2 ways to Export Multiple Segments from DaVinci Resolve

For some workflows it can be useful to keep many different clips inside DaVinci Resolve. If you are editing a course with hundreds of lessons or creating stock footage, it is a hassle to create new project for each of the segments you want to export.

What if you could keep all your segments inside DaVinci Resolve and export them in one click?

How can you create a big project, apply audio and color effects and export it all to small chunks automatically?

There are two alternatives...

1. Export individual files with the Built-in Exporter

DaVinci Resolve's built-in exporter has gotten better at this over the last updates, but it still has some limitations:

  • ❌ You don't get applied audio changes or effects
  • ❌ You don't get color codings
  • ❌ You don't get rendered layers (example: text)
  • ✅ You get the original source clips trimmed the way you put them on the timeline
  • If you need to export the video with all effects and layers rendered, skip down to alternative 2!

    Step 1: Cut your video the way you want them

    Make a project, and add the files you want. Now go to the timeline and cut and trim the clips the way you want.

    This project has one source video that I cut into four pieces.
    This project has one source video that I cut into four pieces.

    Step 2: Export as individual files

    After you are satisfied with how the clips are laid out, go to the "Deliver" tab and select "Individual clips" instead of "Single clip".

    Press render and... voila! You'll have your clips in a folder.

    Limitations of the Built-In Exporter

    The built-in exporter is a quick and easy way to do this, but the output doesn't include the applied audio effects or color coding.

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    It might seem weird that the built-in exporter has these limitations, but it is because of the workflows of professional film sets, where they don't want anyone to accidentally alter the audio effects and color coding when exporting clips after a day of filming.

    If you want a quick and reliable way to export multiple segments from DaVinci Resolve WITH all effects, check out the other alternative, MediaChopper:

    2. Using Mediachopper To Export Segments

    MediaChopper is a program built specificly for losslessly splitting up a media file in many small chunks.

    It keeps all the audio effects, color coding, time remapping and text layers, and lets you export multiple chunks exactly the way you saw them in the editor.

    MediaChopper is a universal program that works with different editors, but it takes a few more steps than the built-in process.

    By taking the metadata files from DaVinci Resolve, MediaChopper is able to export segments based on marker data or the segments in the editor.

    Step 1: Download MediaChopper

    Go to this link and download MediaChopper. It is a cross-platform program, so it should work just as well on Windows as on Mac.

    Step 2: Render the Whole Project from DaVinci Resolve

    For MediaChopper to work, you need to export the whole video file from the project. This is the key, as it allows you to render all the effects and color codings correctly.

    In the export dialouge, you can choose the render settings you want. Select the codec, resolution and video format you want your final chunks to have. MediaChopper will preserve the settings of this original file.

    Make sure to select Single clip and Entire timeline before rendering.

    Keep this output.mp4 file (or whatever you called it). We are going to need it in step 4.

    But first: exporting timeline files!

    Step 3: Export the Timeline Files from DaVinci Resolve

    This might be the most tricky part, but bear with us, it will be worth it in the end.

    You need to export the timeline metainfo so that MediaChopper knows what to export.

    Open the Edit Index pane and select Show all in the dot menu.

    Right click your Timeline in the Media Pool and select Timelines > Export > Edit Index...

    This will let you export a CSV file. Keep this file for the next step.

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    Note about markers. Markers aren't exported automatically from the edit index. If you want to use markers INSTEAD of segments as cutting info, select Show Markers > All instead of Show All in the Edit Index dot menu before exporting.

    Step 4: Chop it up in MediaChopper

    This is the fun step.

    Open up the MediaChopper app that you downloaded in step 1.

    Now press the Chopper-tab and add your video file to Source video, and your CSV file to Segment info File.

    MediaChopper will present you with a list of all the segments it found in the metadata file. If you eported markers, it will show them in the list too. Feel free to select or deselect segments in the table to only export the ones you need.

    In the output settings you can specify how you want the files to be named. If you are using markers with labels, it's probably best to use those names for the final files. If not, go ahead and select a good basename and MediaChopper will create the 0001, 0002, etc.. extensions for you.

    When you are ready, go ahead and press "Start!", and MediaChopper will export your individual segments blazingly fast. No data is reencoded, it just copies and chops the stream, so this is a great lossless way to split video files.

    Success! We got our 4 segments with all layers applied!

    Conclusion

    Exporting multiple small segments from DaVinci Resolve can be useful in many situations. The built-in solution is fast and easy, but has its limitaions.

    By using MediaChopper, you can get a reliable way to export multiple chunks from DaVinci Resolve with all audio effects, color encodings and time remappings preserved.

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