Nature & Wildlife

 - Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2021-08-27
Sunrise over St Lawrence River - Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park

Video Editing Workflow

Typically, we create a video for each species for which we have captured several minutes of behavior specific to that particular species. Additionally, we produce shorts/reels featuring interesting or humorous events that we were able to capture. On this page, we describe our workflow in DaVinci Resolve, commencing with data import and proceeding through all the essential steps up to the export of the final videos.

Last changed on 2024-03-01

Data Import from Memory Card to Hard Disk

We use Photo Mechanic to quickly transfer media files from the camera's memory card to the hard disk. During this process, Photo Mechanic organizes the files into folders by date and renames them into their final format. Additionally, Photo Mechanic provides an optimized user interface for efficient quality checks.

Videos recorded with a GoPro camera are manually transferred to the hard drive via USB connection using Image Capture. The files are then renamed for consistency with those imported from the camera’s memory card.

Master Settings DaVinci Resolve

The default presets for our initial project settings are always consistent. We typically use a frame rate of 29.97 fps, 1/4th of the footage's original fps. All our footage is recorded at a frame rate of 119.88 fps (NIKON Z6) or 29.97 fps (GoPro). All our produced videos have a frame rate of 29.97 fps. We record with Nikon Z6 at 119.88 fps in order to be able to add slow motion up to 4x in the final video.

Workflow DaVinci Resolve

We create a new project for each visit to a park. The project name consists of date and park name.

At this stage, we have an overview of all the valuable footage and audio recordings. Our plan is to produce a video for each species for which we have collected at least one minute of useful footage. We will also create shorts about interesting or humorous events.

Starting with shorts. We aim to a length of shorts of about 30sec. Shorts may be published in YouTube and as reel in Facebook. Always use original sound of the clip or if necessary and possible recorded the same day in the same park.

Returning back to the species timeline.

Occasionally, we produce a video about a park visit where we use clips from different species timelines and B-rolls from the raw footage timeline.

Checklist and DaVinci Resolve Final Render

Uploading a video, publishing it, and then noticing a minor error? A final review on a uploaded video should prevent this from happening.

Settings for the final render in Deliver screen:

YouTube Shorts / Facebook Reels

To create a YT short, minor adjustments are necessary. Resolution should be 1080x1920, fill clip, UHD not possible. Creating YT Shorts has been topic in two of our streams: