Hello and welcome creative people!
As a video editor using Da Vinci Resolve on a daily basis, I have had to create a number of custom effects, transitions and titles over the years for my own projects or my clients. I have been thinking recently that, if I needed them, other editors might need them as well, so I decided to create and release packages of presets that I've created, for free.
To start things up, I'm giving away a free Progress Bar preset today. I originally created it for a client video, as a visual aid for a timed exercise as part of an online training video, and I've expanded the preset to make it fit all types of progress bar needs since then. It is perfect for your ads, sponsored segments and other social media videos, so let's get right into it!
Downloading and installing the preset
I uploaded this preset as a free extra on my Buy Me A Coffee, so just follow this link, input your email and you'll be able to download the file. Any donation is appreciated but absolutely not required.
What you'll get is a drfx file, a special Fusion preset file that is extremely easy to install.
Just open your project in Resolve, create a new Fusion Composition and drag the file onto the workspace. Resolve will recognize the file type and ask you if you want to install it, just say yes and voila!
If all goes well, you should easily find the Progress Bar in the generators. If you don't see it, just quit Resolve and open it again.
Using the progress bar
To use it, just drag the effect into your timeline. By default, the effect will last for 5 seconds, but you can drag it to make it longer or shorter, the bar will adapt and take the time you give it to go through the whole screen.
Now, if you open the inspector, you'll see some options to personnalise the bar to your liking.
First, you can choose the type of bar you want. I created 3 different bars you can use: a horizontal one, a vertical one and one that frames the whole screen.
Then you have control over the width of the bar and its color, using the classic Resolve color picker setting.
Finally, for the frame type of bar only, you can make it start anywhere on the screen. It will start by default in the bottom left corner, but that's what the Frame Starting Position setting is for so feel free to play around with it.
By default, the horizontal bar is at the bottom of the screen and goes from left to right. If you want the bar at the top of the screen, or starting on the right side, or both, you can use the native Resolve Transform > Flip settings of the generator:
And you can of course use the same trick for the vertical bar. The default starting point is in the top left corner, going down, but you can make it go up, and/or start on the right side by using the Flip setting.
Finally, all 3 versions of the progress bar are made to work great on portrait style videos as well:
So there you have it, a fully customizable progress bar that you can use freely for all of your editing projects on Da Vinci Resolve. Again, you'll find it on my Buy Me A Coffee page: download link. Let me know if you have any question or request for an upgrade or a new effect, and stay tuned for upcoming presets!
Until next time, stay creative! See ya!
Any kind of support, even a simple "like", is truly appreciated and helps me grow and create more quality content for you to enjoy.
About the author: Pierre Lizet