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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.

Related Tutorials

How to Render 1080p HD Video in Movie Studio Platinum 13

Review of Sony Movie Studio Suite 13

Review of Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13

 

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    Daryl · 02:18 01/03/2016
    I have Platinum 12. How can I remove video and yet leave the audio intact so that I may substitute a picture(s) in place of the video.
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      Derek
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      · 13:46 01/03/2016
      Right-click the video on timeline and go to [b]Group[/b] - [b]Remove From[/b].
      The Video and Audio will now be un-linked and can be deleted separately.
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        Derek
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        · 13:48 01/03/2016
        You can also Import only the Video or Audio when you drag media to the timeline.
        Drag Video using a Right-click instead of left-click.
        When you release mouse button, select Video only or Audio only.
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    reesa · 12:32 29/02/2016
    hi, i can't preview anything all of a sudden, no audio plays, screen is dark. and i have no idea what i pushed to make it happen, what did i do?
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      Derek
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      · 15:25 29/02/2016
      The quickest way to fix this is to reset the whole program.
      Do this:
      Turn Movie Studio Off.
      Hold down CONTROL and SHIFT keys at the same time AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME double click program icon on Desktop to Boot program.
      Window will pop up.
      Select Delete Cache and Yes.
      This will restore program to Factory Default Settings.
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    moviename · 09:49 20/02/2016
    Just bought platinum 13. After rendering a movie, I have been starting a new project using the movie just rendered, The movie filename, not project filename, does not appear in explorer part of movie studio. For it to be there, I have been closing and reopening movie studio. What is done for the movie filename to be in explorer without closing and reopening movie studio.
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      Derek
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      · 13:49 20/02/2016
      Hi there
      If you right-click inside of the [b]Explorer[/b] window, you can select [b]Refresh[/b] which will re-scan the folder and reveal anything new.
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    Reesa · 19:05 09/02/2016
    maybe you can help me? i have movie studio platinum 13, and im really new to all this movie editing stuff. saw some friends put together clips of videos and set it to music. it looked really neat so i wanted to give it a try. anyway, it's a learning curve, but i suprise myself at the ease with which im getting this down. i have all the clips together and the mp3 music piece all lined up. they sound terrific in the timeline. my mouth is watering because i can't wait to show my friends the humdinger of a video i made. i upload it as an mp4 to my hard drive. when i get done with the waiting i press the button. i gasp in horror as there is no sound! i tried to make a much shorter clip and again it sounded fine in the timeline, but not uploaded as an mp4. i know i must be missing a rediculously simple step. what am i doing wrong?
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      Derek
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      · 20:18 09/02/2016
      Hi Reesa
      Did you render your video following the instructions in this tutorial ?
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/516-1080p-video-in-movie-studio-platinum-13
      If there is no audio after your rendering the project, that normally means you probably did not set the Audio Project Properties correctly. Open the [b]Project Properties[/b] and go to [b]Audio[/b] tab. This must be set to [b]Stereo[/b]. If you have this set to 5.1 Surround, but rendered to Stereo, there will be no audio. The same thing can happen in reverse.
      Regards
      Derek
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    ande2064 · 03:33 28/01/2016
    Very nice tutorial! Question: I always used Pinnacle before, but now got Sony 13.0 Platinum (got it on sale) so trying it out now. We make promotional videos for work & stuff & usually want some light background music, the cheesy kind. Does 13.0 have any pre-recorded audio tracks for something like this? Or is the only music possibility something that I have to add myself & have a file for? Thanks.
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      Derek
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      · 17:35 28/01/2016
      Hi ande2064
      The Platinum version does not come with audio tracks like you are describing.
      Movie Studio Suite 13 does come with a large collection of music samples & loops, however these are components you use to create your own music using Acid Music Studio 10, which is one of the extra programs that comes with the Suite.
      What I recommend you do instead, is find some other royalty free music from someone who specializes in this.
      On the MSZ Forum, one of our members is a musician and makes electronic music you can use.
      Here is Eric's website:
      http://soundimage.org/

      Regards
      Derek
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    ERicJ
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    · 17:56 08/01/2016
    Great stuff in the tutorial! Thanks for what you do. I'm a new SMSP13 user with a month of use under my belt and still learned several useful things from this guide.

    Like most people here I've got one quick question :wink:
    Is there a way to apply a the same Event Pan/Crop setting to every clip on the track?

