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How to Change Audio Output in DaVinci Resolve [2 Simple Steps]


Whether you’re a professional film editor or just a beginner learning the ropes, DaVinci Resolve is a powerful video editing software that can help you create stunning videos. Another benefit of using DaVinci Resolve is that it offers a wide range of audio controls.

To change audio outputs in DaVinci Resolve, go to Preferences > Video & Audio I/O. Next, find “Audio Output” and set it to your preferred device. You can optionally edit your audio outputs further by deselecting “Automatic Speaker Configuration” and changing settings to your preferences.

Changing the audio output in Davinci Resolve

1. Open the Preferences menu 

The first thing you need to do is open the Preferences menu. Here’s how to access this menu:

  1. Open the Davinci Resolve application.
  2. Click on the “Davinci Resolve” tab next to the “File” tab in the top left corner of your screen.
  3. Click on “Preferences“. That will bring up a window with several options for you to choose from. 
Davinci resolve preferences option

2. Audio Input & Output settings

Once you’re in the Preferences menu, follow these steps:

  1. Select System” from the list of options. That will open up a new window with several options related to system preferences that you can change.  
  2. In the new window, select “Video and Audio I/O” from the list of options. That will open another window where you can customize your audio output settings in Davinci Resolve.
  3. Find “Output device” & change the option from “Use System Settings” to your preferred audio device. 
  4. You can optionally deselect “Automatic speaker configuration” if you prefer to edit your audio inputs/outputs in further detail.
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What to do if you have audio issues in DaVinci Resolve

If your audio isn’t playing correctly in DaVinci Resolve, or if you hear static or other issues, there may be a problem with your audio device settings.

Here are a few quick tips to try if you’re having audio issues when using DaVinci Resolve:

  • Ensure your speakers and headset are plugged in correctly. Specifically, make sure that your speakers are plugged into the correct output.
  • Check your audio device drivers to ensure they are up-to-date and compatible with DaVinci Resolve. Keeping your system up-to-date is extremely important when maximizing compatibility and reducing the frequency of crashes.
  • Run a system scan to check for any issues with your audio settings, drivers, or hardware that could be causing the problem. This is one of the more likely issues users will face when experiencing audio issues.

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Changing your audio output in Davinci Resolve isn’t complicated or time-consuming. Whether experienced with DaVinci Resolve or new to the software, changing your audio outputs to your preferred devices, such as listening through speakers instead of headphones or vice-versa, can be a breath of fresh air.

There are also many other ways you can edit your audio settings, as well as many ways you can work with audio throughout DaVinci Resolve, especially in Fairlight.

Feel free to follow our DaVinci Resolve tutorials to learn more about how to work with the software.

Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton

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