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How To Export in DaVinci Resolve

Export in Davinci Resolve | How To Export in DaVinci Resolve

It’s officially time to jump into some DaVinci Resolve tutorials! This program is mainly what I use for color grading, but I love that it is a complete one-stop shop. It also keeps up with the industry, and we all know how important software like that is. On top of that, there is no subscription model! That is an easy win for me, and their internet forums are super helpful if you have any questions. So without further adieu, I will show you how to export in DaVinci Resolve in two ways.

One way will be for quick exports that require very little knowledge of settings and is great for when you are on a time crunch. It’s also great for social media posts. The second will give you the ability to dive deep into settings and export exactly what you or your client needs. Let me first start by saying that “exporting” in DaVinci Resolve is also the same thing as rendering. They use the same language. I know that can get confusing, but rendering and exporting are the same thing within DaVinci, and I will use them interchangeably. Moving on. 

Quick Export in DaVinci Resolve

If you are looking for something quick and you just need to get it out on any social platform like Youtube, Vimeo, etc. You can use this template to get you there with as little know-how as possible! Sometimes you just need your video exported without having to know all of the ins and outs. If that’s you, this first method is for you. 

How to Quick Export in DaVinci Resolve

  1. File 
  2. Quick Export (I’m sorry, there is no keyboard shortcut for this) 
  3. Choose your desired export format.
  4. Save to your desired destination, and done!
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2. Quick Export
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3. Choose your desired export format
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4. Save to your desired destination

This method is used for, as it’s named, “quick exports” to social media or just quick compressed exports if you need to send different versions to your clients for notes. It’s nothing super complicated, but it has the most used export settings without getting into the nitty gritty. 

Pro Tip #1:

Export that baby right to Youtube, Vimeo, or Twitter! This has saved my life. Go to DaVinci Resolve > Preferences keyboard shortcut Ctrl+, and under internet accounts, you can sign in to your social platforms. YES! Did anyone else hear the heavens open up and sing to us? I did.

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Pro Tip #2:

Don’t click Export. That export feature is more for switching between DaVinci accounts, moving your timeline to another computer, etc. It’s not made to export your final project. Try not to get confused with the different “Export” options.

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Exporting Custom Settings in DaVinci Resolve

Here comes the film buff! If you are looking for something with a little more control, then you will definitely want to use this method. You can export your videos as an mp4, QuickTime movie, etc. You will also watch DaVinci flex a little bit because it can do some really cool stuff. 

This will also be super helpful if you are trying to collaborate with other people and you want to try different exports. DaVinci Resolve’s update has now allowed for Multi-User Collaboration. Talk about getting more one in half the time!

Export Custom Settings in DaVinci Resolve

  1. Head to the deliver page
  2. Select Custom, Youtube, Vimeo, etc 
  3. Adjust any settings further within those presets i.e. video codec, frame rate, resolution, audio, etc. 
  4. Click Add To Render Queue 
  5. Select where you want it to export 
  6. Select Render All
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1. Head to the deliver page
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4. Click Add To Render Queue
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5. Select where you want it to export
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6. Select Render All

Pro Tip #1:

If you want to mess around with different settings and see which one works, go back into your render settings and change it up. Then you can just add it to the render queue and bulk export all of your projects at the same time! You don’t have to do it one at a time, which is incredibly helpful if you aren’t sure which settings you prefer yet. It’s a nifty little tool that will save you lots of time. And as you know, I’m all for saving time.

Pro Tip #2:

If you are going with the above pro tip, it is vital that you follow this as well. If you have more than one project in there and want to render them all, make sure you select them all, or don’t select anything. If you have a selection of any kind, it will say Render 1, and you will only export whatever you have selected. 

Pro Tip #3:

Don’t forget to jazz up your color grade in the process! 

FAQ:

I forgot where I put my export, can I find it?

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You sure can! In your render queue, just right-click on the project you want to find and select “Open File Location,” and it will take you right to it!

Can I render out different timelines?

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Indeed! You can render out different timelines by clicking Timeline at the top, selecting your other timeline (if you have one), adjusting your settings, and then adding that to the render queue. This program is insane, right?!

Does it have settings if I want to export for different workflows like Premiere, Final Cut, etc.?

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Absolutely it does. It’s important to remove a lot of the guesswork. In your render settings on the deliver page, you will see Custom, Youtube, Vimeo, etc., and scroll all the way to the right, where you will see different pre-sets for workflows!

I’ve done a multi-program workflow, and my media is offline. Can I fix it?

We have all been there, and no worries! There is certainly an answer as to why your media is offline. The most important thing is to keep your chin up and rest because many have come before you to resolve this issue.

Conclusion

Thank goodness DaVinci Resolve can meet all of our needs when it comes to exporting. This is an incredibly robust program that is built for all different types of filmmaking, which makes it perfect for a beginner or advanced user. I hope this tutorial gets you well on your way into DaVinci and all of its incredible features. Let us know in the comments what your favorite export settings are. Happy filmmaking! 

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Courtney Birk

Courtney Birk is a Los Angeles-based actress, colorist, and multi-media artist. She’s never quite satisfied with having enough artistic outlets – so she’s usually painting, singing, and collaborating with her best friend to find creative ways for new storytelling. Her passion for the arts has driven her to work in many different mediums, including music, fine art, theater and film production.

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