Transcode HEVC x265 to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve

There are some times you may need to convert HEVC H.265 files to DNxHD for use in DaVinci Resolve with optimum performance. That’s where a good HEVC x265 to DNxHD converter comes in.

It’s painful to edit H.265 files in DaVinci Resolve, which format should I use?
“Hi all, I have an old PC. DaVinci Resolve has difficulty to use H.265 video files on it. So I converted the H.265 video into H.264 MOV format so the format that I did convert it to works. However, it’s still painful to edit with the choppy video. I was wondering if converting to another format would be better off? Does anyone have a recommendation? Thanks.”

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H.264 is a difficult codec for some computers. If your conversion software can output DNxHD that is a much better choice to edit with. If your converter app doesn’t include DNxHD export option, you can give HD Converter a try. It runs on both Windows and Mac machines. Learn how it works.

How to convert HEVC H.265 files to DNxHD for editing with DaVinci Resolve?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
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Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as an HEVC to DNxHD Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
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Step 3: Select output format
Navigate to the “Profile” bar, and choose ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ as output under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column. (See the screenshot above)

If you are on a Mac computer, you can also choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target under ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue. The ProRes codec will also work well with DaVinci Resolve.
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Step 4: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ panel pops up, on which you are able to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 5: When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding HEVC H.265 files to DaVinci Resolve supported format. As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate the generated files and now you are able to open them in Resolve for further editing smoothly.

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