Beginners and newcomers to DaVinci Resolve (versions 18.5, 18, 17, etc.) have a lot of questions on importing mp3 audio files (music) and related importing issues.
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.
To import an mp3 file in DaVinci Resolve, navigate to “File” > “Import” > click on “Media”. Choose the location of your mp3 and click on ok. Your mp3 file is now imported into DaVinci Resolve.
Sometimes you won’t be able to import mp3 audio. We’ll also look at a few proven fixes to overcome the same.
How to Import Audio Mp3 in DaVinci Resolve?
- Launch Resolve and click on the “Media” or “Edit” page.
- Press the shortcut “Ctrl + i” (or “Cmd +i”) to import your mp3 file.
- Choose the location of your mp3 and click on ok.
- Your music mp3 file is now imported into DaVinci Resolve.
- 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:
Few Important Tips
Make sure the mp3 file format contains a constant bit rate mode to work successfully 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 18.5, this is no longer an issue.
And also, do keep in mind – experts recommend working with the .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.)
Before You Go
Now that you know how to import an mp3 file properly, the next step would be to edit it and get it ready for export.
I highly recommend the below detailed guide on exporting mp3 audio with the best render settings explained!