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Import All H.264 to Davinci Resolve for Editing

H.264 is an industry standard for video compression, the process of converting digital video into a format that takes up less capacity when it is stored or transmitted. It is ubiquitous - internet video, Blu-ray, phones, security cameras, drones, everything. So you can often meet H.264 video files in your daily life. Many multimedia devices and NLE software support to handle H.264 video such as Davinci Resolve. But Davinci Resolve only suports several video formats in H.264 codec.

Davinci Resolve Supported H.264 Video

H.264 8 bit MPEG4/MP4

H.264 QuickTime/MOV

H.264 (Sony XAVCs) QuickTime MP4

If you have some other H.264 video in Davinci Resolve unsupported format, you can't import your H.264 video into Davinci Resolve. In addition, if your H.264 video is 4096 x 2160 resolution or has a high frame rate, you may meet choppy/jerky/choppy issues when playing and editing H.264 in Davinci Resolve. In this case, you need to convert H.264 video to Davinci Resolve supported H.264 MP4 and H.264 MOV video or DNxHD or ProRes video for Davinci Resolve with a video converter.

Best Tool to Transcode Davinci Resolve Unsupported H.264 to Davinci Resolve Supported H.264

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is the world NO.1 video converter for NLE software. It can convert any H.264 video to H.264 MP4 and H.264 MOV for Davinci Resolve. It also can convert H.264 video to Davinci Resolve more compatible DNxHD and Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) with excellent video quality.

In the Profile Editor you can set up video codes, video frame rate, video bitrate, audio codes, audio bitrate, audio channel. For example, if your H.264 video is a 4K video and your computer is a low-end one, you can adjust video resolution to 1080p to output. Moreover, you can crop trim the H.264 video before output. While the app's UI is clearly no looker, it does feature an intuitive layout that allows even the most inexperienced users to find their way with ease. Select the input H.264 File, the output location and file name, and that's about it if you choose to go with the default settings.

For Windows users, you can turn to Pavtube Video Converter to convert H.264 to Davinci Resolve accepted video format.


Steps to Convert H.264 to Davinci Resolve More Supported video

Step 1. Load H.264 files

Here you can directly drag & drop the H.264 files to the converter, or click “Add Video” or “Add from folder” button on the top menu to browse and choose H.264 files. Batch conversion is supported here. 

Step 2: Specify output file format for Davinci Resolve

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down list, select Davinci Resolve best supported editing codec such as "Avid DNxHD (*.mov)" from "Avid Media Composer" main category menu extended list. Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 3: Edit video. (Optional)

Before loading your video into Davinci Resolve for professional video editing, you can complete some basic video editing task with the program's built-in video editing function. Check an item to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Step 3. Start H.264 to Davinci Resolve conversion

After all the settings are done, simply click the Convert button to start transcoding H.264/HEVC files to DNxHD mov for Davinci Resolve on Mac. When the conversion is done, click "Open Output Folder" button to pop out the folder with converted files, then you can add those files into DaVinci Resolve Media Pool without any issues.

Exporting H.264 from Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve 11 can export H.264 QuickTime MOV format but can't output H.264 MP4 video. So, if you want to export H.264 video from Davinci Resolve 11, you only can get H.264 QuickTime MOV. In the render settings window, set the presets to Video Sharing Export, Video Format to QuickTime, Video codec to H.264.Then you can choose video resolution as you need.

H.264 from Davince

As for Davinci Resolve 12.5 and higher version, they can't export H.264 video. DaVinci is designed for professional video workflows, and as such it's geared to work with professional formats, of which H.264 isn't really considered one. You can export to YouTube and export to Vime in 720p, 1080p, and 2160p then use the video converter in this guide to convert the Davinci exporting file to H.264.

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