Animate Text in DaVinci Resolve Edit Page (Do This ONE Thing)

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After you’ve added and edited text (title) in DaVinci Resolve, now chances are you would like to animate it.

Animating text in Resolve is super easy.

You just have to know one thing – keyframing and you’d be off to a flying start.

Today let’s animate the title using keyframes in the “Edit” page without going to the “Fusion” page!

And we’ll also see a quick step to save the keyframed titles for future use and save a ton of time.

Let’s get started!


How to Animate Text in DaVinci Resolve?

You can animate text in DaVinci Resolve with the help of keyframes. Basic animation like text zoom in/out, rotate, position, etc., can be achieved through the keyframes available under the “Inspector” tab on the “Edit” page. For more animation options, use the “Text+” generator from the “Effects” tab.

Can You Keyframe Text in DaVinci Resolve?

You can keyframe text (title) in DaVinci Resolve. To keyframe a text, drag and drop the text into the timeline in the “Edit” page. Click on it to highlight it and then click on the upper right “Inspector” > “Settings” or “Title” tab. There you will have settings which can be keyframed. (More on that later.)

Knowing the concept of keyframes is critical to animating text clips, videos or audio clips.

It is very simple in Resolve.

First let’s gets started with the the zoom text animation using keyframes.


Zoom-In Text Animation in DaVinci Resolve

  1. Under the “Edit” page, import the clips into the “Media Pool” (“Ctrl + i” or “Cmd + i”).
  2. Create a timeline from the clips (if not already).
  3. Drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline (“Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  4. Click on the text (title) in the timeline to highlight it. (This step is crucial)
  5. Place the playhead on the title’s first frame (or the starting).
  6. Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Settings” tab. (You can do the same from the “Title” tab as well. However, “Settings” tab is common for titles, video clips and audio clips so that your learning is easy.)
  7. Against “Zoom”, click on the small diamond (the keyframe) and it will turn red.
  8. A keyframe has been set with the default zoom value of “1” at the starting of the text.
  9. Now place the playhead to the end (or the last frame) of the text.
  10. Change the “Zoom” value to say, “2” and a second keyframe will be automatically set.
  11. Now when you play the text back, it will zoom in.
  12. For zoom-out text animation, reverse the 2 keyframes value (that is, the first keyframe value should be zoomed in, say, 2, and the second keyframe value could be 1).
  13. If you want to see the two keyframes in the timeline, click on the bottom right wave icon of the text.

You can drag the keyframes to wherever you want to achieve the zoom in or out, inside the timeline to your taste instead of doing it from the “Inspector” tab.

It all boils down to your personal preference.


How to Animate Text Zoom in One Click in Resolve?

  • Under the “Edit” page, drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline (“Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  • Click on the text (title) in the timeline to highlight it. (This step is very important.)
  • Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Settings” tab.
  • Enable (or click) “Dynamic Zoom” – that’s it! (No keyframes needed!)
  • When you play the text back, it will zoom out gradually.
  • Click on “Swap” to slowly zoom in (instead of zoom out).
  • You can also play with different “Dynamic Zoom” options like “Linear”, “Ease in”, “Ease Out” and “Ease In and Out”, as well as the “Swap” button.

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How to Animate Position of a Text (Move) in Resolve?

  • Under the “Edit” page, drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline (“Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  • Click on the text (title) in the timeline to highlight it. (This step is very important.)
  • Place the playhead on the first frame (or the starting) of the title (or wherever you want).
  • Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Settings” tab.
  • To animate text in the horizontal position, against “Position X”, click on the small diamond (the keyframe), and it will turn red.
  • A keyframe has been set with the default “Position X” value of “0” wherever the playhead is placed.
  • Now place the playhead to the end (or the last frame) of the text.
  • Change the “Position X” value to, say, “50”, and a second keyframe will be automatically set.
  • Now when you play the text back, it will move from center to the right.
  • Similarly, you can place keyframes for the vertical position of the text by keyframing “Position Y” values.
  • If you want to see the keyframes in the timeline, click on the bottom right wave icon of the text.

How to Animate Text Rotation in DaVinci Resolve?

