In this video tutorial I show how to to render 1080p HD Video for upload to YouTube using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

Learning how to render 1080p HD video for YouTube can be overwhelming for a new user, because there may be an expectation that you just press a couple of buttons and you're done. Well that is true only AFTER you have created some Project Property templates and some Rendering templates, but before that stage you need to learn a few things which I am about to show you in the video.

Video has become very complex because there are so many different devices you can use to shoot video with a camera and capture video from a gaming consule or computer. There are countless video codecs, frame rates and frame sizes being used to save video to. If you know exactly what your video is being shot in, then you can gaurantee that setting up Vegas to make beautiful video will be a breeze.

If however, you get confused and mis-match templates and settings, then you will end up with some problems that will frustrate you. So watch and listen carefully to my video tutorial and everything will be relatively easy and enjoyable to do.

Vegas Pro 10 Users

If you are using Vegas Pro 10, then here is the full list of settings to type into your Project Properties Window:
Template = HD 1080-60i (1920x1080, 29.970 fps) for NTSC
Template = HD 1080-50i (1920x1080, 25.000 fps) for PAL
Width = 1920
Height = 1080
Field Order = None (progressive scan)
Pixel Aspect Ratio = 1.0 square
Frame Rate = 29.97 for NTSC OR 25.00 for PAL
Stereoscopic = OFF
Pixel Format = 8bit
Render Quality = BEST
Motion Blur = Gaussian
De-interlace Method = Blend Fields




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    Derek · 21:13 24/02/2017
    You get a lot more with the Platinum version, than just the ability to customise settings!
    You get DVD Architect as well and a large number of extra functions/features.
    For an extra $20 you get a HUGE amount of extra functionality.
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    Archivian · 20:22 24/02/2017
    If you don't have the platinum version your screwed. pay $20 for a customize button. Thats pretty sucky
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    Allan · 12:59 22/12/2013
    Thank goodness for people like you. I really wouldn't have had a clue without it! Much appreciated.
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    Kelly · 14:05 30/03/2013
    Thank you so much for posting this...It is has been extremely helpful.

    I have a few questions if you don't mind.

    1. When I upload to YouTube and view the video back, it defaults to 360p. So this is probably happening to our viewers as well. Is there a way to change it so that ourselves and our viewers can view the video in 1080p HD without having to manually change it. Most do not know about that feature.

    2. Prior to your tutorial, I was using the Internet 360-30p (480x360, 29,970 fps) rendering as Sony AVC mp4 with the YouTube higher quality 30p template. I also had a black background. I was able to put my text that I use throughout the video above or the video in the black background portion so that it would not interfere with the video. Now the video takes up the whole screen and my text goes into the actual video. Is there a way where I can have the video quality with your settings but still be able to have my text above or below in the black border section?

    3. Is there a difference if I save the video as an mp4 or as an m2ts?

    Thanks in advance!
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      · 02:58 01/04/2013
      Hi Kelly
      1. Video Playback Quality is set in your YouTube Account Settings. Go to Settings - Playback.
      2. The video is meant to fill up the whole screen if you are making 1080p videos. However, there are two options which look good.
      a) Crop the video to a super wide cinema style, so that there is black bars at the top and bottom. Then you can add your Text in the lower black bar. Here is my tutorial that explains the cropping part:
      b) If you want to keep the whole video, you can create lower thirds Text on a semi-transparent background. Watch this tutorial to see how to do this. You can just ignore the part where I show how to Animate the Lower Thirds.
      3. Stick to using .mp4
      .m2ts is mainly a BluRay disc format.
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        Kelly · 16:28 02/04/2013
        Thank you Dex for your responses. I really appreciate it!
        One other thing...Do you know if there is a faster way to render? My file is 119MB with minutes and 39 seconds duration time and it took 1 hour and 11 minutes to render and an additional 20 minutes to upload to YouTube.

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          · 00:42 05/04/2013
          Which exact version of Movie Studio or Vegas Pro are you using ?
          Which exact Render As profile have you been using ? OR Have you been using the Make Movie button ?
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            Kelly · 16:38 05/04/2013
            Hi Dex,

            I am using Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9.0

            Under Project Properties, the settings are as follows:

            For the template used, I followed your video tutorial the best I could but there are some differences since I have a different version and I chose surround sound for the voice.


            HD 1080 1920x1080, 29.970 fps
            Width: 1,920
            Height: 1080
            Frame Rate: 29.970 (NTSC)
            Field Order: None (Progressive Scan)
            Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.00 (Square)
            Full resolution rendering quality: Best
            Deinterlace method: Blend Fields


            Master Bus Mode: 5.1 Surround
            Sample Rate: 44,100
            Bit Depth: 16
            Resample & Stretch quality: Best


            Times & Frames
            Ruler Start time: 00:00:00.00
            Beats per minute: 120.000
            Beats per measure: 4
            Note that gets one beat: Quarter

            Audio: 448 Kbps, 48,000 Hz, 5.1 Surround, AC-3 Studio.
            Video: 16.0 Mbps, 29.970 fps, 1920x1080
            Use this setting to create a 1920x1080 NTSC AVCHD 5.1 Surround file.

            Also, when I render is automatically saves it as a .m2ts file for some reason.

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