- Published: Monday, 04 March 2013 12:21
- Written by Derek Moran
This 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.
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:
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Watch Sony Vegas Pro 12: How to Render 1080p & 720p Video on YouTube or play above and set to Fullscreen 1080p HD.
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Nine thousand seven hundred and thirty nine Mega Bits per second ?
In guess you actually mean something like 9.739 Mbps.
When rendering video you should always render to the same Frame Rate the original video was recorded in were possible. For best quality, leave the Bit Rate settings in Vegas at the default high values. Something like 24mbps high and 12Mbps low.
Some people also like to turn of Sampling. Right-click your videos on the timeline and select Disable Re-sample - this will reduce motion blur.
However are you saying know need to as your demo and setting using the Main concept avc mp4 is actually definitely using the h264 codec anyway ?
(but just does not actually say so?)
Are you asking a question or making a statement ?
I don't see what the problem is.
Let me put it simply, just like I wrote in the article above:
"Mainconcept AVC/AAC .mp4 uses H.264 codec"
In case you are not aware.
.mp4 is NOT a video codec - mp4 is a Video Container for many possible Video Codecs.
H.264 is a Video Codec - currently, H.264 is the most common video codec you will find inside mp4 containers.
I am a total newbie no nothing about codecs, video editing even new to sony vegas pro 12!
I here people talk about really good to use H.264 as a good codec for great rendering of HD videos for the web and youtube
a search on google for rendering best settings using sony vegas pro 12 and I happened to find you info, others and the other chaps video in that link I gave to you who said its good to use H.264 as great codec which sony vegas does not have as a default BUT you can get a H.264 plugin for it and use that for really great HD rendering
So I was wondering is there was no need to get this since you suggested the setting in your video Mainconcept: 'uses the H.264 codec which is widely used and accepted on all websites'
My confusion is why the guy advocates an actual H.264 plugin when infact he could maybe get the same results using Mainconcept mp4 setting because you said it uses this H.264 anyway?
So is it a waste of time bothering to get this plugin is my question to you Derek i.e. just no need that main concepts uses H.264 anyways is what I am asking ?