DaVinci Resolve Image Sequence Import/Export (+ FIX Issues)

Featured DaVinci Resolve Image Sequence Beginners Approach

You should have a good working knowledge of dealing with Image sequences in DaVinci Resolve.

Today we’ll see how to import image sequences, convert them into video and export them into various formats like Png, TIFF, etc.

We’ll also see how to fix issues related to image sequences in Resolve.

Without wasting time,

Let’s dive right in!


What is an Image Sequence?

An image sequence is a group of image frames that are numbered or named sequentially. By default, Resolve treats the image sequences (like dng or png) as a single clip.

But you can make DaVinci Resolve treat the image sequences as a single clip or individual image frames.


How to Import an Image Sequence in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Under the “Edit” page, click on “Media Pool“.
  • Press “Ctrl + i” (or “Cmd + i”) for importing the image sequence.
  • Navigate to the desired location in your hard drive and select all of the image sequences.
  • Click on “Open“.
  • The image sequences will be imported as a single clip.

Sometimes Resolve doesn’t import the image sequence as a single clip. We’ll see how to overcome this.

DaVinci Resolve Doesn’t Import Image Sequence as a Single Clip

The main reason could be the images are not sequentially named or numbered. There could be a few images that don’t have continuous numbers or are renamed differently from the other images.

Or…

You might have a group of images – all named differently. But you need Resolve to treat them as a single clip.

Either way, you’ll have to sequentially number them first and uncheck an option in Resolve, to treat it as a single clip.

Here’s how to do it.

How to Sequentially Number a Group of Images (Instantly)?

  • Select all the images, either by dragging a box around them or pressing “Shift” while clicking all the images.
  • After selecting all the images, right-click on the first clip and select “Rename“.
  • Enter a name, let’s say “hi”, and press the “Enter” key.
  • All the names of the images will be sequentially numbered automatically.
  • These are now ready to be imported into Resolve.

You have to make sure the file names end with sequential numbers, like “a(001).png”, “a(002).png”…

If the file names end like these – a(001)(1).png, a(002)(1).png… then these are not sequential because the file names are always ending with “(1)”. If this is the case, remove the last number, say, “(1)”, and ensure the ending of the file name is sequential.

Now that the images are sequentially numbered, the next steps are:

  • Go to the “Media” page.
  • Click on the “Media Storage” tab from the top left.
  • Now click on the 3 dots and make sure “Show Individual Frames” is Unselected.
  • Press “Ctrl + i” (or “Cmd + i”) to import.
  • Open the folder containing the image sequences.
  • Select all the images and click on “Open“.
  • The image sequences will be imported as a single clip inside Resolve.

Sometimes you might need the individual images separately imported into Resolve instead of a single clip.

This is how you do it:

How to Make DaVinci Resolve Import an Image Sequence as Individual Frames?

  • Click on the “Media” page after opening your Project.
  • Click on the “Media Storage” from the top left.
  • Now click on the 3 dots and make sure “Show Individual Frames” is Selected.
  • Press “Ctrl + i” (or “Cmd” + i) for importing.
  • Open the folder containing the image sequences.
  • Select all the images and click on “Open“.
  • The image sequence will now be imported as individual frames.

How to Convert Image Sequence to a Video in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Go to the “Deliver” page after importing, editing, and color correcting the image sequences in Resolve.
  • Click on the “Custom Export” tab.
  • Select “Single Clip” for “Render” (which is the default value).
  • Under the “Video” tab, select “Mp4” from the “Format” dropdown.
  • Codec = “H.264”.
  • Resolution – your desired one, let’s say, “1920 x 1080 HD”.
  • Frame Rate = your desired one, say, “60”.
  • Enter a File name and location – found at the top of “Render Settings”.
  • Click on “Add to Render Queue“.
  • Then click on “Render All“.
  • Done! The image sequences are converted into a video clip in .mp4 format.

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Sometimes your work might require you to convert a video into an image sequence (a series of images).

Especially, you might need to output your video for VFX works as DPX image sequences.

Or you might need them as a PNG sequence.

Resolve provides support for that as well.

We’ll see how to export into different image sequences like TIFF, PNG, JPG, DPX, etc.

However, Resolve has no direct export option for Jpg and Png image formats. But there is a workaround!

How to Export as TIFF or DPX Image Sequences in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Go to the “Deliver” page.
  • Click on the “Custom Export” tab.
  • Select “Single Clip” for “Render” (which is the default value).
  • Under the “Video” tab, select “TIFF” (or “DPX“) from the “Format” dropdown.
  • Codec = “RGB 8 Bits” (or any value based on your requirement).
  • Resolution – your desired one, let’s say, “3840 x 2160 Ultra HD”.
  • Frame Rate = your desired one, let’s say, “23.976”.
  • Enter a File name and location at the top of the Render Settings.
  • Click on “Add to Render Queue”.
  • Then click on “Render All”.
  • Done! Resolve will convert the clip into a series of images of .TIFF formats.

To export Png and Jpg image sequence file formats, you’ll have to perform a few extra steps to get them.

This is how you do it.

How to Export as PNG Image Sequences in DaVinci Resolve?

  • On the “Edit” page, select your video clip or mark in (short cut i) and out (o) in the timeline.
  • Go to the “Fusion” page.
  • Right-click on the “MediaIn1” node under the “Nodes” work area.
  • Click on “I/O” > then select “Saver”.
  • Click on the “Saver1” node and then click on the “Inspector” tab from the right upper corner.
  • Under the “File” tab, click on the “Browse” button.
  • Enter any file name with a “png” extension, say, “a.png”.
  • “Save as type” = “All Files”.
  • Click on “Save“.
  • Now, go to the menu, click on “Fusion” > then click on the “Render All Savers“.
  • Rendering will start and take a few minutes based on the length of the clip.
  • Done! Resolve will convert the video clip into a series of .png image sequences.

DaVinci Resolve Export Jpg Image Sequence

To export the Jpg image sequence, select your clip in the timeline on the “Edit” page, then go to the “Fusion” page. Right-click on the “MediaIn1” > “Insert” > “I/O” > select “Saver”. Then from the “Inspector” tab, under the “File” tab, click on the “Browse” button. Enter any name with a “jpg” extension, say, “1.jpg”. Select “All Files” for “Save as type”.

Then from the menu, click on the “Fusion” > “Render All Savers”. Resolve will render the video clip into a series of Jpg image sequences.


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