Learn how to Master Sony Movie Studio and Vegas Pro Video Editing Software

Sony Creative Software Inc.

vegaspro12-howtorender-330This tutorial will teach you how to set up Sony Vegas Pro 12 for rendering/exporting good quality 1080p or 720p HD Video suitable for upload to YouTube, Vimeo or playback on your home computer.

Which format should I use ?

There are always many different ways to skin a cat with Sony Vegas Pro 12. With the release of this version of Vegas Pro, Sony has created some easy to use Internet Rendering Templates under the MainConcept AVC/AAC (.mp4) format.

MainConcept AVC/AAC (.mp4)

Mainconcept uses the H.264 codec which is widely used and accepted on all websites, so it is a safe choice to use. Mainconcept produces a slightly higher contrast look with very vivid colours. If your Bit Rate is on the low side, you can lose some detail in dark and shadowy areas of your video. It does have the advantage of the option to use your GPU (Graphics Card) to help speed up your rendering times. Please note that you will need a compatible Graphics Card for GPU Acceleration to work. You can read more about the requirements for GPU Acceleration here on the official Sony Creative Software website.


Windows Media Video (.wmv)

The other choice you could use for making your videos is Windows Media Video (.wmv)
Windows Media Video creates a slightly different look to Mainconcept, which some people may prefer. The colours are a little more muted with this codec, however it does hold onto small detail in any dark and shadowy areas of your video.

One dis-advantage of Windows Media Video is that it is extremely CPU intensive when rendering. So it takes a lot of juice and time to render this codec out. You will also need a fair amount of RAM (memory) installed if you intend to render full 1080p video with WMV. On lower powered computers with not enough memory, it can just keel over and die halfway through rendering.

If you are interested in Rendering to Windows Media Video instead of MainConcept AVC/AAC, then you can watch a video tutorial I made for Sony Vegas Pro 11, where I showed three different ways to render. About one third of the way through this video I showed how to render with WMV.

Sony Vegas Pro 11: How to Render 720p and 1080p HD Video for YouTube

render as template selection

Where can I play back this type of video ?

Rendering to an Interent Template does not limit you to just uploading it to a website. You can also use this format for playback on your computer.

However, if you want to make a BluRay Disc or DVD, you will have to render to some different formats. You can learn about this through these related articles:

How to Render Video for BluRay Disc using Movie Studio Platinum 12

How to Render a Video Suitable for turning into a DVD

 Video Tutorial 

Watch video Sony Vegas Pro 12: How to Render 1080p & 720p Video on YouTube directly through this link or play below and set to Fullscreen 1080p HD

video-for-bluray-330In this tutorial I show you how to manually render a video, suitable for turning into a BluRay disc using Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 and Sony DVD Architect Studio 5.0

The workflow shown in this tutorial is almost identical for Sony Vegas Pro users, so you can follow along as well. In fact, the workflow I show for the actual rendering part of this tutorial, is the ONLY way Vegas Pro 12 users can prepare a video for BluRay. The reason being is that Vegas Pro does not have the automated wizards that Movie Studio has. Movie Studio is more user friendly because it is aimed at users with a "new to intermediate" skill level. Vegas Pro assumes that you have a lot more knowledge in basic workflow.

Why should I manually render my video to make a BluRay Disc ?

Learning how to create a video for BluRay manually, gives you a lot more control than using the "Make Movie" wizard inside Movie Studio Platinum 12. If you like to use the automated Make Movie wizard and it works well for you, then always do what makes most sense for yourself. However, if it all goes horribly wrong when using the Make Movie wizard, and you're left up poo creek without a clue and no beer, then the fastest way back to the pub is learn the workflow I am about to teach you.

What can most commonly go wrong when you use the Make Movie wizard, is the step between the video finishing rendering in Movie Studio and then it's transfer into DVD Architect Studio 5.0. If you get confused or DVD Architect Studio doesn't launch properly, then typically people can lose the Video and Audio files that were just rendered. Searching high and low on your computer for the missing files leads to zero results. This normally causes an instant explosion of F-Bombs by the user and children laughing in the lounge room because Mum or Dad has flipped out once again.

The location of those missing files - secret revealed

Here is a secret I am only sharing through this article. The missing files are normally located in the Temporary Cache for Movie Studio.  It can be difficult to find if you don't no where to look, because it is NOT in your My Documents folder. The location is actually displayed at the bottom of the Preferences window inside the Options Menu.

