Edit Videos Faster & More Efficient

Editing your videos can be a very time-consuming task. Especially when you don’t have the proper knowledge regarding keyboard shortcuts and how to use those. 

In this tutorial, we’re diving deep into exactly that. How to edit efficiently and fast using the proper techniques. 

To follow along with this tutorial, make sure to download the keyboard shortcuts from my website

Part 1: How to import video files correctly using DaVinci Resolve’s Clone tool

Importing files can be done in many different ways. Probably the most used one is dragging and dropping files in explorer or finder. Although this is very effective en fast, it’s definitely not the safest way. Using this method, the chance of getting corrupted files is pretty big. Also, when you need to copy multiple sources onto one SSD, opening 10 finder windows doesn’t feel the safest.

Luckily, there are specialized tools on the market for this purpose only. Think of Yoyotta, Silverstack, and Hedge. These are special software packages designed for data wrangling (copying data from drive A to drive B). Yoyotta is probably the most used software solution in the Dutch film industry, while Silverstack is the Hollywood standard. If you’ve clicked the link out of curiosity, you’ve probably seen the price tag. Yes, these packages are expensive.

The funny thing is that Davinci Resolve comes with a tool that does exactly the same. It gives you the opportunity to copy files from drive A to drive B, but also add more tasks so you can copy 10 sources to one SSD for example.

This tool is called the ‘Clone Tool’, which can be found in the top left corner of the ‘Media Pool’.

Now you’re probably wondering how you can properly use this tool, right? Well, lucky for you, I’ve made an entire video explaining how to use this tool. Go check it out by clicking the thumbnail below.

Part 2: How to build a killer file structure for video editing

Having a good and solid file structure before entering the editing phase will save you so much time in the long run.

Not only during editing but also after projects are done. In this video, I’ll show you how to create such a file structure to work efficiently and fast. Note that this is not the only way. This is just my way of doing things. Make it your own, but make sure you actually do spend a bit of time building such a structure.

Part 3: Spotting your videos and working with a duo-timeline workflow for faster video editing

There are a lot of ways to get your rough-cut edit together, but one of the most efficient ways (especially if you’re working with more editors on the same project) is to work with a spot timeline. This is a timeline containing all the best clips one after another. They’re usually color-coded to keep them apart. 

For example, drone shots are green, handheld footage is red, indoor is blue, outdoor is grey. This, of course, is up to you to decide. 

Check out the video below, for all the information about this topic!

Part 4: super fast video editing with efficient keyboard shortcuts

This part is probably the most helpful for most of you. Make sure to download the keyboard shortcuts from Cinegrades to be up-to-date with this video. 

Using keyboard shortcuts during your polishing phase is essential to edit faster and stay motivated during the edit (at least for me…). The most important shortcuts for me are the W and E keys, since they ripple delete anything from either left to right, or right to left from where your playhead is at. To make it even more exciting, when having the ‘Trim’ tool (T on the keyboard) the whole action of dragging the timeline to the existing spot is done in one motion, as shown in the video. 

There is so much to be said about this topic, but I just recommend you to watch the video below!

Part 5: Creating square, portrait, and vertical videos

Delivering your projects in multiple deliverables such as square (1:1 – 1080px/1080px), Portrait (4:5 – 1080px/1350px) or Vertical (9:16 – 1080px/1920px) is a very effective way to draw more attention to the video since you can share it on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit and so on. Uploading in the right aspect ratio makes sure that the scrolling audience is sucked into the video, since there is a lot more to see because these aspect ratios fill up way more of the screen than traditional 16:9 formats. 

Check the video for all the information you need to know about this topic. This is done in Davinci Resolve, but the same techniques apply for Premiere Pro, Final Cut X or any other software basically. 

Part 6: Archiving your video files and projects the right way

This seems like a very obvious thing, but many people mess up here. They finished their project and simply forget to archive correctly. 10 months later they need to access the files again, and half of it is missing. 

When we’re editing something (especially if you haven’t created a ‘killer’ file structure) our files can be all over the place. That one SFX file is left hanging in your download folder, while that one clip of the African Savannah is still in the other folder. If you then copy the entire project folder to a hard drive thinking everything is in there, you’re messing things up!

Check the video to see the correct way of archiving. It’s fairly simple yet effective! 

That’s it!

Thanks for reading and watching everyone!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them down here, or under the specific YouTube video! 


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