    I'm making dual GoPro bike ride videos and GoPro splits its files every X minutes (file size limit) so I end up with multiple files/clips imported on each Camera track. In SMSP13 I "split screen" the two camera tracks, each with their own Event Pan/Crop setting (reposition, resize, and mirror one) and it's tedious to go through 5-10 clips on each track repeating the same edits on each clip.
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      Derek
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      · 22:50 08/01/2016
      You can create and save your own [b]Custom Preset[/b] in the Event Pan/Crop window.
      Name your preset at top of window and then press SAVE icon in top right corner. Next time you open Event Pan/Crop, select your Custom Preset and all settings will be applied.
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        ERicJ
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        · 01:07 09/01/2016
        Right, I've done that. But if I have five clips on a track I have to enter Event Pan/Crop five times, select that saved Custom Preset five times, and dismiss the Event Pan/Crop pop-up five times. I'm asking if there's a way to do that process [b]once[/b] and have it apply to all five clips on the track. Selecting the five clips and setting a Custom Preset only seems to effect the first clip and not the subsequent four. You can easily do that with Transitions, but I haven't found a way to do it with Event Pan/Crop.
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          Derek
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          · 11:25 09/01/2016
          Can you please post this question into the Forum and also upload a screen shot showing how you have set the Event Pan/Crop window. Then I can also upload some screen shots for you.
          To effect everything on a the Video Track at once, you need to use the [b]Track Motion[/b] Tool instead.
          However it all depends on exactly what type of effect you are trying to achieve, as to whether using Track Motion will work.
          The Track Motion button is inside track control box.
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    Larson · 13:30 31/12/2015
    Can you open a previous project you made into a new project with other videos
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      Derek
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      · 16:36 31/12/2015
      Yes.
      Open your previous project and then re-save it immediately, using a different file name.
      Make sure to use the function SAVE AS, so that it does not replace your existing project.
      Also save into a new project folder so that it does not get mixed up with other project.

      Another technique you can use involves opening TWO instances of Movie Studio at the same time and then you can [b]Copy and Paste[/b] sections from [b]Existing Project[/b] into [b]New Project[/b].
      After you have opened first project, shrink Movie Studio desktop down and then double-click program icon to open second instance.
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    Hammer · 07:37 22/12/2015
    ive been having the issue of any settings i change in the menus not saving when i close the program. any idea what might solve this problem?
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      Derek
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      · 11:52 22/12/2015
      Which exact menus are you talking about ? Can you give me an example please.
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        Hammer · 14:09 22/12/2015
        the video preview preferences, and preferences options near the top of the window. running movie studio 13 by the way. non pro version. id like to enable gpu accelerated video preview, and to give more ram to the video preview. i change the settings to how i like them under the video preview preferences tab, hit apply, then ok. then whenever i close the program, i open the program again to see that none of the settings are changed, and that they all revert back to the way they were
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          Derek
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          · 14:31 22/12/2015
          I will assume your are talking about here: Options/Preferences/Video.

          [b]Dynamic RAM Preview[/b] setting has nothing to do with the [b]Preview Window[/b]. This setting is referring to rendering small preview samples direct from the timeline, by dragging out a [b]Loop Region[/b] and then pressing [b]Shift[/b] + [b]B[/b], which renders an un-compressed video file to make playback smooth for a tiny sample region.

          If you are not using this function, it is best to leave it at the default 200MB. If you set it too high, it will actually have the opposite effect to what you are thinking and make the Preview Window go slower.

          I don't know what is making your settings not save. I suggest you reset the program first, which will hopefully fix the problem. After the reset, turn the GPU back on and then re-boot program. Did it save now ?
          [b]How to reset:[/b]
          Turn Movie Studio Off.
          Hold down CONTROL and SHIFT keys at the same time AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME double click program icon on Desktop to Boot program. [i]Please note this function will only work by using icons on desktop.[/i]
          Window will pop up.
          Select Delete Cache and Yes.
          This will restore program to Factory Default Settings.
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    Cybershed · 21:18 27/11/2015
    Hi there! Can anyone advise if I can import wmv files into Sony Movie Maker Platinum?
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      Derek
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      · 23:11 27/11/2015
      Yes you can import Windows Media Video .wmv
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    Sean · 15:05 01/11/2015
    HI Derek can you tell me how to set things up in a project for #D video from my Sony TD10? Do you plan on doing a tutorial for this? Thanks
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      Derek
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      · 16:01 01/11/2015
      I do not have any tutorials on this topic. Sony Software actually did a webinar about this topic a few years ago and uses your camera. For some reason they have removed all the webinars from their website, however I downloaded a copy of this for myself years ago. I am uploading it to my Dropbox account right now. As soon as it is completed, I will send you a link so you can download a copy for yourself. It may take a few hours, because my upload speed is very slow at the moment.
      Regards
      Derek.
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        Sean · 15:06 01/11/2015
        sorry that was meant to say 3D

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