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Rendering in DaVinci Resolve: How To (Save Time With This!)

Rendering in DaVinci Resolve is a process that can be as simple or as detailed as you need it to be. For quick results, the Quick Export option offers a fast way to get your video out with recommended settings. If you want more control over the quality and format, Custom Render Settings allow you to manually adjust every aspect of your rendered video.

August 7, 2023
Rendering in DaVinci Resolve: How To (Save Time With This!)
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How To Export DaVinci Resolve

So you've been working with DaVinci Resolve for a few months now, and you're ready to dive into the world of rendering. What if I told you that rendering is not as complex as it seems? In my opinion, understanding the rendering process is crucial for every video editor, and I'm here to guide you through it.

What Is Quick Export?

Quick Export is a feature that allows you to render your video quickly without choosing specific settings. To be honest, if saving time is more important than video quality, this is a great option. In other words, it's a fast way to get your video out there without fussing over details.

How to Use Quick Export

  1. Complete Your Project: Make sure all your edits have been implemented.
  2. Click File > Quick Export: A window will pop up with recommended export settings.
  3. Choose Compression Formats: You can choose from H.264, H.265, or ProRes. H.264 and H.265 will compress your file considerably but still maintain decent video quality. ProRes, on the other hand, will keep compression to a minimum, ensuring high quality.
  4. Select Social Media Platforms: DaVinci Resolve will suggest the best export settings for platforms like YouTube.
  5. Click on Export: Name and save the file.

Export DaVinci Resolve Projects with Custom Render Settings

What Are Custom Render Settings?

Custom Render Settings allow you to modify your export settings manually. In other words, you have complete control over the quality, format, and other parameters of your rendered video. I believe this is essential for professionals who want to achieve the best quality.

How to Use Custom Render Settings

  1. Click the Deliver Tab: You'll find various presets and options to render to other software tools like Final Cut Pro 7, Premiere XML, and Pro Tools.
  2. Choose Custom Export: Write the file name and choose its location.
  3. Select Format: You'll see a variety of formats like MP4, QuickTime, DNXHD/DNXHR, and more.
  4. Choose Resolution: Select a resolution that best suits your project. For instance, you can choose between 1920 x 1080 HD and 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD (4K resolution).
  5. Set Bitrate: Change the bitrate according to your quality needs. Higher bitrate means better quality but a heavier export.
  6. Add to Render Queue: Click this, and your video will be ready to export.

Where Are DaVinci Resolve Projects Saved?

After exporting, you might wonder where DaVinci Resolve saves your projects. It's a simple process:

  1. Click the House Icon: This opens the Project Manager window.
  2. Navigate to Projects > Project Libraries > Local Database: Right-click on Local Database and click Reveal in Finder.
  3. Find Your Project: Click Resolve Projects > Users > [Your Username] > Projects, and you'll see the folder for your project.

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What Causes Rendering Artifacts in DaVinci Resolve?

Rendering artifacts can be a common issue in DaVinci Resolve, especially when using certain codecs like h264. These artifacts might appear as black glitches or pixelated blocks in the rendered video. In my opinion, a workaround might be to render in a different codec first, such as DNX, and then convert to h264. Furthermore, some users have found success by switching off "frame reordering" in the render settings or by reducing the render speed. For instance, you can find more details on this issue here.

How Can I Fix Glitch Frames in Render?

Glitch frames in render can be a frustrating problem. According to some users, this issue might be related to color correction or the use of h264 as the codec. You might as well try changing your render settings, such as setting data levels to Auto and adjusting the Color Space Tag and Gamma Tag to your desired settings. Just to note, rendering at a lower speed or using a different codec like Cineform 10 bit has also been reported to fix this problem. You can find more insights on this topic here.

Why Do I Get Pixelated Blocks in My Rendered Video?

Pixelated blocks in rendered video can be a sign of a codec issue. If you're using h264 for rendering, you may encounter this problem. In other words, trying a different codec like Cineform 10 bit might resolve the issue. On the other hand, some users have found that removing color correction from the affected section or adjusting render settings like data levels and color space can eliminate the glitch. That said, you can explore more about this issue here.

Is Rendering to H.264 Problematic in DaVinci Resolve?

Rendering to H.264 in DaVinci Resolve can sometimes lead to glitches and artifacts. However, it's not necessarily the codec itself that's the problem. For instance, issues might arise from the render speed, color correction, or other settings within the software. All things considered, you may want to experiment with different render settings or even try a different codec to see if that resolves the issue. By the way, more information on this subject can be found here.

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