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How To Do Lens Correction in DaVinci Resolve + Expert Tips

How to do lens correction in davinci resolve
Published 14 April 2023

Have you ever recorded a video and noticed that the edges were curved or distorted? That happens due to lens distortion, a process where the center of an image is in focus while the edges or sides are blurry or blurred. But don’t worry. There’s an easy way to fix lens distortion in DaVinci Resolve!

To do lens correction in DaVinci Resolve, go to the Inspector tab and scroll to Lens Correction. Next, select Analyze to detect distortions automatically and apply lens correction. Alternatively, drag the slider marked Distortion in the Lens Correction tab to manually fix it.

5 Expert Tips when doing lens correction in DaVinci Resolve

1. Use the analyze feature first

DaVinci Resolve offers an automated “Analyze” feature that can quickly detect and correct lens distortion in your footage. Always use this feature first to see if it can provide satisfactory results before making manual adjustments.

2. Avoid overcorrection

While it’s important to correct lens distortion, overcorrection can result in a distorted image that looks unnatural. Be careful not to overdo it when making manual adjustments.

3. Pay attention to the edges of the frame

When correcting lens distortion, it’s essential to pay attention to the edges of the frame. These areas are often the most affected by distortion, and correcting them can improve the overall look of the footage.

4. Adjust other parameters

Lens distortion correction may impact other aspects of the footage, such as contrast, sharpness, or color. Be sure to adjust these parameters as needed to maintain a consistent look throughout your project.

5. Preview your footage often

It’s essential to preview your footage frequently while making corrections. This will help you to see the changes you’ve made and make any necessary adjustments before finalizing the footage.

Lens Correction in DaVinci Resolve: Step-by-step guide

1. Import and add the clip to the timeline 

First, you must import the clip you want to correct and add it to the timeline. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open DaVinci Resolve and click “File“.
  2. Click on the “Media” tab and select “Import Media“.
  3. Please select your desired clip and add it to your timeline by dragging it down from the media pool onto a blank timeline. 
Importing media into davinci resolve

2. Go to the Edit page 

After adding added the clip to your timeline, follow these steps:

  1. Click on “Edit” at the bottom of your screen. That will take you to a new page where you can change your video. 
  2. On the edit page, locate and open “Inspector” on the upper-right side of your screen.
  3. Scroll down until you reach “Lens Correction” near the bottom of the Inspector menu.
Lens correction tab within the inspector window in davinci resolve

3. Analyze or make changes manually 

At this point, there are two possibilities for correcting lens distortion:

  1. Go with “Analyze“, where AI does all of the work automatically,
  2. If you know what changes need to be made, drag the slider marked “Distortion” until they are corrected manually. Try out both options before deciding which one works best for your project.  
  3. After making adjustments with Analyze or manually dragging sliders, preview them and see what DaVinci can do – notice how images now look more natural, realistic, and pleasing!
Analyze option within lens correction in the inspector tab in davinci resolve

4. Finalize your edits and save the changes

Now that you are happy with the results, you can edit your video as desired. Doing that will help ensure your video looks exactly how you want it to.

Here are a few ways to make your final edits:

  1. Use transitions to blend between clips and create smooth, seamless changes.
  2. Add titles or captions to emphasize crucial points or add context to your video.
  3. Add music or special effects to amplify the mood of your video. 

Once you’re done editing, save the changes by following these easy steps:

  1. Click “File” at the top of your screen.
  2. Select “Export Project“.
  3. Name your project and save it to your desired location.

Video tutorial


Lens distortion is a common problem that can ruin the quality of a video. Fortunately, DaVinci Resolve offers an easy and effective way to fix lens distortion.

By following the step-by-step guide, users can easily import and add their clips to the timeline, analyze or manually adjust lens corrections, make final edits, and export their projects. With this process, users can ensure that their videos look natural, realistic, and pleasing to the eye.

DaVinci Resolve is a powerful tool that can help users achieve professional-looking results, and correcting lens distortion is just one of the many features that it offers.

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