DaVinci Resolve Video Editor Resources

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Basic Editing Tutorial – Episode 1 The Media Page

This video is one in a very helpful 6-episode series from UglyMcGregor. I mainly need to figure out how to trim my clips using Mark-In and Mark-Out on the Media tab.

Text Tracking in DaVinci Resolve 16 by Jay Lippman

I believe this video will also be how I track faces to blur them out. Good tutorial by Jay Lippman.

Basic Fusion – Compositing – DaVinci Resolve 15 Tutorial by Casey Faris

This video was super-helpful in understanding how to use all the crazy-ass NODES in the Fusion tab. I learned how to add color overlay and text. A basic guide on how compositing works in the Fusion Tab of Resolve 15 by Casey Faris.

AVCHD To HitFilm 4 Express

The single AVCHD file is the container the camera uses to store the .mts files, because the format has a file size limit that forces it to break up longer recordings into multiple pieces. You have to open the AVCHD file and extract the .mts files, and you will be able to import them [into HitFilm Express].

FXHome’s tech support

NOTE: I did have to purchase the HitFilm Express Add-on: “Formats: Starter Pack” in order to import the .mts files. It was $10, and totally worth it!

FXHome’s reply was hugely important, because I did NOT know that all the little .mts files are inside the AVCHD file. I just kept trying to import the ACVHD file into HitFilm Express – unsuccessfully!

How to open the AVCHD file and extract the .mts files help came from Vector15.com’s article Organizing and Viewing AVCHD and MTS Videos on Mac OSX (scroll down to the accordion section and click “Extracting MTS files is tedious”)

Manually extracting MTS files is a 10 step process for each AVCHD file.

  1. Import an AVCHD package
  2. Open finder
  3. Find the AVCHD package in Finder
  4. Right-click the AVCHD package
  5. Choose ‘show package contents’
  6. Find the BDMV package in Finder
  7. Right click the BDMV package
  8. Choose ‘show package contents’
  9. Find the STREAM folder in Finder
  10. Select all of the MTS files
  11. Copy the MTS files to a new location

HitFilm Express 12: Re-center Anchor Point in Composite Shot Layer

Problem: After creating Layer [Plane] or [Text]* in Composite Shot, sometimes the Anchor Point gets off-center – the “Anchor Point” and “Position” are no longer 0.0 x 0.0. This is especially true with multiple lines of text, where the first text line has the Anchor Point at the base of the text line. But after typing 4 lines of text, the Anchor Point is still stuck at the baseline of the first line of text. This problem also happens when manually re-sizing the [Plane] or [Text]* by clicking and dragging one of the corners.

How to get the Anchor Point to re-center when it gets off-center. The [Plane] or [Text]* (the blue box) sits within the Layer. Anchor Point moves the “anchor” within the blue box. And Position moves the blue box within the Layer.

Where to make adjustments

To adjust Anchor Point and/or Position: Choose Layer [Plane] or [Text]* > Control panel > Transform tab

Anchor Point: Moves the “anchor” within the [Plane] or [Text]* (the blue box) – but does NOT move the [Plane] or [Text]* (the blue box) within the Layer.

Position: Moves the [Plane] or [Text]* (the blue box) around the Layer.

*[Text]: Adjusting this is a bit different from just re-adjusting the Anchor Point to be centered (0.0 x 0.0). In my 4-line text the default Anchor Point is at the baseline of only the first line of text. I had to adjust the Anchor Point’s Y axis to -500 (eg: 0.0 x -500). This places the Anchor Point at the best-looking center/center position.

HitFilm Express 12: Smaller Plane Inside Larger Layer

Goal: Create 1080 x 1350 design inside an overall 1080 x 1920 layout for Instagram TV with a 60 second Instagram Feed Preview.

