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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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    c6290 · 04:59 14/02/2016
    Thank you so much for this! I hadn't ran into the problem before, then the other night I went to start a new project and couldn't upload all of my videos into Movie Studio 11. I'm rather tech savvy, but didn't realize about the difference between the .avi and what a file's codec really is! I have YouTube Downloader, which has a conversion feature, was able to convert my videos to MP4 and they worked!
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    BillTweedy · 10:11 27/01/2016
    I've installed this converter on a sandboxed partition on my laptop and it also installed a program from Enigma Software called Spyhunter, running SH4SERVICE.EXE. One of it's first task was to delete 2 entries from my hosts file. I tried to run a program called Malwarebytes to check it but it wouldn't run. I'm slightly concerned about this and will not run it on a live partition until I find out how to disable it.

    Regards
    Bill
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    Alan · 01:06 20/12/2015
    My Norton anti-virus flags this as a security risk (low risk, doesn't say why) on the install. This sucks because it sounds like it is exactly what I am looking for!
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 11:27 20/12/2015
      Hi Alan
      I can 100% gaurantee you that it is safe to install Any Video Converter.
      Norton is just being overly cautious and you see this happen for a wide range of perfectly OK programs.
      Run the installer again and this time tell Norton it is safe to install.
      The reason why Norton is giving you a warning is because of OpenCandy.com. This is a tiny app that recommends other software to buy after the install completes. OpenCandy is commonly used by programmers who share free software like AVC and it helps them to make some money. You can read more about OpenCandy here http://opencandy.com/faqs/

      Regards
      Derek
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    Peter Wood · 08:54 17/08/2015
    Hi Derek, Please can you advise, I have been working with Movie Studio Plantinum 13. I have watched all your tutorials and more, I have tried everything, I am at my wits end with this software. I cannot my video to harddrive, It gets to 3% and crashes every time, I have spent over 2 hours again tonight. Please advise of can you recommend another video editor that is no more than £100. Please help a very frustrated and exsparasted Peter Wood.Please email, I will send all errror information thanks
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 13:34 17/08/2015
      Hi Peter
      Can you take a step back for one moment.
      What you have written makes no sense - maybe it is a typo ?
      [i]"I cannot my video to harddrive, It gets to 3% and crashes every time.."[/i]
      What do you actually mean ? What exactly are you doing when this happens ?
      Are you rendering video using Make Movie ? Is this what you mean ?
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        peter · 04:22 18/08/2015
        I dont; get the chance to upload to Youtube. It will not save to harddrive. It starts rendering for 3 seconds then crashes. I have tried deleting cache. No not first time using Movie Studio. I never had any problems rendering Movie Studio 11. I have watched your video on rendering many times, followed everyone of your steps.

        My video for my project is 1920x1080x32 25.000i, Video come from Panasonic Camcorder for 98%. Other 2% was from Nikon 5200 (Just bought one) (I do comedy vloggs)

        Video fx was Chroma Keyer and Border
        Media Generators was COOL text (legacy)

        Model of CPU
        Windows 8.1
        ProcessorAMD-fx-400 Quad Core 3.60ghz
        4gb Ram 2.99 usable, (bought external hard drive IT)
        32 bit operating system x 64 based processor



        Look forward to your reply

        Thanks

        Peter Wood
        u14pw2@gmail.com
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    angel · 05:19 26/02/2015
    I have edited a video in Movie Studio Platinum 13. The file extension of the resulting video file is fv. How I can convert it to a format supported by YouTube while preserving the maximum of quality ?
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 10:39 26/02/2015
      There is no such file extension called .fv
      There is a file extension called .vf and this is a Movie Studio Project file. It is NOT a video file. The size of the file should tell you this.

      Please watch this video:
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/516-1080p-video-in-movie-studio-platinum-13[/url]

      Using [b]Save As[/b] only saves your project file, which contains no video.
      Using [b]Make Movie[/b] renders/exports a new video and will end with .mp4
      It is very important to set your Output Folder Address before you begin to render your video, otherwise it may end up in the wrong folder and you will think that you only have a .vf file to work with. Output address is set in Make Movie windows.
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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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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 13:08 23/04/2014
      Cheers
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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 3 years that way.
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      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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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 22:55 16/07/2013
      Glad to help
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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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