If you’re a beginner or newcomer to DaVinci Resolve (version 18.5, 18, 17, etc.), then today’s guide will help you to achieve fade to black – an essential storytelling technique.
Fading in or out to black is generally used to open and end a scene or a video so that the opening and ending are not abrupt. It can also convey a change of location or passing of time based on your edit.
To fade to black in DaVinci Resolve, go to the “Edit” page. In the timeline, hover the mouse over the upper right-hand corner of the video clip till you see a white handle. Drag the handle to the left. This is fade out to black.
Let’s explore the fade to black technique in detail – step-by-step, with pictures.
How to Fade Out Video To Black in DaVinci Resolve?
- Go to the “Edit” page, which contains your timeline.
- Hover the mouse over the upper right-hand corner of the video clip till you see a white handle (called a fade handle).
- Click on the handle and drag it to the left. This is your fade-out.
What to do If You Can’t See White Fade Handle Over the Clips in DaVinci Resolve?
If you can’t see the white fade handle, expand your timeline by clicking on the plus button (zoom in) above the timeline. This should enlarge your clip horizontally.
Then position your mouse over the left side of the track (over the track header) and then press “Shift” and scroll up/down your middle mouse button till it expands vertically.
This makes your clip big such that the white handle is now revealed when you place your mouse over the clip.
How to Fade In To Black in DaVinci Resolve?
To fade into black in DaVinci Resolve, go to the “Edit” page, which contains your timeline. Hover the mouse over the upper left-hand corner of the video clip or image till you see a white handle. Drag the handle to the right. This is your fade-in to black.
Fade-in is a very good technique to open a video or a new scene.
What is the Shortcut for Fade Out in DaVinci Resolve?
The shortcut for fade out to black is “Ctrl + t” (or “Cmd + t”) which places a cross dissolve (defined in the default transition) at the edit points.
How to Add Fade Out to Black in Multiple Clips in DaVinci Resolve?
- Go to the “Edit” page.
- Go to the “Effect” > “Video Transitions” > “Dissolve” > Right-click on “Dip to Color Dissolve” and select “Set as Standard Transition”.
- Select all the clips that need fade-out transition either by “Ctrl” clicking or “Shift” clicking them in the timeline.
- Then press “Ctrl +t” (or “Cmd + t”).
- Instantly the transitions are placed in all the edit points!
Make sure the “Dip to Color Dissolve” has “Color” as black in the “Inspector” tab before applying it to multiple clips.