In this tutorial I explain why you sometimes need to convert video into different codecs and formats and I also show how to do a conversion.

Today there are a large number of different Video Codecs and Formats being used to record video to. In simple terms it means that many different languages are being used. So if you are doing video editing with Sony Movie Studio Platinum or Sony Vegas Pro, you may find that sometimes you cannot import a video into the program or it may not work properly at all. The reason this occurs is that not all programs can read and understand every single video codec (language) and format in use today. When this happens it means you will have to Convert your Video file into a different Video Codec/Format that Movie Studio or Vegas can read - a friendly codec that the program can understand.

Common Errors that Indicate a Video Codec or Format is not Compatible

  • Movie Studio or Vegas brings up an error message saying that the file format is not supported.
  • The program just crashes when you attempt to Import your video.
  • You can Import the video file, but when you drag the video onto the timeline the Video track is there, but the Audio track is missing.
  • You can Import the video file, but when you drag the video onto the timeline the Audio track is there, but the Video track is missing.
  • When you start to play back the video, you may see crazy coloured pixelation jumping all over the video in the Preview Window.
  • When you start to play the video, the audio is distorted or it keeps cutting in and out

Do you have Apple Quicktime installed ?

Apple Quicktime must be installed on the same computer you have Movie Studio or Vegas Pro installed on. This is a prerequisite of both programs and is listed in the minimum requirements. Apple Quicktime is needed in case you are working with Apple Video Codecs and Formats. This applies to all versions of Movie Studio 13 an older and Vegas Pro 13 and older. Vegas Pro 14 no longer requires Quicktime and hopefully the same will be true when Movie Studio 14 is released.

Important update about Apple Quicktime

Apple has dropped support for Quicktime on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 computers. If you try to install the latest version of Quicktime 7.7.9 on Windows 10/8.1, it will not work. The solution is to install Quicktime 7.6, which will work.

If you are still using Windows Vista or Windows 7, Quicktime 7.7.9 should work OK for you. If you experience any problems at all, the best solution is to install Quicktime 7.6.

April 2016 - Security vulnerability announced about Quicktime

In April 2016, some security vulnerabilities were discovered in Apple Quicktime.

There is no need to panic about this development. From all the available information that I have read, the problem is only with the actual Quicktime player and not with the codecs that get installed with QT. The security flaws can only be activated if you tried to play a .mov video file in QT that is infected. Editing with .mov video files in Vegas Pro and Movie Studio will not infect your computer. All you have to do is STOP playing videos with Quicktime and use a different media player. If you are super worried, delete the quicktimeplayer.exe file from your computer and then nothing bad can happen.

Supported File Formats for Sony Movie Studio Platinum

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

Supported File Formats for Sony Vegas Pro

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

Solutions: How to Convert a Video

Now this is where it can get very interesting and frustrating at times.

There are a large number of Video Converting programs available - some are free and some cost money. Many of the free versions can be very dodgy and inconsistant. The only way to find out what is a good converter is to do lots of experiments. If you have ever used Google Translate, then you will know that it can sometimes create hilarious and non-sensical translations from one language into another. So keep this in mind when you convert your videos. Your results may vary quite a bit depending on the quality of the original source video and how the converter interprets the file.

Video Converters I am currently using

In the video tutorial below, I use Any Video Converter to show two different formats I often use to convert my videos to. However I must stress that many times I am forced to use the other programs above, when a conversion does not work properly.

Common Errors after Conversion and a BIG tip !

The most common error I see that indicates the video has not converted properly, is Audio Sync issues. Which means the converted video has fallen out of synchronization with the Audio Track. When this happens, the converted video is useless and means that you should then try an alternate video converter OR try a different Video Codec/Format to convert to.

If you watch the video tutorial right to the end, you will see another example of a strange error that can occur to a converted video. Sometimes it will repeat the video track twice on the top layer. If this happens you can just trim off the duplication in your video editor.

The most important thing to take note of before you start a conversion, is to find the frame rate of the original video and make sure the profile you are about to convert to has the same identical frame rate set in the controls. I have found that doing this reduces the chances of audio sync issues.

