DaVinci Resolve crashes importing GoPro Hero6 HEVC footage

Came upon crash issues opening GoPro Hero6 HEVC footage in DaVinci Resolve? You are not the only one. Read this post to check out a workaround to solve the issue.

DaVinci Resolve crashes importing GoPro Hero6 HEVC footage
“Hi there, I’m working with DaVinci Resolve 14.0.1 on my Windows 10 computer. When I try to open the GoPro Hero6 Black 4K 60 HEVC footage, Resolve Studio crashes. It crashes when it tries to display the contents in it’s folder within the Media tab. Can anyone give a fix for the issue? Or can anyone recommend a good transcoding program to run these 4k 60 files through? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

gopro hero6 hevc in davinci resolve
Depending on your computer specifications, your source media specifications and much more, you may experience different performances while dealing with GoPro Hero6 HEVC footage in DaVinci Resolve. If for whatever reason Resolve getting crashing importing GoPro Hero6 HEVC media, we would recommend transcoding it to DNxHD or ProRes codec for a smooth workflow. The following guide presents the detailed steps.

How to convert GoPro Hero6 HEVC H.265 video to DNxHD/ProRes for DaVinci Resolve?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter (simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
editing GoPro Hero6 HEVC x265 video files in DaVinci Resolveediting GoPro Hero6 HEVC x265 video files in DaVinci Resolve

The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a GoPro Hero6 HEVC Converter for DaVinci Resolve. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
editing GoPro Hero6 HEVC x265 video files in DaVinci Resolve

Step 2: Choose output format for DaVinci Resolve
If you are running a Windows PC, we would recommend converting GoPro Hero6 HEVC H.265 files to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve. From ‘Profile’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
transcode GoPro Hero6 HEVC files to DNxHD .mov or ProRes .mov for Resolve

If you are running a Mac machine, we would recommend encoding GoPro Hero6 H.265 HEVC files to ProRes 422 for DaVinci Resolve. You can choose ‘Final Cut Pro’ > ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format.
convert GoPro Hero6 X265 files for use in Resolve
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Note that this converter program can only output Apple ProRes and DNxHD video up to 1080p, if you want to preserve 4K quality of your source files, you need to select “4K Video” > “4K H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format. To export 4K files, please make sure your computer has enough power to process 4K. If not, simply select Apple ProRes or DNxHD as output format depending on your OS.
GoPro Hero6 HEVC H265 in Resolve

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start GoPro Hero6 HEVC H.265 files to DNxHD/ProRes MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD/ProRes MOV files for use in DaVinci Resolve with optimum performance.

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