DaVinci Resolve terms

Edit Decision List

A format for specifying edit points, transitions, and other information for a sequence of clips.

What is an Edit Decision List (EDL) in DaVinci Resolve?

An Edit Decision List (EDL) in DaVinci Resolve is a file format that contains a list of all the edits made in a particular video project. It is a crucial tool in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. The EDL is used to communicate the edits from the original raw footage to the final cut, including details about the in and out points of each clip, the transitions between clips, and any special effects that have been applied.

In DaVinci Resolve, an EDL can be imported or exported to move a project between different editing systems or to archive a project. This makes it possible to work on a project in different software or to collaborate with others who may be using different systems. It's important to note that while EDLs carry over the basic edit decisions, they do not include more complex elements like color grading or sound mixing.

How to create an EDL in DaVinci Resolve?

Creating an Edit Decision List (EDL) in DaVinci Resolve is a straightforward process. First, you need to open your project in DaVinci Resolve and navigate to the 'Edit' tab. Once you're in the 'Edit' tab, select the timeline you want to export as an EDL. Then, go to the 'File' menu, select 'Export AAF, XML...' and choose 'EDL' from the dropdown menu.

In the next window, you can customize your EDL settings according to your needs. You can choose the format, video and audio details, and other options. Once you've set your preferences, click 'OK'. Then, choose a location to save your EDL file, give it a name, and click 'Save'. Your EDL will be created and saved to the chosen location.

How to import an EDL into DaVinci Resolve?

To import an EDL into DaVinci Resolve, you first need to start the software and create a new project. Once the project is open, go to the "File" menu located at the top left corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select "Import" and then "Import AAF, EDL, XML...". This will open a new window where you can navigate to the location of your EDL file.

Select the EDL file you want to import and click "Open". A new window will appear with import options. Make sure to check the settings and adjust them according to your needs. Once you're satisfied with the settings, click "OK". Your EDL will now be imported into DaVinci Resolve and you can start working on your project.

What is the purpose of an EDL in DaVinci Resolve?

The purpose of an EDL (Edit Decision List) in DaVinci Resolve is to facilitate the transfer of project data from one software to another. It is a list that contains information about the edits made in a video project, such as the in and out points of the clips used, the order in which they appear, and any effects that have been applied. This allows for the seamless transition of a project from an editing software to a color grading or visual effects software, such as DaVinci Resolve.

In DaVinci Resolve, the EDL is used to reconstruct the project in the exact way it was in the original editing software. This is particularly useful in post-production workflows where different stages of the process are handled by different software. The EDL ensures that the final product is consistent with the original vision of the project, regardless of the number of software or hands it has passed through.

If you use DaVinci Resolve...

You should try Tella.tv - a screen recorder that doesn't compromise on speed or creativity.

Tella simplifies video creation: record, customize, and share in one place; combine separate clips and quickly remove mistakes; apply beautiful backgrounds, layouts, and effects with just a few clicks; share the video link or export in 4K.

With Tella, create product demos, tutorial videos, and online courses that look amazing in minutes, not hours!

Tella screen recorder

< Back to DaVinci Resolve glossary

Try Tella today!

Screen recording for creators — simple and powerful.

7-day free trial — no credit card required