Still Images in DaVinci Resolve (7 Things You Should Know)

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There are a lot of questions on how DaVinci Resolve deals with the stills and images.


Does DaVinci Resolve support png, does it support jpeg, how to make an image transparent, how to deal with image sequences, and many more!

Today we’ll see answers to questions related to how Resolve deals with images.

Let’s get started!

Before diving in, we must know the different image file formats supported by DaVinci Resolve.

Popular Supported Image File Formats in DaVinci Resolve

File FormatFile Extension
Portable Network Graphicspng
Adobe Photoshoppsd
Digital Negativedng
Digital Picture Exchangedpx
Nikon Electronicnef
Tagged Imagetif

For a full list of supported image formats, please refer Supported Codec List from BlackMagic Design Support website.

Does DaVinci Resolve Support PNG?

DaVinci Resolve supports PNG file format on MacOs, Windows, and Linux. These are still images that also have alpha channel information for transparency.

How to Add PNG to DaVinci Resolve?

  • Launch DaVinci Resolve.
  • Click on the “Media” page.
  • Click on the “Media Storage” tab.
  • A list of your hard disks will be displayed.
  • Click on the drives to find your png images.
  • Right-click and select “Add into Media Pool“.
  • The png is added under your default “Master” bin (or folder).
  • Now click on the “Edit” or “Cut” page.
  • Click on “Media Pool“.
  • Drag and drop your png into the timeline.

For more information on editing your images, read the below step-by-step guide:

Quickly Edit Images in DaVinci Resolve (Step-by-Step Guide)

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

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DaVinci Resolve is Unable to Import PNG files

In some cases, DaVinci Resolve might not be able to recognize or import png files.

If this is the case, then the folder containing the png files could have been corrupted.

Try copying the pngs to a different folder and then import inside DaVinci Resolve.

How to Make an Image Transparent in DaVinci Resolve?

To make an image transparent in Resolve, the image format (like png) should support the alpha channel (which is capable of producing transparency).

Now before it gets too technical, let’s first understand…

What is an Alpha Channel?

To put in simpler terms, an alpha channel contains information about an image’s color and it’s transparency (or opacity) values.

So if you’re going to work with the transparency of an image, you have to make sure it supports alpha channel.

Not all images support alpha channel.

As per BlackMagic, the following stills support alpha channel, which means you can make them transparent as needed.

Image Formats & Alpha Channel Support in DaVinci Resolve

Image File FormatSupport of Alpha Channel

A few thigs to note:

  • PNG is the most used image format when it comes to making an image transparent.
  • JPG doesn’t support the alpha channel, which means, it can’t be made transparent.

Now that you know which image formats support alpha channel, the next question is:

How to Make an Image Transparent in Resolve?

  • Import the png image into “Media Pool”.
  • Right-click on the image.
  • Click on the “Change Alpha Mode” -> select “Premultiplied“.
  • Drag and drop the png into the timeline, preferably above a video track, so that you can see your image is transparent now.

Few things to note:

  • If the “Premultiplied” option doesn’t work, then select “Straight” and see. If none of the options make it transparent, then you might have a png that doesn’t have transparency information in the alpha channel. Or…
  • Sometimes there are fake pngs, meaning, jpegs having white background – there is no transparency in them. If you work with them, you can’t make them transparent.

So ensure you have a valid png file before bringing it inside Resolve.

Does DaVinci Resolve Support JPG?

DaVinci Resolve supports JPG image format. You can import, edit, color correct a JPG file like any other clip.

JPG doesn’t support alpha channel – meaning, you won’t be able to make it transparent.

Quickly Implement a Border for an Image in DaVinci Resolve

Implementing an image border is very simple in DaVinci Resolve 17.

  • Under the “Edit” page, Import the desired image and place it on the timeline.
  • Click on the “Effect Library“.
  • Click on the “Effects” option under “Toolbox” from the left.
  • Under “Fusion Effects“, click on “Colored Border“, and drag & drop it onto the desired image.
  • Click the image on the timeline.
  • Click on the “Inspector” tab -> click on “Effects” tab.
  • Adjust the various settings and colors to get the border of your taste!

How to Take a Still from a Video in DaVinci Resolve?

Grabbing a still in DaVinci Resolve is easy.

  • Under the “Edit” page, select your desired video clip.
  • Go to the “Color” page.
  • Right-click on the viewer and select “Grab Still“.
  • Click on the “Gallery” tab to reveal the screenshot.

How to Export an Image in DaVinci Resolve?

  • After grabbing a still from the video clip on the “Color” page, click on the “Gallery” tab.
  • Locate your still and right-click it.
  • Select “Export“.
  • From the “Export Stills” window, choose your destination folder to save the still.
  • Enter a name in the “Export” field.
  • Select an extension (let’s say, png or jpg) from the “Save as type” dropdown.
  • Click on “Export“.

How to Sharpen Image in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Under the “Edit” page, Import your desired image and place it on a timeline.
  • Go to the “Color” page.
  • Click on the “Blur” button.
  • From the right side dropdown, select “Sharpen“.
  • Adjust the “Radius” knob to, say 0.44, to get some good sharpening.
  • Play with other settings till you get your desired result!

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