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How to Import MKV to DaVinci Resolve and Fix the MKV Importing Issue?

Author by Oswald

Updated on Jan 09, 2024

MKV is a popular video format that is usually seen in high-quality Blu-ray files, OBS captured footage, etc. As not all versions of DaVinci Resolve support MKV files, error messages like "File format not supported", "MKV file not adding audio in the timeline", etc. may occur when importing an MKV file to DaVinci Resolve. To help you import MKV into DaVinci Resolve smoothly, this post will guide you through how to import MKV to DaVinci Resolve and solve the MKV not supported in the DaVinci Resolve issue.

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Part 1. Does DaVinci Resolve Support MKV?

Actually, it depends on the version you're using. DaVinci Resolve supports MKV files natively from version 17.2 and later. That means the older versions earlier than 17.2, like DaVinci Resolve 17.1, 17, etc. don’t support MKV file processing.

Upgrading older versions to the latest version like DaVinci Resolve 18 is a way to import MKV to DaVinci Resolve successfully. But this doesn’t mean you can import all types of MKV files to DaVinci Resolve. Since MKV is a container format, it may be encoded with codecs that are not supported by DaVinci Resolve, which will lead to import failure or other issues after importing to DaVinci Resolve. So, no matter whether older versions of DaVinci Resolve or newer versions, it is suggested to convert MKV files to DaVinci Resolve supported file formats and parameter specifications first to avoid the importing issue.

Part 2. How to Import MKV Files to DaVinci Resolve?

If your DaVinci Resolve version is 17.2 or above, you can import your MKV files to DaVinci Resolve for editing now. The following is a simple guide for how to import MKV to DaVinci Resolve correctly.

Step 1. Launch DaVinci Resolve (Make sure the version of your DaVinci Resolve supports MKV format) on your computer and create a new project.

Step 2. Click on the Edit page.

Step 3. Click the Media Pool tab from the upper-left corner.

Step 4. Press “Ctrl + I” to select an MKV file from your file folder and click “OK” to import it to DaVinci Resolve.

Part 3. Simply Fix MKV Not Importing to DaVinci Resolve Issue

Solution 1. Rename the File Extension

Sometimes all it takes is changing the file extension from mkv to one that DaVinci Resolve supports to solve the file import failure.

Before trying this way, you’d better backup your video files.

Just right-click on your .mkv file and select Rename.

Then, change the file extension from mkv to mp4, avi, or any DaVinci Resolve-compatible format.

When a warning appears, click Yes.

After that, open the file in DaVinci Resolve and test if it can now be imported without a problem. If not, you can go to the next 100% workable solution to convert MKV to be supported in DaVinci Resolve.

Solution 2. Convert MKV to DaVinci Resolve Supported Format

As stated previously, MKV is a video container format that may contain codecs not supported in DaVinci Resolve. Then Solution 1 will not work.

To make sure your MKV files can be imported to DaVinci Resolve successfully, you can give WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro a try. It is a decent video converter that can convert MKV for importing and editing in DaVinci Resolve. Moreover, it can convert any video to DaVinci Resolve-compatible format and achieves a good trade-off between video quality and size through advanced encoding technology. You can also use it to do some simple edits with its built-in video editor. It also allows you to customize video parameters such as bit rate, frame rate, etc to be perfectly compatible with DaVinci Resolve.

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Convert MKV Videos for DaVinci Resolve MKV Import Issue for the Best Editing/Uploading

Load videos into the DaVinci converter

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Step 1. Load Unsupported MKV Files

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, click on “Converter” module to enter the converter section. Drag & drop the target MKV files to the center or click “Add Files” button from the upper-left corner to add unsupported MKV videos into the program. Then define the destination path at “Output folder” underneath.

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Step 2. Convert and Export Videos

Click on the output format section on the right side to choose the output video format. Locate the Video category, choose one desired output video format by clicking on the corresponding video icon. Then click “Run” to start the conversion.


For importing video to DaVinci and editing: DivX (DivX+MP3)

For YouTube uploading: MP4 (H.264+AAC). It’s the best DaVinci export format for delivering that is perfectly supported by YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc. and it as a matter of fact best fits all mainstream platforms.

Detailed parameter settings

Step Optional. Adjust Video to the Best Parameter Setting

Before starting the conversion, you can click on the “Parameter settings” button on the right side, you’ll be led to a new window where you can customize video bitrate, framerate, aspect ratio, etc. When ready, hit “OK” to save changes and get back to the main workplace.

Hint: 1. Regular video bitrate for DaVinci editing is 30~60 Mbps.

2. Best settings for YouTube uploading. (Check out the YouTube upload spec)

Bitrate: Around 7500 kbps; For 1080p movies, 8000kbps SDR/10.000 kbps HDR.

Frame rate: 48,50,60 fps

At last...

That's all about how to fix the MKV DaVinci Resolve importing issue. How’s the outcome? I hope this article can be of help. For more video/audio incompatibility issues, you can also give HD Video Converter Factory Pro a try! It will never disappoint you. Thanks for your reading!

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