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DaVinci Resolve: Macros Vs Templates
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Not sure to what category you should submit to, Templates or Macros?

This is the right place to get started and figure out the differences!

The DaVinci Resolve catalog includes both Templates and Macros. Macros, similar to MOGRTs and Presets in Premiere Pro, have so far been limited to projects created entirely within DaVinci Resolve. This excludes projects that rely on external assets like videos or images.


Typically, Overlays and Titles use pre-rendered assets and are classified as Templates. Yet, managing these as Templates can be cumbersome, especially when modifying text or colors, as it requires switching between multiple timelines without seeing real-time results.


Macros offer a more streamlined approach. They are stored directly in the Effects Library, allowing users to drag and drop them into their timeline. Changes to parameters are made in the Inspector panel on the right side of the screen, providing instant feedback.

Although we have accepted some Overlays and Titles with external assets as Templates, converting these to Macros could enhance usability. A mistakenly approved Overlays Macro project effectively uses external assets, demonstrating the potential benefits of this format.

For further illustration, here are links to compare a Macro and a Template of a similar project:

Additionally, here is a video comparing both formats.

This approach could potentially simplify the application of effects and improve the overall editing workflow in DaVinci Resolve.

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