Q: Why is no Sound coming from my Videos on the Vegas Timeline?

Answer: There can be a couple of different reasons why you may not be getting any sound from a Video, once you place it onto the Vegas Timeline.

The main causes for this problem are the following:

#1. The Video Codec of your source media is not a codec/format that Sony Vegas supports.
#2. The settings in the program and/or device you used to record your video/audio with, are not compatible with Vegas.
#3. You have accidentally MUTED one of the Sound Controls on the Vegas Desktop.
#4. You have the wrong Audio Device or Speakers selected inside the Vegas Preferences for "Audio Devices".
#5. You have the Project Properties set to 5.1 Surround Sound and are rendering to normal Stereo output OR vise versa.

Video Codecs

There are a huge amount of different video and audio codecs and formats in use Worldwide. Many of these codecs are invented by a particular company and are designed only for use in the devices they make. Often these more unusual codecs have licensing agreements attached to them, which basically means they charge other companies for the right to use these special codecs in their Software or devices. Because of this reason you will find that Software companies limit the amount of 3rd Party codecs they support, otherwise the cost of their software would become too expensive.

So if all your settings in Vegas are correct and you are getting no audio, then you can bet that the video you are using was made with a non-standard codec. Examples of codecs that Vegas cannot play are DivX, Xvid and particular Apple Codecs. The best way to fix this is to either record your source video using a different video codec or convert it into one that Vegas likes.

Gameplay Video Capture using Software and/or Capture Devices

A lot of Gamer's on YouTube record their game-play with a screen capture device or screen capture program and then edit their videos with Vegas. These types of devices and programs, often have many different recording mode options and settings. Normally you will find different video formats/codecs you can record to within the settings for your device/program, however not all of these formats will be compatible with Vegas. On top of that, it is also typical to find many different audio recording options, depending on how many channels of audio you are recording.

Some recording mode options/combinations may produce video that does not work properly in Vegas - typically the Audio file may be missing or not displaying properly on the timeline.

There are too many different brands and models of screen capture devices and software programs, to list them all here.

If you are a gamer and are having problems with audio working properly in Vegas, I recommend you Google the device or program you are using and add "Vegas Pro" to your search string. You should find other forums, websites or videos, where experienced gamer's have shared the (secret sauce) correct settings for recording video that works in Vegas.

I also recommend that you perform your own experiments, and record some sample videos to all the different formats/codecs your device or program offers. Quite often you will discover the format that works yourself, if you spend a little time experimenting first.

The one thing I DO NOT recommend Vegas users do, is to modify any of the program folders for Vegas. There are a lot of YouTube videos out there, where people show ways to hack the Vegas code and they claim that doing this will "fix" your audio problems. While this may work temporarily for one type of problem, it can often cause other bigger problems down the track. If you start modifying the Vegas code, do so at your own risk!

Sony Vegas ONLY Supports the following Codecs and Formats:

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

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

Mute Controls on the Vegas Desktop

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Make sure you DO NOT have any MUTE Buttons turned ON

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If you have added this ICON to the Top Toolbar - make sure this is NOT MUTED

Set your Audio Devices and Speakers Correctly

There are a couple of different Audio Device Type settings that you can choose.
To access your Audio Device Settings please follow this pathway:
Go to Top Menu - Options - Preferences - Audio Device
I have found that Windows Classic Wave Driver is the best setting for most computers, so if you are on a different setting right now like Microsoft Sound Mapper try changing it. Depending on what type of computer you have, you may have more or less options than what you see below.

Also check that the Speaker selection is correct. Sometimes I have seen a Microphone be incorrectly defaulted to read as a Speaker Device - if this happens you definitely won't be getting any sound.

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Here are your choices

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Also make sure you have the CORRECT Speakers Selected !

Set your Project Properties correctly for Audio

Stereo or 5.1 Surround Sound

Most projects are normally set to standard Stereo - Left and Right speakers only. The standard Stereo configuration will not give you any problems because it is a basic default. However when working with 5.1 Surround Sound, you must also render to an output format that supports 5.1 Surround Sound. If you have set your Project Properties to 5.1 Surround Sound but only output to Stereo, there will be no sound. So open the Project Properties right now and go to the audio tab. If you are only working with Stereo, make sure it is not set to 5.1 Surround Sound.

