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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    Todd · 10:07 28/05/2015
    I used an android tablet as camera two and the files are mp4. Sony Movie Studio 13 accepts them fine but the video is "soft" and blurry on playback. I have converted the files to AVI with various settings and SMS 13 will not load them. I attempting to convert now with all settings on auto. Whats the best way to load these files to a project and have video sharpness?
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      Derek
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      · 15:43 28/05/2015
      Hi Todd

      I can guess that there is actually nothing wrong at all. It sounds like you just need to change the Preview Window settings. The Preview Window will deliberately lower the quality of the video while you are editing, to make it easier to playback smoothly. This has absolutely no effect on your final rendered/exported video.

      If you would like to see the original videos full resolution, change the [b]Preview Window[/b] to [b]Best/Full[/b].
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    Chris · 09:10 27/04/2015
    Initially I thought this was a 60fps setting issue, but the only way I can get any video to render is if I use the base settings and don't touch the advanced controls. If I use any advanced template, it crashes instantly upon attempting to render. Any ideas as to what I can do to fix this issue?
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      Derek
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      · 18:41 27/04/2015
      The first thing I would do is reset the program.
      [b]Do this:[/b]
      Turn Movie Studio/Vegas/DVD Architect Off.
      Hold down CONTROL and SHIFT keys at the same time AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME double click program icon on Desktop to Boot program.
      Window will pop up.
      Select Delete Cache and Yes.
      This will restore program to Factory Default Settings.

      Now create a new test project and drop some 60fps video into it.
      Save and go direct to Advanced Render Settings.
      Does it work now ?

      Most rendering problems are caused by Graphics Card/ Graphics Driver issues or Video Fx you may have added that have been pushed too far and are causing a memory overload.
      New Blue Titler can also do this with older builds of the program.
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    Andy · 22:26 26/02/2015
    I must still be doing something wrong, as despite reading and watching these (really helpful) tutorials, my videos are still blurry. I've got a Sony HX300 that I shoot motorsports with in AVCHD and when playing back the unedited file on my computer, it's a nice clean picture. When I use Sony (Platinum 12) to edit my files though, playback is really blurry.

    I've just bought a GoPro and using the GoPro Studio to edit, my final video is amazing with no blur at all. When I try and replicate this with Sony Move Studio, the video is really blurry so I know it is my settings in the Sony Move Studio rather than my hardware.

    I am trying to save the file to my hard drive and am really struggling with project properties and render settings. Am I right in thinking that the new project settings are best set to 'match media settings' and project properties set as in step 4 above? As I'm in the UK, my frame rate should be 25fps for the project properties?

    What about rendering, should that also be 25fps? And if so, are my GoPro videos blurry because they're shot at 60fps and Sony only enables me 25fps? Any assistance really appreciated, thanks.
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      Andy · 22:48 26/02/2015
      Apologies, I've just seen the 'more comments' link and seen a few that I think will help. Should have said that in the GoPro videos, it's the background that suffers motiuon blur and when using my HX300 to shoot motorsports, the cars/bikes themselves suffer motion blur.

      Have seen your comment about right-clicking on all videos in the timeline and disabling re-sample, which will help with sideways panning shots (most of the motorsports I shoot are this angle). Will persevere!

      I see you've mentioned that you can use Sony AVC for higher frame rates when rendering so will look into that.
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    Anna · 14:25 07/01/2015
    Hello. I have followed this step-by-step and for some reason after I complete it, the file does not show up in my hard drive after rendering. I have tried it 3 times and still no luck...
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 18:03 07/01/2015
      My guess is that you forgot to set your Output Folder Address correctly, before you began the render. Your videos are being saved to a completely different location on your computer and that is why you cannot find them.
      Look closely at the bottom of screen shot from Step 7. You must set this correctly.

      There is an easy way to find your lost video files.
      Use the Windows Search function. Search box is above Windows Start button in Windows 7.
      Search name of the file and you will find where it is located.
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    Dean · 23:35 04/01/2015
    Hi,
    I was wondering if you could help me. I am using Sony Movie Studio Platinum suite (version 12) to make my home movies. my DVD burner has recently broke so I have been trying to render a copy to my hard drive to watch on the TV vis USB. I cannot seem to find the best setting to do this as I can get the pictures and sound up but any music tracks I set the movie too do not play - can you help?

