Boosting efficiency in post-production workflows by merging Media Library and DaVinci Resolve
Apart from being creative, the video production industry is also incredibly innovative. The ever-evolving challenges are quickly being solved by new tools made to support just about every step of the process, no matter how small. However, what really separates useful and productive add-ons from just another annoying tool can be distilled to one thing, integration. At ELEMENTS we have been designing all of our products, tools and features to be part of a larger ecosystem, which can efficiently communicate with professional applications, most notably NLEs such as: Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve. Our Media Library Panel has greatly increased efficiency in Premiere Pro workflows by eliminating the need to switch between the applications and by adding new, time-saving features. Now, the same set of valuable functions has come to DaVinci Resolve.
DaVinci Resolve Panel
Since the ELEMENTS Web UI version 3.2, users can utilise the new DaVinci Resolve Panel that grants access to the Media Library and its set of useful functions straight from the NLE. The Panel is available for Resolve Studio version 17 and onwards. The free version of DaVinci Resolve is not supported. Apart from allowing the user to browse the content on the storage in the most efficient manner, the Panel grants access to a number of other useful functions.
Find and use footage
Trying to find specific footage? Use the integrated search function to find footage by name, metadata, modification date, modifying user and many other criteria. Combine any number of search criteria to locate exactly the footage you need. For example: Find all licensed New York footage with sunny weather, made after a certain date. Upon finding the right clips, importing them into your Resolve project is as simple as a double-click when using the panel. Even whole sequences created in the Media Library’s integrated Rough-cut Editor can be imported just as easily.
When using the Media Library Panel to import clips or whole rough-cut sequences into Resolve, all comments made on the footage will be imported as well. This allows for clear and precise communication and bridges the gap between the editorial staff and the editors. Other two-way communication tools include the asset rating function and the possibility to add metadata to the footage.
The Resolve Panel allows you to speed up your offline editing process by allowing you to reuse the proxy files created by the Media Library. With a single click in the Panel, users can download the proxy files of all footage in the project or all footage used in a sequence. This function enables a smooth editing experience while saving time and storage capacity as proxy files do not need to be created by Resolve. When the editing project is finished, a simple click of a button relinks the media to the high-res footage.
Use the panel to start predefined Automation jobs straight from DaVinci Resolve. The wide range of available tasks include automated transcoding, archiving, cloud and file system operations, notifications via e-mail, Slack or via the ELEMENTS Client, and even custom Python and Shell scripts. Precise permission management lets you flexibly decide which user can start which automation and the detailed job log maintains accountability. All tasks will be executed directly on your ELEMENTS system, thereby not clogging-up your workstation performance.
DaVinci Resolve 17 Reference Manual
Did you know that Blackmagic released a full DaVinci Resolve 17 Reference Manual with more than 3500 pages? We have published it together with a list of quick links to individual chapters — check it out here!