  • Set master Project Settings to: 1080 x 1920
  • Make a Composite Shot
  • Set Composite Shot Properties to: 1080 x 1920
  • Set each individual Layer’s Plane Properties to: 1080 x 1350 (for instance, I have 3 [Plane] Layers in a Composite Shot: Background color, Light Flares, and Radio Waves

Final Cut Pro X – Change 16:9 ratio (1920×1080) to Instagram 1:1 ratio (1080×1080)

Caveat: I’m JUST beginning to learn Final Cut Pro X, and these instructions may NOT be the best way to do this

Final Cut Pro X – Test Changing 16:9 Landscape to 1:1 Instagram
  1. FIRST, make a copy of the Library folder that holds everything (Library, Media, Events, Projects), and re-name both the Folder and the Library file (don’t want to lose the original 16:9 layout version).
  2. Open Final Cut Pro X and locate the copied re-named Library: File > Open Library > Other > Locate > Folder > Library file (pick the Library file, not the Folder)
  3. Window > Project Properties > (Inspector > Modify) > Change Video: “1080p HD 1920×1080” to “Custom: 1080×1080”
  4. (To keep 16:9 clip with black top/bottom bars): Click on clip > Video Inspector > Spacial Conform > Type > Fit setting
  5. (To force 16:9 clip to fill the new 1:1 layout, and cut off left/right sides of the 16:9 video) Click on clip > Video Inspector > Spacial Conform > Type > Fill setting
  6. EXPORT: Share > Master File > Settings > Format: Computer (to get a MP4 file) > Resolution: 1080×1080

HitFilm Express Resources

Beginner Tip: In order to add the Witness Protection (face blur) effect to a moving object, you first need to know to Make Composite Shots. I watched 3 How to Add Witness Protection videos and none of them pointed out that there’s a basic step BEFORE adding the Witness Protection effect. Below are 2 articles about manually adding a Make Composite Shot.

Witness Protection (face blur)

  1. On Editor tab: choose video clip (to add Witness Protection face blur to), right-click and choose “Make Composite Shot.”
  2. On Composite Shot tab: double-click on Media Layer. Then, at the right side of the Tracks Layer, click the little green round “+” button to Insert Tracker. A Tracker sub-layer should now be right below the Tracks layer.
  3. (Move playhead to first frame where tracking will start): The Tracker has 2 boxes (outer green box; inner red box) and a center mark. Click on inner red box and drag Tracker to face. Adjust inner red box size to cover area to be blurred. Then adjust outer green box to cover the overall area that the face + head will move within throughout the whole clip.
  4. Track Tab (if this isn’t visible: main menu > View > Panels > Track): Section “STEP 1 : Track your points” (Type: Single Point (Position Only); Method: Optical Flow) > Track Controls > Click the Track forward arrow button and let HitFilm Express track the face. This could take a while depending on how long the clip is.
  5. (After tracking is complete) On Composite Shot tab > Click “New Layer” (next to little green round “+” button), choose “Point” (Layer), then click on newly-created Point Layer, right-click, choose Rename and name it “Face Track” (it should now read “Face Track [Point]).
  6. On Composite Shot tab: double-click on Media Layer, double-click on Tracker; and in the separate Track tab, in the “STEP 2 : Apply to layer” section, the following: Purpose: Transform; Layer: choose Face Track; Make sure X-position and Y-position boxes are ticked; then click Apply.
  7. On Composite Shot tab: Click “New Layer” (next to little green round “+” button), choose “Grade” (Layer), then click on newly-created Grade Layer, right-click, choose Rename and name it “Witness Protection” (it should now read “Witness Protection [Grade]).
  8. Double-click the “Witness Protection [Grade] Layer: Effects > little green round “+” button > Distort > choose Witness Protection.
  9. Again on Witness Protection [Grade] Layer: Double-click Effects > double-click Witness Protection > double-click Position > Use Layer: Face Track.


Motion Tracking in HitFilm Express Tutorial by Surfaced Studio
Learning how to use the Witness Protection effect (tracking a moving person)
Censorship in Hitfilm 4 Express – Swearing and Witness Protection (static only, NOT motion-tracked)
How to track tricky objects | HitFilm Express
How to track objects | HitFilm Express (Keyframes are ok but Tracking is better)
How to make Iron Man HUD effects for free: part 1 (Tracking a face so I can blur it)
HitFilm Express 2017 Tutorial – Complete Beginners Guide by Surfaced Studio
Using transitions in HitFilm (apply transitions to your edited clips; create dissolves, wipes and fades) by FXHome
How to make an Intro in Hitfilm 4 Express! – Shiny Films