Where Are DaVinci Resolve Projects Saved?

Hey there! Ever finished editing a video in DaVinci Resolve only to realize you have no clue where it ended up? Trust me, we all have been there. 

So, let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you! 

In this article, I’ll show you where your projects typically go on both PC and Mac by default, and how you can change that location. 

That way, you can keep your workflow smooth and organized just the way you like it.

Where Are DaVinci Resolve Projects Saved?

To access your project manager in DaVinci Resolve, click on the house-shaped “Project Manager” symbol at the bottom right of your screen. 

Next, hit “Show/Hide Databases” at the top left. Then, opt for “Open File Location” next to “Local Database,” triggering a pop-up menu displaying either “DaVinci Resolve database location” or “file path.” 

For Mac users, the default location is Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Resolve Disk Database, and for Windows users, it’s C:/Users/<your user name>/AppData/Roaming/BlackMagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Support/Resolve Disk Database. 

If you want to alter your file-saving location, select “DaVinci Resolve” at the top left, click “Preferences,” then “Add” to designate a new storage location.

Where Does DaVinci Resolve Store Cache Files and Optimized Media?

In DaVinci Resolve, your optimized media and cached files are saved in the primary disk location set under Preferences > System > Media Storage. 

These files comprise both optimized media and rendered cache media. 

You can easily access this folder by navigating to “Project Settings > Master Settings > Working Folders” located at the bottom right-hand corner of the interface.

Does DaVinci Resolve Save Proxy Files? If yes, Where?

Accessing saved Proxy files is simple. Just click on the “Browse” button next to “Proxy Generation Location” to find them. 

Alternatively, you can locate them under “Project Settings” > Master Settings > Working Folders > Proxy Generation Location.

Changing the save locations in DaVinci Resolve

Set a custom location to save projects

If you want to change where your cache files are stored, follow these steps:

  1. Open DaVinci Resolve and look for the “Project Settings” button in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  2. Click on it to access the settings.
  3. Navigate to “Master Settings”.
  4. Here, you can set a custom location for your cache files.

Change the cache file location

When you choose a “Cache File Location,” you’re essentially deciding where your optimized media will be stored. This is handy because if the optimized media ever goes missing or gets deleted, you can instruct the program to locate it again.

Additionally, if you’re keen on utilizing the “Capture and Playback” feature, it’s worthwhile to set a custom location for it. You can easily do this by accessing the tab within the “Project Settings” screen and selecting a location that suits your needs.

Changing the database location

One of the crucial aspects to note is the ability to alter your database location in DaVinci Resolve. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Click on “DaVinci Resolve” located in the upper-left corner of the interface.
  2. Select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Alternatively, you can quickly access preferences by pressing “Ctrl +” on your keyboard.
  4. Once in the preferences menu, click on “Add” and designate a secondary Media Storage location.
  5. Additionally, under the “User” section of the same tab, you can specify a backup location, providing an essential safeguard against unforeseen issues like system crashes.

Conclusion

In conclusion, understanding where DaVinci Resolve saves your projects, cache files, and proxy files is vital for maintaining an organized workflow. 

By accessing the project manager and adjusting preferences, you can customize these storage locations to suit your needs, ensuring smoother editing experiences and safeguarding your work against unexpected mishaps. 

So, next time you’re diving into editing, rest assured knowing exactly where your files are stored!

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