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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    Lisa Bawden · 09:42 11/01/2018
    So once you render a movie that means you can't add to the movie anymore is that correct? I am wanting to export the movie to view it and then go back and add things later, is that possible?
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    Jarvis · 05:58 05/07/2017
    Hello Derek, I'm trying to get a great quality HD video to work within my Facebook page. But haven't really succeeded, might you have some input? I'm using Sony Movie Studio 13 software. Thanks in advance
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      Derek
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      · 10:49 05/07/2017
      The instructions shown in this tutorial are already perfect for rendering HD video for Facebook.
      I am not a fan of Facebook video!
      You need to know that after you upload your video to Facebook (just like YouTube), the Facebook servers are going to re-compress your video to make the file smaller. This results in some quality loss.
      You also need to check your Facebook account settings - Facebook plays low quality version, unless you change your settings!
      Press triangle at top right corner and then select Settings, then select Video at bottom of left hand menu list.
      Set video quality to = HD if available.
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        Jarvis · 11:00 05/07/2017
        Yeah Facebook does lessen the quality of the video, I just figured you might know a way for me to show my videos in HD quality just like how I see those major brands put out HD videos. That's where I wanna be... But yes I got my settings set to HD within Facebook.
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          Derek
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          · 11:33 05/07/2017
          What exactly looks wrong with your videos?
          What type of videos are you uploading?
          Can you send a link to one of them, so I can see what you mean?
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    Mustafa · 05:06 28/05/2017
    Hi Mr. Derek, I want to thank you for all your work I learned a lot from your videos. I have a question. I use sony movie studio platinum 13 and I want to know what is the best option for rendering for my laptop
    Intel Core i7 3630QM @ 2.40GHz
    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (HP)
    2048MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
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      Derek
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      · 18:46 28/05/2017
      Hi Mustafa
      If you are following the tutorial on this page, set the [b]Encode Mode[/b] (at Step 8) to [b]CPU only[/b].
      The reason I say this, is because your Nvidia Graphics Card is not compatible with the Mainconcept Encoder - this is try for most people, so don't worry about it. This is one area where Movie Studio software has a weakness, when it comes to GPU Acceleration for rendering video.
      Do not be discouraged though, because your Graphics Card is still being used to power the Preview Window and accelerate any Video FX that do use GPU acceleration. Go to Options/Preferences/Video/GPU Acceleration, and make sure your Nvidia card is selected.

      You may also be able to do an experiment, but I cannot guarantee that it will work.
      Go back to Options/Preferences/Video/GPU Acceleration and set to Intel Graphics (if it is available?)
      Re-boot Movie Studio.
      Now go to Make Movie Advanced Settings (as shown above) and select Sony AVC/MVC - Internet 1080p.
      When you get to the Encode Mode, see if Intel Quicksync is available.
      If it is there, try rendering with this option and you should see fast render times.
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        Mustafa · 09:17 29/05/2017
        Thanks Mr. Derek, I made some experiments. Length of the project is (7:49) Minutes
        (When GPU Acceleration Is Set To NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M)
        MainConcept AVC/AAC - rendering using CPU only takes (26:52) - Size (843 MB)
        MainConcept AVC/AAC - rendering using CUDA if available takes (19:44) - Size (547 MB)
        Sony AVC/MVC - rendering using CPU only takes (18:03) - Size (684 MB)
        Sony AVC/MVC - rendering using GPU if available takes (21:14) - Size (734 MB)

        (When GPU Acceleration Is Set To Intel HD Graphics 4000)
        Sony AVC/MVC - rendering using Intel Quick Sync Video (Quality) takes (13:50) - Size (771 MB), but the video isn't working well.
        Sony AVC/MVC - rendering using Intel Quick Sync Video (Speed)) takes (11:23) - Size (890 MB)
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          Derek
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          · 14:14 29/05/2017
          Excellent report Mustafa !!!
          Now that you know the possibilities, it is up to you to select the method that works best.
          All the best
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    karim · 07:15 18/10/2016
    How if i want to upload for instagram? I found always could not proceed by instagram, i am using dslr for recording
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    Elias Santos · 02:57 28/08/2016
    What render do I use to send the movie by email?
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      Derek
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      · 04:04 28/08/2016
      You should never try and send a video via email!
      Most email services will not allow such a big file size to be sent, even if you make it quite small.
      What is a much better solution, is to upload a video to YouTube and make it a [b]Private[/b] video. Then send link in email to the person you want. OR another method is to upload video to Dropbox - this is a free service. If you want to keep the video small in size, render to [b]Internet 360p Widescreen[/b].
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    David · 11:16 20/08/2016
    Thanks for the write-up. A quick question.What is the relationship between the video resolution in the project properties (for instance 1080p) and the template you use at render time? Couldn't my project properties have one setting yet I still render at a different setting? It seems to me that when you use the advanced render screen (like in your tutorial) that the project settings don't really matter.
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      Derek
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      · 13:10 20/08/2016
      Short answer to your question is YES!
      As I showed in the tutorial, it is best to [b]Match your Media[/b] settings for best performance.
      When you do this, the [b]Project Properties[/b] are set to match your [b]Source Video's Properties[/b].
      99% of the time, this is the best method to use, unless your source video is using a non-standard Aspect Ratio.
      Doing this will give you the best possible playback while editing.
      If however you set the Project Properties to a Frame Rate/Frame Size that is different to the Source Video, Movie Studio has to waste CPU power and tries to convert in real time. This will cause major lag and frustration.
      When it is time to export/render your project, then you can render to whatever you like!
      If it needs to be converted to a different Frame Size/Frame Rate, the render process will take care of this.
