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How to Mute Video in DaVinci Resolve [3 Pro Methods]


DaVinci Resolve lets you edit video and audio clips, but what if you don’t want your video to have any sound? It can be frustrating to have multiple audio sources playing simultaneously, especially if you’re doing voiceovers, so how do you mute audio or video?

Throughout this article, we’ll show you the step-by-step process of muting all or part of your video clips in DaVinci Resolve.

Muting videos in DaVinci Resolve

Method 1 – Cut tool & opacity

1. Cut the video segment

Cutting your video clip will let you mute portions of it rather than the entire project. Head to the edit section of DaVinci Resolve and open the video with the audio bar showing beneath it. Then, follow the two steps below:

  1. Click on the “Cut” tool above the video in the editing tool menu bar.
  2. Choose which part of the video you want to cut by clicking the furthest portion to the left and right of the segment.

2. Select the video & adjust the opacity

Choose the “Selection” tool in the same menu bar as the cutting tool. It should be an arrow right next to the cutting option. Click on the segment that you just created, then follow these steps:

  1. Choose “Inspector” in the top right corner.
  2. Click on the Video tab.
  3. In the “Composition” section, change the “Opacity“.
davinci mute video

After doing this, you can add some crossfades between the clips in the timeline or something similar, but it all depends on what you are doing for the edit.

Method 2 – Mute a video track

You can also mute one of the video tracks and move the video clip that you want to mute up to that track.

  1. Move your video up to a new video track. In this example, we have created Track 2.
  2. Click the “Disable video track” button.
disable video track
mute video track

Method 3 – Using the keyframe editor

This one is more complicated but gives you a lot more flexibility to do smooth fade-ins or outs or effects that looks professional.

  1. Click the Keyframes editor icon as shown in the image below.
keyframe editor
  1. Click the drop-down icon as shown in the image below.
dropdown keyframes
  1. Choose “Opacity“.

You will now have a line showing in the keyframe editor where you can move up and down to change the opacity. You can also add keyframes and create animation with the opacity. Learn more about keyframes in DaVinci Resolve to find out how to animate.

opacity line

Final thoughts

In conclusion, DaVinci Resolve offers a convenient and efficient way to mute audio in your video clips, whether you need to mute the entire video or specific portions.

The step-by-step guide provided in this article walks you through the process of cutting video segments, selecting and adjusting audio levels, and muting the entire video if necessary.

By following these instructions, you can easily manage your audio sources and create a professional video without any unwanted sound interference. This will be particularly helpful when creating voiceovers or working with multiple audio sources.

Will Sutton

Will Sutton

Will is a professional Camera Operator/Video Editor with over 17 years of experience). Now living between the Isle of Man & Brighton UK. Highly experienced in Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and After Effects + some other editing software. Founder of Teckers, Bounce Color, Stunt Camera Crew & more.

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