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How To Add a Fade Effect In DaVinci Resolve

Adding a fade effect to davinci resolve using the video transitions menu
Published 6 January 2023

Are you a beginner when it comes to editing videos with DaVinci Resolve? If so, you’re probably wondering how to add a fade effect in Davinci Resolve. The good news is that it’s quite straightforward and easy to do.

Select the “Video Transitions” tab in the effects library to add a fade effect in DaVinci Resolve. Next, click on the Cross Dissolve transition. Then, drag the transition to the timeline and place it at the beginning and end of your video clip.

Read on for a rundown of how to add a fade effect to your video clips using DaVinci Resolve in a few simple steps.

1. Open DaVinci and import your video 

The first step is to open DaVinci Resolve and import the video clip you want to edit. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Select “File” on the menu bar and click “Import”.
  2. Find and select the video clip that you want to edit.
  3. Click on “Import”.
Importing media into davinci resolve using the "file" > "import" > "media" option.

2. Add the video clip to the DaVinci timeline 

Once your video clip has been imported, you must add it to the timeline. Follow these steps to do that:

  1. Select the clip from the media pool.
  2. Drag and drop the clip onto the timeline at the bottom of the screen. Now you should see your video clip on the DaVinci timeline.

3. Open the DaVinci Resolve toolbox 

Now that your video clip has been added to the timeline follow these steps:

  1. Go to the effects library on your screen’s left side and open the toolbox.
  2. In the toolbox, select “Video Transitions”. That will open up a list of different transition effects you can use for your video clip.
Video transitions menu within davinci resolve showing the various effects available to the user.

4. Select the Cross Dissolve effect 

Here’s what to do once you access the “Video Transitions” settings:

  1. Select “Dissolve”.
  2. Scroll down until you find “Cross Dissolve”. That’s the setting you’ll use for your fade effect.
  3. Drag the Cross Dissolve effect onto the beginning of your clip to fade it in.
  4. To fade out your video, drag the same effect onto the end of the clip.
Cross dissolve effect in the video transitions menu within davinci resolve.

5. Play the clip to review the fade effect 

Once you’ve added the transition to your video clip, click on the play button at the bottom of your screen. That will allow you to preview your video clip with the fade effect applied.

And if you need to make adjustments, drag either end of the transition effect until it looks just right. Remember, you can always add more than one transition effect to your video clip if you want a more complex fade effect.

The below video demonstrates how to fade in and out in a few simple steps using the DaVinci Resolve video editing tool.

Video Tutorial


Fading in and out with Davinci Resolve is a simple process, but it can make a difference to your videos’ overall look and feel. You can use this same method to add multiple other video effects to your project. However, lots of these effects are only available with the paid version of DaVinci Resolve.

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