How to Utilize Smart Bins in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 More Effectively

Now, when DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is officially out of beta with this mind-blowing list of exciting new features, we bring you another excellent tutorial produced by Theo of MiesnerMedia that will show you how to manage and organise your footage in no time using smart bins. In essence, it’s a completely automated way of organising media in the Media Pool inside DaVinci Resolve 12.5 that allows users to sort clips based on any of the inherited or user-modified metadata available in the Metadata Editor and Media Pool. In particular, Theo showcases how you can easily deal with a bunch of clips offloaded from three different cameras as well as applying a quick color correction to all the clips right off the bat.

The suggested workflow can be extremely effective on occasions when you need to deal with loads of clips shot on multiple cameras, but it’s also applicable to smaller projects. In fact, Smart Bins can be very sophisticated allowing users to automatically gather clips together using multiple criteria as long as there is enough metadata available to every clip. In this particular case, Theo decides to organise the media offloaded from each of the three cameras in separate bins by using only a short repeatable string of the name of every clip.

To show or hide the Smart Bin area of the Bin list in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 go to Choose View and then select Smart Bins to toggle the visibility of all Smart Bins on and off. Further, to create a Smart Bin, open the Bin list first, then right-click anywhere in the background of the Bin list and choose Create Smart Bin. Enter a name for the bin and use the controls to create one or more filter criteria. Keep in mind that you can have as many filter criteria as you like such as clip’s name, duration, resolution, frame rate, angle, take, bit-depth etc.


Furthermore, you can even option-click on the add criteria filter button in case you want to add nested match option to create a complex set of criteria combined with certain rules. While editing the filter criteria, you will probably notice that the thumbnail timeline automatically updates by showing only the filtered content that you’re looking for. Once you’ve created a Smart Bin it will appear in in the lower half of the Media Pool’s Bin list. Every created Smart Bin can be further modified or deleted according to your project requirements.


Additionally, once you’ve organised your files in separate smart bins, it will be a lot easier for you to select all the clips in a Smart Bin and apply a LUT or do some sort of primary color correction so that you’ll be able to continue your post-production  workflow further.

[source: MiesnerMedia]

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