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    Anonymous · 23:07 27/12/2017
    Hi Derek,

    I've started once with Sony Movie Studio and now I use Vegas Pro 13 and I still use the Magic Bullet Quick looks in Vegas Pro, which was included in Movie Studio and I find them quite usefull. Do you know if these MB Quick looks do work in Vegas Pro 14 or 15 too?
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      Derek
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      · 10:17 28/12/2017
      Good news Magic Bullet Quick Looks from Movie Studio will also show up in all Vegas Pro versions.
      I have it installed on my own computer and it works.
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    Maha · 04:36 24/12/2017
    Hi, thank you for this it is very informative. However I have tried all of these but I am still not getting any audio from media files I put on to Sony Vegas. Can you please help? P.s I am using Sony Vegas on a mac with Windows also installed.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 08:30 24/12/2017
      It would be easier if you asked this question on the forum, because on the forum we can share screen shots if needed.
      The forum is free to join and easy to use. Copy and paste your question into the forum and as soon as I see your message I will reply.
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/index
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    Ezequiel · 08:31 19/10/2017
    Hello, can you please help me. I am editing a video on Vegas Pro Edit 15 and I recorded the footage with a GoPro Hero 6. The Video looks great but the audio just sounds like tons of static. If I turn off the left channel of the audio it sounds a bit better but still very distorted. Do you know what audio settings I should be using for my projects? Thank you very much in advance!=)
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    Steve · 02:57 06/10/2017
    Hi, can you help please. When I record Xbox footage via obs then load it into sony vegas 14, the sound is there but I have no audio waves (even if I check uncheck audio waves) it doesn't register it. However if i record my mic it does show me sound waves on a seperate channel. I am recording with a HD60 pro ... Can you help ... Thanks
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 09:16 06/10/2017
      I am confused by your message - are you recording with OBS or HD60 ?
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        Steve · 10:13 08/10/2017
        Hi Derek .... My capture is a HD60. I record through OBS ... So this is how it works ... I have mic audio on channel 1, xbox audio on channel 2 ... I record thr footage through OBS and then when I load it into Sony Vegas I have audio waves on the mic channel but on the audio footage of the gameplay there is no audio waves ... the audio is there just no visible waves ... I have checked the show waveform markers but nothing appears on the xbox audio ... does that make sense?
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          Derek
          • Moderator
          · 11:09 08/10/2017
          OBS has a large amount of settings/options, which still confuse me to this day.
          I do not have the same set up as you, so have no experience.
          I would go back to your HD60 and see if there are DIFFERENT audio recording options. I know from the past, that some of the recording options for audio in the HD60, are not compatible with Vegas. But one of the settings, definitely does work. So I recommend you perform some BASIC tests first. Take your Mic recording out of the equation and just focus on the HD60 options first. Try all combinations and by-pass OBS. Import HD60 directly into Vegas and use ALL different recording modes.
          If you can't work this out, I recommend posting your problem on a forum like Linus Tech Tips - there is a large amount Gamers on this forum and many would probably be using a similar setup to you.
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    Angie · 09:28 26/07/2017
    Please help! When i import a video the audio shows but its mute? The audio waves goes up and down like there is sound but i can't hear anything there is no sound. It wasn't like this before i don't know what happened. I checked everything and nothing is mute. Please help
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      Derek
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      · 15:17 26/07/2017
      Hi Angie
      It sounds like you have accidentally turned on the MUTE or SOLO button, on one or more of your Video/Audio tracks.
      If you want quick help with this, post your message on the MSZ Forum and then upload a screen-shot showing your Vegas desktop, then we can see if anything doesn't look right.
      AND/OR
      Also upload a copy of your Vegas project file - this is a tiny file and contains no video, but it does show all of your settings.
      The forum is free to join and easy to use. If you are unsure, read the HELP file on forum for beginners.
      Please let us know which exact version of Vegas you are using.
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/index
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    Spanks · 05:18 24/06/2017
    I rendered a video (recorded with obs) and the music was working fine before the render, but after i rendered it, the audio wasn't working. Any ideas, help?

