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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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    Vidchick
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    · 05:18 24/05/2020
    Derek,
    This post is sort of old. Are you still using Any Video Converter? My Norton said it was safe at first but when it was trying to install something Norton said it was unsafe. Are you still using Nero Recode or any other free or purchase product? I am converting an MP3 audio recorder file to MP4 to use with my video. It seems to take quite awhile and had errors. Are the purchased products generally faster and have less errors?
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      Derek
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      · 13:25 24/05/2020
      Any Video Converter is a safe program!
      Norton is overly aggressive in what it considers "un-safe" - they do this all the time and cause unnecessary worry. I am literally using Any Video Converter right now.
      I have a collection of different Video Converters, because they don't always work with every file you through at them. In 2020 I am using Handbrake to do 99% of my video conversions, because it produces the BEST quality video.
      I am a bit confused with what you are trying to do?
      You can't convert an .mp3 into an .mp4, because there is no video component in an .mp3 file.
      Can you re-explain exactly what and why you are trying to do?
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        Vidchick
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        · 09:37 25/05/2020
        Derek,

        I am likely not sure what I am doing either. I had 3 cameras shooting one thing, all Cannons. The A camera is 29.970 fps video and 31.250fps audio, B & C cameras are newer and are 59.940 frame rate for video and 46.875fps audio. I had an audio recorder positioned in the area as well and its frame rate was 38.281. Of course the bit rate and sampling rates for the camera and the audio recorder differ too.

        Anyway.... the A camera had a failure and I had to pick up with the B or C camera which were shooting at the same time but in different positions. There was a brief hiccup in sound. I was hoping to use the audio recorder sound bytes to fill in the gaps but it seems it might be on slightly different settings than the cameras. Not really understanding the settings and if they play well together I looked into file type hoping it might get them closer. I don't know if that change does any compressing or what. I read an earlier entry on the MSZ Forum about my 29.97 and 59.940 frame rates not being ideal to put together but the fact that one is divisible by the other means they should work together. (or something to that affect).

        I guess first question is will the audio file even work in this instance with the video footage and the second question is do I even need to convert the audio file type. This says my reply is too long so look for media info for the A camera, B camera, C camera, and the audio file in the next reply. If you think this is better answered on the MSZ Forum maybe we could transfer it all there. Thanks!




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          Vidchick
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          · 09:42 25/05/2020
          Media info from A camera. B & C camera and audio recorder to follow.

          A Camera Media Info

          General
          ID : 1 (0x1)
          Complete name : E:\MultiCam-A13(1).3.MTS
          Format : MPEG-TS
          File size : 1.96 GiB
          Duration : 16 min 21 s
          Overall bit rate mode : Variable
          Overall bit rate : 17.2 Mb/s
          Recorded date : 12:53:03-05:00
          Writing application : Canon
          FileExtension_Invalid : ts m2t m2s m4t m4s tmf ts tp trp ty

          Video
          ID : 256 (0x100)
          Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
          Format : AVC
          Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
          Format profile : High@L4
          Format settings : CABAC / 2 Ref Frames
          Format settings, CABAC : Yes
          Format settings, Reference frames : 2 frames
          Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=15
          Codec ID : 27
          Duration : 16 min 22 s
          Bit rate mode : Variable
          Bit rate : 16.0 Mb/s
          Width : 1 920 pixels
          Height : 1 080 pixels
          Display aspect ratio : 16:9
          Frame rate : 29.970 (30000/1001) FPS
          Color space : YUV
          Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
          Bit depth : 8 bits
          Scan type : Interlaced
          Scan type, store method : Separated fields
          Scan order : Top Field First
          Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.257
          Stream size : 1.84 GiB (94%)

          Audio
          ID : 257 (0x101)
          Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
          Format : AC-3
          Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
          Commercial name : Dolby Digital
          Codec ID : 129
          Duration : 16 min 22 s
          Bit rate mode : Constant
          Bit rate : 256 kb/s
          Channel(s) : 2 channels
          Channel layout : L R
          Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
          Frame rate : 31.250 FPS (1536 SPF)
          Compression mode : Lossy
          Delay relative to video : -5 ms
          Stream size : 30.0 MiB (1%)
          Service kind : Complete Main

          Menu
          ID : 4096 (0x1000)
          Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
          Duration : 16 min 21 s
          List : 256 (0x100) (AVC) / 257 (0x101) (AC-3)
          Service name : Service01
          Service provider : FFmpeg
          Service type : digital television



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            Vidchick
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            · 09:43 25/05/2020
            B Camera Media Info

            General
            Complete name : E:\MultiCam-B13.MVI_0093.3.MP4
            Format : MPEG-4
            Format profile : Base Media
            Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
            File size : 3.96 GiB
            Duration : 16 min 4 s
            Overall bit rate : 35.2 Mb/s
            Writing application : Lavf57.71.100

