I’ve been using the new DaVinci Resolve 12 beta for the past week since its release. Not really for mission critical stuff, but duplicating projects when I have extra time and learning the work flow. I’ve said before that the new Resolve is what Final Cut Pro X should have been and I’m thinking more and more like that today.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much in terms of training or forum conversations regarding the little features that matter to my workflow. I was ready to kick Resolve 12 to the curb because there didn’t appear to be a way to add audio effects to an entire track via the Track Mixer.
It’s a little different than other NLEs but it’s not too hard to do.
To be clear, I’m talking about applying an effect to an entire track full of audio clips. I use this frequently when I have a single speaker’s or actor’s clips from a given scene or take on a single track. Many times the delivery is consistent enough that you can apply the same EQ, compressor or noise reduction to all the clips. Applying the effect to the entire track prevents you from having to copy and paste effects across dozens of clips.
I prefer this kind of interface but I’m open to trying new stuff if it works better but I really, really want to apply effects to my entire audio tracks.
I reached out on Twitter a couple of times with this question, pinging Blackmagic and other user groups with no answer. Today, however, I happened upon the process and still haven’t worked out all of the kinks but at least I know how to apply audio effects to a track. So, I wanted to share it with anyone else looking for the same solution.
So here’s a simple diagram that shows the interface and the process to apply and edit audio effects on a track.
- Drag the chosen audio effect to the head of the track (not on the track or clips of the track).
- Click the track keyframe icon, which expands the track and combines the clips into a single black clip/track.
- Click on the new black clip/track icon, which selects the track and makes controls available in the inspector.
- Adjustments can be made directly in the inspector to the individual controls of the effect. The custom menu from the effect manufacturer is also available in a pop-out menu that you can select from the inspector.
Things still aren’t perfect and the Resolve 12 audio process is a little buggy – but, hey, it’s in beta. I’ve had it crash while applying effects or single out one channel of a stereo track when applying effects and other weird stuff.
The point is that you can do it and that’s an important part of an NLE to me. Sure, you can bounce it out to Pro Tools or Audition but for a lot of us, that is a little overkill on a workflow for a short project video – especially when you have an established workflow in a competing NLE that keeps you in the program for the entire project.
Have any other video editors tried Resolve 12 yet? Do you have any other tips or frustrations to share with the rest of us?