Using Multiple Playheads – Working Faster In DaVinci Resolve’s Color Page

August 31, 2020

Learn how to accelerate your color grading in DaVinci Resolve's Color Page by using multiple Playheads to quickly navigate the timeline.


Playheads: A Fantastic (but semi-hidden) Color Page Feature

Recently, in one of our Office Hours slack chats, the topic of multiple playheads in DaVinci Resolve came up – and I realized that a lot of colorists don’t know this feature exists. Or, if they do know about, they aren’t using it to its full potential.

Multiple playheads have tons of great uses – but it gets forgotten about easily, because in a default Resolve installation they aren’t mapped to any keyboard shortcuts. Using playheads as menu commands can really slow you down and you will abandon that feature.

BUT, mapping the playhead functions to keyboard shortcuts or to Stream Deck keys, my personal favorite, makes them a lightning-fast method to navigate your timeline.

In this Insight I’ll walk you through how to:

  • Bind playhead commands to keyboard/Stream Deck shortcuts
  • Use playheads to help match shots in a scene
  • Navigate the Color Page’s Lightbox faster and easier by using playheads as bookmarks
  • Adjust multiple parts of a long take using playheads

For Premium members, I’ve also included my Stream Deck playheads layout – In case you want to give it a try.

Related Tutorials

In this Insight I mention several related concepts. Here are a few Insights on those concepts, if you’re unfamiliar with those terms or need a better understanding of them:

As always, leave any comments or questions below!



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