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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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    Lorene Hodges · 06:20 30/07/2014
    I'm helping a friend by editing and (hopefully) correcting a poor video. The lighting is horrible. It's a panel of about 7 people and the guy is the center is the only one that is well lit. The others look like they are in the witness protection program. They are all silhouettes. Is there any way to correct this or is this video pure crap?
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      Derek
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      · 12:54 30/07/2014
      Hi Lorene
      Yes there are some things you can do.
      Please watch/read my new tutorial on Colour Correction. In this tutorial I show how you can fix colour, contrast and brightness.
      To do a real pro job, you will have add some extra layers which are too difficult to explain just with words.
      Which exact version of Movie Studio do you use ?
      If it is possible, could you upload a small sample (few minutes) from the video you are working on to YouTube. Don't do anything to it. You can make it an un-listed video and then send me a link. Then I can offer more specific suggestions. You can find my email on the Contact page.

      Regards
      Derek.
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    BobDiggler76
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    · 03:55 29/07/2014
    Hi, I have a video recorded on a HTC One (m8) at 1080p @ 30fps.

    I've followed your guide to the letter, however the output .mp4 file ALWAYS renders to to 15fps. FYI, I've done the same in WMM and it renders at the correct 30fps.

    In the 'Custom Setting" I've made sure every time that the Frame Rate is set to 29.970, however it just won't do it.

    Do you have any idea as to why this would be?
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      Derek
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      · 11:28 29/07/2014
      I think I know what may be happening.
      I will assume you have been using one of the Mainconcept AVC/AAC .mp4 templates to render with.
      When you press Customize and go into the Video tab, there is a setting you should turn OFF.
      [b]Allow source to adjust Frame Rate[/b]
      If this is turned ON, that would explain the frame rate shift.

      If this is not the problem, can you please send me an example test video from your HTC Phone.
      I would like to test this out myself and see exactly what is going on.
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    Bill Lewis · 02:56 10/07/2014
    It looks like I have questions that you might have already answered. I have used Adobe Elements in the past, but grew increasingly frustrated with it. So I switched to Movie Studio. I have resisted using it simply because I was wary of the learning curve, but it has proved okay. However, is it impossible to hit a button and download the movie onto a dvd? Do I have to put in first on my hard drive, as you discuss above, and then load it? Do I go through Windows (7) to do that? I have an older Sony handicam AVCHD that I have used for years with good results. Where do I go from here? Thanks!
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      Derek
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      · 16:08 10/07/2014
      Hi Bill
      I am actually in the middle of making a tutorial about this topic right now.
      It is much easier for me to explain with a video and screen shots.
      24 to 48 hours and it will be published.

      Regards
      Derek
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    Hailey · 15:24 09/05/2014
    Hi Derek!

    Maybe you will be able to help me with this problem - I have been rendering my files exactly the way you describe (as well as experimenting on my own).The audio is in sync on the timeline, however, once I render the file, the audio progressively becomes more and more out of sync on the output file. What can I do to keep this from happening?

    Thank you kindly for your expertise!
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      Derek
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      · 16:23 09/05/2014
      Hi Hailey
      Where is your original Source Video coming from ?
      Is it from a camera or files from a video sharing website ?
      Is the original video 1080p, 720p or 480p ?
      Do you know the frame rate ?
      Did you set the Frame Rate in the Project to Match the original video and Make Movie settings. Sometimes if your frames rates do not match properly, it can cause audio sync issues - however this is rare, if the original video is in sync.
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    Lisa · 20:01 08/05/2014
    I agree, great website and tutorial.
    I was wondering if you would still use the same Advanced Options you mention in the video when my raw video is created in 720x576x32 in 25fps?
    I have used Burn to DVD but the quality reduced when I played the DVD on the TV.
    I have used Save to Hard Drive and used several templates under Mainconcept MPEG-2. But when I re-play them on my computer, there is still a reduction in quality.
    Not sure what is the best to use.
    (Basically my customer wants a copy of the video on DVD and on USB stick to replay to students as required).
    Thanking you.
    (First time user of Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13).
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      Derek
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      · 16:20 09/05/2014
      Hi Lisa
      I have an in-depth article in the FAQ section of Movie Studio Zen, which explains the full workflow for making DVDs 100% manually - which is the superior method.
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/doctor-zen-faq/167-how-to-render-a-dvd-for-dvd-architect[/url]
      In the next couple of weeks, I will be updating this tutorial for Movie Studio Platinum 13 users and releasing a [I]new[/I] video and article.
      It sounds like you are using an older style Standard Definition camera, if it is recording to 720x576-25p. Is this correct ?
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        Lisa · 20:07 09/05/2014
        I've already read the article you suggested, however, its for Movie Studio 11. The layout and functions is completely different in 13, therefore couldn't follow all the steps exactly.
        In Movie Maker, I clicked on Burn to DVD, but when I play the DVD on my DVD player, there is quite a reduction in quality - too embarrassed to give that to my client.
        The video camera used is HDR-XR550 Sony Handycam. which I believe is still HD.
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          Derek
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          · 21:21 09/05/2014
          OK, so your camera actually Outputs 1080p video.
          You must realize that DVDs only encode to MPEG2 480p Standard Definition video. Only 1/4 the resolution of 1080p video. You will get the exact same result from any program that can make DVDs.
          If you want clean crisp 1080p HD video on a disc, then you must create BluRay discs instead. BluRay was invented specifically for storing 1080p video in it's original condition.
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            Lisa · 14:40 10/05/2014
            Thanks Derek. Just read the online manual for the Handycam. It can record in HD and SD. It states that SD will be recorded in MPEG-2 format. I have a feeling that my friend must have recorded in SD (not my camera) as when I created a New Project in Platinum 13 and selected Match Media Settings and browsed to the actual video file, the box underneath shows "720x576, 25fps interlaced". Plus, when I import the raw media file, the details in the box show:
            File Type - MainConcept MPEG-2
            Streams - 3
            Video - 720x576x32