            Video
            ID : 1
            Format : AVC
            Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
            Format profile : High@L4.2
            Format settings : CABAC / 2 Ref Frames
            Format settings, CABAC : Yes
            Format settings, Reference frames : 2 frames
            Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=30
            Codec ID : avc1
            Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
            Duration : 16 min 4 s
            Bit rate : 34.9 Mb/s
            Width : 1 920 pixels
            Height : 1 080 pixels
            Display aspect ratio : 16:9
            Frame rate mode : Constant
            Frame rate : 59.940 (60000/1001) FPS
            Color space : YUV
            Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
            Bit depth : 8 bits
            Scan type : Progressive
            Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.281
            Stream size : 3.93 GiB (99%)
            Language : English
            Color range : Limited
            Color primaries : BT.709
            Transfer characteristics : BT.709
            Matrix coefficients : BT.709
            Codec configuration box : avcC

            Audio
            ID : 2
            Format : AAC LC
            Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec Low Complexity
            Codec ID : mp4a-40-2
            Duration : 16 min 4 s
            Bit rate mode : Constant
            Bit rate : 265 kb/s
            Channel(s) : 2 channels
            Channel layout : L R
            Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
            Frame rate : 46.875 FPS (1024 SPF)
            Compression mode : Lossy
            Stream size : 29.9 MiB (1%)
            Default : Yes
            Alternate group : 1




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              Vidchick
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              · 09:45 25/05/2020
              C Camera Media Info

              General
              Complete name : E:\MultiCam-C13.MVI_0151.3.MP4
              Format : MPEG-4
              Format profile : Base Media
              Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
              File size : 3.95 GiB
              Duration : 16 min 8 s
              Overall bit rate mode : Variable
              Overall bit rate : 35.1 Mb/s
              Writing application : Lavf57.71.100

              Video
              ID : 1
              Format : AVC
              Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
              Format profile : High@L4.2
              Format settings : CABAC / 2 Ref Frames
              Format settings, CABAC : Yes
              Format settings, Reference frames : 2 frames
              Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=30
              Codec ID : avc1
              Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
              Duration : 16 min 8 s
              Bit rate : 34.8 Mb/s
              Width : 1 920 pixels
              Height : 1 080 pixels
              Display aspect ratio : 16:9
              Frame rate mode : Constant
              Frame rate : 59.940 (60000/1001) FPS
              Color space : YUV
              Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
              Bit depth : 8 bits
              Scan type : Progressive
              Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.280
              Stream size : 3.93 GiB (99%)
              Language : English
              Color range : Limited
              Color primaries : BT.709
              Transfer characteristics : BT.709
              Matrix coefficients : BT.709
              Codec configuration box : avcC

              Audio
              ID : 2
              Format : AAC LC
              Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec Low Complexity
              Codec ID : mp4a-40-2
              Duration : 16 min 8 s
              Bit rate mode : Variable
              Bit rate : 247 kb/s
              Maximum bit rate : 255 kb/s
              Channel(s) : 2 channels
              Channel layout : L R
              Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
              Frame rate : 46.875 FPS (1024 SPF)
              Compression mode : Lossy
              Stream size : 28.5 MiB (1%)
              Default : Yes
              Alternate group : 1
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                Vidchick
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                · 09:46 25/05/2020

                Audio Recorder Media Info


                General
                Complete name : E:\MultiCam-Audio(5)3.mp3
                Format : MPEG Audio
                File size : 146 MiB
                Duration : 1 h 46 min
                Overall bit rate mode : Constant
                Overall bit rate : 192 kb/s

                Audio
                Format : MPEG Audio
                Format version : Version 1
                Format profile : Layer 3
                Format settings : Joint stereo / MS Stereo
                Duration : 1 h 46 min
                Bit rate mode : Constant
                Bit rate : 192 kb/s
                Channel(s) : 2 channels
                Sampling rate : 44.1 kHz
                Frame rate : 38.281 FPS (1152 SPF)
                Compression mode : Lossy
                Stream size : 146 MiB (100%)
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                  Derek
                  • Member
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                  · 14:18 25/05/2020
                  Can you please Copy and Paste your messages into the MSZ Forum.
                  Just create a new post there and copy your info, then I will reply.
                  The comments section is no good for lengthy replies.
                  https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/index
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    pn · 23:08 18/04/2020
    my issue is not audio sync (which means you have at least got audi . I have no sound at all in my converted .mpg videos which are visually perfect - its jut no sound. I used a converter app called DVD vob2mpg. Can anyone suggest which sound codec to use for this app specifically as the app is fast and gives good visual results so dont want to use another converter app. thanks
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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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