Have trouble understanding how to change your clips’ frame rate? Even though DaVinci Resolve is a powerful tool, it doesn’t always make adjusting the frame rate as easy as it could. This article will help you understand two simple steps for changing the frame rate of your clips and get back to editing immediately.
How DaVinci Resolve Adjusts the Frame Rate of Clips
You don’t need to be concerned if your footage doesn’t match the frame rate you selected. With DaVinci Resolve, clips with different frame rates are handled automatically. DaVinci Resolve will maintain the timeline frame rate, so each piece of content plays back at normal speed.
For example, a timeline with 30 frames per second will play clips at normal speed, whether 30 frames per second, 23.97 frames per second, or 60 frames per second. Using the frame interpolation settings in the retiming process (nearest, frame blend, or optical flow, as specified in the project settings), DaVinci will add extra frames for the 23.97 fps clips while removing every second frame from the 60 fps clips. Following the steps below, you can change the clip’s frame rate in the media pool to match the timeline frame rate.
How to Change the Frame Rate of a Clip in DaVinci Resolve?
- Navigate to the “Edit” page and click on “Media Pool.”
- Then, select a clip (or a group of clips by pressing “Ctrl”/ “Cmd”).
- Using right-click, select the selected clip(s) and then click “Clip Attributes“
- Select the “Video” tab.
- Select your desired frame rate under “Video Frame Rate” and click “Ok.”
You can also do the same operation when the clips are placed in the timeline. You can then select your required clips and select “Clip Attributes”.
“Clip Attributes” displays the properties of a clip. DaVinci Resolve re-interprets the clip with the new frame rate once you update the frame rate. While adjusting the frame rate of a clip, keep in mind:
- The duration of the clip might change.
- The audio of the clip will not be affected. If you change the frame rate, the duration of the video may change, but the audio duration remains the same (which might cause out-of-sync issues).
The best way to have a smooth workflow is to determine the target frame rate before starting production. By the way, did you know you could use DaVinci online? Without having to download the software or worry about hardware specifications? Head onto Postudio and take a crack at Davinci Resolve as well as a plethora of other post production software, online and on-demand!