In Movie Studio Platinum 12, this is the temporary files address:
C:\Users\Dex\AppData\Local\Sony\Movie Studio Platinum\12.0\

All of your Sony programs have a similar cache. If you find any old video or audio files buried in here, it is safe to delete them.

How to Render your Video for a BluRay Disc

The first most important thing you must know about making BluRay Discs or DVDs, is that the Video Stream and Audio Stream are actually rendered separately. This is just the way it is done. So you do TWO renders - one for the video and one for the audio. Please make sure when you do this, that both files are given the exact same name and live in the exact same folder. If you don't do this, DVD Architect Studio 5.0 (for Movie Studio Platinum 12 users) or DVD Architect Pro 6.0 (for Vegas Pro 12 users) will not be able to match the files up and you will end up with no audio on your BluRay Disc and a Charlie Chaplin inspired silent movie.

Which Formats to chose from in the Render As window ?

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Video Stream

There are two choices you can make to create your video file.
You can render to one of the MainConcept MPEG-2 (.mpg, .m2v, .mpa) BluRay Templates
You can render to one of the Sony AVC/MVC (.mp4, .m2ts, .avc) BluRay Templates

MPEG-2 probably produces the highest quality output, but the choice is always yours. As I frequently say in my video tutorials, experiment to your Heart's content and discover for yourself what your own preferences are.

Scene Selection Marker Points

If you added any Scene Selection/Chapter Selection/Marker Points into the project and want them to also work in DVD Architect, you must go to Metadata Options at the bottom of the Render As window (above) and select Save Project Markers in Rendered Media File.

Audio Stream

There is one main choice for the Audio Stream that works best for BluRay.

Sony Wave64 (.w64)

Importing files into DVD Architect Studio 5.0 or DVD Architect Pro 6.0

I am not going to talk much about using DVD Architect, because I have already covered using this program and how to set it up in other tutorials. For a list of all my articles and tutorials follow this link here:
Related DVD Architect Studio Tutorials and Articles

You only have to Import the Video file Stream into DVD Architect for it to work properly.
You DON'T have to Import the Audio file Stream as well, because DVD Architect will automatically do this for you. Provided it has the same name and same location as the Video file, DVDA will match it perfectly.

The best way to Import your Video file/s is to right-click Untitled next to the Disc icon in the left hand side menu and select Insert Media.

importing into dvda

Now navigate into your Documents Folder - DVD Architect Projects Folder - Your Project
Look for the biggest file - it will be massive. Select it now.

If you have more than one Video file to Import, simply repeat the process. From here you can simply drag your video files onto the Menu Page for the project.
That's it ! Now you can spend hours and days creating your Masterpiece in DVD Architect.

Please watch the video tutorial below for full instructions on how to do create your Video for a BluRay Disc.

 Video Tutorial 

Watch video How to Render Video for BluRay Disc using Movie Studio Platinum 12 on YouTube directly through this link or play below and set to Fullscreen 1080p HD

selecting-parts-330In this in-depth article I am going to take you step by step through the process of selecting parts for your home computer build.

There are many steps involved in building your own computer and I know from experience that selecting the right parts to meet your requirements and making sure that they are compatible with each other, can be quite daunting. So I am going to set out a comprehensive check list for you to work through at your own pace.

Building your First Computer

In March 2012 I got the courage to build my very first computer, and then on top of that I had the crazy idea of filming the entire process and uploading my "How to Build a Conmputer" video to YouTube. There was a very important reason why I decided to make this "How to" video. I started watching as many "How to Build a Computer" videos I could find on YouTube to learn what to do and gain some confidence. However, I noticed that many of the videos that existed back then consistently glossed over particular steps with the assumption that people magically would just know.

Here is a link back to the original video series I made showing how to actually build your computer:
How to Build a Computer in 2011 for Fast Video Editing & Gaming Part 1/2
How to Build a Computer in 2011 for Fast Video Editing & Gaming Part 2/2

So I know what it feels like to be a bit anxious about building your first computer. There is some very important advice I must tell you before we start.

"Be patient ! Research thoroughly and triple check everything before you start buying any components."

What is going to be the Main Purpose for your New Computer ?

  • General Home Computer ?
  • Video Editing Computer ?
  • Gaming Computer ?
  • High Performance Multi Function Computer ?

The process for selecting parts is pretty much the same no matter what type of computer you want to build. However, if you are wanting to build a strictly Gaming Computer, then there are plenty of people out there with a lot more knowledge than what I have. If you fall into any of the other three groups, then I believe I can really give you some great advice.

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