How to Ripple Trim From Playhead on the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

Sunday, January 22, 2023
• Published by
Cory McCabe

If you’ve used Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor, you may have noticed that you can’t ripple trim from playhead to the beginning of an edit.

While Blackmagic has designed their keyboard for new workflows, it’s inarguable that the ripple trim from playhead method is the fastest.

Let’s take a look at a creative workaround for how we can ripple trim from playhead to an edit on the Speed Editor.

Step 1: Download Keyboard Maestro

I have scoured the internet for other methods, looking into programming the hardware keys in Terminal (no success), other programs and alternatives, but Keyboard Maestro has been the only one that has allowed me to intro a whole new array of automations for forcing the Speed Editor to have more functions that it’s shipped with.

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Once you do, you’re ready for step 2.

Step 2: Set Up the Automation

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Watch the video to see how you can ripple trim from playhead on the Spped Editor! ⤴

If you want to do this yourself and spend less, continue reading to learn how to set this up!

Now that you have Keyboard Maestro installed, it’s time to set up a macro automation that allows us to ripple trim from wherever your playhead is in the timeline.

  1. Name this Automation
  2. Set the trigger to be Periodically while logged in
  3. Repeat the periodic check to be every 1 second, all days of the week, and set a time
  4. Add an "If/Then/Else" action
  5. Add a 2nd "If/Then/Else” action and nest it inside the first one
  6. Set the IF state to be when “all of the following are true"
  7. The screen: contains: Image
  8. Here is where you’ll want to grab a small screenshot of the active (selected) Cut Page icon
  9. With the screenshot image on your clipboard, you can click on the empty gray square to paste the image
  10. Under “execute the following actions”, and in the next “If/Then/Else” action, set the IF state to "The screen:" “contains:" “Image"
  11. Here is where you’ll grab a small screenshot of your Playhead over a colored Marker
  12. Adjust the clarity slider until the IF state reads “(currently true)” —you’ll want to make sure to drag the Keyboard Maestro application offscreen enough so that the pasted iamge of the isn’t showing, therefore giving you a false positive of “(currently true)”
  13. Add a new action “Type a keystroke"
  14. Set this keystroke simulation to be whatever you have set in DaVinci Resolve for “Start to Playhead"
  15. Add a new action “Click at Found Image"
  16. Paste the same image screenshot you took for the colored Marker behind the Playhead
  17. Add a new action “Type a keystroke"
  18. Set this keystroke simulation to “Delete” (backspace)
Illustration for Step 14

That’s it!

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