How to make a timelapse in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve seems to be all the rage these days, with its powerful editing options in the free version, and even more options in the paid version. Let's see how we make a timelapse with DaVinci Resolve.

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Today I will show you how to make a timelapse in DaVinci Resolve.

DaVinci Resolve is very powerful editing software, and the best thing is that it's free!

The paid version allows you to create higher-resolution timelapse videos, but the free version is a great place to start with.

Here's how it works in short: Turn a RAW photo sequence into a DNG sequence first, then color grade and export it as a video file.

You can find all the download links and the written tutorial below the video.

Download DaVinci Resolve here.
Download the Adobe DNG converter here.
Go leave a comment on this forum post regarding Lumix RW2 files in DaVinci Resolve here.

How to make a timelapse in DaVinci Resolve

  • Open Adobe DNG converter
  • Convert your RAW sequence to a DNG sequence
  • Import the DNG sequence by dragging it into DaVinci Resolve
  • Right-click the imported sequence and Create a new timeline from it
  • Adjust the timeline resolution to your preference
  • Select the clip in the timeline and go to the Colour tab
  • Add a colour grade according to your preference
  • Export to a ProRes (or another codec) video file using the Deliver tab

Top tip from a viewer: “Don't change the settings in Adobe DNG to “Use lossy compression”, it seems like a great idea to save some space but Resolve won't be able to read the files.”

Stay tuned, as my next video will be about how to make a hyperlapse in DaVinci Resolve!

How to hyperlapse in DaVinci Resolve is coming soon

Want to learn more about timelapse photography? Check out my free e-book below.

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Steve Kirkham
Steve Kirkham
1 year ago

Any chance that the Lumix S5II file issue has been fixed in Davinci resolve yet?