How To Build Your Own Custom Render Cache in DaVinci Resolve

How To Build Your Own Custom Render Cache in DaVinci Resolve

April 22, 2013

If you're having trouble getting real-time playback in DaVinci Resolve then try this tip for creating your own custom render cache.

Has this ever happened to you: You’re playing down a timeline in DaVinci Resolve and the audio starts stuttering all over the place? You take a look at the frame rate indicator and you realize, without even a single color correction node applied, you’re only getting playback of 10 frames per second! Yes sir, this is about to become a really long color correction session.

Why is this happening?
It may be due to working with a higher resolution than your system can handle. Or perhaps the codec has too high a data rate for your hard drives to pump out quick enough. I had this very problem myself when demoing at a trade show. We needed realtime playback but the poor Macbook Pro couldn’t handle it.

Check out the video below to see my DIY solution for this problem and how you can build your own custom cache using your codec of choice!


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  • BionicVincent

    I got an ah ha moment! Firstly – and how dumb is this – whenever I wanted to change between layers I always went back to the conform page….I didn’t actually simply switch between V1 and V2
    Secondly, even though using the rendered timeline idea is as you said slightly clunky I didn’t realise that when you updated and rerendered that it would then automatically update the V2 layer. Nice!!

  • Dan Moran

    Glad it helped Vincent! Its a slightly clunky system but hopefully the day that you need guaranteed playback it’ll be waiting here for you! The v1 and v2 was a bonus ah-ha moment 🙂

  • David Anderson

    This is brilliant. It dawned on me that if I do the initial setup and render as part of my conform/setup, all I have to do is render the timeline and there we have it. First video, first ah ha moment. Well done, Dan. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dan Moran

    Glad you enjoyed it David! It was one of those things I had to work out for a very specific situation so I thought it would be good to share! The Resolve render cache is great but this gives a little more flexibility.

  • Alex MacLean

    Cool workaround. Would be nice if BMD would put prores as an option in the “render cache” settings.

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