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Can’t Import MP4 to Davinci Resolve

Can’t Import MP4 to Davinci Resolve

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As world’s fastest growing and most advanced editing software, Davinci Resolve works with virtually every modern file type and media format available from Prores and DNx to H.264, DPX, Cineon, EXR and more, etc. However, a lot of people reflect that they fail to import the common MP4 files to Davinci Resolve?

“My problem: I can’t import mp4 files into DaVinci Resolve 12.5.4 on Windows 7 (64-bit). I can’t see my mp4 files in the Media Storage section (I can see all my drives and navigate to the directory where the files are located). When I attempt to Drag and Drop from a Windows Explorer window, I get the + cursor as if it’s going to work, but upon dropping, nothing happens; no file, no popup, no error. Right-clicking in the media pool and selecting “Import Media…” then selecting the file from there does not work either; no popup, no error.”

Why fail to open MP4 with Davinci Resolve?

From Davinci Resolve supported file formats, we can see that it only load files with the format of DPX, CIN, EXR, QuickTime, ProRes, DNxHD, XAVC and MXF. However, as a multimedia container file format, the MP4 files can be encoded with various different video codec listed below:
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, MVC

If the MP4 files are encoded with Davinci Resolve unsupported editing codec such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, MVC, etc, Davinci Resolve will fail to open the MP4 files.

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Transcode Unsupported MP4 for Davinci Resolve Editing

To fix the format or codec incompatible issue, you can download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, which has full importing support for all 4K/2K/HD/SD MP4 files encoded with all the codec listed above. The program can assist you to easily produce Davinci Resolve editable QuickTime, Prores or DNxHD codec with perfect quality and super fast encoding speed.

The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple MP4 files into the application for conversion at one time. Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is available for macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks. In addition, it is also accompanied by an up-to-date Windows version – Pavtube Video Converter.

Step by Step to Transcode MP4 for Davinci Resolve Editing

Step 1: Load MP4 files into the program.

Start the program on your Mac computer, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to load MP4 video files into the program.

Load MP4 files into the program

Step 2: Specify output file format.

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.

Output Davinci Resolve supported editing format

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.

Edit video with built-in options

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all the settings are done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from MP4 video files to Davinci Resolve DNxHD conversion process. Then you will have no problem to import any video into Resolve for fast and smooth post video editing.


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