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Q: Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files into Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ?

Answer: Not all AVI Video Files are the same.

An AVI is actually a container for many possible video codecs.
An easy way to understand this, is to imagine that an .avi video file is like a book. If the book (container) is printed in English, then English is the language (video codec) you need to know and understand in order to read the book. Because English (the video codec) is a common language understood by a many people, a large amount of publishers (or software manufacturers) use it frequently in every book/product they make.

However, if the book (container) is written in an exotic language (less common video codec) that not many people speak/understand, then most people wont be able to read it. Which means you will have to translate (convert the codec) into a language you can understand before you can use it.

AVI's are one of the most generic video file extensions in use. So they could contain virtually anything.

There are a lot of exotic video codecs in use and Vegas cannot decode them all - mainly because it would cost too much to pay for the licensing involved, which would add to the cost of buying the program.

The two biggest culprits are DivX and Xvid - Vegas can't read these.

So you will have to either convert your video files into a more common video codec that Vegas can read easily, or record your original video files using a codec/format that Vegas already likes.

If you would like to learn more about how to convert videos into different formats/codecs, then please read this article here.
How to Convert Video into Different Video Codecs and Formats

Apple Quicktime

Another important thing to do before you start using Vegas for the first time is to install Apple Quicktime for Windows.
Vegas Pro and Movie Studio need Quicktime so that they can read and write particular sub-sets of video codecs.

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

File Formats/Codecs that Vegas Pro Likes

Opens: AA3, AAF, AIF, ASF, AU, AVC, AVCHD, AVI, BMP, BWF, CDA, DIG, DLX, DPX, DV, EXR, FLAC, GIF, H.264, HDP, IVC, JPEG, M2T, M2TS, MVC, MOV, Sony MXF (XDCAM and HDCAM SR), MP3, MP4, M4A, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, MPO, OGG, OMA, Panasonic MXF (DVCPRO, AVC-Intra) PCA, PNG, PSD, QT, R3D, SFA, SND, TIFF, TGA, VOX, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV

Saves: AA3, AC3, AIF, ATRAC, AVC, AVCHD, AVI, DPX, EXR, FLAC, H.264, HDP, MOV, MP3, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, MP4, M2T, Sony MXF (XDCAM and HDCAM SR), MVC, OGG, PCA, W64, WAV, WMA, WMV

File Formats/Codecs that Movie Studio Platinum Likes

Opens: AAC, AA3, AIFF, AVI, BMP, CDA, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, OMA, PCA, PNG, QuickTime®, SND, SFA, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV, XAVC S

Saves: AAC, AC3, AA3, AIFF, AVC, AVI, BMP, FLAC, JPEG, LPEC, MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, PCA, PNG, TIFF, QuickTime, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV, XAVC S

 


seredie Kunena Avatar   23.04.2014 12:03
Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files to Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ? Yes No Thanks for the very helpful and detailed explanation. Easy to understand for someone who has no clue about codecs etc. Great job !!!
 
Bobcool513 Kunena Avatar   09.11.2014 15:25
Yes No Yep, just like what Derek Moran saide, the problem is mainly due to that Windows didn't come with the codecs that were used for those particular .AVI files(AVI is just a wrapper for a large variety of codecs.)... That's why Sony Vegas Pro won't open it. To fix the issue, I've had the pleasure of using easefab video converter to change AVI to HD WMV. The output videos fit seamlessly in my Vegas 13.

Here is a workaround for you: http://www.easefab.com/video-to-software/import-avi-files-to-sony-vegas.html
 
Derek Kunena Avatar   23.04.2014 13:08
Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files to Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ? Yes No Glad to help :)
 
rocknrollkat Kunena Avatar   15.03.2014 01:07
Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files to Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ? Yes No Extremely HELPFUL article, thank you !!
This should be on page 1 of a 'README' file, or a 'before you start' article.

Rocky
 
Derek Kunena Avatar   15.03.2014 01:33
Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files to Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ? Yes No Thanks Rocky :)
 
Graham Kunena Avatar   14.12.2013 22:11
Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files to Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ? Yes No So whats the best way around this? I am having this exact issue with MS Platinum 12.
Do we need to use a s/w converter? or a new codec?
I have been warned off installing new codecs as they much up your pc!
Any tips here please?
Tx Graham
 
Derek Kunena Avatar   15.12.2013 22:24
Do you know why I can't Import some .avi files to Vegas Pro or Movie Studio ? Yes No Hi Graham
I have another more recent video on YouTube which explains what to do.
You use a Video Converter to convert your video before Importing into Vegas. You do not need to install extra codecs on your computer - this can screw up the Windows Registry and wreck the legitimate codecs that Vegas uses to render with.
Here is the article/video:
https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/miscellaneous-help-tutorials/503-how-to-convert-video-into-different-video-codecs-and-formats
 
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