DaVinci Resolve 18 keeps Crashing (4 Fixes Working 2023!)

Sneha Zacharia


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DaVinci Resolve 18 keeps Crashing (4 Fixes Working 2023!)

We’re all pretty familiar with how popular DaVinci Resolve is. It’s simple to use, user-friendly application for most video editors. Though sometimes there’s no point in being an amazing software when all it does before you can even use it is crash… 

Some unlucky video editors even report it crashing a little while into the time they’ve spent editing making them lose all progress. Though crashes have mostly been reported by Windows users. Like Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7.

Why does DaVinci Resolve Keep Crashing?

  • Computer below required specs— In some circumstances, the problem arises because the user computer lacks the necessary hardware to operate the software reliably. Davinci doesn’t have a minimum system requirement list, but you should expect crashes if you don’t have a dedicated GPU, a powerful CPU, and at least 16 GB of RAM.
  • DaVinci is attempting to run on the built-in GPU — This issue may occur if your system tries executing the software with an integrated GPU. Crashing will occur because integrated GPUs are substantially less powerful than their dedicated counterparts. To compel the system to use the dedicated option, you’ll need to disable the integrated GPU in this situation. DaVinci Resolve users have also noted that AMD GPU Driver Version 21.10.2 is the last stable version that renders work.
  • Video files source folder doesn’t have enough permissions – This issue can arise if you try importing video files from a folder that doesn’t have adequate permissions. The problem can be solved by transferring the files to a separate folder before importing them into Davinci Resolve.
  • Davinci Resolve does not accept Mp4 files – If the issue occurs when you try to import MP4 files, you can avoid it by changing the video files to MOV before trying to import.
  • Your paging file is too limited – According to certain technical users, Davinci Resolve does not notify the system when it has to use the Virtual Memory file in advance. If your system manages the paging file (and it isn’t of a custom size), crashes happen whenever the app tries to access virtual memory.
  • Bug or Glitch – Davinci Resolve 18 features a reduced number of issues that have been known to cause programme crashes in various situations. This is because the vast majority of software-breaking flaws have subsequently been fixed.

Ways to fix the DaVinci Resolve Crash Issue

1. Use a dedicated GPU

If you’re having this problem with an integrated GPU like Intel(R) HD graphics. You’ll probably need to upgrade to a dedicated GPU to be able to utilize the DaVinci Resolve software without problems.

When it comes to rendering jobs, DaVinci Resolve is highly resource-intensive (particularly in the GPU department). However, the software has few, if any, procedures in place to prevent under-specified systems from accessing it. AMD GPU Driver Version 21.10.2 is the last stable Version where the render works. This version usually allows the render to complete on DaVinci Resolve version 18.

2. Make Sure you’re using the latest version

Currently, DaVinci Resolve is on version 18. Ensuring you’re on the latest version will help you have the best user experience. With each new version that comes out the developers, Blackmagic Designs fixes many glitches and bugs faced by their users. Here’s an article that will help you update your DaVinci Resolve, that is if there is an update available.

3. Upgrading your Windows Operating System

Since crashes are more commonly seen in the Windows Operating System make sure you’re using the latest stable Windows version available.

4. Increase Virtual Memory

Increasing the virtual RAM is another excellent way to fix DaVinci Resolve not opening or crashing issues (paging file). Here’s how to alter the size of virtual memory in Windows.

To launch the control panel, press Windows + S, type control panel in the Search field, and click the result.

To enter the System Properties window, go to System and Security > System and click Advanced system settings in the left pane.

Go to the Advanced tab and under the Performance section, select the Settings option.

When on the Advanced tab click the Change button beneath the Virtual memory section when the Performance Options box appears. Uncheck the option to automatically manage paging file size for all drives in the pop-up box.

In the list, select your system drive (usually C: drive) and click the Custom size option. Then, on the Set button, set the Initial size to 3500 MB and the Maximum size to 7000 MB.

Also Read: Adobe Premiere Pro vs. DaVinci Resolve: Which is the Best?


DaVinci Resolve also has the project backup option disabled. Enabling project backup will ensure that even if the worst happens you have not lost your work and all the effort you’ve put in. Alternatively, you could opt for Postudio, where all your data is stored on the cloud.

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