Blackmagic Design makes keyboards, panels, and consoles for their most advanced users. These sophisticated hardware tools are the quickest way to operate within Resolve. But, for most editors who are not full-time professionals, DaVinci Resolve keyboard shortcuts can often be the key to getting the job done quickly.
DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keystrokes used to execute specific actions within version 18 of Resolve. They help users perform frequently repeated actions faster, speeding up their work in the process, and are vital to working with maximum efficiency.
This article will list the most valuable Davinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts that every editor should know.
The most essential DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts
DaVinci Resolve 18 is an extensive program with dedicated workspaces for editing, color grading, compositing, audio engineering, and rendering. Because of its selective nature, this list focuses on the editing, color grading, and media handling functions within Resolve.
The tables below list some of the most frequently used DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts within these workspaces. They are grouped by categories, depending on the function they serve.
Windows & Mac users
Note that the “Command” key is specifically for macOS users.
Users of systems other than macOS should replace “Command” with “Control”, then replace “Option” with “Alt”.
These are the most general shortcuts to set up your project in Resolve.
|Minimize Resolve||Command H|
|Minimize all other programs||Option Command H|
|Project Settings||Shift 9|
|Import Project||Command I|
|Export Project||Command E|
|Save Project||Command S|
|Save Project As||Shift Command S|
|Quit Resolve||Command Q|
|New Timeline||Command N|
|New Bin||Command Shift N|
These keys move between different workspaces or bring up different viewers and displays within the different Resolve workspaces.
|Open Media Workspace||Shift 2|
|Open Cut Workspace||Shift 3|
|Open Edit Workspace||Shift 4|
|Open Color Workspace||Shift 6|
|Open Deliver Workspace||Shift 8|
|Full Screen||Shift F|
|Split Screen||Command Option W|
|Toggle between Source/Timeline Viewers||Q|
|Video Scopes||Command Shift W|
These shortcuts are to navigate timelines or play video and audio clips within specific DaVinci Resolve 18 workspaces.
|Toggle between Pause/Start Playback||Space|
|Playback In Reverse||J|
|Fast Forward||Shift L|
|Fast Reverse||Shift J|
|Toggle between Loop/Unloop||Command + /|
|Go to the Beginning of the Timeline||Function Left Arrow|
|Go to the End of the Timeline||Function Right Arrow|
|Got to Previous Clip or Cut||Up Arrow|
|Go to Next Clip or Cut||Down Arrow|
|Go to First Frame of Clip||;|
|Go to Last Frame of Clip||’|
|Go to Previous Frame||Left Arrow|
|Go to Next Frame||Right Arrow|
|Play Around the Current Frame||/|
These shortcuts help set, remove, and navigate around markers used in editing processes.
|Set In Mark||I|
|Set Out Mark||O|
|Remove In Mark||Option I|
|Remove Out Mark||Option O|
|Remove IN and Out Marks||Option X|
|Delete Marker||Option M|
|Modify Marker||Shift M|
|Add and Modify Marker||Command M|
|Go to In Mark||Shift I|
|Go to Out Mark||Shift O|
|Go to Next Marker||Shift Down Arrow|
|Go to Previous Marker||Shift Up Arrow|
|Play Around In||Option Space|
|Play Around Out||Shift Space|
|Play In to Out||Option /|
These are the most common shortcuts used in the editing process.
|Dynamic Trim Mode||W|
|Select Blade Tool||B|
|Select Razor Tool||Command B|
|Toggle between Slip/Slide Mode||S|
|Toggle between Snapping On/Off||N|
|Make Cut||Command X|
|Make Copy||Command C|
|Redo||Command Shift Z|
|Go to Previous Cut Point||V|
|Toggle between Edit Point Types||U|
|Split Clip||Command \|
|Join Clip||Option \|
|Toggle between Enable/Disable Clip||D|
|Select All||Command A|
|Deselect All||Command Shift A|
|Select Nearest Clip or Gap||Shift V|
|Select Forward Clips on this Track||Y|
|Select Previous Clips on this Track||Command Y|
|Place On Top Edit||F12|
|Fit To Fill Edit||Shift F11|
|Append at End of Timeline||Shift F12|
|Trim Start||Shift [|
|Trim End||Shift ]|
These are shortcuts used to make audio and visual transitions and set and manipulate keyframes and nodes.
|Add Transition||Command T|
|Add Video Only Transition||Option T|
|Add Audio Only Transition||Shift T|
|Retime Controls||Command R|
|Add Keyframe||Command [|
|Delete Keyframe||Option ]|
|Go to Next Keyframe||[|
|Go to Previous Keyframe||]|
|Add Serial Node||Option S|
|Add Parallel Node||Option P|
|Add Layer Node||Option L|
|Add Splitter-Combiner Node||Option Y|
|Next Node||Shift Option Apostrophe|
|Previous Node||Shift Option Semicolon|
|Toggle between Disable/Enable Node||Command D|
|Toggle between Disable/Enable All Nodes||Option D|
|Reset Grades and Nodes||Command Home|
|Bypass All Grades||Shift D|
Getting familiar with these shortcuts will help you significantly speed up your workflow within Resolve.
You can also import keyboard set-ups from other editing programs, such as Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, into Resolve. However, remember that Resolve’s extended functions may not be best utilised using these setups.
Finally, you can quickly custom set up keyboard shortcuts within DaVinci Resolve. This way, you can tailor DaVinci Resolve 18 keyboard shortcuts to your unique requirements.