The Scene Detector automatically finds the cuts in your movie so you can color correct each individual cut. It’s super fast and is astonishingly accurate. You simply export a graphics-less version of your project from your NLE, and then bring it into Resolve where it will add in all the edit points so you can color grade.

The one disadvantage to the Scene Detector workflow is the need to re-render the entire project if you need to tweak a single shot. The Resolve XML Workflow and AAF Workflow allows for single shot exports, which allows for more graceful tweaks. The Scene Detector workflow should really only be used when the XML and AAF workflows fail.

Creating a Project via Scene Detector Workflow

  1. Launch Resolve and set your Media Storage Volumes
    1. Open DaVinci Resolve from the dock
    2. Click DaVinci Resolve on the top taskbar and go to Preferences
    3. Add your video location by clicking the + button under Media Storage Volumes and adding your hard drive with the footage
    4. If you are at the Color suite
      1. Set your Video Capture Hardware to Intensity Pro
      2. Set your Control Panel Type to Tangent Devices Wave
    5. Click Save
    6. Quit the App and Relaunch
  2. Initialize your project for scene detection
    1. Click your user
    2. Create a new Project
      1. Click the config tab at the bottom
      2. Click the add button under Project List on the bottom left and give it a logical name
    3. Change your project settings
      1. Change all the timeline and playback settings to match your sequence settings. Make sure the framerate is correct or else your cuts will be off.
    4. Select your media to be Scene Detected
      1. Click the Browse tab on the bottom
      2. Click the location of the footage under media storage
      3. Find your movie under Clip Details, right click it and click scene cut detection
      4. Click the same clip under Clip Details and click Add into Media Pool
  3. Scene Detect your media
    1. Click Start Detection under Automatic Scene Detection
    2. Adjust the sensitivity of the scene detector
      1. Drag the horizontal green dashed line up or down so that it detects the most cuts
      2. Cuts are the white vertical lines, the taller the line the more confident the software is it’s a cut
    3. Delete errant cuts
      1. Click the first cut under Scene details
      2. Click down to verify the cuts and hit Delete under Scene marks to get rid of a cut
        1. The three images up top are the following: Previous frame, Current Frame, Next frame
          1. If the middle and right frames are the same take/cut and the left frame is from another take, you’re good. If all three frames are the same take/cut, delete the cut.
          2. Repeat until the entire movie is free of errant cuts.
    4. Save an EDL by clicking Save EDL under Import and Export List
      1. Click Ok on the Conform Settings box when it pops up
      2. Save in the same folder as your movie, name it your movie and click save
  4. Conform your project
    1. Click the conform tab on the bottom
    2. Under Timeline Management, click load
      1. Navigate to and choose the EDL file you just saved
    3. Name your session next to Session Name
    4. Make sure your EDL framerate matches your video’s framerate
    5. Click ok
  5. Color Grade your Project
    1. Click the Color tab on the bottom
    2. Unlink all the clips by right clicking a clip and selecting batch unlink