Now, more and more camera and even portable devices such as the iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus/8 X enable you to shot 4K video with the new compression standard HEVC or High Efficiency Video Codec, which helps to save 50% on storage with no noticeable change in quality. The bad news is that most editing software including majority of professional NLE editing software (besides Premiere Pro CC) still lacks the ability to handle this new format. For Davinci Resolve users, you may expect H.265 support in the v.14 of Davinci Resolve, however, when you are take a reference at the media info of the new version, there is no mention of HEVC or H.265 importing support.
Tips and solutions to transcode H.265 for Resolve editing
Although it may be very time consuming and disk space occupying if you try to transcode the H.265 video to Davinci Resolve supported editing formats, however, currently, this is the most effective solution to get H.265 video imported to Davinci Resolve.
Since the H.265 is a highly compressed files, therefore, when you choose to decode H.265 files to Davinci Resolve favorable editing codec such as Prores, DNxHD or QuickTime codec, make sure that there are enough storage space on your computer hard drive. In addition, transcoding H.265 requires more CPU power than other codec such as H.264. Therefore, make sure that you have a powerful computer with faster and better CPU.
Best tool to convert H.265 for Davinci Resolve
Although there are many H.265 Decoder tool on the market, however, you may be disappointed to find that very few of them owns the ability to produce Davinci Resolve supported editing formats listed above. Fortunately, here comes Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has full importing support for both HD and 4K H.265 video recorded with various camera models and iPhone models. You can load multiple H.265 video into the application for conversion at one time thanks to its batch conversion mode.
As for the output format options, if you plan to edit 4K H.265 with Davinci Resolve, it would be ideal for you to choose the “Apple Prores” format, if you desire to edit HD H.265 with Davinci Resolve, then just choose the “DNxHD” codec.
Edit H.265 with built-in editing tools
Apart from acting as a powerful H.265 Decoder, the program can also work as a beneficial H.265 video editor to assist you to complete some simple editing task. You can trim or cut the video to remove the unwanted parts in the beginning or end, crop the video to remove the unwanted black bars or size area, flip the video horizontally or vertically, rotate the video clock-wise or counter-clockwise, add video/image/transparent text watermark to personalize and protect your video, apply some special rendering effects such as gray, flip color, aged film, etc, add external subtitle to video, etc.
For Windows users, you can switch to download Pavtube Video Converter to complete the conversion on Windows 10/8.1/8/7.
Step by Step to Transcode H.265 for Davinci Resolve Editing
Step 1: Load H.265 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 HD/4K H.265 video files into the program.
Step 2: Output Davinci Resolve supported editing formats.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Davinci Resolve best favorable 4K editing formats “Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)” under “Final Cut Pro” main category.
For smooth HD editing workflow, just choose the “Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” under “Avid Media Composer” main category.
Step 3: Edit H.265 video with built-in editing tools.
By default the Edit icon is grayed out. To activate the Edit menu, you have to select an item first. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip or rotate video, trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, edit audio or insert external subtitle.
Step 4: Start the final conversion process.
After all the settings is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to H.265 to Davinci Resolve best compatible 4K or HD editing codec encoding process.
When the conversion is completed, launch Davinci Resolve on your Mac computer to import converted video to Davinci Resolve for smooth editing workflow.