Welcome back! This article will show you Keyboard Customization In Davinci Resolve- Full Guide.
We will cover how to map your keyboard, how to customize your keyboard shortcut and show you a few tricks that are very nice and very important. I will also show How to discover the options within the menu.
How To Access Keyboard Customization?
Now, if you click on the Davinci Resolve button on the top left corner,
You will have the “Keyboard Customization” option, and you have to click on it. A pop-up window will appear, showing you a virtual keyboard with different customization options.
Understanding the layout!
Now you will notice that you have a map or a mapping of your keyboard on top. Now I’m using a Windows PC, and I have an extended keyboard.
So obviously, it has mapped the keyboard perfectly. If your keyboard is different or does not have a Numpad, you should see another mapping layout. But nevertheless, the concept is the same.
If the layout doesn’t look like your keyboard, it means that Davinci Resolve is having a problem understanding your keyboard. The quickest solution to try if you have support issues is to make sure your drivers are up to date and your Davinci Resolve is up to date.
You can also try a different keyboard and see if the problem persists.
So on the top, you have the map, and it’s very easy to use. First of all, you will notice you have three colors here, or you say three different shades of grey. When it’s dark grey, As you will see, like the F5, F1, it means this key is not assigned to any command.
Of course, the key is a shortcut, and the command is assigned to the key. So there are no commands assigned to these keys, the darker grey ones.
The lighter grey ones mean that there is a command assigned to these keys. So if you click on “1”, you can see what it is that key mapped to.
For example, “1” is assigned to “cut to angle 1,” and two is mapped to “cut to angle 2.” these options are basically when you are doing Multicam editing, and you want to switch the angle.
If you click on the “S” key, you can see it is mapped to the “Toggle Slip/Slide Mode” command.
The keys that have two colors mean there is a command assigned to the key on the application level, and another command is applied on the tab level. For example, the timeline, metadata, Fairlight.
Application-level means it is a top-level command which will work throughout the software no matter the tab,
You can use the modifier keys which are on the left of your virtual keyboard. If you are a Mac user, you should see four keys that are “command, option, control, and shift.” If you are on Windows OS, you will see “shift, control, and alt.”
Now, for example, if you select the shift key and select the backspace, you will notice that there is a command assigned to the backspace key in the application level, and also three other shortcuts are assigned at lower than the application level.
You will see you have one at the level of the media pool, which is “remove clips,” another one at the level of edit timeline, which is the “ripple delete” command. The third one is at the color keyframes level to “Delete Selected Keyframe.”
On the application level, you will see it is assigned to “Ripple Delete.”
In the Commands window, you can see that a key that is assigned at the Application level affects File, Edit, Trim, Timeline, Clip, Mark, View. Playback, Fusion, Fairlight, Color, Workspace, and Help. Obviously, that is why it is called the application level.
Now, by using this window, you can anytime come and see which keys are mapped to a certain command or not.
Understanding Commands in Keyboard Customization preference
If you select Shift+Y, you will see there is no assigned command to it. If you select “shift,” it is assigned to ” select clips forward on this track.”
So keyboard mapping here will help you discover what the command is assigned to which.
There is also a different way to see which keys are assigned to what command. Let’s take the “Backspace” for demonstration.
When you select the backspace key, you will see it is assigned on the application level to the “Delete Selected” command.
When you see the window right next to it called “Commands,” you will see it by default is on “All Commands.” But if you select any application like “Edit,” you will see options just on the level of edit.
So the concept here, “delete selected” in the edit menu, has been assigned to the backspace.
Now, let’s take a different example; at the edit timeline level, if you click on it, you will see in your “Commands” window at the level of editing the timeline, so when you are inside the timeline, editing it, there is delete selected command, which is under the shortcut backspace.
If you come to “Fairlight Timeline,” you click on it. Of course, you will be taken to the “Fairlight Timeline” level in the Commands section, and you can see what key is assigned to “delete selected.” You can also change it, of course. So that is the concept.
Changing the shortcuts for Davinci Resolve
If you want to find out what’s on the D key, you select the D. You will then see in the “Active Key” window that it is assigned on three different levels.
One is on the Application Level and the other two inside. You can also see the visually on the virtual keyboard. If you don’t like it or want the D to be something else, you can change the shortcut.
