Exporting a single frame in DaVinci Resolve is a straightforward process that involves selecting the specific frame, grabbing the still in the Color workspace, and exporting it in the desired format. Understanding the right settings and formats ensures a high-quality export, and exploring additional features like color grading presets can further enhance your video editing skills.
First off, let's understand why you might want to export a frame. How about creating custom thumbnails for your videos? Or what if you need a high-res image for a promotional poster? DaVinci Resolve allows you to do just that, and I believe it's a skill every video editor should master.
In my opinion, the native method inside DaVinci Resolve renders the highest-quality image, although it does take some clicking around to accomplish. Here's how you can do it:
By the way, the default image export format for Resolve is a DPX file, which might not be very useful for most still image applications. You can change this to JPEG or TIFF before exporting.
On the other hand, if you don't need full resolution and just want to grab a quick still for a thumbnail, here's my favorite hack:
This hack works great if high-res isn't a huge concern. It's perfect for thumbnail images that don't need to be more than a certain size and saves you a lot of clicking around in Resolve.
When exporting a frame, you'll encounter various image formats. Let's break down the most common ones:
In other words, the choice of format depends on what you plan on using the images for.
All things considered, being able to export still images from a video clip is a huge win for creating various digital and print materials from your video projects. For instance, you might as well use this skill to become a one-person marketing machine on social media. Furthermore, it's a useful skill for sending preview images to co-collaborators for review and approval.
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Exporting a single frame with an alpha channel might seem tricky, but it's doable. If you've created the alpha channel in Fusion, the "save image" option after right-clicking in the viewer should work. If you've created it in the color or edit page and set in/out on a single frame in the deliver tab, you can get an image with alpha. In Resolve 16, you first have to select "individual clips" instead of a single clip, then a checkbox with "export alpha" will appear. In the newest beta versions of 17, you don't have to select individual clips.
Blurry exports could be due to some odd frame rate conversion or a compression problem from the export. It might be related to the codec that you shot with or the settings on your export. Make sure to check the format, frame rate, codec, and workflow to avoid this issue.