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Using Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13, I show how to prepare and render 1080p HD video for YouTube.

Learning how to render your video projects is ultimately the most important step in any project. If you can't create a high quality video at the end of editing a project, it can be very disappointing. So now I will take you through all the steps from beginning to end with no step skipped. Please note that the templates I am about to show you, are not limited to just making YouTube or Facebook videos. The output is very good quality and can also be used for playback on your home computer or TV.

Update 2016 - Working with High Frame Rate 50p or 60p Video

If you are working with high frame rate video like 50p or 60p, please read and watch this alternate tutorial.

How to Render 50p & 60p Video using Sony Movie Studio Platinum

If you are using normal Frame Rate video like 24p, 25p and 30p, please continue with the tutorial below.

Step 1: Using the New Project Wizard

Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13 includes a New Project Wizard which makes it very easy to get started with a new project. It includes all the major templates for different project output types. I have tried many different templates over the years, but the one I prefer to use almost every time is the Match Media Settings. This gives the best results almost every time, so that's what I am going to teach you right now.

  1. Select Match Media Settings.
  2. Press Browse and look for the main video you would like to use for your New Project - select it.
  3. Name your project.
  4. CHECK Manage Project Files.

Steps 3 & 4, will make sure you have a proper folder structure for your project to live in. This comes in very handy in the future, when you are looking for older projects and trying to find your videos.

New Project Wizard

Step 2: Importing your media files

Press Add Media to import your videos, still images and audio files.

Importing Media Files

Step 3: Creating Video Proxy Files

This is a brand new feature in Movie Studio Platinum 13 and a much sort after tool. The number one problem that everyone experiences from time to time when video editing, is lag in the preview window. The more complex a project becomes, with more and more layers and Video Fx, the more your CPU has a hard time in playing back everything in real time.

Create Video Proxy files for any large HD videos that may be in your project. This is an optional step that will make all your video files play back much more smoothly in the Preview Window.

Right-click each video file that needs to be converted and select Create Video Proxy. You can select more than one video at a time and just press the button once. Please note that the program will intelligently use the Proxy Versions during editing only. When it comes time to do the final render (Make Movie), Movie Studio will go back to using the original HD versions automatically.

proxy-videos

Step 4: Check your Project Property settings.

1. Press this icon here to access Project Properties window.

Project Properties button

2. In the Video tab, make sure you set the Full Resolution Rendering Quality = BEST

3. Also go to the Audio tab and set Resample and Stretch Quality = BEST

This is the window that now shows the results from the New Project Wizard settings.

Project Properties window

Step 5: Make Movie

In all older versions of Movie Studio, there use to be a Render As and Make Movie functions. In Movie Studio Platinum 13, the Render As button has been removed and replaced with only the Make Movie button. Make Movie and Render As are the same thing.

Press Make Movie and then make your selection from the 5 choices. For this tutorial, I would like you to select "Save it to my Hard Drive". This is the best option for rendering a new video from your project. In the video tutorial that is at the bottom of this article, I explain why I don't like to use the Upload to YouTube option.

Make Movie

Step 6: Make Movie - Save to Hard Drive

Please do not bother trying to use any of the very simple options on this screen. Go straight to the Advanced Options for access to the entire Candy Store of Options.

Make Movie 2nd window

Step 7: Render As window

Select Mainconcept AVC/AAC from list of Formats, then Internet HD 1080p from Templates list.
Then select Customize Template

Render As Templates

Step 8: Video Settings tab

1. Make sure to set the Frame Rate to Match your Project Property settings.
Generally speaking, anyone from North America will be using 29.97fps. Countries and regions like Australia, UK, Europe and Asia, use 25 fps.

2. Set your Encode Mode. This setting will require you to do some degree of experimentation, to find out which encode mode works best for your computer. Encode Mode is influenced directly by the hardware configuration of each person's computer. In the video tutorial I explain more detail about this.

Video Settings tab

Step 9: Audio Settings tab

The default setting is pretty good for a normal video and probably does not need changing.

Audio Settings tab

Step 10: Start Rendering (Making Movie)

Press OK and then check the Output Folder address, to make sure your new video is saved to the correct folder.

Also check that the name of your new video to be is correct.

Then finally press RENDER !

Render As - Start

 

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    Jack Harper · 23:43 01/05/2016
    Derek, I've created 30 seconds of test video to try to perfect my settings. Please look at this clip and see if you have any suggestions for removing the flutter in the middle of the screen. The source video was recorded 1920x1080 30fps. Rendered using Sony AVC, 30fps, 16M bit rate.

    Thanks, Jack
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    TheLondonGirl · 04:32 01/05/2016
    Hi,

    I just bought this for my computer after using a older version of this software for years.


