In this video tutorial I show how to Render a 720p HD Video with the Sony AVC (H.264) codec and .mp4 file extension using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.

Sony AVC (H.264) .mp4 Video produces a higher contrast look compared to Windows Media Video .wmv, whereas .wmv produces a smoother looking video and a smaller file size.

I also have a separate tutorial showing:

How to Render 720p HD .wmv Video for YouTube using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10




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    Pierre · 15:29 05/01/2014
    Hi. How to render .mov with a H.264 codec? Thanks!
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      · 15:56 05/01/2014
      Hi Pierre
      You cannot strictly do that with Sony Vegas, because Apple Software owns this format and they do not allow other companies to use this.
      However, in Sony Vegas, Mainconcept AVC/ACC uses H.264 to encode video. When you render to this format it creates a .mp4 file extension.
      Quite often, you can simply rename the file after rendering and change it to .mov and it will work.
      Are you actually using Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 ?
      In this version, the best rendering templates are actually under Sony AVC .mp4
      In Version 12 - Movie Studio Platinum 12, they moved all the best templates to Mainconcept AVC/ACC .mp4. Included in the list, Sony has CUSTOM templates for all the MAJOR Apple Devices, which makes rendering good video for Apple very, very easy.
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        Pierre · 16:07 05/01/2014
        And other people are saying that Vegas does not support H.264. Is this true?
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          · 17:00 05/01/2014
          [B]Vegas DOES support H.264 - it just does not use "H.264" in the naming of templates.[/B]
          There is a lot of confusion about Video Codecs, Video Formats, File Extensions and Video Containers. There is so much dodgy information on the web, that spreads like wildfire without anyone questioning it.
          Here is a simply test you can do, that proves what I am saying is true.
          Download Any Video Converter free version from this link:
          This is one of my favorite free video converters that I use all the time. Once you have it installed, render some video to Mainconcept AVC/AAC and also Sony AVC/MVC. Drop these test videos into the program and you will see that it identifies the [B]actual[/B] video codec as H.264.
          If you would like to learn a little more, I have another article/video that explains more about the mystery.
          Make sure you have Quicktime for Windows installed - very important for making Vegas work properly with any Apple codecs.
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            Pierre · 16:12 05/01/2014
            That clears it. Thanks a bunch, Derek!
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    Jack · 16:59 03/04/2013
    Is Australia NTSC or PAL? I remember seeing PAL 4 and other things PAL-related on DVDs but I'm not sure if I should always be rendering in NTSC. Thanks!
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      · 18:19 03/04/2013
      Hi Jack
      Australia is a PAL Country = 25fps (or 50i in some cameras).
      UK, Europe and most of Asia are also PAL Countries.
      USA and Japan are NTSC = 30fps (29.97) (or 60i in some cameras).
      It is all due to what the power line frequency is for each Country. PAL Countries are 50Hz, NTSC Countries are 60 Hz. If it is mis-matched you can get horrible flicker in Video Recordings when shooting inside near light sources.

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