Preparing Films For Delivery In Davinci Resolve

In the final episode of my Resolve Basics series, we are going to be looking at my workflow when getting ready to deliver my films.

Over the past five weeks we’ve looked at my post-production workflow from ingesting and organising media, to editing, colour grading and sound design.

This week, we’ll be covering titles and subtitles, creating versions for different social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter, and various settings in the delivery panel.

Titles

At this point, I’ll go through and add any motion graphics to the film.

I’ve encountered various bugs with the Fusion panel, that occasionally makes motion graphics glitch out, and as such I still use After Effects for my motion graphics, hopefully this is something they fix in Resolve 16.

I’ll also use the titles feature on the edit page to add any titles that do not need to be motion graphics.

To do this, drag and drop the title of your choosing into the edit timeline, you can then enter the text required, change the font, size and position.

Subtitles

Next I’ll create the subtitles.

Resolve has a great subtitles feature, that makes it pretty easy to create closed captions for your films.

The one feature it is missing however is spelling and grammar checks, which could save a lot of time on larger films.

I’ll add a subtitles track, change the font and size, then create the subtitles for the film.

I have an in-depth tutorial on subtitles that you can find here. There’ll also be a link in the description.

Once the subtitles are created, I’ll send the film over to the client so they can double check the film for any final revisions.

Versions

Once the subtitles have been given the go ahead, I’ll move on to creating versions for different social media platforms.

These will typically be highlight pieces that are no longer than one minute.

Duplicate your timeline for each highlight piece, trimming it down to just the content you need.

For Instagram, you’ll then want to create a copy of each of these timelines, that can then be optimised for a vertical aspect ratio of 1080x1350.

This is because vertical aspect ratios can increase user engagement with videos on the feed.

I have a more in-depth video covering working with different aspect ratios in Davinci Resolve. You can find it here and in the description.

With the change in aspect ratio, you’ll need to go through each clip, adjusting the titles and subtitles to better fit this aspect ratio.

Exporting

Finally we can move on to exporting our films.

I’ll start of by rendering out the main film for YouTube, selecting the YouTube preset, choosing the file location, and naming the file.

Make sure that you project aspect ratio is the same as the render aspect ratio, for example, this timeline is in 2:1, so the render aspect ratio needs to be 1920x960.

I’ll also export subtitles as a separate .srt file.

For the Social Media highlights - not the Instagram ones - I’d recommend exporting as 1920x1080, as some social networks such as LinkedIn, do not work well with other aspect ratios, having weird translucent bars.

You’ll also want to burn the subtitles directly onto the video, to help boost user engagement when the video is muted.

Make sure these videos are exported as .mp4 files, as Twitter does not work with .mov files.

Finally, with the Instagram Highlights, you’ll want to change the project aspect ratio back to 1080x1350, then change the export aspect ratio to 1080x1350, and choose to burn the subtitles onto the video.

Repeat this for all of your clips, and your films will be ready to go.