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Fairlight in DaVinci Resolve has a full set of automation tools. If you never used Fairlight automation think of them like editing keyframes. You can record/use automation on any of the controls in Fairlight.

To get started we first need to turn on Fairlight automation. Click on the automation toggle.

tun on fairlight automation

A new menu pops up showing the controls we can turn on to start recording automations.

fairlight automation record settings

For this demo I record an automation using pan control for the bird sound fx going from Left to Right. To do this you need to enable pan so we can record that control and then open the audio pan controls. Click on the pan in the mixer to open.

open pan controls

Once you start recording a control you should see part of the control turn red indicating it is now recording.

recording a control

Now when you can hit play and move around the controls and the input will be recorded.

Once done you can view the automations. Since I was recording the light right can we will view that automation recoding.

view automation
view automation recording

Like I said previously you can record any control in Fairlight. A common control to record is the track levels as you can see here.

track levels

You can also draw in automations.

draw in levels

The last thing I wanted to say to keep in mind is you can also record automations on effects and all of the inputs.

automation on effects

About the Author

Justin Robinson is a Certified DaVinci Resolve, Fusion & Fairlight instructor who is known for simplifying concepts and techniques for anyone looking to learn any aspect of the video post-production workflow. Justin is the founder of JayAreTV, a training and premade asset website offering affordable and accessible video post-production education. You can follow Justin on Twitter at @JayAreTV YouTube at JayAreTV or Facebook at MrJayAreTV

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