DaVinci Resolve Copy & Paste: (Quick Tips to Save a Ton of Time)

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Knowing how Copy and Paste works in DaVinci Resolve can save a ton of time and rework.

Today, we’ll see how the copy-paste works across different tabs in Resolve, namely – Edit, Color, Fairlight and Fusion.

Without wasting time…

Let’s get started.



Edit Page

Learn how to copy, paste clips and attributes in the same track, different tracks, across different timelines, etc.

How to Copy and Paste Clips on Edit Page in DaVinci Resolve

Default copy and paste will place the pasted clips after the playhead in the same track inside your timeline.

Select the clip you want to copy. Then:

  • Press “Ctrl + c” (for Windows) or “Cmd + c” (for Mac) – for copying.
  • Press “Ctrl + v” / “Cmd + v” – for pasting.

Copy and Paste Clips in Different Tracks

  • Copy the clips you want.
  • Alt + Click (Windows) or Opt + Click (Mac) on the “Auto Track Selector” icon of your destination track (where the clips will be pasted). This will make your track solo and disable all other tracks. (Alt + Click till you see your track is enabled and rest of the tracks are disabled).
  • Move the playhead to where you want the clips to be copied in the timeline.
  • Paste the clips.

Copy and Paste Clips from One Timeline to Another

  • Copy the clips you want.
  • Click on the “Timeline View Options” and select “Stacked Timelines“.
  • Now you can see all of your timelines.
  • Click on the timeline you want.
  • Alt + Click on the “Auto Track Selector” icon of your required track.
  • Paste your clips!

How to Copy and Paste Attributes or Effects in DaVinci Resolve

In the edit page,

  • Click on the source clip and copy it (“ctrl+c” or “cmd + c”) – This is your intended clip where you’ve done changes in the “Inspector” panel like zoom, crop, etc,.
  • Then right click on the destination clip or group of clips and then select “Alt+V” (Windows) or “Option + V” (Mac)
  • You’ll get “Paste Attributes” window.
  • Select your required options for pasting.
  • Click on “Apply“.
  • It applies the attributes to the destination clips.

How to Copy and Paste Speed Changes or Attributes

If, for example, you change the speed of a clip, say, to 150%. Now you want the same changes applied to other clips. Then…

  • Copy (“ctrl+c” or “cmd + c”) your source clip.
  • Select the destination clip or group of clips and then press “Alt+V” (Windows) or “Option + V” (Mac) to get the “Paste Attributes” window.
  • Select “Retime Effects“.
  • Click on “Apply“. The speed changes will be now copied over to the selected clips.

How to Copy and Paste Audio Attributes in DaVinci Resolve

Inside edit page,

  • Copy (“ctrl+c” or “cmd + c”) your source clip.
  • Right click on the destination clip or group of clips and then select “Alt+V” (Windows) or “Option + V” (Mac)
  • You’ll see “Paste Attributes” window.
  • Under “Audio Attributes” -> Select ONLY the required option, e.g., “Volume”. (Make sure other options are not selected).
  • Click on “Apply“.
  • It applies the attributes to the destination clips.

How to Remove Attributes in DaVinci Resolve

  • Right click on the clip and select “Remove Attributes“.
  • Select the attributes you want removed (or select all of them if you don’t want any attributes applied at all).
  • Click on “Apply“.

How to Copy and Paste OFX Effects on Edit Page in DaVinci Resolve?

If you have OFX effects applied to your clip like Box Blur, Blanking fill, etc,.

  • Then copy the clip.
  • Select your destination clip or clips, and then press “Alt+V” (Windows) or “Option + V” (Mac)
  • You’ll get “Paste Attributes” window.
  • Select only Plugins” option under “Video Attributes”.
  • Click on “Apply“.
  • It applies the OFX effects to the destination clips.

If you are not getting the intended result, then there is one more way to copy your OFX to other clips. It will come under the “Color” page. Read on to know more.


How to Copy and Paste Timeline in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Go to “Media” tab.
  • Right click on your timeline.
  • Click on “Duplicate Timeline“. (Or “Ctrl + C” / “Cmd + C” and “Ctrl + v” / “Cmd + v”)
  • This will create a copy of your timeline with all the clips and edits.

How to Copy and Paste Keyframes in Edit Page?

Keyframing is inevitable in video editing.

Especially in DaVinci Resolve, the “Inspector” tab makes life easier for keyframing.

So, when you do a lot of tinkering with the various effects like zooming, cropping, transforming ,etc, there arises a need to copy and paste keyframes within the same clip and across various clips.

Copy and Paste Keyframes Across Clips

Let’s suppose, for one of the clips you do a lot of keyframing for zoom.

Now, let’s say, you’d like to copy individual or a few of the keyframes (not all of them) to another clip. Here, if you do “Alt + V”, and select “Zoom” under “Paste Attributes” and “Apply“, then it will paste all the keyframes.

But you don’t want all the keyframes. You want only one or a few of them. You need granular control. If this is the case, then:

  • Select the source clip which has your keyframes.
  • Right click -> Retime Curve. This will open up curve editor.
  • From the dropdown, select your required option, in this case, “Zoom”.
  • Now you can see your keyframes for zoom.
  • With the help of your mouse, drag a box around the keyframes you want to be copy.
  • Those keyframes will be highlighted in red.
  • Copy them -> ctrl + c.
  • Select your destination clip.
  • Right click -> Retime Curve.
  • From the dropdown, select “Zoom”.
  • Now paste -> ctrl + v.
  • You’ll get only the selected keyframes.

