Insider Tips: Sync Multi-Camera Footage with DaVinci Resolve’s Sync Bins

Every week, Frame.io Insider asks one of our expert contributors to share a tip, tool, or technique that they use all the time and couldn’t live without. This week, Charles Haine looks into best practice for syncing multiple cameras in DaVinci Resolve with Sync Bins.


Using Sync Bins for multiple cameras in DaVinci Resolve

Syncing multi-camera footage together has traditionally been something of a pain. (Premiere Pro users might check out Chris Tennant’s article on the topic.) You’d run a slate on set then have to manually sync up each clip in post production to create a multi-clip for faster editing. In recent years, timecode has become more affordable and easy to implement for a wide variety of productions, making it one of the fastest ways to work with multi-camera footage. Run matching timecode to all your cameras, and in post they stick together.

A Resolve Sync Bin containing multi-camera footage.
Drop your multi-camera footage into a Resolve Sync bin.

Generally this involves highlighting the clips you want to sync and clicking, at least. But Resolve has made it even faster with the creation of a sync bin. The sync bin—viewable in the “cut” page—automatically syncs video with timecode when you put video in that bin. Provided every camera has a unique filename, and matching timecode, Resolve syncs it all together for ultra fast multi camera editing.

Sync on set

On set, ensure that the timecode is matching between all the camera and audio devices. This can be incredibly easy using a recording device like a MixPre10 unit that “feeds” timecode over SDI, and Blackmagic cameras that “eat” timecode over SDI, making it a simple setup. You can also use tools from companies like Tentacle and Deity that allow you to coordinate your timecode in simple and affordable ways.

DaVinci Resolve's sync bins
The Clip Attributes panel showing frame sync.

With your audio file and picture files now running the same timecode, you can drop them straight into the timecode bin. The bin takes that timecode, recognizes that it’s on multiple shots, and automatically turns it into a multi-clip ready for multi-camera editing.


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Charles Haine

Charles Haine is the Interim Program Director for the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College. He has been a filmmaker and entrepreneur working in the motion picture industry since 1999, and received his MFA from USC in 2006. Haine founded the Academy Award and Emmy nominated production company Dirty Robber in 2008, directed the feature film Angels Perch, the websites Salty Pirate, and countless shortform projects including a music video for Fitz & The Tantrums.

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