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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 16:05 24/06/2017
      99% of the time, this problem is caused by using the wrong Project Property audio settings and/or wrong Render As (Make Movie) audio settings.
      If you set the Project Properties to 5.1 Surround, but only render to Stereo, you may end up with no audio.
      If you set the Project Properties to Stereo, but render to 5.1 Surround, you may end up with no audio.
      If you recorded multi-channel audio with OBS, you need to select the correct output format that supports multi-channel audio.
      Only a small number of formats support this.
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    Master of Survival · 01:55 21/04/2017
    Hello Derek,
    I recorded a video with OBS Studio (MP4) and I would like to cut this video in Movie Studio Platinum 12.0.
    When I drag the Mp4-Data in MSP12, I only get the video-file but not the audio-file.
    So I don´t hear any sound. What can I do?
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 12:51 21/04/2017
      I use OBS to screen capture all my tutorials and edit then with Vegas. I have no problems with the hearing audio in Vegas. It sounds like you need to adjust your Audio Settings in OBS. If you have set up [i]more[/i] than the standard Stereo audio track, it will not work when you import it into Movie Studio.
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        Master of Survival · 21:39 21/04/2017
        I tried literally every option but it doesn´t work. No audio-file in Movie Studio Platinum 12.0.
        Maybe Movie Studio Platinum 12.0 is too old to open the news Mp4-Data from OBS Studio?
        On the otherside it works with MOV. If I screen capture a video with OBS and using the MOV-format,
        I get a audio- and video-file in MSP12.0!
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    Naik. · 10:54 11/02/2017
    I have a problem. I record a video whit a game capture. When import the video on Sony Vegas the sound there isn't. If i open the video whit VLC che sound go. Why?
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 13:58 11/02/2017
      Which program or device are you using the screen capture with ?
      Most Video Screen Capture devices/programs, offer [b]different output formats[/b] you can record to.
      It is important to use the right one that will work in Vegas.
      If you Google your "Capture Device model and settings for Sony Vegas", you should find other people that have recommended the best settings for Vegas.
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        Naik. · 20:30 11/02/2017
        I google it, but i found nothing
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          Derek
          • Moderator
          · 22:44 11/02/2017
          I can't help you if you don't tell me [b]which program or device are you using to screen capture with[/b] ?
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    Daniela · 22:39 27/10/2016
    Does your tutorial also apply to mpeg2? I'm trying to get this to a DVD
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 23:37 27/10/2016
      I have moved your new question into it's own new message thread, because it has nothing to do with Skyler.
      Which program/s and exact versions are you using?
      Did you just watch one of my tutorials? If so, which one?
      Depending on what method you are using, when preparing/rendering video for DVD, the Video and Audio tracks are always rendered separately. So if you try to play back an MPEG2 video for DVD, there will be no audio - this is normal. You will not hear any audio until you import the Video file into DVD Architect. Then DVDA will automatically import the Audio for you. I Preview Mode you will hear the audio.
      I need to know more about exactly what you are doing, before commenting any further.
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    eric · 07:50 27/10/2016
    Hello have a question i have vegas pro 14 and when i add a audio track or drag an audio file to the time line like a mp3 or a wave file it loads up as normal, nothing is muted and i hit play it starts to play for a brief second, the meters registering as well, then as quick as it starts to play it goes mute the meters go flat but it is still playing with no sound and the meters are blank, these exact same file play perfect in my vegas pro 13 with out issue, please help fix or find a solution thanks
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 15:53 27/10/2016
      Hi Eric
      I do not work for Sony or Magix (new owners of Vegas).
      You need to report this directly to Magix support. I also suggest you post this on the [b]official[/b] Vegas Pro Forum.
      https://www.vegascreativesoftware.info/us/vegas-pro-forum/
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        gibran · 00:57 22/02/2017
        have you found the solution?

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