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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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    sanford · 07:48 30/07/2019
    One more bit of information. I get message that "Location is not available" I have not received that message before. I did format both the D and E drive prior to receiving that message. thanks sanford
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    sanford · 07:42 30/07/2019
    Derek, just a follow up, I am using Movie Studio Platinum 13
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    Sanford · 07:40 30/07/2019
    Derek, I have a laptop which has three drives. Drive C where the soft ware is loaded. Drive D and Drive E. I download by videos to either D or E spending on available space. I the preference window, there is Temporary files folder which now indicates Drive C. When I edit my videos and I am ready to render, I do not want my videos to go the C Drive. I have been sending the videos thru renders to the D or E drive and want to continue along those lines. How do I make sure that I will be able to find my finished videos so that I can forward those to You tube. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated. thanks sanford.
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      Derek
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      · 12:56 30/07/2019
      It is best to leave the location of the Temporary Files Folder on your C-Drive, otherwise you may experience problems due to Windows Permissions Settings. The Temporary Files Folder normally does not contain any video files, so it wont fill your C-Drive. You can always delete everything in this folder if it gets too big and it will regenerate the next time you open Vegas.
      YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF WHERE YOUR PROJECTS ARE SAVED TO !!!
      Read the first part of this tutorial - it explains how to set the folder location for each new project.
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/516-1080p-video-in-movie-studio-platinum-13
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    Sanford
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    · 02:29 06/04/2019
    How do I reset the display window so that upon opening a new project, I get the same set on the display screen?
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    Ian House · 00:30 03/07/2018
    Hello. I'm having a problem with the crop taskbar. When I press pan and crop on the video it doesn't have the menu that pops up.
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      Derek
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      · 10:24 03/07/2018
      Do you actually mean that the Event Pan/Crop window is not opening when you press the button ?
      If this is what you mean, you have probably accidentally docked the window into the tabbed windows area. Look at the tabs for Project Media, Explorer, Transitions.... If you see "Video Event FX" that is the Event Pan/Crop window. Grab hold of the row of vertical dots in top left corner and drag onto the Desktop.
      If that is not your problem, I suggest you do a full program reset.
      Instructions here:
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/doctor-zen-faq/573-how-to-reset-sony-software-to-default-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
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      · 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
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      · 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
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    · 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
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      · 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
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      · 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
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          · 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
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      · 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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