How to AutoSave in DaVinci Resolve (+Tips & FIXES 2023!)

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Beginners and newcomers to DaVinci Resolve (versions 18.5, 18, 17, etc.), without knowing the autosave feature, put a ton of effort into their favorite project for days, weeks, months, and suddenly out of nowhere the system crashes!

It’s heartbreaking! I’ve been there, and it hurts so much. I had to learn the lesson the hard way.

DaVinci Resolve does have autosave options in the form of “Live Save”, “Project Backups” and “Timeline Backups”. These settings are found in the “User Preferences” which on enabling, automatically saves your work.

To enable autosave in DaVinci Resolve, go to the menu “DaVinci Resolve” > “Preferences”, and click on the “User” tab. Then click on “Project Save and Load”. Finally, under the “Save Settings”, enable “Live Save”. Resolve now automatically saves your changes.

Let’s explore the autosave mechanism in detail – step-by-step with pictures.

How to Turn On AutoSave in DaVinci Resolve?

  1. Navigate to the menu “DaVinci Resolve” > “Preferences” (short cut for “Preferences” is ” Ctrl + , ” or ” Cmd + , “).
  2. Click on the “User” tab.
  3. Click on “Project Save and Load” from the left-hand side.
  4. Under the “Save Settings” (previously “Auto Save”), turn on the “Live Save” checkbox.
  5. DaVinci Resolve will now automatically save your progress made in the “Edit”, “Cut”, and “Fairlight” pages.

What is Live Save in DaVinci Resolve?

When “Live Save” is enabled, Resolve automatically saves every change that you make while editing, color grading, etc. There is no manual intervention required, like pressing “Ctrl + s” (or “Cmd + s”). This is available in the “Cut”, “Edit” and “Fairlight” pages.

You can enable this option and forget it. Resolve will automatically and incrementally save your changes.

As per Blackmagic “Live Save even works for previously unsaved projects that you’ve forgotten to save if anything goes wrong”.

If your system or hard drive or Resolve crashes, and you forget to take backups, then Live Save will be your savior!

Related Article:

How To Recover DaVinci Resolve Lost Projects (Crash Recovery!)

How to Enable Live Save?

“Live Save” can be enabled by checking the “Live Save” checkbox from “DaVinci Resolve” > “Preferences” > “User” tab > “Project Save and Load” > “Save Settings”.

Auto Save Location in DaVinci Resolve

The autosave location in DaVinci Resolve is the same as the original project location. Go to the “Project Manager”, and click on the “Project Libraries” icon. Then right-click on the project library > click “Open File Location”. See the below screenshot.

I highly recommend the below detailed guide regarding the project location and related tips:

3 Quick Steps to Find DaVinci Resolve Project Files in Your System

Difference Between Live Save and Project Backups in DaVinci Resolve

The live save mechanism will save every change you make. It is an automatic process, and you don’t have control. Whereas the project backup mechanism (which is also an automatic process) takes regular project backups at defined intervals like 15 minutes, 4 hours, and 2 days.

In live save, you can’t go back to the older versions of your project; it is more of an incremental savings of the changes you make to your project.

But the project backup option will have separate versions of your project backups in time that you can fall back to.

For example, if you had only live save turned on and you want to work again from yesterday’s changes (because today’s changes to the project were not satisfactory), you would not be able to do so instantly.

Either you have to undo all the changes till you get to that point which is a total waste of time.

But with project backup turned on, you can instantly access the older version of the project!

For a more detailed step-by-step guide, I highly recommend reading the below guides:

How to Backup and Restore DaVinci Resolve Projects

Backup DaVinci Resolve Project Library/Database (+Restore)

Backup Timeline in DaVinci Resolve 18.5 (& Restore!)

How to Save a Project in DaVinci Resolve?

To save a project in DaVinci Resolve, press “Ctrl + s” or “Cmd + s” (manual save), or enable the autosave feature called “Live save” found in the “User Preferences” – for automatic background save. You can also perform automatic project backups.

DaVinci Resolve Revert to Previous Save

To revert to the previous save in DaVinci Resolve, go to the menu “File” > click on the “Revert to Last Saved Version” option. You can also undo the changes using the “Ctrl + z” or “Cmd + z”.

If you want to exactly go back in time to a particular version of the project, it is not possible to use the live save feature. You have to enable the project backups.

How to Turn Off AutoSave in Resolve?

To turn off autosave in DaVinci Resolve, uncheck the “Live Save” checkbox under “DaVinci Resolve” > “Preferences” > “User” tab > “Project Save and Load” > “Save Settings”.

So whenever you close the project, you’ll be prompted to save manually.

Manual Saving in DaVinci Resolve

One of the best practices endorsed by almost all experts is to press “Ctrl + s” / “Cmd + s” regularly.

This should become a habit so that whenever you forget to turn on auto-save options and DaVinci crashes, you can access your manually saved project (prior to crashing)!

How to Save Project As in DaVinci Resolve

You can create a duplicate copy of your project by clicking on “File” > “Save Project As…” (shortcut for save project as is “Ctrl + shift + s”). Enter an appropriate name and hit “Save”.

You have created a duplicate copy of your project!

Before You Go:

Now that you know how to work with the autosave feature (live save) in DaVinci Resolve, it’s time you take regular project backups – which is a more robust way to keep all your project files saved and accessible.

I highly recommend the below detailed guide – covering essential aspects of project and timeline backups in Resolve:

How to Backup and Restore DaVinci Resolve Projects

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