Learn short cuts and how to start editing with Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13 video editing software.

This is the perfect first tutorial to watch, if you have just purchased Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13 and are officially feeling overwhelmed and freaking out quite a lot ! In this tutorial I teach you how to use all the most common editing tools and functions in the program. I also explain the full workflow for making a project from the very beginning, right to the end.

This is one of those tutorials where it is far better to simply watch the video than read confusing explanations, so make a cup of tea or crack open some beers and enjoy this lengthy jam packed video tutorial.

Topics Covered in this Tutorial

    • How to Set Project Properties
    • How to Match Media Settings
    • How to Import Media
    • How to Split, Cut and Delete Video
    • How to Copy and Paste
    • How to control Video Levels
    • How to change Audio Volume Levels
    • How to create a Transition
    • How to Fade In/Out Video and Audio
    • How to set the Preview Window
    • How to set the Movie Studio Preferences for GPU Acceleration
    • How to add more Video and Audio Tracks
    • How to Render Video and Make Movies

Which Video Region do you live in ?

You need to tell Movie Studio which region you live in or what type of camera you use. There are three main video systems being used on Planet Earth - NTSC, PAL and SECAM. If you are un-sure as to which system your country/region uses, then please refer to this excellent map on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PAL-NTSC-SECAM.svg

Please note that if you are in a SECAM country, you can also use the PAL System. So always choose PAL in Movie Studio settings.

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    manuel · 15:01 14/02/2018
    In regards to Sony platinum movie studio 13, I have a problem with the video effect window, where you can add text and formatting. The window is too small and I cannot resize it to work with it. I cannot see the bold field, or the alignment for the fonts. No matter what I do the window remains small, whether I am in simple or advance edit. I am using a Dell touch laptop 64bit. Any light on this issue will be appreciated.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 15:36 14/02/2018
      You cannot re-size the Titles & Text window.
      If you have accidentally docked it into a tabbed window area, you need to grab it by the row of vertical dots in the top left corner and drag it out onto the MS desktop.
      You must highlight any text you have added, before you can change things like Bold, etc.
      I recommend you post this question on the Movie Studio Zen forum and then I can upload a screen shot of what the window is meant to look like.
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/index