 

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Ashley zhou · 15:14 25/04/2017
    Try Pavtube video converter ultimate, It works.
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    Derek · 16:37 19/04/2017
    If the audio is not converting with the video, it sounds like you selected the wrong template.
    If you would like further help with this, post your question on the Movie Studio Zen Forum and I will upload a screen shot of the settings I use.
    https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/index
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    Derek · 20:00 18/04/2017
    It sounds like it is too late to recover your video file properly. It would only take a small part of the file to be missing, to cause a massive problem that can't be fixed.
    There are 2 things you can try.
    #1. Try re-naming the recovered file and changing the file extension to .mp4. Sometimes changing a .mov video to .mp4, will make it work. If that trick does not work, simply rename the file back to filename.mov
    #2. See if the file will play in different Media Players. If it won't play back in any media player, there is nothing you can do to fix it. If it does still play back in a Media Player, I suggest you try converting the video using a Video Conversion app and convert to .mp4. This is different to suggestion #1, because this time you will be rendering a new video, not just renaming it.
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    Charles Berry · 19:51 18/04/2017
    Thank you for this valuable information. But there is a little problem when converting a video to mp4 with Any video converter, it doesn’t keep the audio. Any thoughts on what else I could check to fix this. I used to convert video with Acethinker Video Converter, never had that problem.
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    Crystal · 11:22 18/04/2017
    i really need help. I filmed a video on my digital camera and using the footage i edited it on windows movie maker and it was completely fine. but while i saving the movie i accidentally deleted the footage i filmed and the movie obviously couldnt save completely with the missing footage. I tried to recover my footage using recuva and i found the files. but something changed in the files codec or video extension that for some reason it cant be played. it was originially called MVI_1320.MOV and the recovered file was called _VI_1320.MOV but it doesnt play. I need this file back desperately i dont know much about tech stuff and i was hoping you could help me asap. thank you so much for your time.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Derek · 14:30 20/01/2017
    Your version of Movie Studio is quite old now and was known to have some problems with it. If you are not using the final build version that was released, that would explain your problems. You must make sure it is Build 90b. Open Vegas and go to Help/About Vegas - this will tell you what version you have installed. If it is not 90b, download and install from here:
    http://download.sonymediasoftware.com/current/moviestudiope90b.exe
    Also make sure you have Apple Quicktime installed. To learn more about this and for download links, go to this article:
    https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/75-install-apple-quicktime-when-using-sony-vegas-movie-studio-hd-platinum-11
    What I suggest you actually do, is download the free trial for Movie Studio Platinum 13 - my guess is that it will work perfectly OK in this version. Please note that version 14 will be released in less than 4 weeks, so if you decide to upgrade (which I recommend you do), make sure to get version 14.
    [url=http://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/vegas-movie-studio-product-comparison/?AffiliateID=55&phash=FL4Wje1syXqv4BCf&utm_source=MAGIX-PAP&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Affiliate_MAGIX-PAP&a_aid=574d0917c5e74&a_bid=7bb09c38]Download trial for v13 from here[/url]
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    Dale · 10:39 20/01/2017
    Hi. I'm trying to edit footage from a nikon 7100 on Vegas 9 platinum. Both older pieces of equipment but its good for my son to learn basic with. Anyway I purchased idealshare software and have used it to convert the footage to various formats. However when I try to import the converted footage it still crashes the same, no matter what format I convert to. Does this mean there's an issue with the codec. When the footage converts, is the codec not changing?
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    colarmac · 12:12 12/05/2014
    Thanks for the guide, it's really useful for me. You may take a look at this step by step guide, it's about how to convert video between AVI, WMV, MP4, MPEG, 3GP, FLV, MOV, MKV, etc. It's easy to understand and works pretty well for me. And the conversion quality is nice.
    [url]http://www.reviewstown.com/how-to-convert-avi-mp4-wmv-mkv-flv-mpg-youtube-video.html[/url]
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    seredie · 12:01 23/04/2014
    Wow what to say than THANK YOU THANK YOU !!! Finally my videos are't anymore pixelated nor jumpy. And the quality hasn't been reduced at all. Great tutorial thanks again from seredie !!
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    ym · 19:12 23/02/2014
    Apple Quicktime is listed in the minimum requirements, but it defintiely is not required. There are other programs that allow you to get the avi codecs etc. onto your system for Vegas to use. I've been using Vegas for years that way.
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 19:33 23/02/2014
      I don't know why you are talking about Quicktime and .avi.
      The two have nothing to do with each other.
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    Mim
    • Member
    · 15:32 16/07/2013
    I just watched this video and found it greatly illuminating and most helpful. Downloaded Any Video Converter Free and followed your recommendations and it worked! Vegas could see it and I could drag it to the timeline, video and audio perfect! Now all I have to do it edit it and learn how to use picture in picture with a little more skill! Thank-you!
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    marc · 16:38 04/07/2013
    i am having trouble finding the right Render as, to play on my DVD player, please help MrZen

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