I want to switch from Adobe Pr to Resolve. I downloaded it and now have some questions:

  1. How can I put any of the windows (Timeline, Preview...) on another screen? All in all the customisation seems very limited, which is kinda a deal breaker for me because I highly customise my programs. Do they plan to add this in the near future?

  2. How can I zoom in the timeline? I only can zoom in and out and up and down. But I want to see all 10 Videos stacked on each other.

3. How do I make a video bigger? My Project is 4096x1716p and my Video 3840x2160 the video has black bars and if I zoom, it zooms inside the black bars and doesnt scale it up to project size

  1. Do I need to go to Fusion for EVERY effect? Isn't there a Effects Windows like in Pr?


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  1. The customization options for window arrangement are limited in Resolve, compared to some applications. The customization options are flexible enough to have your timeline on a second monitor, though. To do this, under the workspace menu, check both Dual Screen-> On and Dual Screen-> Full Screen Timeline. To switch which monitor the timeline's on, go to Workspace-> Primary Display.

    Your program monitor can be on either screen by switching which display is "Primary," also. In the color tab, there are three options for how your program monitor is displayed; Cinema, Enhanced Viewer, or Full Screen Viewer. These options are found under Workspace -> Viewer mode. In the edit tab, there is no Enhanced Viewer, but you can get the same effect by closing other panels and using Single Viewer mode.

    Besides having different panels open or closed, breaking out Scopes into a floating window (which you can drag to another monitor if you want to devote a monitor to scopes), resizing sections by dragging the divider between them, having tabbed timelines, multiple bin views, FCPX-like hover-scrubbing with strip or icon view and single view program monitor, or a more Premiere-like Source/Program, there's not much more you can do to customize its layout. You can't "skin" it like winamp. You can't move panel positions relative to each other. In short, everything you need to do your job is in there, with nothing superfluous.

    Whether or not BMD plans to add these features is anyone's guess, but their development team is extremely responsive to user feedback on their forums. They've implemented changes that I've recommended on multiple occasions (the thin red line designating panel focus with the 15.2 update was something I suggested.)

  2. Command +/- is one way to zoom, alt/option mousewheel or two-finger drag is another, dragging on the +/- zoom slider is another. If you want to adjust track height, so that you can see more stacked layers, click on the "timeline view options" icon in the center of the screen, next to the zoom slider.

  3. There are multiple ways to scale in DaVinci, and a couple of points in the signal chain where the scaling might occur. You've found edit scaling, but there's also project-wide scaling under Project Settings-> Image Scaling ->Mismatched resolution files.

    Then under the color tab, there's input sizing, output sizing, node sizing, and reference sizing. The order of operations for color page sizing is covered in chapter 119 of the user manual.

  4. Probably not, depending on what kind of effect you're after. Fusion is to DaVinci what After Effects is to Premiere, except it's built in, and it's node-based, so conceptually it's more like Nuke than AE. But if you just need simple things like blurs, keys, object removal, lens flares, etc, you can find those things in the OpenFX tab of the color page, or the Effects Library tab of the Edit page. You can also install any plugin that supports OpenFX. Genarts Sapphire, BorisFX Mocha, and filmconvert are all popular. Premiere supports effects presets and templates better at the moment than DaVinci, but Fusion integration is new, and this should change soon.

  • Forgot to mention that the best way to have your program on a separate monitor is to actually use a dedicated reference monitor and a video output device like the UltraStudio Mini Monitor. This gives you an always-on, full-screen, accurate view of your program, and your other displays show all the UI elements. Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 16:52
  • Thanks for the detailed answer! Mhm. It may seem picky, but not having this customization is kinda a deal breaker for me. I highly customise my programs, I even go as far as programming my own scripts to cut editing time. Hope they will implement some more customisation. Do you have sepcific tips how to ask them? Like suggesting exact ideas? Or simply say that I'd lune some more customisation?
    – Tim
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 17:09
  • Oh. I actually forgot to mention that scripting is an option. Resolve supports Lua, Python 2 and Python 3. You can find the API under the Help menu -> Developer documentation. To do user interface stuff, you'll want to check out steakunderwater.com (don't ask me. the Fusion guys have some funky domain names.) AndrewHazelden and Greg Bovine will be particularly helpful on this subject. For feature requests: forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=71757 Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 17:37

Found solution to 3.

Go to inspector in editing panel, to retime and scaling and put scaling to Fill.

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