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Edit H.264 with Davinci Resolve

Edit H.264 with Davinci Resolve

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Davinci Resolve H.264 native workflow issues

The H.264 is a compression codec mainly used by most DSLR cameras. Some users choose to direct import this delivery format into Davinci Resolve for doing some color correction or professional audio post production since Davinci Resolve has official claimed its native importing support for H.264 video. However, when they try to native work H.264 with Davinci Resolve, they encounter the following problems:

Terrible performance of H.264 on Davinci Resolve

“I’ve got a Panasonic G85 so I’m editing h.264 files. I’ve been experiencing terrible performance issues in both the 14 Public Beta and the latest version of 12, to the point that editing isn’t really possible.”

Slow playback of H.264 in Resolve 14

“I recently tried to play with one FullHD H.264 clip with Davinci Resolve, but the playback is rather fluctuating to the extent of the solution not being usable to us. So I tried to optimise – Playback cache is set to Smart, selected an option to Generate Optimised Media, lowered down the Playback resolution to HDReady (1280×720), but the playback is still slow.”

H.264 shows as a red blur in Davinci Resolve

“When I go into davinci (a program im 100% a noob with) My h.264 video oftne shows nothing but a red blur. Making it very difficult to edit the footage, and by very difficult I mean I pretty much cant.Is there a way around this or is it a common issue?”

Why H.264 is not a good editing format for Davinci Resolve?

Although Davinci Resolve can native handle H.264 files, in addition, direct import H.264 to the editing software will save a lot decoding time and will also a lot of space for you (H.264 files are highly compressed in smaller file size).

However, the H.264 codec is very CPU intensive, therefore, it takes some serious computer power to decode its compression, that’s why your editing experience is so terrible and the playback is rather fluctuating on the timeline of Davinci Resolve when the processor of your computer is not powerful enough to handle the H.264 video. In addition, H.264 is an 8-bit format, if you edit it natively, you start to lose image quality as you do color correction or composite gradients to create greenscreen keys. There just isn’t a lot of room to work.

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Best way to work H.264 with Davinci Resolve

To fix the issues caused by the native workflow of H.264 with Davinci Resolve, it would be much ideal for you to transcode H.264 to a less hardware intensive codec with more room for effects creating. One of Davinci Resolve compatible editing formats that meets the standard listed above is Apple Prores format.

Here, you can easily produce Apple Prores with our best Prores Converter - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has perfect importing support for both 4K and HD H.264 video shot with all DSLR camera. Thanks to its batch conversion conversion mode, you can batch load multiple H.264 video into the application for conversion at one time.

The program can assist you to encode H.264 to Apple Prores in various different types including including “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)” and “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov). Here, you can choose the suitable ones according to your own situatin or needs.

f you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with Premiere Pro CC, you’d better choose to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.

For Windows users, please switch to download Pavtube Video Converter to perform the same codec transcoding on Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

Simple steps to Encode H.264 to Apple Prores for Davinci Resolve Smooth Editing

Step 1: Load H.264 video.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import H.264 video files shot with DSLR camera into the program.

Load H.264 video

Step 2: Choose the output file format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, choose Davinci Resolve best favorable Apple Prores editing codec.

If you try to do more effects editing of the H.264 video with Davinci Resolve on powerful computer, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for high quality performance.

Output Apple Prores 422 or 422 HQ format

If you have a underpowered Mac computer, to get a smooth post editing workflow, it would be much ideal for you to choose”Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.

Output Apple Prores Proxy or LT format

Step 3: Start the conversion process.

After all setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert H.264 to Davinci Resolve most compatible Apple Prores editing formats encoding process.

When the conversion is completed, launch Davinci Resolve on your Mac computer to import converted video to Davinci Resolve for smooth post editing workflow.


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