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How To Add Text In DaVinci Resolve Quick & Easy

How to add text in davinci resolve
Published 17 August 2020

Last updated on 22 July 2022

DaVinci Resolve is slowly making its way to the top, as it has the potential of becoming the next big thing. Of course, it has some functionalities similar to Premiere Pro, so today we’ll look at how to add text in DaVinci Resolve.

Since it’s a very intuitive video-editing software, you will be able to find everything you’re looking for in a matter of seconds. Everything is as easy as possible, and you can’t miss any of the effects. If you already know how to add text in Premiere Pro, this will be very easy!

Quick overview

To add text in DaVinci Resolve is super simple.

  1. Just go to the “Edit” panel
  2. Go to the “Effect” library
  3. Drag & drop “Text” to your timeline
  4. Choose the text settings such as the Font, Size, and Content.

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Detailed guide

1. Import your video to the project

Of course, the first thing you want to do is add your video to DaVinci Resolve. You can simply do that by pressing “Ctrl-I” to import media, or go to “File,” “Import File” and then “Import Media.”

Import a video into davinci resolve

2. Create a new timeline then add your video to it

You must create a new timeline to start working on a new project in DaVinci Resolve. You can either do that by:

  1. Going to the “File” menu, then create a new timeline
  2. By clicking on your video and choosing “Created New Timeline Using Selected Clips”. A prompt will open, and you will be able to create your new timeline.
Create a new timeline

3. Click the “Edit” panel button

You can easily switch between different panels by using the control panel at the bottom of the screen.

Go to the edit tab in davinci resolve

4. Open the “Effects” library & create your text

In the “Effects Library”, you will be able to see all kinds of effects you can apply to your video. Right now, we are interested in the “Title” effects.

Drag and drop the “Text” effect on top of your video. 

Open the effects library

5. Choose the text settings such as Font, Size etc.

After you add the effect, it’s time to customize the text you’re adding. You can change everything, from the text to its size and color, to the background if you want it to have a background and its position.

Changing the text settings davinci resolve

In DaVinci Resolve, just like Premiere Pro, you can play with the keyframes and create something unique. For example, while making this tutorial, I added a zoom and fade effect on the text, so as the video plays, the text zooms in on the screen and disappears.

6. Create keyframes for your text to add animation

You will need to click on the small diamond-shaped button under the video to see your keyframes.

How to add text in davinci resolve

Adding keyframes in DaVinci Resolve

How to add Subtitles

Something I find very interesting about DaVinci Resolve is that it has the option to add subtitles very easily. You must drag and drop the “Subtitle” effect on your video and edit it there. You can edit the time in and out and the text.

Learn more on how to add subtitles in DaVinci Resolve.

7. Done!

Well, now you know how to add text in DaVinci Resolve, and you definitely can tell how much easier it is than other video-editing software out there!

Video tutorial – add text in DaVinci Resolve

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After spending 6 years in the post-production studio, Mihai decided to share his insights on video editing and computers.

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