How to Open and Edit H.265/HEVC in Davinci Resolve

Published on by Chris King

If you’re facing problems editing H.265 files with Davinci Resolve, just read this article to get the quick solution.

How to Open and Edit H.265/HEVC in Davinci Resolve
Davinci Resolve a video editing app tailored to novice editors and consumers. As it claimed, Davinci Resolve(Since v12) supports H.265 decoding, but there are many problems occurred when working H.265 files with Davinci Resolve:

Q1: I know that DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 can decode h.265 hevc. But I can not open files from my NX500. Does anybody know how to fix it?

Q2: How can I get the DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 to recognize h.265 files? It seems that the software can't support the h.265 codec.

Actually, all Long-GOP formats (like H.264 and H.265) are bad for post as a general rule. It's a mistake for camera manufacturers to use this, because it was only intended as a delivery format... not as an editing / post format. To make HEVC compatible with Davinci Resolve, the easy option is to convert H.265 to a more editing-friendly format like DNxHD or ProRes for Davinci. This article would show you how to transcode H.265 to Davinci Resolve on Mac with a professional and easy-to-use app Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (macOS Sierra, El Captian, Yosemite included).

Overall, this software is the best H.265 encoder for you to encode H.265 files to DNxHD or ProRes for Davinci Resolve smooth editing on Mac (macOS Sierra included). The program is also able to convert H.265 to other professional codecs like Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, DNxHD for Avid MC, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, and various non-linear editing systems (NLE). Plus, it can also convert H.265 to H.264 MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, etc format for playing with VLC, iTunes, etc. For Windows users, please turn to Video Converter. Now, download the software on computer and follow the steps below to start converting H.265 to DNxHD for Davinci Resolve.

How to Encode H.265/HEVC to ProRes/DNxHD for Davinci Resolve 12/13/14

Step 1: On the program's main interface menu bar, hit "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to add source H.265/HEVC files to the program.

Step 2: Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click "Common Video" > "MOV - QuickTime (*.MOV)" or "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)"as the target format.

Note: The DNxHD codec limits the output in 1080p. If you wanna keep original 4K resolution, you'd better choose QuickTime .mov or ProRes .mov as target format which supports original 4K video size.


Tip: The best H.265 decoder/encoder enables users to adjust audio and video settings before transcoding HEVC files. Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.

Step 3: Finally, hit the big Convert button on bottom of the main windows and the conversion from H.265 to Davinci Resolve will begin immediately.

After the conversion is complete, get the resulted files via clicking the Open button and then you can import H.265 to Davinci Resolve for further editing without any hassle.

Related Guides:
Converting H.265(HEVC) to Adobe Premiere Pro CC
How to Get H.265 Files to After Effects for Editing
Access FFmpeg Alternative to Encode H.265/HEVC
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