DaVinci Resolve terms

Offline Reference Clip

A clip that serves as a visual reference for material that is not currently online or available in the media pool.

What is an offline reference clip in DaVinci Resolve?

An offline reference clip in DaVinci Resolve is a pre-edited version of a video or film that is used as a guide or reference during the color grading process. This clip is typically provided by the editor or director and is used to ensure that the final color grading aligns with the creative vision for the project.

The offline reference clip is not used for any actual editing or color grading in DaVinci Resolve. Instead, it serves as a visual guide that can be viewed side by side with the footage being graded. This allows the colorist to match the look and feel of the reference, ensuring consistency and accuracy in the final product. It's called "offline" because it's not part of the actual editing timeline, but rather a separate file used for reference.

How to use offline reference clip in DaVinci Resolve?

To use an offline reference clip in DaVinci Resolve, you first need to import the reference clip into your project. You can do this by going to the "File" menu, selecting "Import File", and then choosing your reference clip. Once the clip is imported, you can drag it onto your timeline.

Next, you need to link the reference clip to your offline clip. To do this, select the offline clip in your timeline, then go to the "Clip" menu and select "Link Offline Reference Clip". A window will appear where you can select your reference clip. Once you've selected the clip, click "OK". Now, your offline clip is linked to your reference clip, and you can use it as a guide while editing.

Remember, the offline reference clip is just a guide and won't be included in your final export unless you specifically include it. It's a useful tool for comparing your edits to the original footage or for matching shots between different takes or scenes.

Why is my offline reference clip not working in DaVinci Resolve?

There could be several reasons why your offline reference clip is not working in DaVinci Resolve. One common issue could be related to the file format or codec of your reference clip. DaVinci Resolve supports a wide range of formats, but not all. If your clip is in a format that DaVinci Resolve doesn't support, it won't be able to read it. You may need to convert your clip to a different format or codec.

Another possible issue could be related to the location of your reference clip. If the clip has been moved or deleted from its original location, DaVinci Resolve won't be able to find it. Make sure your clip is in the correct location and try again. Also, check if the software is updated to the latest version as outdated versions may have bugs or compatibility issues. If none of these solutions work, it might be a good idea to reach out to DaVinci Resolve's customer support for further assistance.

Can I import an offline reference clip in DaVinci Resolve?

Yes, you can import an offline reference clip in DaVinci Resolve. This feature is particularly useful when you want to compare your current edit with a previous version or a reference from another source. To do this, you need to import the reference clip into your media pool.

Once the clip is in your media pool, you can then add it to your timeline. You can place it on a video track above your sequence and use the 'Offline Reference Clip' feature to compare it with your current edit. This allows you to visually compare your work with the reference, making it easier to match shots or maintain continuity.

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