DaVinci Resolve terms

Source Tape

A viewing mode that compiles all your clips into a single "tape" for easy scrubbing through footage.

What is a source tape in DaVinci Resolve?

A source tape in DaVinci Resolve is a feature that allows users to view all their clips in a single, continuous sequence, similar to how footage would appear on a traditional tape. This feature is particularly useful during the editing process as it allows for easy navigation and selection of clips.

The source tape can be customized to include all media in the project or just specific bins. It can also be sorted in various ways, such as by name, date, or camera. This feature is designed to streamline the editing process, making it easier for users to find and use the footage they need.

How to use Source Tape in DaVinci Resolve?

DaVinci Resolve's Source Tape feature allows you to view all the clips in a bin as if they were on a single tape. This is particularly useful for quickly reviewing and selecting shots. To use this feature, first, you need to open the Cut page in DaVinci Resolve. Then, select the bin that contains the clips you want to view. Once the bin is selected, click on the Source Tape button located in the upper left corner of the interface.

After clicking the Source Tape button, all the clips in the selected bin will appear in the viewer as a single, continuous clip. You can then scrub through the footage, make selections, and perform edits as needed. To select a specific clip, simply click on it in the viewer. The selected clip will be highlighted in the timeline, allowing you to easily locate and edit it. Remember, to exit the Source Tape mode, you just need to click the Source Tape button again.

Why is my Source Tape not working in DaVinci Resolve?

There could be several reasons why your Source Tape is not working in DaVinci Resolve. One common issue could be related to the file format or codec of your media. DaVinci Resolve supports a wide range of formats, but not all. If your media is in a format that DaVinci Resolve doesn't support, it won't appear in the Source Tape. You may need to convert your media to a supported format before you can use it in DaVinci Resolve.

Another possible issue could be related to the location of your media files. If DaVinci Resolve can't locate the media files, they won't appear in the Source Tape. This can happen if you've moved the files after importing them into DaVinci Resolve, or if the files are located on a drive that isn't currently connected to your computer. You can resolve this issue by reconnecting the drive or by re-linking the media files in DaVinci Resolve.

Can I customize the Source Tape in DaVinci Resolve?

Yes, you can customize the Source Tape in DaVinci Resolve. The Source Tape is a feature that allows you to view all your clips in a single, continuous timeline, making it easier to review and select footage. You can customize it by choosing which bins or keywords to include in the Source Tape, allowing you to focus on specific parts of your project.

Additionally, you can also use the Source Tape to quickly and easily assemble a rough cut of your project. You can do this by simply dragging and dropping clips from the Source Tape onto your timeline. This feature can be customized to suit your editing workflow, making DaVinci Resolve a flexible and powerful tool for video editing.

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