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  • Resolve requesting access to media folder, which it already has access to

     Robert Jackson updated 1 month ago 4 Members · 4 Posts
  • Somaya Barakat

    January 27, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I have a problem with inserting media from one timeline to the other.
    First I got 2 timelines from my editor as aaf s then imported them as well as the media to a new project. I got most of the stuff linked.

    However when I try to insert from one timeline to the other, I get a dialogue box telling me:

    DaVinci Resolve can only access media from locations listed in the Media Storage tab of Preferences. You can add the folder to Media Storage locations in the file dialog that follows.

    then I choose access folder and choose the folder where all my media are, still, it tells me that the selected folder doesn’t seem to have access to the media I’m trying to use.

    That sounds really weird because I already have the folder in the media storage tab, and all the media are online. Also, I double checked that Resolve has permission to the folder in Finder.

    I can’t find the answer but two probable reasons are:
    – my editor renamed some of the clips in the aaf, but I relinked them successfully.

    -the media and the aaf are not in the exact subfolder (they are in the same folder but in different subfolders)

    Could any of these be the issue or is it something else?

  • David Baud

    February 1, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Which Mac OS are you running?

    With Catalina and Big Sur, Apple changed access permissions for applications. Now, more than before, you need to make sure your application (Resolve) has full access to your drives and files. You can check it under System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy

  • Jonatan Cortes

    December 14, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Somaya,

    It’s been for more than one month that I struggle with this problem. In particular, I couldn’t drag and drop a Timeline into another timeline.

    I was getting exactly the same dialog as you, and no matter what folder I selected, I kept still getting access denied.

    Today I selected the main Drive (e.g. “Macintosh HD” in my case), and it solved the problem.

    Hope this helps,


  • Robert Jackson

    December 16, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Golden rule….Media files should always be put on a fast External SSD, or Fast HHD.

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