OBS screen recording files wont import into Davinci Resolve

If you’ve ever tried to create a screen recording in OBS, then import it into Davinci Resolve but the files won’t import, then this video is for you. In this quick video, I show why this happens and the very quick and easy way to fix the issue.

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Hi guys, Simon here again. Back in December 2019 I recorded a video called Screen Recording and Editing Basics with OBS and Davinci Resolve. Now that video has been watched close to 85,000 times It had about 1,500 likes and it’s had about 175 comments. So it’s one of my most popular videos.

One of the things that keeps coming up regularly in the comments is that people are following the instructions and recording screencasts with OBS. But then when they go to import them into Davinci Resolve, the files won’t import. Now that is covered in my video of how to get that to work, but it is a small short section so it could be quite easily missed, so I thought I’d put together a quick dedicated video showing exactly how and why that happens.

It all comes down to the video file types that Davinci Resolve supports. It won’t import MKV files. But it will import MP4 files. Now if we take a look at our settings in obs’s under the output tab, by default the recording format is MKV. You can change that to MP4, but what will happen is if you have any issue with your machine or your OBS crashes, none of that data will be saved if you’re recording to MP4.

So it is a good idea to record to MKV when you record your files. Now, once you have made your screen recordings, you can go in as I showed in the video and go to File, Remux recordings, select your MKV file and it will remux it into an MP4 file. Now since I recorded my video, I think OBS have added in a new feature so if you go into settings and go into advanced under the recording section you’ll see there is an automatically remux to MP4. So this effectively does it for you.

So if we cancel now, if we just start recording. And we’re doing something on our screen so we can go and have a look at my photography website and we can have a look at some of the local area around me. Then we go back and stop our recording. You can see it comes up Remuxing recordings, so if we go and look at our file system, we’ve got not only our MKV but also our MP4.

Now the MP4 file will import into Davinci Resolve. The MKV will not, so hopefully that helps everyone who’s had that problem before. I’ve tried to sort of gone and an answer and help those people, but I figured out a video showing exactly how to do it. Might be the way to go. Thank you.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m the Technical Director at Expeed Technology in Adelaide, South Australia. In my day job I work on both Windows and Linux web hosting technologies and Windows and Web .NET development. In my spare time I tinker with video production, photograpy, and all things Azure, including IAAS, PAAS and Serverless. You can find me on Twitter over at @simonholman 

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