[SOLUTION] 'You Have Reached a Limitation' On Davinci Resolve

To address the 'You Have Reached a Limitation with DaVinci Resolve' error, disable the Hover Scrub Preview in the Effects options or manually remove the problematic effects from the Templates.drfx file. If these solutions don't resolve the issue, consider reinstalling DaVinci Resolve or upgrading to the Studio version for unrestricted features.

October 3, 2023
[SOLUTION] 'You Have Reached a Limitation' On Davinci Resolve
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You Have Reached A Limitation On Davinci Resolve Studio

The free version of DaVinci Resolve offers a plethora of features, making it a popular choice for budding filmmakers and video editors. However, like any software, users might occasionally encounter limitations or errors that can hinder their creative process. Understanding these limitations and knowing how to navigate or resolve them is crucial to ensure a seamless editing experience.


  1. GPU Issues: DaVinci Resolve prioritizes GPU usage over CPU usage, which can lead to some issues, especially when used on laptops.
  2. Using Certain Effects: The error often appears when users try to use and/or preview certain effects in the free version of DaVinci Resolve.
  3. Project Settings: Some users have reported encountering this error after saving their project in settings like 4K, which might not be supported in the free version.

How To Solve This Issue

Understanding the GPU Priority in DaVinci Resolve

In DaVinci Resolve, the software heavily relies on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) rather than the CPU (Central Processing Unit). To put it simply, think of the GPU as the engine in a sports car and the CPU as the engine in a regular car. DaVinci Resolve prefers the power and speed of the sports car's engine. This preference can sometimes lead to issues, especially if you're using a laptop. Laptops, in general, might not have as powerful a GPU as desktop computers. So, if you're experiencing issues, it's likely because your laptop's GPU is being pushed to its limits.

Identifying the Effects Causing the Error

When you're working in DaVinci Resolve, you might come across an error message that says "You Have Reached a Limitation with DaVinci Resolve." This typically happens when you're trying to use certain effects that are not available in the free version of the software. It's like trying to access a premium feature on a basic account; you just can't.

Disabling the Hover Scrub Preview

Now that you know the cause, let's look into the solution. One of the easiest ways to fix this issue is by disabling the Hover Scrub Preview. Here's how:

  1. Locating the Effects Tab: On the main interface of DaVinci Resolve, you'll find various tabs. One of them is labeled "Effects."
  2. Accessing the Options: In the top right-hand corner of the Effects tab, you'll see three small dots. Click on them.
  3. Disabling the Preview: In the dropdown menu, you'll find an option called "Hover Scrub Preview." Uncheck or disable this option.

By doing this, you're essentially turning off the live preview of effects. It's a bit like muting a video; you still see the content, but you won't hear any sound. In this case, you can still use the effects, but you won't see a live preview.

Manually Removing Problematic Effects

If the above step doesn't solve the problem, no worries, there's another way. You can manually remove the effects causing the error. Here's how:

  1. Navigating to the Templates Folder: Go to your computer's file explorer and follow this path: C:\Program Files\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Fusion\Templates.
  2. Backing Up the Templates File: Before making any changes, always make a backup. Find the Templates.drfx file, right-click on it, and copy. Then, paste it in a different location, maybe on your desktop or in a separate folder.
  3. Editing the Templates File: Return to the original location and cut the Templates.drfx file, then paste it on your desktop. Now, open this file using a program like WinRAR or 7Zip. Inside, you'll find an "Effects" folder. Open it and delete the files related to the effect causing the error. Think of this like removing a specific ingredient from a recipe that you're allergic to.
  4. Restoring the Templates File: Once you've made the necessary changes, cut and paste the file back into its original location.

Reinstalling DaVinci Resolve

If you've tried the above steps and are still facing issues, believe me, the best course of action might be to reinstall DaVinci Resolve. Sometimes, starting fresh can resolve any lingering issues. It's like giving your software a fresh start.

Considering an Upgrade

Lastly, if you frequently encounter limitations with the free version, you might want to look into upgrading to the Studio version of DaVinci Resolve. It offers more features and fewer restrictions. It's like moving from a basic package to a premium one; you get more perks and benefits.