Best Way to Import H.265/HEVC Videos to DaVinci Resolve for Editing


Latest H.265/HEVC codec is widely used in 4K streaming videos and accpeted by more and more portable devices, HDTV, Laptops. It can compress video size twice as efficiently as H.264/AVC and provide high resolution videos with more pixels. But when you import these H.265/HEVC video in DaVinci Resolve for further editing, you may encounter some issues as below:

Can’t Import H.265/HEVC Videos to DaVinci Resolve

Q: “I have made some 4K H.265/HEVC videos with my DJI Phantom 4 Pro, I want to edit them with Davinci Resolve, then upload and share on social app. But I can’t import the H.265/HEVC videos to Davinci Resolve, anybody knows why and how to solve? Thanks!”

DaVinci Resolve fail to deal with NX1 H.265 videos on Mac

Q: “My attempts at editing NX1 H.265 in DaVinci Resolve on Mac OS X fail during processing.”

It’s because DaVinci Resolve including version 12.5 doesn’t support H.265/HEVC videos. The best way to edit H.265/HEVC videos in DaVinci Resolve is to transcode and convert H.265/HEVC videos to DaVinci Resolve suppport i.g. DNxHD format via a third party video converter.

To save your time, I suggest you use Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac, an optimal H.265/HEVC to Davinci Resolve video converter that can quickly and losslessly convert H.265/HEVC to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve smooth editing on Mac (macOS High 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). For Windows users, please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate.

Free download H.265 to DaVinci Resolve Video Converter:

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Guide: Transcode and Convert H.265/HEVC Videos to DaVinci Resolve

Mac Version Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate taken as example, Windows Version share the same steps. Just keep in mind you have download the right version, Mac platform .exe files cannot be installed on Windows OS – and vice versa.

Step 1. Load H.265/HEVC Videos

Install and launch the best H.265 to DaVinci Resolve Video Converter, simply click “Load File” to load your H.265/HEVC videos to the program.


Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click Format drop-down menu, and choose Avid DNxHD(*.mov) from Avid Media Composer list as output format, which is an ideal editing format for DaVinci 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: You can click “Settings” button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc.

Step 3. Start Converting H.265/HEVC Videos

With above settings, click Convert button to convert H.265/HEVC videos for DaVinci Resolve.

When the conversion is complete, you can click Open button to get the converted files, then import them to DaVinci Resolve 12/13/14.

Now, you have no hassle to edit the converted H.265/HEVC videos with DaVinci Resolve.

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3 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    After convert HEVC videos to, I can smoothly edit HEVC video with my DaVinci Resolve 13, thanks a lot!

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