    I was wondering what is the best setting to give good quilaty videos but also making them render faster. I make weekly vlogs that can be 15-30mins long & it can take 8hours sometimes to render. As you know this is a right pain. Even if I could half that time it would be amazing.
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    rmichael · 14:11 10/04/2016
    What are the best settings for quality video for wide screen tv. The architectural walkthrough was created in Lumion 1920x1080, 25rps. rmichaell@yahoo.com
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      Derek
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      · 19:02 19/04/2016
      Sorry for the delay in answering your question.
      You can use the same settings shown in this tutorial, for play back on a TV. The default Bit Rate should be more than enough, provided it does not contain fast moving subject matter. You may like to change the PROFILE setting shown at Step 8 to HIGH, which is the highest encoding level available.
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    Anon · 13:43 16/02/2016
    I tried doing it with an i3 PC and it blurs and goes at like 40 frames average. And I use it at the same settings. What am I doing wrong?
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      Anon · 13:45 16/02/2016
      And I'm trying to do 60 FPS
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    Reesa · 19:08 09/02/2016
    maybe you can help me? i have movie studio platinum 13, and im really new to all this movie editing stuff. saw some friends put together clips of videos and set it to music. it looked really neat so i wanted to give it a try. anyway, it's a learning curve, but i suprise myself at the ease with which im getting this down. i have all the clips together and the mp3 music piece all lined up. they sound terrific in the timeline. my mouth is watering because i can't wait to show my friends the humdinger of a video i made. i upload it as an mp4 to my hard drive. when i get done with the waiting i press the button. i gasp in horror as there is no sound! i tried to make a much shorter clip and again it sounded fine in the timeline, but not uploaded as an mp4. i know i must be missing a rediculously simple step. what am i doing wrong?
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    Gareth Hadley · 04:26 17/01/2016
    Hi there, I'm having a bit of a problem with a video I'm trying to edit.
    It is an .MP4 captured using Bandicam with stereo format sound with both channels saved as separate .WAV files.
    When trying to add the video to Movie Studio Platinum 13 (Trial) I get an error message saying that this number of channels is not supported.
    I was under the impression that a stereo file could be used in a stereo project...? I must be going wrong somewhere.
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      MB · 04:57 02/02/2016
      reencode the files, use an audio program eg goldwave to export the audio again to a different wave file and try adding this file to the project instead
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    Anonymous · 03:28 02/01/2016
    Pedantry much sort after should read "much sought after"
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    Robbie Johnston · 23:47 01/01/2016
    Hi there, I'm saving a 26 minute project using Movie Studio 13 and I'm not satisfied with the final outcome as the contrast between colours seems to have gone strange and there are jumpy sections to my video. I created each section for the project using Windows Movie Maker, saving all 9 parts as WMV files, as saving them as MP4 files created jumpy sections in each video. I followed every step on the tutorial; however the same problems occurred as to when I saved the final product using my own knowledge of Movie Studio. I'm saving the final product as a ready for the internet video, so is it the use of WMV files that is causing these flaws in the final product? Or is it just the fact that my video is very long that it is rendering poorly. I'd really appreciate some advice on how to fix these issues in my final project so I'm ready to upload it to the internet.
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    Andreas · 21:49 18/08/2015
    Hi!
    I've been following your instructions on how to render and set up the video, double checked it sevral times and I still can't render in anything else than the basic .mov for quicktime, any other basic or advansed setting make the program crash instantly upon rendering. I've also checked that I have all the updates instaled on my computer. I want to upload my video on youtube, but not in the poor quality that is the basic .mov.
    I've also tried to restet the program using ctrl+shift+double click but nothing seems to work. Any thoughts on how to fix this?
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      Derek
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      · 00:09 19/08/2015
      Hi Andreas
      Can you please Copy and Paste your question onto the Forum. Normally this type of question ends up getting complex and there is more room on the Forum for messaging backwards and forwards.
      I'll send you my suggestions as soon as I see your message on the Forum.
      Can you please tell me which Operating System you are using ?
      If you upgraded to Windows 10, which method did you use to upgrade ?

      Regards
      Derek.
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    Vitor · 07:52 07/06/2015
    Hi, i'm Vitor, a starter brazillian Let's Player and video editor.

    I'm having a problem: I made a 1-hour, 1080p, MP4, 60FPS quality video, using Action! Gamestream Recorder. The video itself plays fine on Media Player Classic, but when I import it to Movie Studio 13 Platinum, the first 30 min has sound, and then it stops having sound in the other half. That never happened to me before, but then again i've never uploaded a video so heavy on Movie Studio before.

    I've tried Ctrl+Shift+double click to reset the cache, but the editor still sees half the audio missing when it's not. has anyone else had a similar issue? What should i do?
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      Derek
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      · 12:45 07/06/2015
      Hi Vitor
      This is a problem caused by the Video Codec/Format that Action! Gamestream Recorder uses.
      If you do a Google search on this topic, you will find many people with the same problem. Action must have added their own special code to the recording format and it is not compatible with many different video editing programs. Action records to 2 different formats - make sure to try both and see which one works better.

      Here are two threads I found on this problem:
      [url]http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/369089-Sony-Vegas-cuts-MP4-video-s-audio-in-half[/url]
      [url]http://forum.mirillis.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=33498[/url]

      [b]Solutions[/b]
      #1. Experiment with recording modes - example=Allow multi-channel audio recording
      #2. Using an Audio Editor program or Video Converter, extract the Audio as a WAVE file only. Then import your video into Movie Studio. If you hold the right mouse button down and drag a video onto the timeline, it gives you the option to only import the Video ONLY. Then import the Audio WAVE file only underneath.
      I use Any Video Converter free edition to convert files like this:
      [url]http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/[/url]

      Regards
      Derek.
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        Vitor · 02:12 08/06/2015
        Hmm. Apparently the problem for me was allowing multi-channel sound recording. It seems that Movie Studio 13 Platinum doesn't support this kind of audio format. I'll use your sugestion and see if it works.

        Thanks for the fast reply.
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          Derek
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          · 15:29 08/06/2015
          Movie Studio Platinum 13 does support 5.1 Audio Surround Sound.
          If you open the Project Properties and go to the Audio tab, you can manually turn it on yourself, however I have no experience using Mulit-channel Video Files from Action!, so I don't know exactly what type of format/file it produces when recording to multi-channel.

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