      Regards
      Derek
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    K W · 03:10 29/08/2017
    Hello. I am trying to add media- an AVI file and the following message appears:
    The file is likely corrupt of from an unknown format. I would appreciate any guidance. Thank you
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 08:10 29/08/2017
      .avi is a generic Video Container that can hold a large range of Video Codecs.
      It is very common to see .avi files downloaded from the Internet, using [b]non-standard video codecs[/b], which is why it is not working in Vegas/Movie Studio. You will have to convert your .avi video into a format that is Vegas friendly, like H.264/.mp4. Use a Video Converter program to do this and then import the converted file into Vegas - then it will work.
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    MJ
    • Member
    · 08:32 07/07/2017
    What if I am not importing a video only still photos into the project? Do I still have to find a video to "Match Media Settings?"
    I was getting hung up with this setting and so I chose a random video so the program would move through.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 12:10 07/07/2017
      Hello MJ
      I can see that you have finally been able to LOGIN to the website, which is good news.
      When you are creating a project that contains no video, DON't use the Match Media setting - always say no to that question when importing photos only. Instead, make sure to check/set your Project Properties to the Output Setting you are likely to render to.
      For most people, that would be something like a Frame Size of 1920x1080 and using a Frame Rate that your country uses. If you live in the USA, set Frame Rate = 29.97 fps. De-interlace Method = Progressive.
      If you would like more help with this, post a message on the forum and then I can upload a Screen Shot that shows what I mean.
      Regards
      Derek
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    Sanford j. Slobin · 00:45 13/05/2017
    Derek, I have recorded video in XAVC-s and using Movie Studio Platinum 13, in 4K. Can I download the 4K video and edit it in a 1080 format so that people can view the video on a TV that does not play 4K ? thanks sanford
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 11:08 13/05/2017
      If you have your Project Properties in Movie Studio set to 4k settings, you can render a [b]4k video[/b] and [b]1080p[/b] video from the same project. Which means you will be doing 2 renders using different output templates.
      If you are uploading 4k videos to YouTube, the YouTube player will automatically only play the 1080p version on a 1080p TV.
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        sanford J. Slobin · 10:49 14/05/2017
        Derek, thanks for the quick response. If I have already render the 4K video, can I go back and change the render setting to 1080 or do I have to start a new project?
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          Derek
          • Moderator
          · 19:12 14/05/2017
          No you do not need to start a new project. You can render as many different formats from the same project as you like.
          Open your saved 4K project.
          Go directly to Render As (Make Movie)
          Select Mainconcept AVC/AAC .mp4 and the Internet 1080p template.
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    Margot · 13:12 07/04/2017
    Hello! I am having a lot of issues with my videos being wayyy to bright when I take the footage from my camera to sony movie studio. I use the auto feature for recording, I have a sony a6000. I usually sit in front of a window and have a ring light in front of me. What would be the best way to edit the color as I'm editing? It's like I'm way to washed out and bright if that makes since.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 15:59 08/04/2017
      The first thing you need to do is learn how to set the camera manually. Auto-Mode will always be fairly ordinary.
      The No.1 problem you have is [b]White Balance[/b].
      Download the PDF Instruction Manual for your A6000 and find how to set the White Balance.
      https://docs.sony.com/release//ILCE6000.pdf
      Because you are using the ring light, you need to set the White Balance for A6000 to match the same colour as light coming from ring. Press the Fn (function) button on camera and you will find White Balance. Cycle through all modes until the picture looks accurate to real life. You could record 10 seconds of video using each different setting and then play back to find best mode.
      For video you have already recorded, you can use Video FX in Movie Studio to correct colour.
      I recommend you read/watch this tutorial:
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-vegas-pro/526-colour-correction-tools-sony-vegas-pro
      If you want to learn how to use your camera properly, I recommend this beginners course on how to shoot Video.
      http://froknowsphoto.com/dslr-video-guide/
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        Margot Brown · 00:16 09/04/2017
        Thank you so much, I appreciate such an informative and quick responce. I will try your recommendations!
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    A/V Programming · 07:36 31/01/2017
    Why are the audio and video out of sync? I'm having trouble adding .mts files, any ideas on how to fix these?A/V CUCF
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 07:58 31/01/2017
      There is nothing about .mts files that would cause audio sync problems. I use them all the time and do not experience problems.
      Where did your .mts videos come from ?
      What device or program recorded them ?
      If you are recording long video screen captures, that can be a No.1 reason why you are experiencing audio sync issues. Some screen capture programs/devices drift out of sync over time. This has nothing to do with Movie Studio.
      Make sure when you import your videos, that you are Matching the Project Properties with Video Properties. The program normally asks if you want to do this, when you import the first video clip. If your Frame Rates DO NOT match, that may cause a problem sometimes.
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        rightasrain · 22:04 10/02/2017
        I just tried to add an mts video, then realised the Media Generators tab was showing instead of Project Media which is why it didn't work - I always drag my files across from Windows Explorer. This has happened to me a couple of times. May be worth checking.
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    Enter your name · 10:49 12/01/2017
    Literally every website I've went to has not told me how to select a certain part of my audio (to move it to another part of the video) HELP
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 12:16 12/01/2017
      If you want to edit [b]only the audio[/b] part of a video on the timeline, the first thing you need to do is un-group the video & audio. Right-click video and go to Group/Remove From. Now click [b]only on the audio track[/b] at beginning part of section you want to remove and press S for split - do the same at end of section you want. Now you can move this section to where ever you want.
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    Cortney Brooks · 08:55 16/12/2016
    Am I able to use music from iTunes or amazon music and import into movie studio?
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 09:38 16/12/2016
      Yes you can, provided the files do not have Copyright Protection embedded in them.
      Older music downloaded from iTunes had this problem, then Apple removed it.
      If they don't work, delete file from computer and re-download fresh copies from iTunes.
      Open iTunes music folder inside your main Music folder and drag files into Movie Studio.
      I don't use Amazon, so have no idea what they do.
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    Koppie Dupont · 22:20 25/11/2016
    Hi Derek,
    how can I merge clips in Movie Studio Platinum 13?
    I can't find a tutorial for this and it's really bugging me.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 23:09 25/11/2016
      What exactly do you mean by "merge clips" ?
      If you are simply talking about joining different video clips together one after the other, this is what video editing is all about. No matter what you do on the timeline, you must always finish by rendering everything on the timeline into a new video. You cannot simply press save and have all clips "joined/merged". The function [b]Save As[/b] and [b]Make Movie[/b] (Render) are two totally different steps.
      There is a tutorial for how to render your video, linked at the bottom of the article.
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/516-1080p-video-in-movie-studio-platinum-13
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    ีsupot · 19:20 02/11/2016
    Movie Studio Platinum 13 - Can not produce a file type 4k yes.
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 22:54 02/11/2016
      Movie Studio Platinum 13 [i]does[/i] support 4K video and can output 4K video, to Mainconcept AVC and Sony XAVC formats.

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