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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    Shelby · 07:42 05/04/2018
    Can you help me play a video on a usb port on my TCL Roku tv?
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      Derek
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      · 15:52 05/04/2018
      Are you using Vegas Movie Studio or Vegas Pro to render your videos?
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    Trpimir · 10:03 21/03/2018
    Hello, maybe you are pleased to help me. I am searching for a tool to convert video files into the ivf format. If you know a solution it would be awesome. Thx
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      Derek
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      · 11:41 21/03/2018
      I am not familiar with .ivf format.
      A quick Google search reveals this is an unusual format.
      https://fileinfo.com/extension/ivf
      Why do you want to convert videos into this format?
      It looks like only Windows Media Player can open this type of file.
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        Trpimir · 19:55 21/03/2018
        Hello, I am trying to change the intro and outro video of my car.
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    Rado · 03:05 07/03/2018
    Prenesel sem video iz VOYO pa jih noben pretvornik ne zazna kakor tudi predvajalnik ne! Imam VCL mp. Kaj moram storiti?
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      Derek
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      · 03:28 07/03/2018
      I do not know what VOYO is?
      What type of video did you download?
      What website are the videos from?
      If you are trying to download videos from YouTube, I recommend using WinX YouTube Downloader.
      https://www.winxdvd.com/youtube-downloader/
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        Rado · 19:28 07/03/2018
        VOYO is a paid web page with movie series ... https: //voyo.si/ . I could download the movie to my comp, but I can not play it with any player. I tried to convert but failed, Thanks for the help! Rado
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          Derek
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          · 20:53 07/03/2018
          The files probably have "encryption", which blocks anyone from playing/downloading them, outside of the "terms of service" for this website. I really can't help you anymore with this one, because I don't use websites like this. Most streaming websites do not allow anyone to do what you are trying to do.
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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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      Derek
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      · 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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    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.
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      Derek
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      · 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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    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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    JackOrdinary · 03:29 01/10/2016
    Hi, Great post. I am trying to convert mp4 to wmv with a wvc1 codec but can't find a converter that offers the wvc1 codec in it's options. could you recomend any?
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      Derek
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      · 00:19 02/10/2016
      Why do you want to convert mp4 to wmv ?
      Windows Media Video is not a good format for working with at all and really not used that much today.
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        Ashley zhou · 15:14 25/04/2017
        Try Pavtube video converter ultimate, It works.
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    henri2398 · 19:17 23/07/2016
    Nice and informational post!!! I have been using [b][url=http://cameraconverter.puzldev.com]Camera Video converter[/url][/b] to convert different digital camera video & RAW videos to popular video file format like AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, DivX, XviD, MKV and many more. It works faster and converts the video in very high speed.
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    Norbert Froese · 06:37 14/06/2016
    Great article!
    I'm stumped by what might prove to be codec support being dropped by Sony after an upgrade from MovieStudio PL 10 to PL 13. I have H264 ASF files that open in the former, but not the latter. In MSP 13, I get the "codec error" previously mentioned. These files were created as an export from an AXIS network camera.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 11:37 14/06/2016
      Hi Norbert
      All the official supported formats for Movie Studio and Vegas Pro are listed above in this article.
      .asf has never been a supported format in any Movie Studio version, so I am not sure how it ever worked for you.
      .asf is supported in Vegas Pro
      Movie Studio Platinum 10 was the worst version of Movie Studio ever released and never received any program updates during it's lifetime. It was full of bugs, so your experience is a paradox for me :unsure:
      Your only solution is to convert your videos that don't work, into something like H.264 with .mp4 extension.
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        Norbert · 14:17 15/06/2016
        Hi Derek,
        Thank you for your detailed reply with helpful comments and suggestion. I converted the files like you suggested, and should be able to proceed witht the project.
        I am glad I found your website - very helpful already within first day!
        Norbert

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          Derek
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          · 16:50 15/06/2016
          Thanks for the positive feedback If you have any more questions in the future, make sure to become a member of the MSZ Forum.
          There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable people in the forum.
          https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum
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    Neil · 20:15 11/05/2016
    Thanks for your useful videos.
    Do you know where I can find a guide to show me codec equivlances? I want to transcode canon dslr files (h264 in a quicktime container) into a mezzanine codec that runs through Sony Vegas more easily. Sony MXF, looks good, as are other options ... above all I want to avoid a mov container and h264 codecs. I know that the transcoded files, whatever the codec, will definitely be bigger than the Canon mov originals and have a higher bitrate but I don't know what bitrate I would need in a mezzanine codec to retain all the IQ of the original Canon files. Any ideas of what bitrates equate to the canon originals in other codecs? (Canon DSLR MOV is - 42Mbps AVC, 1920x1080, 25fps)
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 11:38 27/05/2016
      Hi Neil
      Sorry for the delay in answering your message. I have been away on leave and had a large number of questions to answer.
      The three most popular and commonly used Video Codecs to use as an intermediate format are Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD and GoPro Cineform. All three will work in Vegas Pro.
      I always look for the easiest solution first, so I would suggest converting to GoPro's Cineform .avi codec. You can download GoPro Studio for free, from here [url=http://shop.gopro.com/APAC/softwareandapp/gopro-app-%7C-desktop/GoPro-Desktop-App.html][/url]
      You should be able to import any .mov video from a Canon or Nikon camera and convert into Cineform. You can also batch convert using GoPro Studio, which will make converting your videos much faster. After you have imported your videos, look near the bottom left corner and select [b]Advanced Options[/b]. Make sure the [b]File Format[/b] is set to .AVI (Cineform) and select the Quality Level you want to use - Medium and High are best. The add clips to conversion list and begin converting. Once finished you can then import into Vegas and begin editing.

      If you would like any more help with this, it would be best if you moved this enquiry onto the Forum where there is more room for conversion. Regards, Derek.

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