Python 101 For Post: Intro To Python Scripting for DaVinci Resolve

July 3, 2024

In Part 5 of our Python scripting series, you will learn how to connect to Resolve's API, and connect to and manipulate timelines.


Part 5: Getting started connecting Python to DaVinci Resolve

Welcome back to our series on Python scripting. In Part 4, we created a checksum utility for our data management tool. In this Insight, we will move away from external media management operations and start connecting our knowledge of Python to a DaVinci Resolve-specific context.

We create a script that duplicates the current timeline in Resolve. While this may sound basic, we will explore many fundamental concepts, such as identifying which functions can be invoked in the DaVinci Resolve API and how to identify variable parameters, such as the timeline name.

Key takeaways from this Insight

By the end of this Insight, you should understand how to:

  • Find the Developer Documentation within DaVinci Resolve
  • Identify common API functions
  • Find templates to get you started, and then write a custom Python script
  • Create variables
  • Call upon external libraries in Python (sys and datetime)
  • Create a timeline duplication script which automatically adds date and time to the filename
  • Save scripts within ProgramData to easily recall actions from the menubar

External resources mentioned in this Insight

Questions or Comments? Let me know!

Have you been following along in this series? Are there any mundane tasks within DaVinci Resolve you wish to be automated? Let me know in the comments section. I would be happy to consider submissions for future Insights!

– Kaur

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