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My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:18 am
by laci00
Hello, I am new to Davinci Resolve, but it quickly became my favorite editing software, mainly because of the stability, ease of use, features, fast performance and color grading. However, there are few things in editing workflow I really miss, and I believe Resolve would become the dream platform. I would appreciate your consideration and if any of listed features exist in any for and I missed it, please let me know. Here we go:

1/ TIME WORKFLOW: Working with slomotion, speed ramps etc. is super complicated. You have to open two separate bars under video clip (which often mess up editing window) and do a bunch of clicks to get smooth result, no shortcut for adding keyframes as well. I would prefer to have it same like in Premiere where we can switch on TIME line over the clip, easily add keyframes and adjust speeds. In my work I use speedramps very often, so would appreciate easier approach.

2/ SLOWMOTION WITH AUDIO: I love the audio effect of changing pitch when slowing down footage. Would be cool if the pitch of audio would automatically change with any time changes. I tried to adjust pitch separately, but keyframing is somehow not working.

3/ KEYFRAMES: By far the biggest issue in Resolve for me is workflow with keyframes. They open up under the clip, which messed up my timeline and are hard to tweak. I would prefer that the keyframes for each clip & setting would be placed under their corresponded setting in inspector and easily moved around

4/ AUDIO PEAKS: Hard to explain why, but audio levels just does not look as good and are not so easy to read as other software. For example, here is the same song in Resolve and Vegas Pro:
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Its just easier to see the beat peaks in Vegas, not sure why is that.

5/ TIMELINE POSTER THUMBNAIL: I always set poster thumbnails in media pool when sorting clips for easy orientation. On the timeline I have switched setting to display only 1 thumbnail per clip, but this one is surprisingly not the one I set, would be helpful to see my selected poster frame also on the timeline.

6/ ONLY VIDEO DROP FROM MEDIA POOL: For most of my clips I do not use audio in the project, so I have to open the video and drag only the video file down the timeline, I would really welcome faster way, here are few ideas:
- In media pool when you click Clip Attributed and Audio, to have option to turn off audio on selected clips. This way only the video file would be imported on timeline straight from media pool
- Add video small pic (like in preview window) in media pool so I can drag video only straight from media pool
- Add shortcut for insert / overwrite video only

7/ MOUSE CUSTOMIZATION: I love to customize my keyboard, but I miss customization of the mouse. For example, I would really like that the mouse wheel would work as zoom in / out (instead with holding ALT).

8/ ROTATION ANGLE: When adjusting angle of the clips, I would love to see 2 things:
- Small grid that would appear over the clip so I can easily level the horizon
- Option to select automatically zoom in the shot, would save time

9/ FINE ADJUSTMENT BUTTON LOCK: I struggle to find button that would work as a HOLD TOGGLE for fine adjustments in various instances like moving clips, keyframes, adjusting volumes and other settings.

10/ SLIP HOLD TOGGLE BUTTON: Slip is really awesome feature, but instead of going to slip and back to normal editing tool, I would love to have HOLD button for slip, so when I hold it I slip the clip, but after releasing goes back to normal. Much faster and more efficient for me.

11/ SNAPPING HOLD TOGGLE BUTTON: Same like above, I would like to have option to set button for HOLD SNAPPING OFF, so when I hold the button, clips move without snapping.

12/ ORDERING CLIPS IN MEDIA POOL: I know you can move around this by renaming all clips (but would take ages). I would like to be able reorder the clips in media pool by moving them around. For example I have two similar shots taken in different times, but I know I will use them close to each other. So some sort of “random” sorting, when you start by name but can rearrange clips freely.

13/ EXPORT WITH DIFFERENT FPS: Minor but useful would be to be able to export videos with different fps, sometimes I need for different social medias, now I can copy & paste project into different timeline, but would prefer to have it easier.

14/ AUTO REFRAME: I really like the new auto reframe feature in Premiere 2020, would be cool to see something similar in Resolve 17.

