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Edit OBS Recordings in Davinci Resolve

More and more people tend to record gameplay videos or some other videos with OBS for uploading to Youtube to show the skills or increase fans. To attract more audience, many would edit the OBS recordings in Davinci Resolve to make the video more attractive. But it won't be smooth to import OBS recordings to Davinci Resolve for editing.

OBS has hardware encoding and x264 encoding, both gives 8 bits output (as of OBS 17.0.2), making HDR somewhat impossible. As for the encoding, NVENC H.264 has a lossless Rate Control option, x264 has a CRF option. Audio is in AAC format by default. Then you have a compressed MP4 format video. However, like most programs  Resolve does not like the MP4 files created by OBS software, refusing to even load the audio section of a clip. And the graphics card you using will also have an influence on the editing OBS footage in Resolve. The better way to edit OBS recordings in Davinci Resolve is to convert OBS footages to DNxHR or ProRes in order to work effeciently in Davinci with a video converter.

Best OBS Recordings to Davinci Resolve Converter

Through online researching and reviews, you can find that  Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is a very popular video converter that can convert MP4 files created with OBS to DNxHD, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) and QuickTime MOV files. It can keep as original as possible video and audio quality. This video converter works stably on macOS Sierra, El Capitan and more.

Before export video for Resovle, you can do some simple editing such as trim OBS video footage, crop OBS video border, replace/add audio track and subtitle streaming, etc. "Drag-and-Drop" and "Batch conversion" features are also supported. For Windows users, Pavtube Video Converter is recommended to convert OBS videos to Davinci Resolve accepted video format.


Steps to Transcode OBS Recordings to Davinci Resolve on Mac

Step 1: Load OBS video files

Install and launch Pavtube OBS to Davinci Resolve Video Converter and load source OBS FLV, MP4 clips to it. You can import OBS FLV/MP4 clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button. Batch conversion feature allows you to add multiple OBS videos and convert to Davinci Resolve by batch.

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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 OBS 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 converting OBS to Davinci Resolve friendly video format

Click "Convert" button to start transcoding OBS MP4 video to Davinci Resolve DNxHD video. When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files. Then you can  import OBS media from your media storage to the Resolve media pool

How to Import Video into DaVinci Resolve?

In order to import media from your media storage to the media pool, you have to select the media that you want to upload and then just drag it to the media pool.

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If you get a pop up message that asks you if you want to change the frame rate of the timeline to the frame rate of your media because they don’t match, you should click on “Change”.

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By double clicking on a video in the media pool, and pressing the play button you can simply preview the shot.

In order to delete a video from the media pool just right click it and press “Remove Selected Clips”

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Pavtube Video Converter and Pavtube Video Converter for Mac not only can convert OBS video to Davinci Resolve but also can transcode OBS to other NLE software. With this video converter, you can edit OBS in Sony Vegas, convert OBS to GoPro Studio, import OBS to Windows Movie Maker and transcode OBS video to Premiere pro.

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