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DaVinci Resolve Has Failed to Encode the Video Frame: How to Solve It

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

DaVinci Resolve is a fantastic option for video editing. But, sometimes, you will get error messages that make it difficult for you to actually do everything that is necessary to get your videos encoded. What are you supposed to do in those cases?

DaVinci Resolve 16 is now in full release. With that release, new problems may arise. More and more people are asking about what they need to do in order to make encoding work properly – it’s quite a popular topic on many help forums for DaVinci projects.

So, if DaVinci Resolve has failed to encode the video frame, what can you do? In this article, we’ll explore some methods that can help that process happen effectively.

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Part 1: How to Fix Davinci Resolve Failed to Encode Video Frame

Method 1: Change the Frame Rate

Check the project settings frames per second (FPS) against the timeline settings FPS. If they are not the same, then you want to proceed with this method. In most instances, you want to change the timeline frame rate, because otherwise you will be losing frames on the original video.

Step 1: Set frame rate

First, before you go into the timeline frame rate, you need to have a blank media pool and timeline. Then, go via file to the project settings, and set that frame rate to the same rate as the project.

change frame rate

Step 2: Export again

Add your media again, export with the desired frame rate, and you’ll be ready to go. The error should correct itself as a result of these changes.


Method 2: Restrict The Video Quality

In some instances, you’re going to need to make some manual changes to the quality of the video that you are trying to render. As you may expect, this may make the video have a little bit of a lower quality appearance, but it shouldn’t affect viewing too immensely.

Step 1: Change quality setting

Click Delivery and then go to the Render Settings. Look for the Quality setting, which is typically defaulted as Automatic – and that’s where your issue may be.

Change quality setting

Step 2: Render your video

Change Automatic to Restricted, hit Add to Render Queue (or replace, depending on what you’re doing) and then hit okay. The video will start rendering properly and you shouldn’t have to worry about the error coming up again.

Render your video

Part 2: How to Solve Crashing During the Rendering Process

If you’re in a situation where DaVinci Resolve has failed to encode the video frame and it crashes in the meantime, you need to be able to fix that. There are a couple of methods that you can try in order to ensure that you can prevent the issue.

  • Check your video driver and ensure that it’s the latest version. If it’s not, then you want to update those drivers before proceeding.
  • Double check the version of DaVinci Resolve 16 that you have. If it’s still the beta version, uninstall that and install the new public version.
  • Try using Run as Administrator when you start up the program.
  • Manually install the latest driver (studio edition, not gaming edition) for your Windows PC.

If you try those and still are not getting the results that you’re looking for, then contact DaVinci directly and they can assist you with whatever issues you may be dealing with.

Taking care of the issues around DaVinci Resolve can make the process a lot easier for you. We hope these tips are able to help you resolve the issues that sometimes occur with DaVinci Resolve’s newest edition.

Benjamin Arango
Benjamin Arango is a writer and a lover of all things video.