15/ AUDIO KEYFRAMES MOVEMENT: This one really bugs me. When I have to dial down the music in between interview, its cool that I can easily create keyframes, but more often than not you don’t get the right position of keyframes and have to move them around. The only way I fount is by mouse and this moves keyframe both horizontally, but also vertically, so usually end up messing the audio levels. I would like to either move the keyframe by mouse only horizontally, or to be able to move keyframes by arrows on the keyboard.
*SOLUTION* Fount it in KEYBOARD CUSTOMIZATION s "Move Selected Keyframes Left/Right/Up/Down"

16/ SLIP PREVIEW UNDER CURSOR: Right now when I slip the clip, preview window shows me first and the last frame. I would very much prefer that the preview would stay on the cursor, since often I am sliping in order to match some action into the beat somewhere in the middle. I understand that is not for everybody but would be cool to have the option in the settings.

17/ GENERATE OPTIMIZED MEDIA IN ALL BINS: I cannot find the option to generate optimized media for clips in all bins.
*SOLUTION* For the Bins that have your media, highlight them in "Bin List" by holding shift/ Resolve will show you all the media in all those bins on the right. Then just select all and create optimized media

18/ MULTIPLE IN/OUT POINTS IN MEDIA POOL: I often have to pick multiple in/out points from one clip in the media pool, for example interviews. Right now what I do is after first in/out I split clip and continue with next subclip. But would be great to have option to select more within one clip.

19/ YOUTUBE EXPORT FOR HIGHER FRAMERATE: I noticed the drop in video quality when I rendered project with YouTube preset in 60fps. My understanding is that youtube preset have fixed 20000 kbps even with higher framerate. When I exported with custom settings at 40000 kbps quality was fine.

Thanks for your time, I would have double longer list of features in Resolve that I love, but if we can see some of mentioned above in next updated, I would be really stoked.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:18 pm
by kinvermark
Good list of suggestions.

12/ ORDERING CLIPS IN MEDIA POOL


This is the most important addition for me. Also known (In PPro, Bridge, etc.) as "user sort order." Allows user to "storyboard" by dragging clips into order inside a bin. Super useful. Would be a big help in organizing clips in the CUT PAGE, which is hindered by having no normal timeline thumbnails.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:35 pm
by Jim Simon
It's better to post one idea per thread. Makes discussion more focused.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:35 pm
by laci00
kinvermark wrote:Good list of suggestions.

12/ ORDERING CLIPS IN MEDIA POOL


This is the most important addition for me. Also known (In PPro, Bridge, etc.) as "user sort order." Allows user to "storyboard" by dragging clips into order inside a bin. Super useful. Would be a big help in organizing clips in the CUT PAGE, which is hindered by having no normal timeline thumbnails.


Thanks, I was not aware of the name of this feature. Yea really would be such an useful addition.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:39 pm
by laci00
Jim Simon wrote:It's better to post one idea per thread. Makes discussion more focused.


Well since I had list of 19 points, I did not want to spam the forum. If somebody from Blackmagic would find this post and consider my points, I would appreciate a lot :D

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:47 pm
by JeffreyWalther
12/ ORDERING CLIPS IN MEDIA POOL


Just use keywords for each clip and so you can (auto)sort them into bins.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:51 pm
by laci00
JeffreyWalther wrote:
12/ ORDERING CLIPS IN MEDIA POOL


Just use keywords for each clip and so you can (auto)sort them into bins.


What do you have in mind? add keywords in attributes? That would add quite a lot of work. I do sports videos and I have often 100+ clips in media bin.. So for example I sort clips from different athletes / locations in separate bins, but then within bins I would like to have similar tricks close to each other etc. All in all I am just looking to have faster and more efficient process. But thanks for your feedback!

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:06 pm
by kinvermark
JeffreyWalther wrote:Just use keywords for each clip and so you can (auto)sort them into bins.


