How To Export MP3 With DaVinci Resolve - FreeVisuals

To export MP3 audio in DaVinci Resolve, navigate to the Delivery tab, choose the 'Audio Only' preset, and select MP3 as the format in the Audio settings. Add your project to the Render Queue and click 'Render All' to complete the process and locate your exported file.

December 20, 2023
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DaVinci Resolve MP3 Export Tutorial

When I first started using DaVinci Resolve, my primary use was for mashing up songs, creating podcasts, and working on various audio-focused projects. This experience led me to appreciate the critical role of efficiently exporting audio, specifically in the MP3 format, which is a common requirement for a range of digital media endeavors. Exporting audio in MP3 format from a video editing software like DaVinci Resolve, while may seem straightforward, can be daunting, especially for beginners or those transitioning from basic editing tasks to more complex ones.

This article specifically addresses the need to export audio as MP3 files from DaVinci Resolve - a powerful feature that turns your multifaceted video projects into pure audio formats. This process is vital for content creators who are looking to distribute their work in audio platforms, be it for podcasting, music production, or sharing audio clips. Understanding this export process ensures that your audio retains the desired quality and is compatible with various audio playback devices and platforms.

In the following sections, we break down the process into detailed steps, ensuring clarity and ease of understanding for beginners. We start by guiding you through navigating to the Delivery tab, which is the starting point for all export-related actions in DaVinci Resolve. Then, we discuss selecting the 'Audio Only' preset, fine-tuning the audio settings for optimal quality, and choosing the right format between Wave and MP3 based on your project's needs. Additionally, we cover the crucial steps of setting the audio codec and bit depth, selecting output tracks, and the process of adding your project to the Render Queue for final output. Each step is articulated with precision, keeping in mind the beginner's perspective, and ensuring that they can follow along with ease and confidence.

Navigating to the Delivery Tab for Export Settings

audio export settings

When you're ready to export your audio project as an MP3 from DaVinci Resolve, the first step is to navigate to the Delivery tab. This tab is your control center for all things export-related. It's located at the bottom of the interface, identifiable by a small icon resembling a clapperboard. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, simply press "Shift + 8", and you'll be taken there directly. This is where your vision for the project starts to materialize into a tangible output.

Selecting the 'Audio Only' Preset

In the Delivery tab, you'll notice a variety of preset options. Your goal here is to select the "Audio Only" preset, which is designed for projects where the audio component is the sole export focus. This can typically be found by scrolling through the presets on the right side of the interface. It's crucial to choose this preset, as it automatically configures your export settings to prioritize audio, eliminating any video components from the final output.

Fine-Tuning the Audio Settings

Once the "Audio Only" preset is active, your next step is to dive into the audio settings. This is where the magic happens, allowing you to customize the quality and format of your audio export. Look for the "Audio" tab in your settings panel – it's here that you'll make critical decisions about your file format. You have two primary options: Wave and MP3. Wave is the go-to for maximum audio quality, ideal for situations where clarity and richness of sound are paramount. MP3, on the other hand, offers a more compact file size, making it suitable for easy sharing or streaming. This choice depends largely on your project's needs and the expectations of your audience.

Setting the Audio Codec and Bit Depth

Adjusting audio waveform

For MP3 exports, DaVinci Resolve sets the codec to MP3 by default. However, you have control over the "Bit Depth" setting, which directly impacts your audio quality. The maximum Bit Depth in Resolve is 192 Kb/s, balancing quality with file size effectively. If you opt for the Wave format, select "Linear PCM" as the codec and consider a Bit Depth of 24 or 32 for pristine audio quality.

Selecting Output Tracks

The "Output Track 1" dropdown menu in your audio settings panel is where you define how your audio tracks will be rendered. If you have a single track, setting it to "BUS 1" will render the audio as heard through the master channel. However, if you want to export specific tracks, select "Timeline Track" and specify the tracks you need. For projects with multiple audio layers, choosing "All Timeline Tracks" will export each one as a separate file, giving you maximum flexibility in post-production.

Adding to Render Queue and Finalizing

With your settings dialed in, click “Add to Render Queue”. This action places your project in the queue for final rendering. You can review your queue, make adjustments if necessary, or proceed to render. Hit the “Render All” button to commence the export process. Once completed, DaVinci Resolve offers an option to directly access the file location. Right-click on the completed job in the Render Queue and select "Open File Location" to find your exported MP3 file.