  1. Under the “Edit” page, import the clips into the “Media Pool” (press “Ctrl + i” or “Cmd + i” to import).
  2. Create a timeline from the clips (if not already).
  3. Drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline (“Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  4. Click on the text (title) in the timeline to highlight it. (This step is very important.)
  5. Place the playhead on the first frame (or the starting) of the title.
  6. Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Settings” tab.
  7. Against “Rotation Angle”, click on the small diamond (the keyframe), and it will turn red.
  8. A keyframe has been set with the default rotation angle of “0” at the starting of the text.
  9. Now place the playhead to the end (or the last frame) of the text.
  10. Rotate the text to your desired taste – a second keyframe will be automatically set.
  11. Now when you play the text back, it will rotate.
  12. If you want to see the keyframes in the timeline, click on the bottom right wave icon of the text.

You can grab the keyframes and move them around to get the desired result, inside the timeline.


How to Animate Text Transparency (Opacity) in Resolve?

  • Under the “Edit” page, drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline (“Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  • Click on the text (title) in the timeline to highlight it. (This step is very important.)
  • Place the playhead on the first frame (or the starting) of the title (you are free to place it wherever you want).
  • Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Settings” tab. Scroll down till you see the “Opacity” setting under the Composite” section.
  • Against “Opacity”, click on the small diamond (the keyframe), and it will turn red.
  • A keyframe has been set with the default opacity value of “100” at the starting of the text (or wherever you place the playhead).
  • Now place the playhead to the end (or the last frame) of the text.
  • Change the opacity value to, say, 0. A second keyframe will be automatically set.
  • Now when you play the text back, the text will gradually fade out.

How to Animate Text Background in DaVinci Resolve?

  1. Under the “Edit” page, click on the top left “Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  2. Drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline in a separate video track.
  3. Place the playhead on the first frame (or the starting) of the title (you are free to place it wherever you want).
  4. Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Title” tab. Scroll down till you see the “Background” setting.
  5. Against “Height”, click on the small diamond (the keyframe), and it will turn red.
  6. A keyframe has been set with the default height value of “0” at the starting of the text (or wherever you place the playhead).
  7. Now place the playhead to the end (or the last frame) of the text.
  8. Change the height value to, say, “0.2”. A second keyframe will be automatically set.
  9. Now when you play the text back, the text background’s height will increase from 0 to 0.2 (covering the text from behind).
  10. You can do similar keyframing for “Width”, and “Center” to get the desired result.
  11. If you want to see the keyframes in the timeline, click on the bottom right wave icon of the text.

How to Animate Text Drop Shadow in Resolve Quickly?

  • Under the “Edit” page, click on the top left “Effects” > “Toolbox” > “Titles” > “Text” (Basic Title).
  • Drag and drop the “Text” generator into the timeline in a separate video track.
  • Place the playhead on the first frame (or the starting) of the title (you are free to place it wherever you want).
  • Now click on the upper right corner “Inspector” > click on the “Title” tab.
  • Scroll down till you see the “Drop Shadow” setting.
  • Against “Offset X”, click on the small diamond (the keyframe), and it will turn red.
  • A keyframe has been set with the default “Offset X” value of “0” at the starting of the text (or wherever you place the playhead).
  • Now place the playhead to the end (or the last frame) of the text.
  • Change the offset x value to, say, “100”. A second keyframe will be automatically set.
  • Now when you play the text back, the drop shadow effect will be gradually revealed.
  • You can do the same keyframing for “Offset Y”.

How to Save Your Custom Titles for Future Use in Resolve?

If you are working on a project that needs the same type of titles and their animation (including the keyframes), then you can save it for future use.

From your timeline on the “Edit” page, select your title (text) box, then drag and drop it into the “Media Pool”. The title box is now saved as a separate clip. You can preview it by hover scrubbing. Now you can simply drag and drop it into the timeline whenever you need it.

Since the animations, that is the keyframes are already saved, you can further fine-tune the keyframes to your taste.


If you are facing issues while working with different titles, then you must check out the below helpful guide – which will save you a lot of energy and time:

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