Copy and Paste Keyframes Within the Same Clip

  • With the help of your mouse, drag a box around the keyframes you want to copy.
  • Those keyframes will be highlighted in red.
  • Copy them -> ctrl + c.
  • Move your playhead to where you want to copy.
  • Paste them -> ctrl + v.

Alternatively,

  • Select the keyframes.
  • Alt + left click dragging will make a copy and you can drop anywhere within the clip.

Color Page

Learn how to copy, paste nodes, color-grades, power windows, tracking data, keyframes etc.

How to Copy and Paste Nodes in DaVinci Resolve

If you want any corrections done on a particular node of a clip to another clip’s node, then:

  • Click on the source clip.
  • Copy only the required node (ctrl+c).
  • Go to the destination clip, select the node you want, and paste.

Another Method:

  • Right click on the source clip.
  • Click on “Display Node Graph“.
  • Now again click on the destination clip.
  • Chose the required node from the “Node Graph” and drag and drop onto the destination clip’s node.
  • It will apply the corrections.

How to Copy and Paste Color Grades in DaVinci Resolve

After color-grading your clip, you can copy and paste your grades to one more clips:

  • Select all of your destination clips (the clips where you want the grade to be copied).
  • With your mouse, middle click on the source clip (the one which has the color-grading).
  • The color-grades will be copied to your destination clips.

If your mouse doesn’t have center button, then:

  • Select all of your destination clips (the clips where you want the grade to be copied).
  • Right click on the source clip and select “Apply Grade“.

Alternatively,

  • Select your source clip.
  • Right click on the Viewer -> Click on “Grab Still“.
  • Select all of your destination clips.
  • Click on “Gallery” (top left hand corner)
  • Right click on the still you captured earlier and click on “Apply Grade“.
  • The color-grade will be copied over to the selected clips.

Copy and Paste Node Settings from One Node to Another Within a Clip

  • Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) button and left click on the source node (the node whose settings you want copied) and drag.
  • Then drop on the destination node within the clip.
  • The settings will be copied over to the destination node.

Copy and Paste Node Corrections Using Paste Attributes on the Color Page

Using “Paste Attributes“, you can copy grade or corrections of one node to another node in the same clip or to a node of different clip.

On top of it, you can also select the options that you want to copy. To do that:

  • Select the source node which has the corrections and grading.
  • Copy it using “ctrl + c” or “cmd + c”.
  • Select the destination node (in the same clip or a different clip).
  • Press “Alt + v” or “Option + v”.
  • Paste Attributes” window will be displayed.
  • Select your options and click on “Apply“.

How to Copy and Paste Power Windows in Resolve?

If you have a power window created in one of your nodes and want the same window to other nodes, then do the following:

  • Click on the power window you created in one of the nodes.
  • Copy it (ctrl + c / cmd + c).
  • Go to your destination node.
  • Paste it (ctrl + v / cmd + v).

Another way:

  • Select the node where you created the power window.
  • Click on the 3 dots in the “Windows” section.
  • Click on the “Copy Window“.
  • Then go to the destination node.
  • Click on the 3 dots again and select “Paste Window“.

How to Copy and Paste Tracking Data on the Color Page in DaVinci Resolve?

If you have a power window that was tracked using a tracker. And for some reason you add another window (or multiple windows) to the same node, then you can simply copy and paste the track data of the first window to the second one.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Click on the power window (which has tracking information).
  • Click on the 3 dots in the “Windows” section.
  • Click on “Copy Track Data“.
  • Click on the second power window.
  • Again click on the 3 dots in the “Windows” section.
  • Click on “Paste Track Data“.

How to Copy and Paste OFX on the Color Page

If you have a node which has any OFX applied to it, like, Box Blur and you’ve made changes to the Box Blur settings.

Now you’d like to copy the same OFX settings to other nodes within the same clip and to other clips as well. Then do the following:

  • Ctrl + C (Copy) the source node.
  • Select the node you want the settings to be applied (within the same clip or a different clip).
  • Press “Alt + V” to open up the “Paste Attributes” window.
  • Select “OFX” checkbox and click “Apply“.

Fusion Page

Learn to how to copy and paste settings on Fusion page

How to Copy and Paste Node Settings On Fusion Page in Resolve

  • Copy the node which has your effects or settings.
  • Select the node you want to copy your settings.
  • Right Click -> Select “Paste Settings“.
  • The settings will be copied to the new node.

Fairlight Page

Learn to how to copy, and paste clip level and track level effects or attributes on Fairlight page

How to Copy and Paste Audio Attributes or Effects on Fairlight Page

In the Fairlight page, you can copy and paste attributes or effects to

  • Individual clips irrespective of the track.
  • Track as a whole (which can have many clips).

Copy and Paste Audio Attributes to Specific Clips on Fairlight Page

Let’s say, you did some changes (like increasing volume) to one of the clips. Now you’d want to copy this effect to another clip in any of the tracks. Then:

  • Select the source clip and copy it using “Ctrl + C” or “Cmd + C”.
  • Select the destination clip and press “Alt + V” or “Opt + V”.
  • In the “Paste Attributes” window, select “Volume” and click on “Apply”.

Copy and Paste Audio Attributes to the Whole Track on Fairlight Page

Let’s say, you inserted an effect like Reverb to one of your tracks. You did some changes to it. Now you’d like to have the same Reverb settings to other track. Then:

  • Click on the track which has the audio effect (e.g., Reverb). The whole track will be selected.
  • Right Click -> “Copy Attributes“.
  • Right click on the destination track.
  • Select “Paste Attributes“.
  • Select “Plugin” or any other option that is right for you.
  • Apply“.

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