Here’s another tip to make your life easier when editing and grading your projects with DaVinci Resolve.
This time, I want to tell you about the 3 buttons of your mouse, and the not so popular use of Middle Click.
It is! Keep reading, because you might discover stuff you didn’t know before (except if you actually read DaVinci Resolve’s manual. But maybe don’t read the manual and just read my articles and come to my workshops).
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MY MOUSE AND ME
I’m a keyboard editor.
Doesn’t matter the software I use (DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, FCP X), I prefer to use the mouse as little as I can. Keyboard commands, once you master them, have a lot of benefits. The Keyboard is more accurate. Our hands don’t get as tired. And we look a lot more professional!
Now: in postproduction and grading duties, I use the mouse, obviously, a lot. I’m constantly jumping from window to window, Right clicking, Left clicking, drawing masks, manipulating bezier curves, etc..
The Color Tab in DaVinci Resolve is a very graphical inter-face, and makes the use of the mouse important.
I’ve tried other similar devices, like graphic tablets and the like, but they just don’t work for me. I prefer a good, comfortable mouse, and that’s what I normally recommend to my students.
Editing or grading using the track-pad of a laptop… Well, that… I hate it with all my energy!
A matter of taste, I guess.
But, using a track-pad… No way!
LEFT CLICK, RIGHT CLICK, AND…
In DaVinci Resolve we find the common use of Left click and Right click.
We use Left click to select an element, or to add points to a mask, curve, etc..
Right click on an element or window will usually show us the action and option we can do on/with that element where we click. For example, in the Color Tab we can Right click on a Clip, to create a new Version of the grade.
We also find some less obvious uses of Right clicking, that some users are not aware of.
For example: to delete a point in a curve, we Right click on it:
DISCOVER MIDDLE CLICK!
The majority of mouses out there have a button in the centre, or a small wheel that is also a button. You follow me, right?
We call that the Middle button, and clicking on it, Middle click.
If you have a mouse from Apple, like the Power Mouse, or Mighty Mouse, or Magic Mouse (whatever is called), then you spent around 50 Euros for a mouse that can’t do Middle Click.
Sorry. Can’t help it! Back to the article:
To solve that with Apple mouses, there are some apps you can download to program gestures, so you can assign a gesture to the action Middle Click.
Now: in you have a regular mouse with Middle button, there are some useful things you can do with it in DaVinci Resolve.
If you use any other device, like a graphic table, the equivalent button to Middle click is usually called “Button 3”.
ACTIONS YOU CAN DO WITH MIDDLE CLICK
Pay attention now!
This might change your life!
- If the Middle button of your mouse is also a wheel, you can scroll the wheel to zoom-in and zoom-out on an image, for example, in the viewer. Super fast way to zoom in and out.
Now: once we’re zoomed-in, how do we move around the frame?
My students ask me this a lot, and we still don’t have a Hand tool, like in other places and programs, to move around.
And the answer is, Middle click!
- When you’re zoomed-in in the Viewer, you can Middle click, leave the button pressed, and drag the mouse around to move around the image.
There it is!
Other uses of Middle click:
- Edit Tab. When we are in the Timeline, we can again Middle click, keep it pressed, and drag to the left or to the right, to slide the Timeline in the direction we need.
OK, this last one is not the most amazing use of Middle click, but let’s discuss a very handy use:
- Color Tab. We can Middle Click to translate (copy) the grade from one Clip to another Clip. This is how we do it: first, we select the clip (or clips) to which we want to apply the grade to. Then, we go the the Clip whose grade we want to use as reference, and we simply Middle Click on it. After this, the Clip or Clips we selected first have the same grade, including every node.
This is actually a Command called Apply Grade. We also find it if we Right Click on the Clip whose grade we want to use as reference. Middle Click just makes this easier.
And finally, the most vital and important use of Middle Click, and also one of the most frequent questions from my students:
In the image below, I have a mask (Window), drawn on the snow of a hill. But, when I was drawing the mask, I sneezed, and so my drawing ended up like this:
So, how can we delete that problematic point?
Right clicking on it and selecting something like “Delete Point”? Using a particular combination of keyboard commands?
Mouse cursor on the point, and we… just… Middle Click!
To delete points, you can also press Control + Shift, then lasso one or more points, then delete. But middle click is way faster!
And there you have some things you can do with that little, frequently ignored Middle button of your mouse!
If you have questions, write a comment below!
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