We need to be able to sort WITHIN bins, not just get clips into bins - that's easy. And, of course, bins themselves can already be dragged into a specific "user sort" order.

Adding any kind of metadata to sort clips inside bins is way to time consuming to make it worthwhile. You may as well just sort on the edit timeline. (Hard to do this in the cut page because you can't zoom to see all clips' thumbnails on the timeline.)

Best examples are Adobe Ppro bins (or in Bridge folders) or Vegas Pro "storyboards." Both allow drag/drop sorting of clips.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:10 pm
by kinvermark
Also, for #17:

Just make a SMART bin to grab all of the media you want to have optimized media generated, and then follow the normal procedure.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:32 pm
by laci00
kinvermark wrote:Also, for #17:

Just make a SMART bin to grab all of the media you want to have optimized media generated, and then follow the normal procedure.


Thanks, that works! I added it as solution to my list. Still I would like to have some sort of indicator for which clips have created optimized media, would come in handy sometimes.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:23 pm
by kinvermark
LIST VIEW in the media bins has a column for showing if optimized media has been created and what resolution used. IIRC you may have to set up custom columns to see this.

Obviously, you can also set up a smart bin to show all media NOT having optimized media created.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:08 pm
by laci00
kinvermark wrote:LIST VIEW in the media bins has a column for showing if optimized media has been created and what resolution used. IIRC you may have to set up custom columns to see this.

Obviously, you can also set up a smart bin to show all media NOT having optimized media created.


Hey thanks a lot, so hidden this one :)
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So for anybody else, go to the list view, then right click on the attributes on top and you can add "Optimized Media" column :idea:

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:59 pm
by twainrichardson
17/ GENERATE OPTIMIZED MEDIA IN ALL BINS[/b]: I cannot find the option to generate optimized media for clips in all bins
*SOLUTION* Can create smart bin for all shots and generate optimized media from there. I still miss some sort of indicator for which clips have created optimized medias.

For the Bins that have your media, highlight them by holding shift/ Resolve will show you all the media in all those bins.

Example: Say you have a a few bins labeled BROLL, INTERVIEW, GOOD TAKES. Click on the one that is marked BROLL and then hold down shift and select the others.

Then hit Cmd+A to select all then right click and create Generate Optimised Media.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:48 am
by laci00
twainrichardson wrote:17/ GENERATE OPTIMIZED MEDIA IN ALL BINS[/b]: I cannot find the option to generate optimized media for clips in all bins
*SOLUTION* Can create smart bin for all shots and generate optimized media from there. I still miss some sort of indicator for which clips have created optimized medias.

For the Bins that have your media, highlight them by holding shift/ Resolve will show you all the media in all those bins.

Example: Say you have a a few bins labeled BROLL, INTERVIEW, GOOD TAKES. Click on the one that is marked BROLL and then hold down shift and select the others.

Then hit Cmd+A to select all then right click and create Generate Optimised Media.


Ah cool tip, I was not aware of that! Just want to add for others, that you have to highlight bits with SHIFT in "Bin List" which is at left.

Re: My feedback and feature request for Resolve 17

PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:50 pm
by twainrichardson
laci00 wrote:
twainrichardson wrote:17/ GENERATE OPTIMIZED MEDIA IN ALL BINS[/b]: I cannot find the option to generate optimized media for clips in all bins
*SOLUTION* Can create smart bin for all shots and generate optimized media from there. I still miss some sort of indicator for which clips have created optimized medias.

For the Bins that have your media, highlight them by holding shift/ Resolve will show you all the media in all those bins.

Example: Say you have a a few bins labeled BROLL, INTERVIEW, GOOD TAKES. Click on the one that is marked BROLL and then hold down shift and select the others.

Then hit Cmd+A to select all then right click and create Generate Optimised Media.


Ah cool tip, I was not aware of that! Just want to add for others, that you have to highlight bits with SHIFT in "Bin List" which is at left.


You're welcome, it also works in the media page also.