How to Compare Clips in DaVinci Resolve

By May 09,2017 19:11 pm

It is necessary to compare videos with each other for effective color correction. There are three methods to complete this task using DaVinci Resolve. One can either access the difference reference modes to visualize the changes between reference clip and timeline clip. One can also use gallery for displaying two different clips and lastly, it is possible to use split screen controls for generating display of multi frame type arrangements.

The article below will provide you details about how to compare clips using DVR platform.

How to Compare Clips in the same Window?

Section 1: Split Screen using Gallery:

split screen using gallery

Clips that are saved after processing of so many clips can be easily accessed in the gallery of color page. This page can provide services for browsing various pre-saved “looks” and its comprehensive user interface assists in easy importing, save, organizing and browsing stills. Stills in DVR are saved in DPX file format and when you have saved multiple stills then it is possible to generate split screen wipes in Viewer window. The easy to use interface of DVR provides facilities for saving the stills, for easy wipes, for adjustment of wipes and for easy customization.

Section 2: Using Wipe Timeline Clips

Gallery of DVR is commonly used to generate wipes against various reference stills. Note that by simply changing this reference mode users can develop wipes with ease against various clips in the timeline as well as against any offline video. For enabling timeline mode, hit the viewer and then move to reference mode, now select Timeline from available options. The active clip appears in orange colour over DVR window whereas reference clip is of blue color.

Section 3: Using Split Screen Modes:

There is a specific set of split screen modes that can be used to compare various images in viewer window simultaneously. It can provide grid type comparisons as well as side by side comparison between multiple shots. If you want to enable split screen mode on your system then:

1. Hit the split screen button available on top portion of viewer toolbar then select split screen technique from pop-up menu, it is visible at right corner of viewer toolbar.

2. Now select one option from view and go to split screen submenu.

3. Right click over viewer and select option from split screen submenu of contextual menu.

There are seven unique options for split screen mode:
  • The very first option in the list is known as Versions, and it helps to display about 16 versions of selected shot in timeline. These sixteen versions are actually more than enough and it helps beginners to make easy selection about what kind of final looks they desire for their specific clips under processing. Version that you are using currently will be outlines with a gray box on monitor.
  • Versions and Original mode is almost same as that of Versions and they are used to show the upgraded clip for the purpose of comparison. Many of you would like to use this display actively during their editing process because it helps them to know about what kind of changes till now your image has suffered.
  • You will also access the Groups option on this platform and it shows the already discussed 16 clips, they have been manually grouped by editor or colourist. This option will help you to know about the consistency of similar clips in setup. Groups option is commonly used to determine the lighting changes in fast motion.
  • Selected clips option includes all the selected clips of colourists that were selected using command click. It can also work upon 16 clips at a time. This feature is highly useful for determining inconsistencies but works with those clips that cannot be placed in the same clip.
  • Neighbour clips can be accessed directly without grouping or clicking. It helps to show current clip, on which editor is working, in the left corner at lower side of screen. The previous clip of process will be observed in top position whereas next clip of this sequence stays on lower right corner. When these connected images appear on the screen continuously then they help users to make better decisions about light changes and generate perfect tuning between all clips. This feature is highly useful if you are working with locked cut instead if grading dailies.
  • Gallery Grades helps to compare present shot with gallery stills. It helps users to visualize so many editing options and their effects even without committing them on real time basis. Those who have bunch of the PowerGrades in arsenal can process wide collection to check what is best suited to current frame. If you have already applied amazing grading options over shots and are not able to make decision for suitable grade for the next shot and Gallery Grades option can be useful for testing the grades in snap.
  • Last option is Highlight Modes that assists users to visualize detailed information of current shots. You will find graded shot details on the top left corner of screen whereas two types of mattes appear on right quadrants of screen when a node is selected using matte tree. These two options are: high contrast matte and gray matte. Users can set preferences for their desired matte type or they can also see both together. DVR represents comparison between original shot and its graded version at

How to make a Split-Screen video with Wondershare Filmora?

If you are searching for an easy to apply technique to generate split screen videos then Wondershare Filmora can help you to get best results within minimum time. Here are few basic steps to do this task:

Step 1: First of all you have to import your media files to the user interface.

Step 2: Now you have to select your split screen preset from timeline.

Step 3: It is time to add videos to your preset.

Step 4: Simply save your split screen video.

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