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
OR
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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    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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      Derek
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      · 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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    TheLondonGirl · 13:37 21/12/2015
    Hi,

    What's the best setting for a 1080p video on Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

    I really need a setting that's renders the video faster but also keep the quality. It takes 14mins to render a 1minute video at the moment. It's also taking 7+hours to render a 25-30min video. Really need your help, tried to figure it out by myself but every new setting I try my software pops up with a message saying I have low memory & should close other tabs, even though nothing else is open. I have plenty of memory on my actual pc.

    Lucy
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      Derek
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      · 15:15 21/12/2015
      Hi Lucy
      In the video tutorial I showed what to use. I do not have v10 installed anymore, so cannot remember all it's settings. You should be using Mainconcept AVC/AAC - Internet 1080p or Sony AVC - Internet 1080p.
      Render times vary dramatically, depending on the type of CPU you have installed and what is in the project.
      DO NOT use Windows Media Video .wmv - this is very memory intensive and can cause problems.
      Movie Studio 10 was only a 32bit program, which means it can't use more than 3 GB's of your computers RAM.
      Newer versions like Movie Studio Platinum 13, are now 64 bit programs, which means they can use all of your computers memory and are faster at rendering video.
      What model CPU does your computer use ?
      Go to Control Panel/System to find out.

      Regards
      Derek.
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    Jack · 07:09 19/05/2015
    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?
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      Derek
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      · 15:13 19/05/2015
      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.

      Regards
      Derek.
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    RAY · 16:50 03/03/2015
    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
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 17:29 03/03/2015
      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.
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/dvd-architect-studio-50/493-how-to-compress-a-long-video-onto-a-dvd[/url]

      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.

      Regards
      Derek.

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        ray · 02:46 04/03/2015
        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
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    Jim · 14:45 08/02/2015
    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
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      Derek
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      · 18:23 08/02/2015
      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.
      [url]https://forums.creativecow.net/sonyvegas[/url]

      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:
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/movie-studio-platinum/399-rendering-help-how-to-render-mov-video-for-playback-on-mac#1397[/url]

      Regards
      Derek.
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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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      Derek
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      · 13:52 22/12/2013
      Thanks Allan
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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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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 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:
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/84-how-to-frame-video-to-2391-cinema-widescreen-using-vegas-movie-studio-hd-platinum-11[/url]
      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.
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/41-how-to-animate-lower-third-text-backgrounds-using-sony-vegas-movie-studio-hd-platinum-10[/url]
      3. Stick to using .mp4
      .m2ts is mainly a BluRay disc format.
      Dex
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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 3 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.

        Thanks!
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          Derek
          • Moderator
          · 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.

            Video:

            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

            Audio:

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

            Ruler:

            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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