DaVinci Resolve 9: Viewing and Navigating Clips

By Andrew Devis

Scrubbing Clips

As in the media browser above, you can move your mouse over any clip in a bin in icon view and see a preview of that clip in the viewer at the top. However, unlike with media in the browser, when working with clips that have been added to your project you can also make selections within that clip (see next blog). Additionally, to make a clip remain in the viewer even when your mouse isn’t over it, double click the clip in the bin which ‘loads’ the clip into the viewer for more fine selections.

Viewer Controls

1 – Show either video or the audio waveform

2 – Toggle on or off audio

3 – Click here, hold and drag right and left to move quickly through a clip forwards and backwards

4 – Transport controls – note that the little white line directly below 4 can also be clicked on and pulled with the mouse for fast scrubbing left and right.

5 – Loop mode – loops playback of the clip

6 – Make selections of the ‘In’ and ‘Out’ points on a clip (see next blog)

7 – Zoom percentage – can be used to zoom in and out of clips. Make sure to select ‘Fit’ at the top when you have finished zooming so that the clip will always fill the available window size.

There are also keyboard controls for playing back clips in the viewer (and the timeline when we get to it). Firstly, just hitting the spacebar will start and stop playback of the selected viewer. However, sometimes you want to move backwards and forwards and at different speeds. This is where J, K and L are used. K is for STOP. L plays forwards and each time you hit L the speed of playback increases. J plays backwards and also increases in speed each time it is selected. Shift + L or J leads to fast playback (forwards or backwards) instantly without having to repeatedly hit L or J.

You can also use the arrow keys to play one frame at a time forwards and backwards. Holding the right or left arrow keys will also cause playback in the direction of the arrow. Using the arrows is a great way to get ‘frame perfect’ selections. The same can be done by holding down K and then tapping J or L which allows for playback 1 frame at a time. If you get to using J, K and L you will  probably find this last method the most natural over time for getting selections exact.

Playhead Position

The actual timecode of the playhead position is shown at the top right of the viewer and again can be a great method to get the playhead to the exact place you want. So, if the viewer is active, you can actually type timecode values on your keyboard and the timecode value changes so that when you hit enter the playhead will jump to that point!


Typing Timecode (2 images)




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Published: September 20, 2017