Import WMV, FLV, MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV to Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve & supported formats

Davinci resolve is a very powerful video editor, used by professionals all around the world. It’s main capabilities are: video and audio editing, color correction, video and audio post production, audio mastering and many more.

As any video editor, Davinci Resolve is limited to specific amount of video and audio formats which are supported when importing or exporting a video file.

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Davinci Resolve supports the following video formats: ARI, MTS, MXF, AVI, CIN, DNG, DPX, CDX, MP4, MXF, EXR, MOV.

The following formats (and more) are not fully supported: SWF, WMV, MPEG, VOB, FLV, MKV, WEBM, 3GP, RMVB, TS, M2TS, M4V, ASF.

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Why am I seeing an error when importing video to Davinci Resolve?

In many cases, we see users reporting errors and crashes when trying to import video files, in both formats which should be supported (like MP4, AVI and others) and in unsupported video formats such as WMV.

In the first case (supported video format), the problem is usually not the video format, but the video codec. Davinci Resolve is not only limited to a specific list of video formats, but also to a specific list of video codecs which are supported. In case your video wasn’t recorded in the supported video codec, Davinci Resolve just won’t be able to import it properly.

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So in both cases, we need to find a solution which will allow us to transform the video file to the supported video format and supported video codec, before importing it to Davinci Resolve.

Some errors our users reported when trying to import video files:

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  1. “Media offline” – seen in video files recorded by Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), but also in other video files.
  2. “No video timeline detected in timeline” – seen many times with AAF files, but also with different other video and audio files.
  3. “Error with media reference (clip will be offline).”
  4. “Informative: Missing clip name.”
  5. “X of Y clips were not found” – seen a lot with AAF files, but also with many other formats and codecs.
  6. “Failed to read video track information from file” – We’ve seen these errors with MOV, MP4, FLV and AVI video files.

How to import a video to Davinci Resolve without errors?

To overcome the errors described above and many other importing issues, we actually need to make sure that the video format and video codec that are used in your video file are supported by Davinci Resolve. We humbly advise you to use VIP Video Converter, which allows you to convert the video to both a format and codec which are supported by the latest versions of Davinci Resolve video editor.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Download and install VIP Video Converter.
  2. Open the software, Choose MP4 as the output format at the top video formats menu.
  3. Choose “MP4 – Same Quality” as the output profile, which will make sure that you’re performing a lossless quality conversion. Please note that this output profile (which includes the MP4 format and H264 video codec) is already optimized to convert to Davinci Resolve.
  4. Click Add Files and choose the video file that you would like to edit with the video editor.
  5. Click Start Converting. The conversion to a Davinci Resolve compatible format will begin.
  6. Once the conversion is done, you’re all ready to import the video file to your favorite video editor..


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