[Solved]DaVinci Resolve does not import MP4 files

Facing problems importing and editing MP4 files in DaVinci Resolve? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let’s find it out here.


“Does Davinci Resolve 12 not import MP4 video files? – All my Bandicam recording is done to mp4, yet inside of Resolve I cannot see the video files or through windows explorer drag and drop them into Resolve. Does it not take MP4? If not, why not? Is there a list of compatible file formats?”

In fact, there is hardly anything DaVinci Resolve doesn’t support. It is completely geared towards any kind of workflow, be it cinema-based, television-based or internet-based. However, it doesn’t mean that you can import every piece of video into this world famous color corrector and amazing editor. When it comes to importing MP4 files to DaVinci Resolve, you may find that this editing program fails to recognize or sometimes may crash, which is really a great pain. If you’re having trouble editing MP4 files to a more editing-friendly format, such a Resolve’s DNxHD .mov. Resolve 12, 11, 10, etc., read on for details.

Whe MP4 files won’t work in DaVinci Resolve? The reason is that MP4 is a format container with different codecs. According to Davinci Resolve’s offcial site, Resolve does not support MP4 files, or any compressed audio file formats. To get MP4 files into DaVinci Resolve, the easy workaround is to transcode MP4 files to a more editing-friendly format, such a Resolve’s DNxHD .mov.

Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is a just a common video converter like EaseFab Video Converter for Mac. It can be used a great DaVinci Resolve Video Converter which can help you transcode any MP4 videos and other MKV/MTS/MXF/AVI/MOV/H.265/FLV to DaVinci Resolve compatible videos with original quality. Besides, this software can also transcode any video files for editing in Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc NLEs.

Note: If you are running on Windows, please turn to the Windows versiion MP4 to DaVinci Resolve Video Converter (10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, etc) . Now just download it and follow the steps below to encode your MP4 videos to DaVinci Resolve on Mac.

Converting MP4 files for Editing in DaVinci Resolve smoothly

Step 1. Add MP4 videos to the program

Start up this program as a MP4 Converter for DaVinci Resolve. When its main interface pops up, click “Add Video” button to input your source media on the main interface.


Step 2. Choose DNxHD as the output format

Click the Profile bar to open the format list. Then go to “Editing Software” and select “DNxHD” as the output format to get videos with optimized settings for DaVinci Resolve. As you see, you may see other suitable ones for other NLEs such like FCP, Premiere Pro, iMovie, etc.

Tip: If necessary, you can click “Settings” button and go to Settings panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels.

Step 3. Start the conversion

When ready, click “Convert” to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click “Open” button to get the exported MOV files for use in DaVinci Resolve with optimum performance. From the guide above, you may find it is so easier for us to import the MP4 files to DaVinci Resolve for editing.

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