            So it appears I'm stuck with a SD video (my fault for employing someone who is just learning). Does this mean I wont be able to record onto a DVD disc with reasonable clarity?
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              Derek
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              · 14:53 10/05/2014
              It is what it is.
              I have the same conversation with people many times a week, complaining about the quality of DVDs. There is no secret I am withholding.
              I have already directed you to the best information I have about making DVDs. Once you drill down into the Render As templates for MPEG2 video for DVD, the settings are identical in all versions of Movie Studio and Vegas Pro. They conform to an International Standard for making DVDs. No matter which program you use, you will end up with the same quality, because DVD Bit Rates are capped at 9.8Mbps.
              I will be releasing new tutorials over the coming weeks which will make things easier to understand when using the latest versions of the programs. One of the new tutorials will be about Colour Correction. This is the only area where you could make some improvements to the quality of the final DVD.
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    Haduken · 06:07 25/04/2014
    Great tutorial, just have one question. Is there anything special you need to do in order to have the file with sound? Only I've just rendered one and it doesn't have any audio at all when I play it back.
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      Derek
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      · 12:28 25/04/2014
      Did you follow my instructions 100% ?
      If you used a different [B]Render As[/B] format/template, then you could have the problem you are describing ?
      What was your Source Video in this project ? Meaning, what is it's file extension and where did it come from ?
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        Haduken · 20:58 25/04/2014
        Tried again following your instructions and it's worked now, thanks
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          Derek
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          · 21:11 25/04/2014
          Cool
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    Tom · 09:17 18/03/2014
    Very nice presentation. Learned more in the short time watching this than I've learned in months of "mucking about." Your site is excellent source of information.
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      Derek
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      · 14:30 18/03/2014
      Glad to help
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    SeaLyons
    • Member
    · 10:32 01/03/2014
    Using this method doesn't seem to provide a 60fps selection. What needs to be done to get a 1080p/60fps output format?
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      Derek
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      · 13:53 01/03/2014
      All video on the Internet has a maximum frame rate cap of 30fps. If you upload anything higher than this, websites like YouTube will simply re-render it immediately back to 30fps.
      If you want to render higher than 30fps, you can use Sony AVC/MVC and manually set the frame rate. There are other formats which also allow higher frame rates.
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        SeaLyons
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        · 22:35 03/03/2014
        OK, thanks. When using Sony AVC/MVC it only gives a pre-formated option for[B] "AVCHD 1920x1080-60i"[/B], not a 60p option. However when trying to customize that template it shows the Field Order as set to [B]"NONE (progressive scan)"[/B] and the Field Order is grayed-out so no other options can be selected. So, does this mean that the original format IS 60p and not 60i? Why is it being listed as 60i, is that a mistake?
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          Derek
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          · 01:05 04/03/2014
          Stop - go back a few steps.
          Is your original video shot in 1080-60i or 1080-60p ?
          If you watched my tutorial and used "Match Media", this will give you the answer to my question. Open Project Properties and what does it say ?
          29.97fps Interlaced (which is the same as 60i) ?
          OR
          60fps Progressive ?
          What device is your final video going to be viewed on ?
          Internet, Computer Monitor or TV ?
          If you do actually have 60p video, forget about AVCHD template. Go into the Internet Template and you can easily select 60p frame rate.
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    Eric · 18:43 08/02/2014
    Good tutorial, thanks! Question: how can I render the loop region only while using advanced settings? It still renders the entire video even if I check the box before entering advanced settings.
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      Derek
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      · 19:41 08/02/2014
      Hi Eric
      Great question !
      Anything you choose in the settings for the [B]basic[/B] window, before you press [B]Advanced Options[/B], will be removed/defaulted if you want to press Advanced Options.
      In the Advanced Render As window, you must open the "Render Options" drop down box (top left) and select [B]Render Loop Region Only[/B].
      Please note that this will be greyed out if you forget to select a loop region on the timeline.
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        Eric · 19:53 08/02/2014
        Great, that worked.. thanks for the quick response!

        I totally agree that the new look is unprofessional. I also miss the old "render as" dialogue from v.10.

        Oh, one more question a bit off topic: Can I not drag the fade in/out by grabbing the corners anymore in v.13 or a I just doing something wrong? It's driving me insane.

        Thanks!
        Eric
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          Derek
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          · 20:02 08/02/2014
          In version 13 you now have to change the Edit Mode before Fading.
          Look underneath timeline.
          Normal, Envelope and Fade modes.
          There are actually even more edit modes than this, but they have removed them from the Toolbar and are only accessible now by going to EDIT (top tool bar) and selecting Editing Tool.
          OR
          You can press CTRL & D to cycle through all five modes very quickly.
          This new change is just plain ridiculous and a very backward step. I really hope they bring back the Full Toolbar.
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            Derek
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            · 20:04 08/02/2014
            I just had to edit my reply to you. Please read version on website and not your email version.
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              Eric · 20:24 08/02/2014
              Derek, you are the man! Thanks so much for your help- you are truly making my life easier, and you will be the first place I go for answers on Movie Studio going forward.

              And I totally agree that there are a number of steps backward in the interest of making the program more user friendly for novices. I also agree that 2 versions would be best- and even bringing back the "render as" (or "advanced") dialogue on default for pros would be awesome as well.

              Thanks again!
              Eric
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                Derek
                • Moderator
                · 02:54 21/08/2016
                Cheers

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