DaVinci Resolve Mp3: Export / Import (+ PROVEN Fixes)

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There are a lot of questions that keep popping up related to importing, playing back, and exporting mp3 audio files in Resolve.

So today, we’ll see if DaVinci Resolve can import, edit and export mp3 file format.

Plus, some quick tips to get you started in the right direction.

Without wasting time…

Let’s dive right in!


Does DaVinci Resolve Support Mp3?

DaVinci Resolve supports mp3 file format. You can import an mp3 audio file, drop it onto a timeline, edit it, and add sound effects on top of it, like any other audio file such as .wav format. However, Resolve requires a constant bit rate mp3 file for it to process successfully.


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Can DaVinci Resolve Export Mp3?

DaVinci Resolve can definitely export an mp3 file. It can export audio formats like mp3, wav, aac/m4a, and embedded audio in video files like mp4, mov, etc. Go to the “Deliver” page and you should be able to export your audio in mp3 format.

How to Export Mp3 from DaVinci Resolve Quickly?

  1. Click on the “Deliver” page inside Resolve after finishing your audio editing and polishing.
  2. Click on “Audio Only” from the “Render Settings”.
  3. Click on the “Audio” tab. (If not unchecked, click the “Video” tab and uncheck the “Export Video” checkbox).
  4. Select “Mp3” from the “Format” dropdown.
  5. Let the codec be “mp3”.
  6. Let the “Bit Depth” be the default (“32”).
  7. Enter “File Name” and choose “Location” for saving.
  8. Click on the button “Add to Render Queue“.
  9. Click on the “Render All” button from the right side of the screen.
  10. Your audio file should now be exported to an mp3 file format.

A few things to note:

Format – You can choose the audio format or the continer you want to render. In this case, it’s “Mp3”.

  • MXF OP1A (IMF)
  • MXF OP-Atom
  • QuickTime
  • Wave
  • Mp4
  • Mp3

Codec The codec for mp3 format is mp3. However, if you choose mp4 format, then the codec will be “AAC“. For “Wav” format, the codec will be”Linear PCM” or “IEEE Float”. For a full list, refer the below table for “Windows” OS:

FormatCodec
Mp3Mp3
WaveLinear PCM, IEEE Float
Mp4AAC
QuicktimeMp3, AAC, Linear PCM, IEEE Float
MXF OP-AtomLinear PCM
MXF OP1A (IMF)Linear PCM
AAC Audio encoding is available only for MACOS

Bit Rate Strategy – This field is greyed out (disabled) in Windows. However, as per the codecs manual, it is available only for “AAC” encoding – which is available only in MacOs, which contains the following options:

  1. Constant Bit Rate
  2. Variable Bit Rate
  3. Average Bit Rate
  4. Variable Bit Rate Constrained

The following is the supported codecs screenshot for your reference:

Data Rate – You can set it to the maximum value (which is the default – “192” for this particular case), for high quality.

Bit Depth – You can set it to the maximum value (which is the default – “32” for this particular case).

Render one track per channel checkbox – This checkbox lets you specify whether you want to export each channel as an individual track. If you uncheck it( the default state), the audio with 2 channels will be exported as a single file.

If checked, you get 2 separate audio files (could be useful in some cases).

Output Track 1 – Let it be set to “Bus 1 (Stereo)” if you want your export to be a single mp3 file.

The “OutPut Track 1” has the following options:

  1. Bus 1 (Stereo) – this export will output you a single mp3 file irrespective of the number of audio tracks in the timeline.
  2. All Timeline Tracks – this export will output all the audio tracks as a separate mp3 file. If you have 4 audio tracks in the timeline, then 4 separate audio files will be exported.
  3. Timeline Track – this export will output only one track that you select with the help of “Track Number“.

How to Import Mp3 in DaVinci Resolve?

  1. Launch Resolve and click on the “Media” or “Edit” page.
  2. Press the shortcut “Ctrl + i” (or “Cmd +i”) to import your mp3 file.
  3. Choose the location of your mp3 and click on ok.
  4. Your mp3 file is now imported into DaVinci Resolve.
  5. Drag the mp3 file onto a timeline for editing and further processing.

Mp3 Not Importing Inside DaVinci Resolve?

Sometimes you won’t be able to import certain mp3 files, or even if you import, they might not playback as expected.

Keep in mind that DaVinci Resolve requires a constant bit rate mp3 file as per the codecs manual.

Sometimes recording mp3 through smartphones could result in variable bit rate audio files, which could be one of the issues.

In those cases, you need to make sure the variable bit rate mp3 is converted to a constant bit rate mp3.

Read the below detailed step-by-step guide to solve the mp3 not importing issue in Resolve:

Can’t Import Mp3 in DaVinci Resolve? (Try THIS Proven Fix!)


Concluding Thoughts

Make sure the mp3 file format contains a constant bit rate mode to successfully work inside Resolve.

Then importing and editing your mp3 file should be easy.

The older versions of Resolve don’t support mp3 encoding (or exporting). With the latest versions like 18, this is no longer an issue.

And also do keep in mind – experts recommend working with .wav file format inside DaVinci Resolve.

(If you are getting started and have an option, then see if you could get wav audio file format to start with.)


2 thoughts on “DaVinci Resolve Mp3: Export / Import (+ PROVEN Fixes)”

  1. Hi, thanks for the tutorial. Under “Using Audacity to Convert Your Wav to Mp3”, don’t your mean drag and drop your ‘wave’ file?

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