How to Use Free Film Overlays in DaVinci Resolve for an Old-School Look

How to Use Free Film Overlays in DaVinci Resolve for an Old-School Look

March 08, 2021

Get the nostalgic, old-school feel of aged film and polaroid pictures for FREE! The CinePacks Film Matte Overlay Sample Pack is a must-have for any filmmaker/editor. We created these video effects by scanning rolls of vintage 35mm film in high res, so you know you’re getting the best quality assets to add to your next production. Check out how to use these free effects in DaVinci Resolve, then start editing today! 

First, locate and download the Film Matte Overlays Sample Pack from the CinePacks store (click on Free Packs on the left-side menu) and unzip/extract the files. There are six free video effects that you’ll receive when you get this pack; go ahead and import them into DaVinci Resolve. These free video effects are transparent Apple ProRes files so you can easily drag and drop them over your footage in your timeline. 

To use the split screen video effect in DaVinci Resolve, drag it into your timeline above two separate clips. To fit the clips into the two rectangle frames of the split screen, select one clip, navigate to the Transform tab, and reposition the clip as desired. Next, go to Cropping (in your Inspector tab) and adjust the Crop Right or Crop Left sliders until the clip fits into the frame. To lengthen the film matte overlay frame, simply hold down Alt and drag the clip to duplicate it as many times as needed.

Repeat the same process using four separate clips with the Split Quad frame in the film overlays sample pack.

To help organize your timeline, you can select your multiple clips, right click, and select New Compound Clip to combine them all into one element. 

If you’d like to implement the free video transition included in this free pack, drag the animated 3D transition into your timeline and position it between your two clips. To further enhance this effect with some animation, select Transform under your effects and drag it onto your first clip. Under your Transform tab, zoom in on the clip a bit and keyframe it at the start of the transition.

Move forward a few frames until the clip disappears. Zoom the clip out a bit so it fits into the frame, the drag the Motion Blur under your Effects tab to 1. Now when you play it through, the clip will move in time with the frame throughout the video transition. (This process can be repeated with your second clip as well.)

Another free video effect included in this free pack is a film reel animated frame. You can make this effect look more authentic by duplicating your clip twice and stacking the copies on top of one another in the timeline. Then, drag the two copies to the right and left and position them within the frames to make the clip look like an actual film reel.

There’s a lot you can do with the Polaroid PNGs included in this free pack as well! Drag the Polaroid PNG frame on top of your footage in your timeline and resize the footage so that it fits inside the frame. Then, navigate to your Effects tab and select Stop Motion Effect. Drag it onto your clip to give it a more “choppy” and vintage look. 

Next, select your clip and the PNG and right click to create a new compound clip. After the two clips have been combined into one, you can add a second clip into your background; you can also use your keyframes to animate your compound clip and give it some movement. 

Add another stop motion effect by right clicking your compound clip and selecting New Compound Clip again. Then drag the Stop Motion effect on top of it for a rough, old-school look.

Visit the CinePacks Store to Find More Video Effects for DaVinci Resolve 

Head to our CinePacks store for even more video effects to use in your next project! Here you’ll find plenty of amazing film-inspired tools, including our Super 8mm Film Overlay pack and our Dirty Film FX pack. We also offer a variety of free video effects, free PNGs, free LUTs, and free video transitions for DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other editing programs. Reach out to us if you have any questions about how to use our video effects and tag us in your videos so we can see how you used our assets! 

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