Rendering videos can be a complicated process. How can you squeeze the most quality out of your footage? How can you make sure your video looks great on Youtube?
The reality is, it’s actually quite a simple process to render videos using DaVinci Resolve, and we’re going to show you the best DaVinci Resolve render settings in this guide.
Firstly, you need to make sure that the raw footage you’re using is of high quality. If you’re shooting a video with a DSLR camera for example, you should ideally be recording in 1080p (or 4K if possible) with a high bit-rate.
If you’re making a gaming video, you should record your gameplay in the highest possible quality and at 60 frames per second (FPS) if possible.
We have a few tutorials on our Youtube channel discussing this in more depth, as well as some tutorials showing you how to record gameplay in high quality.
The reason having high-quality raw footage is important is that it’s impossible to improve the quality of a video once it’s been recorded. There’s no magic “setting” or technique to make blurry footage clearer, or increase detail (although you may be able to make some minor fixes here and there). There’s also no way to increase the FPS of a video. For example, most gaming videos are recorded and rendered at 60 FPS, so if your gameplay was recorded at 30 FPS, you are locked to that frame rate.
Once you’ve sourced your high-quality footage, and edited your video, it’s time to render. Before you go into the render tab on Resolve, click on the little gear icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
This will open up the Project Settings, where you’ll want to ensure that the timeline resolution is set to 1920 x 1080 (for 1080p), or 3840 x 2160 (for 4K). If you’re not sure which resolution to choose, it’s best to match the resolution the footage was recorded in. For example, if your footage was shot in native 4K, you should render at 4K.
If you’ve recorded the footage at a higher resolution, it’s also fine to downscale (e.g. you can render at 1080p if the footage is 4K). However, it’s never a good idea to increase resolution (e.g. rendering 1080p footage in 4K) as this will make your final video blurry when watched in the largest resolution.
This is also the same principle with frame rate. You can render the final video in a slower frame rate than your original footage, but you should never render in a higher frame rate. For example, rendering original 60 FPS footage in 30 FPS for your final video is fine, but trying to “increase” from 30 FPS to 60 FPS is not.
You will want to make sure that the Timeline frame rate is accurate here. The footage in this example was recorded on a DSLR at 25 FPS, so 25 FPS is also selected in Resolve.
Next, click on the little Rocket icon in the bottom center of the screen. This will open the Render Settings page. You’ll be able to see that Resolve has it’s own Youtube render preset. We’re not going to use this as we can squeeze more quality out by tweaking the settings further. So, select “Custom” for your Render preset, and use the following render settings:
Render: Select “Single clip”. We only use the “Individual clips” option when we want to trim several clips of raw footage into smaller ones to be used later
Resolution: The highest resolution you want your footage to be played in. If your footage is 4K, select 4K here as well.Frame rate: This should match your video. Remember it’s ok to reduce the frame rate, but never increase it beyond what the footage was recorded in.
Quality: Select the Automatic setting, and choose the Best option.
Encoding profile: High
Key frames: High
Advanced Settings: You can simply leave these as the default settings. There is no need to change them.
Pro tip – you can save this Render Preset and use it for your next video. In the top right hand corner of the Render Settings window, you will see three little dots. If you click these dots, it will give you the option to name and save the settings you’ve just entered.
That’s it! You’ve now selected the best possible render settings for your video. Click the “Add to Render Queue” button and begin rendering your video.