As DaVinci Resolve grows into a more viable editing platform, it’s important to be able to easily shuttle elements like timelines between projects. Here’s how to go about it.

The Blackmagic team has made major improvements in DaVinci Resolve 12 to better support nonlinear editing, making it easier to shuttle elements like timelines and their clips between projects. In addition to accessing saved stills and their grades through the Gallery, Blackmagic has added support for loading multiple projects into memory, which makes sharing information between projects easier.

The way to achieve this is through Dynamic Project Switching (hereafter referred to as DPS).

DPS enables multiple projects to be loaded into RAM. With DPS, a colorist can copy and paste clips, timelines, and node settings from one project into another. When you paste a timeline, the corresponding clips will also be pasted over. Clips can be pasted into the project’s Media Pool or timeline. Loading projects into RAM and switching between them becomes quicker than the normal method of copying and pasting between projects.

Right-click anywhere in the Project Manager to bring up the option to turn on DPS.

Enable Dynamic Project Switching
Dynamic Project Switching is a new feature in Resolve 12, located way near the bottom as a toggle option inside the Project Manager.

Continue to open projects you need in the Project Manager. Checkboxes appear next to each open project.

Open Project Checkboxes
With DPS activated, multiple checkboxes appear next to each active project.

To switch between projects, select Switch Project from the File menu, or choose a project under the drop-down menu in the center of the interface.

Dynamic Project Switching
Switching between projects is located in the center of the interface.

DPS remains on until it’s turned off, even if Resolve is quit, so it’s good organizational practice to turn it off at the conclusion of a project or when you’re finished with that project’s elements. If Resolve becomes sluggish, use Close Projects in Memory to free up RAM in the Project Manager. You’ll be prompted to save any open projects.

Close Projects in Memory
Close Projects in Memory neatly tidies up the system RAM.

Alternately, you can close specific projects by choosing Close Project under the file menu.

Close Project
Closing individual projects can be accomplished from the File menu.

I can think of some practical applications of DPS:

  • Working with repeat clients that continue to shoot footage in the same space. Settings from previous jobs can be brought into each new project, especially if extreme looks are used, to save time in grading.
  • Repeat clients who continue to repurpose the same footage for new edits. Timelines or shot sequences can be brought over from older edits. Creating new projects for each edit helps keep the editor-colorist (editorist?) organized.
  • Clients who shoot new footage but want consistent campaigns, down to the tone of white. You can pull in the reference elements you need from previous projects while still placing each shoot in separate projects.
  • There is a heavily-edited graphical treatment that is now being repurposed for each job (since you did such a good job creating it), and it’s easier to grab it from the original job so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Have you had a chance to use Dynamic Project Switching in your workflow? How have you found it useful?