7. Now by switching timelines you can work on each scene individually as you wish. Your changes will be reflected within the compound clips in the master timeline automatically. When you’re done with each scene open the Master timeline and the whole movie will be complete.

    This is what I’ve learned so far… There may be better ways but this system should work for me. Hope this helps someone.

  • Marc Wielage

    August 24, 2020 at 6:51 am

    [Mike Thomas] “3. Select all the clips on the timeline and create a “compound clip”. Name the clip the name of the scene including the word “compound”. After creating the compound clip “decompose” the clip, which just means to un-compound it.”
    Did you consider my suggestion to use Metadata instead? This is exactly what Metadata is for, and it doesn’t change the clip, require you to create a compound clip (which uses up disc space), and it’s possible to do it very quickly. You can even select multiple clips and change the Metadata to all of them… like adding a scene number or changing the displayed clip name. All this is in the manual and in the Advanced Editing guide I mentioned above.

  • Mike Thomas

    August 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Now that I have a grip on it I’ll look more into the Metadata. I appreciate the tips. I switched from Vegas to Resolve in the hope to take my post work to the next level but so far all I’m learning is how and where to click this or that. It’s definitely a more complex software. Hope all these complexities pay off in the long run. Thanks again!

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