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How to Use Scene Cut Detection to Import Video into DaVinci Resolve

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Learn to colour correct with our free course, DaVinci Resolve Color Grading for Beginners. You'll learn how to use each important tool in Resolve, including how to set up your project using scene cut detection, how to get clean skin tones with noise reduction and how to create cinematic looks.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to import final edit footage into Resolve, with all the cuts.

If you've got an editor who's worked in another program say Premiere Pro and they've done their edit, and it's now coming to you as the colourist to complete the colour correction and colour grade; and then after that you'll send it back to them to finalise. There are a couple of really easy tricks that you can do in DaVinci Resolve to help with that workflow.

Effectively what you need to do is ask the editor for a "clean out," which is basically their entire edit with no graphics, no LUTs, nothing else on it other than the footage cut into the final edit.

You then need those cuts into Resolve so that each one can be graded individually. Here’s how.

How to Use Scene Cut Detection to Import Video into DaVinci Resolve 

Right click on your full edit and go to Scene Cut Detection.Right click on your full edit and go to Scene Cut Detection.Right click on your full edit and go to Scene Cut Detection.
Right click on your full edit and go to Scene Cut Detection.

Right-click on your full edit, which is in this shot above, and go to Scene Cut Detection.

if you hit Auto Scene Detect, it goes through to find all of your cutsif you hit Auto Scene Detect, it goes through to find all of your cutsif you hit Auto Scene Detect, it goes through to find all of your cuts
if you hit Auto Scene Detect, it goes through to find all of your cuts

From here, it opens up the Scene Cut Detection window, and automatically if you hit Auto Scene Detect, it goes through to find all of your cuts. You can see if this has worked by clicking over on the right where the Scene, Frame and Start numbers are.

 make sure the two frames on the right-hand side are identical, and the one frame on the left-hand side is different  make sure the two frames on the right-hand side are identical, and the one frame on the left-hand side is different  make sure the two frames on the right-hand side are identical, and the one frame on the left-hand side is different
make sure the two frames on the right-hand side are identical, and the one frame on the left-hand side is different

As you click on each one, you need to make sure the two frames on the right-hand side are identical, and the one frame on the left-hand side is different (like you can see above); that denotes where it’s actually detected that there is a cut and has made that cut for you.

Keep going down through those and make sure they’re all identical. You can also scrub through it as well just to make sure things have actually worked.

If There's a Missing Cut

Here’s what it looks like if that hasn’t worked properly.

If There's a Missing CutIf There's a Missing CutIf There's a Missing Cut
If there's a missing cut...

To fix it, on the Cut Timeline scrub through with your arrow keys.

Then when the right clip is in place, at the bottom click Add and that cut will be fixed. When you’re happy that all your cuts are right, click Add Cuts to Media Pool in the bottom right. Then you can go ahead and close your Scene Cut Detection window.

Getting Your Clips Ready to Grade

highlight all of your clips,right-click and choose Create New Timeline Using Selected Clipshighlight all of your clips,right-click and choose Create New Timeline Using Selected Clipshighlight all of your clips,right-click and choose Create New Timeline Using Selected Clips
highlight all of your clips,right-click and choose Create New Timeline Using Selected Clips

If you highlight all of your clips (Cmd+a or CTRL+a) then right-click and choose Create New Timeline Using Selected Clips. Name it appropriately, then hit Create.

They’ll all still be highlighted at the bottom, so double click and you’ll head into the Edit tab.

your edit is all ready to colour grade!your edit is all ready to colour grade!your edit is all ready to colour grade!
your edit is all ready to colour grade!

Here you’ve got an edit pulled from Premiere Pro, into DaVinci Resolve and it’s ready to colour grade!

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About the Authors

Tom Graham created the video course that includes this lesson. Marie Gardiner wrote the text version of this lesson, and it was edited and published by Jackson Couse.

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