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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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Jack Kunena Avatar   19.05.2015 07:09
No sound in rendered video Yes No Hi Derek. I use a Panny TM700 and shoot in 1080 30p and have rendered many a vid with no problems. But I got one that I can't get any volume on when rendering. It's in surround sound and I use Sony AVC. The audio files are MP4. I have Vegas 10 Platinum.

The tracks are not muted. I can hear the sound when I preview the edit. I also have "include audio' checked in Custom.

What gives?
Derek Kunena Avatar   19.05.2015 15:13
Yes No If you are working with 5.1 Surround Sound, you must also set your Project Properties to the same setting.
Go to Project Properties - Audio tab and make sure it is set to 5.1 Surround.

In you Sony AVC Custom Settings, do the same thing and go to Audio tab and change from Stereo to 5.1 Surround ? Now re-render and see what happens.
Please note I know longer have a copy of V10 installed, so I am only going by memory the options you have available for rendering with Sony AVC.

RAY Kunena Avatar   03.03.2015 16:50
please help Yes No I'm trying to render about 2hr40min of video on a single 120min dvd disc. what to do? I seen one of your videos but I don't have the marks dvd bitrate calculator. I'm using Sony Vegas movie studio platinum 10 hd software on a HP computer windows 7 OS ... please help me
Derek Kunena Avatar   03.03.2015 17:29
Yes No Hi Ray

Go back to the correct tutorial here and follow all of the instructions.
I have a download link for Bit Rate Calculator in the article.

Please note that "120min DVD" means nothing in the real world.
I can guess that you have 4.7GB blank DVDs. A single layer 4.7GB DVD can hold just over 1 hour of High Quality DVD Video. If you want to maintain high quality video, you should really be using 8.5GB Dual Layer blank discs or split your video into two parts and burn to two 4.7GB discs.

You can squeeze 2 hours and 40 minutes onto a 4.7GB disc, however your Bit Rates will be very low to achieve this. I am actually making some discs like this myself at this very moment. I'm saving some videos I downloaded from a conference, so the quality doesn't have to be absolutely perfect. I would recommend these Bit Rate settings to render your video to:
Minimum = 2,560,000
Average = 3,408,000
Maximum = 6,824,000

If you need further help with this, I suggest you post this question on the Forum, then I can share screen shots with you.


ray Kunena Avatar   04.03.2015 02:46
Yes No Thank you for your response! I am a beginner when it comes to video editing I see you have a lot of video tutorials. I am a minister at our church and I'm at entry level when it comes to this video editing thing.. haven't been in any training. So I hope you have more resources to help develop my skills

I'm am grateful for your willingness to share
Jim Kunena Avatar   08.02.2015 14:45
Rendering 1080p with 5.1 Surround sound to .MOV Yes No Derek,

I am trying to render in Vegas Pro 13 a project to 1080p with 5.1 surround sound to .MOV format to run on a Mac. Having a issues with sound it tinny and in stereo it is full and rich. I have tried a number of things with no luck hoping you could help.

Jim V
Derek Kunena Avatar   08.02.2015 18:23
Yes No Hi Jim

The Quicktime encoder that comes with Vegas Pro is very limited. It does not support the full range of Apple Formats available. I am 99.99% sure that it does not support 5.1 surround audio, so I don't think you can do what you want with Vegas Pro. No one has ever asked me this question before and so it is above my knowledge level.

My best suggestion for you is to post your question on the Creative Cow Vegas Pro Forum. Someone there should be able to give you a better answer. I would actually like to know the answer myself.

If you wanted to output high quality H.264 Video in Stereo for playback on an Apple Mac, I could help you with that. I have instructions posted on the forum here:

Allan Kunena Avatar   22.12.2013 12:59
How to Render 1080p HD Video .mp4 for YouTube using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Yes No Thank goodness for people like you. I really wouldn't have had a clue without it! Much appreciated.
Derek Kunena Avatar   22.12.2013 13:52
How to Render 1080p HD Video .mp4 for YouTube using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Yes No Thanks Allan :)
Kelly Kunena Avatar   30.03.2013 14:05
How to Render 1080p HD Video .mp4 for YouTube using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Yes No 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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