How to Create Bass Shake Effects & Screen Pumps in DaVinci Resolve 17

DaVinci Resolve 12/07/2021 4 min read

So you just watched an awesome music video and you want to know how to create the trippy bass shake effect and screen pumps in DaVinci Resolve 17. Well, you’re in luck, it is pretty simple! We will be using an adjustment clip and a few of DaVinci Resolve’s built-in Open FX effects to achieve quick results that we can save for use in later projects.

Part 1: Create a Cool Bass Shake Effect

Let’s start by creating the bass shake effect first. We will be using some great clips and music from Motion Array that you can find here:

Stock Video: Download Dancing In The Yellow Office
Royalty-Free Music: Download Future Booty Bass

  1. With your clip and music added to your timeline use the audio waveforms to find the bass beats of the music where you want the shake effect to happen.
  2. With your music clip selected press M to create a marker where the beat is on the clip. You can do this during playback to hear where each beat is. 

Tip: If you do this with your timeline selected the markers will go on your timeline and if you make changes to the clips the markers may no longer align depending on some timeline settings.

  1. In the Effects panel, you will find the adjustment clip. Drag that on top of your footage at the 1st marker. 
  2. Trim the adjustment clip to the length you want the effect to last. Usually, this is fast and could be a second or less.
  3. Now you need to add your 1st effect.  From the Effects panel, add Zoom Blur by dragging it onto the adjustment clip. 
  4. Enable the Open FX Overlay in the Viewer and adjust the center of the effect to where you want it. Now adjust the settings of the effect until you are happy with how it looks.
  5. You can also add Prism Blur or combine both for an even better effect.
  6. All you need to do now is select your adjustment clip and copy it to all the other markers you made. The bass shake effect will now play on each beat.  
  7. To add a bit of variety go to some of your adjustment clips and add or use the Directional Blur effect. This changes up the bass shake effect on alternate beats to give you a great overall look.

Part 2: Create a Screen Pump Effect

Let’s add to the bass shake effects we created above and add a simple but effective screen pump effect in DaVinci Resolve. In this case, we will be adding this effect on the claps in the music. The process is very similar to the one before.

  1. Mark the places on the music clip where you want the screen pump to go.
  2. Place an adjustment clip on the 1st mark like before and adjust the length to how fast you want the screen pump to be.
  3. In the Inspector, turn the Dynamic Zoom on under the Video settings.
  4. You have created a simple screen pump effect. You can adjust the speed by changing the duration of the adjustment clip. Also, adjust the strength of the pump using the Dynamic Zoom overlay in the Viewer.

Part 3: Save Your Bass Shake Effects and Screen Pump

One of the best parts of using an adjustment clip to create these effects is that you can save them for use in any project using power bins in DaVinci Resolve. Here is how to do it.

  1. From the View menu make sure Power bins are enabled so you can see your power bins.
  2. Right-click in your power bin and create a new folder to keep your effects.
  3. Drag the first adjustment clip with the Zoom Blur Shake effect to the power bin folder and rename it.
  4. Now do the same with the other two adjustment clips and you have all 3 effects saved for future use. All you need to do is drag them from the Power bin onto your footage and adjust as needed.

Part 4: 3 Cool Bass Shake & Screen Pump Templates for DaVinci Resolve

Making bass shake effects and screen pumps will enhance your videos, but it takes a lot of time to produce a great overall look. Motion Array templates for DaVinci Resolve offer a great way to achieve a professional look quickly. Have a look at these 3 amazing templates.

1. Clean Promo Opener

A simple, clean opener for your projects timed to music with effects and screen pumps. It’s a fun way to enhance your project, yet it looks very professional. Great for events and promos.

Download Clean Promo Opener Now

2. Stylish Opener

Fast-paced and dynamic, this opener will help you showcase images or videos from sports and fashion to traveling or even family photos. Your viewers will be impressed and never bored.

Download Stylish Opener Now

3. Hit Bounce Transitions

This great transition pack has 32 awesome animated transitions perfect for social media videos from YouTube to TikTok. Use them creatively to add interest to your videos and keep your audience engaged.

Download Hit Bounce Transitions Now

We used an adjustment clip and some built-in Open FX effects in DaVinci Resolve to make two bass shake effects and a screen pump. We also saved them for later use in any project by adding the adjustment clips with the effects to a power bin. You can also use DaVinci Resolve templates offered by Motion Array as a great way to add a professional look and complex effects to any of your projects.