    Thanks

    Dean
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 00:06 05/01/2015
      Hi Dean

      If you have used audio tracks that were bought on iTunes, they can sometimes have copy protection attached to them which makes them not work properly in Video Editing programs.
      Another thing to check is how you set your Project Properties up in the Audio tab. If you set it as 5.1 Surround Sound, but render as Stereo, it can make some tracks disappear. Set to Stereo.
      Check that you have not Muted any audio tracks or press the "!" Solo button for any audio tracks. Also check that none of the Volume sliders have been set to zero or the Pan controls have been touched.

      If you need further help with this, I will have to see your actual project. Please take a large screen shot of your MS Desktop and email it too me, so I can check your layout and general settings. A copy of one of the audio tracks that is not working would also be good.
      Email is on bottom of this page: [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/about-me/contact-me[/url]

      The Mainconcept AVC - Internet 1080p template should work well for sending to a USB drive and playing back on a TV.

      Regards
      Derek.
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        Dean · 05:21 05/01/2015
        Thanks Derek - it was down to the project properties as you suggested
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    LogDog · 13:16 29/12/2014
    Hi I'm using a gopro hero 4 camera and have just got Movie studio. So i'm pretty new to it. what would be the best render setting to upload to youtube with?
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 20:57 29/12/2014
      You can follow the exact settings I showed in this tutorial.

      I am also working on some new tutorials which will show how to render to higher frame rates for YouTube. This is a new thing for YouTube and was not available when I made this original tutorial.
      Basically, if you want to render to 50fps or 60fps, you can use Sony AVC - Internet 1080p, and the Customize Video settings and manually set Frame Rate to 50 or 60fps. I will explain this in more detail when new tutorials are posted soon.

      Regards
      Derek.
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    Dawid · 04:25 24/10/2014
    Hi there. I set everything exactly as your guide, after rendering a movie playing on my computer looks very good .After message to You Tube losing the quality of what you can see here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7keM0LzmA5U&list=UUgBkAXwUKglmjz7vwnKKnnA&index=4
    Can anything be done to a video presented on YT was of better quality?
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 18:00 24/10/2014
      Your video looks OK to me at 1080p YouTube settings.
      Please note that YouTube can take [i]many hours[/i] after you upload a video, to render the HD versions of your video. The low resolution versions always appear first.

      To reduce motion blur in your videos, right-click all videos on the timeline and go to [b]Switches[/b] - set to [b]Disable Re-sample[/b].
      Now re-render.
      Sideways panning shots should now look a little bit better.
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        Dawid · 19:08 24/10/2014
        Thank you very much for your answer applies to your advice when working with the next film, your guide helped me get started with the program Movie Studio 13. Attentively watch the rest of your instructions. Regards Dawid.
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    Christian · 05:54 25/09/2014
    Dear Derek,
    I do have a GoPro camera which does have the extreme wide angle lenses. This means that objects really Close to the camera do look like seen through an fisheye.
    Is there any filter to reduce the fisheye for such Videos?
    Thank you very much and best regards
    Christian
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 14:03 25/09/2014
      This is a tricky one.
      There is no reverse Fish Eye removal tool in Movie Studio Platinum or Vegas Pro.
      There are third party plugins floating around, but none of them really do a great job.
      The best one that I have heard people recommend is from ProDad. I think it is an actual program. So you would process your GoPro video through this first and then import into your video editing program.
      They have two different programs. Both have free trials so you can test it out before buying.
      [url]http://www.prodad.com/home/products/actioncam/300582316,l-us.html[/url]
      or
      [url]http://www.prodad.com/home/products/video_optimization/300546449,l-us.html[/url]

      Personally I think the whole idea of the GoPro is to have some degree of Fish Eye. Try experimenting with every single combination of recording modes.

      Regards
      Derek.
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    Fred · 05:22 24/09/2014
    Hi Derek,
    I just bought Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13 about 5 weeks ago, and noticed that Lorene Hodges sent a question to you, and you mentioned that you were working on a Colour Correction video for your website. Did you ever finish that video? I also just bought an a7s, but am still waiting for the Shogun record to ship this next month. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Fred
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    BobDiggler76
    • Member
    · 06:38 30/07/2014
    [quote name="Lorene Hodges"]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?[/quote]

    This made me laugh so much. The wording is almost poetic.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 14:50 27/02/2015
      I am working on new tutorials right now and hope to have them released early next week.
      Specifically I will be talking about GoPro video.

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