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6 Easy DaVinci Resolve Effects for Your Next Video

Additionally, you’ll learn how to stabilize your video, apply effects, create basic animation and remove the green screen!


Here’s the quick and efficient way to stabilize your footage in DaVinci Resolve.To do that, go to the Color Page and go to the Tracker Panel.

Switch to the Stabilize menu and increase the Strength amount below to 100(automatically it’s set to 0.25).

You can additionally activate the Camera Lock checkbox if you want the clip to be completely steady.  

The last thing, you can customize the stabilization - click on the three dots on the upper-right corner of your Tracker.

Open the menu and select the Classic Stabilizer. Here you’ll get additional checkboxes, like Pan, Tilt, Zoom and Rotate - you can uncheck any of them to keep specific parameters of your video.

If you have any moving objects in your clip you don’t want to stabilize, switch to the Interactive mode below and select the Insert tool next to it, to highlight the area where you have the objects.

Click on the Delete button, so this area won’t be used in stabilization.

Now, just hit the Stabilize button, so DaVinci Resolve will analyze your video.

Dynamic Zoom

Quick and efficient Dynamic Zoom effect in DaVinci Resolve and how to create it.To apply the effect, select your clip and go to the Inspector>Video.

Here you’ll see the Dynamic Zoom mode you need to turn on.

DaVinci Resolve will automatically apply a zoom out effect, which you can change if you’ll press the Swap button.

Additionally, here we can apply several zoom modes - click on the Dynamic Zoom Ease and select on of the options.

Here we have Linear, Ease In, Ease Out, Ease In and Out modes to choose from.

Linear zoom keeps the same speed of the video, Ease In starts slow then increases the speed closer to the end of the video, Ease Out starts fast and slows down closer to the end of the video and the last one, Ease In and Out, combines the two previous modes.

To modify the effect further, select your clip and click on the arrow under the viewport and select Dynamic Zoom.

You’ll get 2 rectangles on your video, green and red. The green one shows where the video will start, and the red one where it will end.

Decreasing the red rectangle, we’ll make the zoom much closer to the zone we highlighted.

If we change the green box size, the zoom will start from the area we’ve highlighted inside of the green box.

In the same way, we can add even more customization - make green and red boxes the same size and place on the left and right parts of your video.

DaVinci Resolve will create a dynamic zoom animation, moving the screen from left to right during the whole video.

Chroma Key

To remove the green screen in DaVinci Resolve, go to the Fusion tab.

Next, go to Effects and select Delta Keyer.

To apply the effect, just drag it between your In and Out Nodes.

After that, move to the Inspector>Key and click on the Background Color.

Use the Pick Screen Color button to activate the color picker. After that, click on your background color. Once the color is selected, press OK.

As you can see, DaVinci Resolve removed the area with the color you’ve selected.If the result was inaccurate, you can additionally go to View Mode>Matte.

Here you can change the Threshold amount to increase the Matte contrast - it will add opacity to your clip, removing the color even more precisely.

Dolly Zoom Effect

An impressive way to show off your footage and get to the basics of animation!

To create this effect, visually turn the first frame of your video into the last frame of your video.

Go to the first frame and compare it to the last one, use Zoom and Position properties to change your first frame.

After your first and last frames look alike, just click on the dots next to the Zoom and Position properties to create the keyframes.

Finally, go to the last frame and reset the keyframes back to the initial state.

You’ve created a Dolly Zoom effect!


Here’s the super easy effect you can add to your videos to make them look painted or more comic.

After you’ve added the footage to DaVinci Resolve, go to the Color tab.Create a new Node and raise the saturation to 100%.

Now, go to the Effects library and search for the Watercolor effect.

Drop it to your video:

You can also add this effect in Fusion - just add a Watercolor Node between Media In and Out Nodes.

To customize the effect, you can go to Inspector>Watercolor>Controls and adjust the Smoothness to your liking. Also, try to switch Channels to RGB for different effect results.

Outline/Edge Detect

Here’s a quick way to add an Outline to your video and make it look more interesting.

Duplicate your clip and drag the Edge Detect effect on the top of your copy.

Go to the Effects and under the Edge Detect>Mode select Grayscale Edges.

Go to the Inspector>Video and increase the size of your clip and change the Composite Mode to Add.

To Sum Up

Hope these effects were useful! If you liked this guide, read more about how to speed ramp, change framerate, export, apply LUTs or use DaVinci Resolve!

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