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        David · 00:13 21/08/2016
        Thanks Derek, I understand better now. I appreciate your tutorials!
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    Brian · 11:00 03/07/2016
    No matter how i put the settings all my renderings come out as 15 fps.? Even my source file is always 30 fps. and I have tried everything I could think of, but all I can get is 15 fps.... Why is that?
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      Derek
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      · 11:15 03/07/2016
      In the first screen shot under STEP 8, is where you need to enter the Frame Rate.
      Use the same Frame Rate that Match Media created in your Project Properties window.
      I can also see a mistake in this screen shot that I will have to fix. Make sure [b]Allow Source to Adjust Frame Rate[/b] is NOT checked!
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        Brian · 11:36 03/07/2016
        That was a quick respond. Thanks! I have already tried it all without any changes. It must be a bug in the software or something, so I think I need to reinstall it (don't know / I'm like close to just quit on it, but it would be a big waste of money then). I've never experienced anything like this before... I can change all parameters incl. the frame rate and when the rendering is done and I check the file all spec. are as I have set it up except the frame rate. It's just stuck at 15 fps no matter what I do. Goodnight from here now..
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          · 11:58 03/07/2016
          There is no bug in the program, otherwise other people would be reporting the same problem. These types of things always come down to something simple. The first thing you need to do is reset the program. Read this for instructions on how to do that:
          https://www.moviestudiozen.com/doctor-zen-faq/573-how-to-reset-sony-software-to-default-settings
          After you have done the reset, I want you to forget about your current project for now. Start a brand new test project and import just one video. Don't do anything to it, except cut down to about 1 minute. Make sure to follow instructions from this tutorial. Before you go to the rendering stage, open the Project Media tab, press on top of video you imported and check to see what Frame Rate video is using. Make sure it is 29.97fps! Then go and render the video. Make sure you select Mainconcept AVC - Internet 1080p. My guess is that it will work. If it does not work again, I need you to send me a copy of your .vf project file.
          p.s. Don't give up just yet !!!
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            Brian · 20:44 03/07/2016
            I have reinstalled the software and re-registered and now it works. I guess that's more or less the same as a resetting. Anyway it all works now even with the same files I work on before, so something did happen and changed it for me. Thanks a lot for your help and encouragement.
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              Derek
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              · 22:01 03/07/2016
              That's great news !
              If anything weird ever happens again, just do a reset, because this works better than re-installing in most cases.
              All the best
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                Brian · 23:15 03/07/2016
                FYI it has happened again more times now... Don't know what it is, but it's like all of a sudden it can only render out in 15 fps. I have done a reset more times now and afterwards it works fine again for a while. I can not work with this when I can not rely on it's stability - and frankly speaking the whole setting procedure (and some of the UI) is annoying to me compared to other software I use. And - (maybe because of my "bugs" here on my system) - the quality of the rendering output is slightly poorer quality than what i import into the program, and that is a big disappointment to watch too.
                I only got the Movie Studio because of the 3 wheel color correction options and secondary some of the special effects. But it's not worth it to waste more time now. I will need to look after another software...
                Thanks for your help anyway :-)
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                  Derek
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                  · 23:54 03/07/2016
                  Are you sure your video is not 15 fps?
                  I asked some questions which you did not answer before.
                  1. Open the Project Media tab, press on top of video you imported and check to see what Frame Rate video is using?
                  2. Did you start a new test project?
                  I also asked you to send a copy of your .vf project file, so I can inspect it. If there is an error in your saved project, it's going to keep showing itself. If you are opening the SAME project with the SAME problem, the problem is probably with THAT project.
                  I have spoke to 1000's of Movie Studio users are you are the only person that has ever reported this problem, which makes me believe there is something wrong with your workflow and settings. If you can't supply me info, I can't help and you will stay frustrated.
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                    Brian · 02:22 04/07/2016
                    1.) Yes, I'm sure. Frame rate is 30,010 always in all my clips, because that's what my cameras are recording at (Samsung NX and Canon SX). And I record in PAL mode because I'm here in Europe (tho I don't think it matters anything).
                    2.) Yes, many times. Even with downloaded clips.
                    Now I've tried for some hours to generate the problem again to record a screen-video for you, but of cause now I don't get the problem anymore. Now again everything works fine. So I guess I'll give it a chance anyway....
                    If I encounter the problem again I will make a screen-recording video for you and send you the .vf file too.
                    PS. I've been thinking whether it could be something revolving 64 bit Windows 10 system? Not everything runs flawlessly after an Windows 10 update. And there might be other people out there with same issue, but maybe without realizing it? - yet! Don't know - it was just a thought...
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                      Derek
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                      · 13:28 04/07/2016
                      If you look on the front page of this website, you will see that I have recently published TWO new tutorials on how to upgrade to Windows 10. I strongly recommend that EVERYONE does a 2nd clean install of Windows 10, which will eliminate most problems.
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    Willie B. · 21:56 05/06/2016
    Hello Mr. Derek, I have watch several of your video which are really great, thank you. I've been trying for the last 9 days to take a wedding slideshow of 12 min and put it on a DVD for tv in HD With out Minu. Straight from timeline to render to burn on DVD.Can you help please Sir. Thank you in advance.
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    Derek Morgan · 21:24 23/05/2016
    It's telling me that my video is 700GB. how do I fix?
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      Derek
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      · 00:14 24/05/2016
      If the video is 700GB's, it sounds like you rendered it using a different format to what I showed in the tutorial.
      Did you use Mainconcept AVC ?
      DO NOT use Video for Windows .avi - this is an uncompressed format.
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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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