So you click on the Cross bottom(X) in the Commands window to remove the previous one, and you can add another shortcut. I’m going to remove Enable Clip shortcut, D, and replace it with F, for example.
Now, Option F has been assigned to another function. An error will pop up stating that the key is already assigned to Timeline>Match Frame.
You can click on the “Assign” button but what will happen is, because F is already assigned in Timeline, to prevent any conflicts. Davinci Resolve will remove it from “Match Frame” and assign it to “Enable Clip.”
You will also see a yellow error when this happens. To reset the command back to its default value, click on the circle arrow beside it to reset.
You can also assign multiple shortcut keys to it if you like.
How to see all the commands
It’s very simple to see all the commands that are already assigned, rather than clicking a key on the virtual keyboard layout. Just go to the “Commands” window and select an application.
Let’s suppose you want to browse all the keyboard shortcuts that you can use while editing a video. Just click on the “Edit” options from the applications. You can then see all the shortcuts and can even modify them.
Exploring the Panels in Commands
There is also a menu called “Panels” in the Commands window. You can use these shortcuts to just them on a single panel than on a tab. So if you are in the project manager panel, you click on it, you will notice all the commands inside the project manager. These are all the comments possible in the project manager.
From the filter menu above, which by default says “Show All,” you can see the “Assigned” or “Unassigned” commands. Also, you will see that by default, there are absolutely zero shortcuts in the project manager.
Even so, there are zero shortcuts here.
You can easily assign new shortcuts to the unassigned commands this way. You can also take help with the filter to only sort out unassigned commands. But as I mentioned earlier, make sure you are not replacing a Key that is already assigned to something else.
A few professional editors and colorists also program some of the most frequently used shortcuts to their “Stream Deck.”
If you are in the middle of editing and you somehow forgot to see a shortcut key, all you have to do is jump into your “Keyboard Customization” and type that command in the Search box.
Suppose you are looking for the shortcut key assigned to Cut while editing. You can type Cut in the search box. You can further filter out the list by selecting the “Assigned” keys if you want to see how to cut a timeline in Fairlight.
You can choose Fairlight in the commands windows rather than choosing the All Commands.
How to use the Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Pro Tools shortcuts in Davinci Resolve?
Now the chances are high that you are shifting from Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, or Pro Tools to Davinci Resolve, and it can be a real pain to map your frequently used shortcuts.
Luckily Davinci Resolve comes with presets already installed with default shortcuts that are used in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Pro Tools.
Just click on the Davinci Resolve on the top left corner. Click on the Keyboard Customization option. Now on the pop-up window on the far right on the top. You will see an arrow pointing downwards. Just click on it, and Voila! You can now choose default shortcuts of Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Pro Tools.
Saving Your Preset
If you have made a lot of changes in your keyboard customization, you can also save it as a separate Preset. That way, you easily switch to your assigned shortcuts Preset or switch it back to original if someone else is using it.
After making changes:
- Click on the three dots on the top right corner.
- Click on “Save as new preset.”
- Name it.
To access your presets, click on the arrow pointing downwards next to it. You can save as many presets as you like.
If multiple people use your pc for editing, they can switch to their preset and start editing in Davinci Resolve.
Exporting and Importing Keyboard Customization In Davinci Resolve
If you are changing your PC and want to use the same presets that you were using on your older PC on Davinci Resolve. Or maybe your friend sent you his Keyboard Customization preset to try. You can import or export in Davinci Resolve.
To export a preset from Davinci Resolve, click on the three-dot icon on the top right corner of the Keyboard Customization and hover on “Export Preset” a sub-menu will open with all your saved Presets.
Just select a preset and a location, and it will save a .txt file there. The file is very small in size so that it can be shared in any way.
To import a preset in Davinci Resolve, click on the three-dot icon on the top right corner of the Keyboard Customization window, click on “Import Preset,” and select the location of that preset.
How to delete a Keyboard Customization Preset In Davinci Resolve?
Deleting a preset is a straightforward way. But keep in mind you can only delete presets made by you, not the pre-installed ones. Click on the three dots again, hover over the “Delete Preset,” and select the one you want to delete.
I hope this article helps!