11 Causes & Solutions To Davinci Resolve Crashing [2024]

To prevent DaVinci Resolve from crashing, prioritize updating both the software and your operating system, and optimize your GPU settings. Additionally, be cautious with file codecs, and adjust your scratch disk settings for optimal performance.

December 18, 2023
11 Causes & Solutions To Davinci Resolve Crashing [2024]
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How To Fix DaVinci Resolve Keeps Crashing

If DaVinci Resolve ever crashes before you get the chance to save your project, the frustration can be palpable.

In this guide, I look into the common causes of DaVinci Resolve crashes and, more importantly, how to prevent them. From understanding the role of your GPU to the nuances of file codecs, I'll walk you through actionable steps to ensure a smoother editing experience.

In This Article:

  • The significance of keeping DaVinci Resolve updated
  • Navigating the world of beta versions
  • Ensuring compatibility with your operating system
  • The pivotal role of GPUs in video editing
  • File codecs and their impact on software performance
  • The importance of scratch disk settings and how to optimize them

Why does DaVinci keep crashing?

Causes Solutions
Crashing when importing media Use a Dedicated Graphics Card
Outdated software Update your software
Running a beta version Avoid beta versions
Outdated operating system Update your operating system
GPU issues Update your GPU
File codec issues Change file codec
Scratch disk issues Change your scratch disk
Computer below required specs Ensure you're using the latest version of DaVinci Resolve
Running on the built-in GPU Increase Virtual Memory
Insufficient permissions Use “Compatibility Mode”
Paging file limitations Adjust the size of virtual memory in your system settings

Here are the main causes, along with the solutions for each one. I've included a more elaborated explanation for the tricky ones below.

Updating DaVinci Resolve

Step 1: Check Your Current Version

To ensure you're running the most recent version of DaVinci Resolve, you'll first need to check your current version. Open DaVinci Resolve, and in the top-left corner, you'll see the "File" menu. Click on it, then navigate to "DaVinci Resolve" and select "About DaVinci Resolve." This will display the version you're currently using.

Step 2: Compare with the Latest Version

Now that you know your version, look into the official DaVinci Resolve website or trusted forums to see if there's a newer version available. If there is, it's time to update.

Step 3: Download and Install

On the official website, download the latest version. Once downloaded, follow the installation prompts. Believe me, keeping your software updated can save you from a lot of potential issues.

Avoiding Beta Versions

Understanding Beta Versions

Beta versions are like the "test runs" of software. They're released to gather user feedback and identify bugs. While it might be tempting to use the latest features in a beta version, remember that these versions haven't been fully tested and can be unstable.

Switching Back to a Stable Version

If you've installed a beta version and are facing issues, no worries. Simply uninstall the beta version from your system. Then, revisit the official DaVinci Resolve website and download the most recent stable version. Install it, and you should be good to go.

Operating System Compatibility

Why It Matters

Your operating system (OS) is the foundation on which DaVinci Resolve runs. If the foundation isn't stable or compatible, you bet there will be issues.

Checking and Updating Your OS

To check your OS version on Windows, press the Windows key, type "About," and select "About your PC." You'll see the OS version listed. If you're on a Mac, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner and select "About This Mac." If an update is available, seriously, consider updating. An updated OS not only ensures compatibility but also brings in security patches and performance improvements.

GPU Considerations

The Role of the GPU

In a nutshell, the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is what DaVinci Resolve relies heavily upon, especially for rendering and playback. Think of it as the powerhouse behind the visuals you see.

Integrated vs. Dedicated GPU

Most computers come with an integrated GPU, which is built into the motherboard. However, for tasks like video editing, a dedicated GPU, which is a separate card installed in your computer, is recommended. If you're using an integrated GPU, you might face performance issues or crashes. So to speak, it's like asking a regular car to perform like a race car.

Switching to a Dedicated GPU

If you have both types of GPUs, ensure DaVinci Resolve uses the dedicated one. On Windows, right-click on your desktop, select "NVIDIA Control Panel" or "AMD Control Center," and set DaVinci Resolve to use the dedicated GPU. On a Mac, DaVinci Resolve will automatically use the dedicated GPU if available.

File Codec Compatibility

Understanding Codecs

Imagine you're trying to read a book written in a language you don't understand. That's how DaVinci Resolve feels when you import a file in an unsupported codec, like MP4.

Converting Your Files

Before importing, convert your MP4 files to a more compatible format, like .MOV. There are many free and paid software options available for this. Once converted, import the .MOV file into DaVinci Resolve, and you should face no issues.

Scratch Disk Settings

What's a Scratch Disk?

Think of a scratch disk as a temporary storage space where DaVinci Resolve keeps files it's currently working on. If this space is slow or runs out of room, guess what, crashes can occur.

Setting Up Your Scratch Disk

Open DaVinci Resolve and go to "Preferences." Under the "Media Storage" tab, you'll see the location of your scratch disk. Ensure it's set to a drive with ample space and, if possible, a fast drive like an SSD. If you're working on a big project, consider using an external drive dedicated to this purpose.