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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 5 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, then this is going to be very easy!

To add text in DaVinci Resolve is super simple. Just go to the “Edit” panel, go to the “Effect” library, drag & drop “Text” to your timeline, choose the text settings such as the Font, Size, Content, then it’s done!

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1. Import your video to the project

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

How to add text in davinci resolve

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

In order to start working on a new project in DaVinci Resolve, you need to create a new timeline. You can either do that from the “File” menu, or 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.

How to add text in davinci resolve

3. Click the “Edit” panel button

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

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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. 

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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.

How to add text in davinci resolve

In DaVinci Resolve, just like Premiere Pro, you can play with the keyframes and create something unique. For example, while I made 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 then disappears.

6. Create keyframes for your text to add animated effects like fading

In order to see your keyframes, you will need to click on the small diamond-shaped button under the video. In this case, I have the text, and I want to see exactly where I added my keyframes.

How to add text in davinci resolve

This way you can add all kinds of texts, subtitles and basically play around with everything this software has to offer. 

Something I find very interesting about DaVinci Resolve is the fact that it has the option to add subtitles in a very easy way. All you need to do is drag and drop the “Subtitle” effect on your video and edit it there. You can edit the time in and out, as well as the text. 

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!

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