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  • Richard DeFinis

    September 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Resolve newbie alert!!! I’m trying to figure out how to place my video clips into my timeline and have each audio channel show up on their own individual track. I recently brought a clip into my timeline and on channel one I had the lav mic play through the left speaker and the boom mic play through on the right speaker. When I would do this in Premiere Pro, each audio channel would show up on separate tracks in my timeline. How do you recreate this in DaVinci and still maintain a stereo timeline?

  • Tom Watson

    September 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    You should be able to see both tracks by using the Fairlight tab

  • Richard DeFinis

    September 10, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Tom. Since they are separate tracks, why wouldn’t the lav come into Resolve as audio 1 and the boom come in as audio 2? Is it something in my settings that I’m missing?

  • Tom Watson

    September 10, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    You haven’t provided enough info to really know what is going on. How are you recording the two mics and getting them in the video? Are you using a mixer and syncing in post? Or are you mixing in the camera? If you have one mic on each track in the camera, when you put that clip on the timeline it will have one mic on the right and the other on the left. You will see this as one track on the resolve Edit page. They can be separated and brought back into the timeline as two tracks by using the Fairlight Page.

  • Richard DeFinis

    September 10, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the reply Tom. Studio shoot, channel one lav and channel two boom direct into the camera. This was just a rehearsal, we usually have an audio person on set. No syncing needed for this clip. I’m just testing Resolve before we jump into our next commercial.

    So it sounds to me from your reply that Resolve treats these tracks as one track. I’m just used to Premiere treating each recorded signal as it’s own track when imported. Just going to have to get used to it I guess.

  • Dean Baker

    September 10, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Richard,

    Resolve combines the audio from the clip into one track. What you can do is right-click on the video clip in the media pool and select ‘Clip Attributes’. From here you can add another stereo track and change the configuration like the image attached. I hope this helps.

  • Richard DeFinis

    September 10, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Gotcha Dean, I read about setting up audio this way earlier today. I just felt like I might be doing something wrong since they were coming into Resolve combined. You’ve both solved my Resolve head scratcher for today day… there will be more!!!

  • Michael Gissing

    September 11, 2020 at 1:44 am

    You can batch change the audio attributes. Select all the files you wish to set to dual mono and change the attributes of one and they all change. Resolve can’t tell from an imported file if it is true stereo or dual mono. I wish the default was dual mono as that is the normal config.

    It helps to do it before you start editing. Just a bit of house keeping so if you drag a clip into the timeline it knows to put it across two mono tracks. I usually have a preset audio layout in Fairlight which sets up a lot of mono tracks and some stereo ones if there is something genuinely stereo like a music or atmos track.

  • Richard DeFinis

    September 11, 2020 at 2:19 am

    That’s good to know Michael, thanks. These are the simple tricks I’m looking forward to learning during our conversion over to Resolve.

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