by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
DaVinci Resolve is my goto video editing software but I’m often frustrated with the complex and expansive command set. There’s no denying, the cost is excellent (free or $300 for a lifetime licensed version) and there’s a huge base of users who share tips and tricks to make learning the software easier, like one of my favorites, MrAlexTech. But despite Alex’s fine presentation of tips and tricks, I always find myself asking, now where is that freeze frame command (or insert any other command)? But I’ve found my solution!
It’s time for me to share another tool I use to create my retro-computing content.
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Title: Supercharge DaVinci Resolve with Paletro for Mac OS
Throughout the entire video I call Paletro, Paletor. Why? I have no idea and I didn’t have the wherewithal to rerecord. Please accept my apologies for being lazy but I trust it won’t distract from the value of this video.
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Obsidian, Sublime Text, and Visual Studio Code users power their way through these apps using a command palette. In both programs, the command palette activates when you hit a shortcut similar to
p. When the palette displays, the user types the first few letters of a command the command reveals available software options. The command palette is unique to specific software; unless you are a Mac user.
While listening to the Mac Power User’s podcast, the guys mentioned the software Paletro, a $7 Mac OS X application and available on SetApp). Paletro provides command palette access to every Mac application, they promised.
I was intrigued, researched the app, and said, “this would be awesome with DaVinci Resolve.” Why DaVinci Resolve? Because that software is inundated with commands in the pull-down menus and I can NEVER remember where things are located or their keyboard shortcuts.
DaVinci Resolve does not include a command palette. It does include a help function that searches available commands, but you need to mouse up to the menu select it and then type the name of the command. With Paletro, I activate the app, type a few letters, and BOOM!
Let me show you you how it works with these ten examples that supercharge my workflow:
This is a small sampling of the power of pull-down menu access using Paletro. Prior to Paletro, I would use the mouse. Sure DaVinci Resolve includes keyboard shortcuts, but Paletro simplifies and reveals commands.
Here’s one last use case example. Let’s say you know there’s a command in the Edit menu but you can’t remember the name. Paletro can reveal it:
editand an arrow will appear next to the word.
→and Paletro will display the commands in that menu.
Paletro works with DaVinci Resolve but it is important to note that this software works with any Mac OS software. If a title includes its own command palette, Paletro has a preference option to deactivate.
Speaking of preferences, here are a few others:
Paletro is valuable for content creator on a Mac beyond video editing. For instance, I do all my writing in iA Writer, which does not include a command palette, and I have several keyboard shortcuts in my muscle memory but for the commands that I don’t have memorized, Paletro discovers them to make learning the app faster and using the app easier.
If you find Paletro useful for your workflow, post a comment below. If you are interested in another video tool I use, check out my Use a USB Webcam with an ATEM Mini and the RBGLink TAO 1tiny video. If you need more of my retro-computing content, check out Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 2022 video.
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