This tutorial will teach you how to set up Sony Vegas Pro 12 for rendering/exporting 1080p or 720p HD Video suitable for YouTube, Vimeo or playback on your home computer.

Which format should I use ?

There are always many different ways to skin a cat with Sony Vegas Pro 12. With the release of this version of Vegas Pro, Sony has created some easy to use Internet Rendering Templates under the MainConcept AVC/AAC (.mp4) format.

MainConcept AVC/AAC (.mp4)

Mainconcept uses the H.264 codec which is widely used and accepted on all websites, so it is a safe choice to use. Mainconcept produces a slightly higher contrast look with very vivid colours. If your Bit Rate is on the low side, you can lose some detail in dark and shadowy areas of your video. It does have the advantage of the option to use your GPU (Graphics Card) to help speed up your rendering times. Please note that you will need a compatible Graphics Card for GPU Acceleration to work. You can read more about the requirements for GPU Acceleration here on the official Sony Creative Software website.

Windows Media Video (.wmv)

The other choice you could use for making your videos is Windows Media Video (.wmv)
Windows Media Video creates a slightly different look to Mainconcept, which some people may prefer. The colours are a little more muted with this codec, however it does hold onto small detail in any dark and shadowy areas of your video.

One dis-advantage of Windows Media Video is that it is extremely CPU intensive when rendering. So it takes a lot of juice and time to render this codec out. You will also need a fair amount of RAM (memory) installed if you intend to render full 1080p video with WMV. On lower powered computers with not enough memory, it can just keel over and die halfway through rendering.

If you are interested in Rendering to Windows Media Video instead of MainConcept AVC/AAC, then you can watch a video tutorial I made for Sony Vegas Pro 11, where I showed three different ways to render. About one third of the way through this video I showed how to render with WMV.

Sony Vegas Pro 11: How to Render 720p and 1080p HD Video for YouTube

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Where can I play back this type of video ?

Rendering to an Interent Template does not limit you to just uploading it to a website. You can also use this format for playback on your computer.

However, if you want to make a BluRay Disc or DVD, you will have to render to some different formats. You can learn about this through these related articles:

How to Render Video for BluRay Disc using Movie Studio Platinum 12

How to Render a Video Suitable for turning into a DVD

 

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    Justin Molina · 01:28 21/04/2016
    why if i save 15 minutes video it has occupied high space 2gb help me pls. :'(
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      Derek
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      · 18:35 21/04/2016
      Which exact program and version are you using ?
      Which Render As / Make Movie format and template did you use to render your video ?
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    Siti · 22:39 15/04/2016
    I am just wondering which format will be suitable for YouTube or uploading on Facebook because I had trouble rendering it for the first time, I ended up with an avi which has 81 GB ! I was surprised how big that file was so I had to delete it and went with a smaller file instead but with lower quality.
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      Derek
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      · 19:07 19/04/2016
      Which exact program and version are you using ?
      Never render video to [b]Video for Windows .avi[/b] - I have never told anyone to use that format. The tutorial shows exactly what to use.
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    malala · 22:32 15/03/2016
    Hi.Im using sony vegas 13 for editting black and white video.The problem is when im trying to rending the video with classic template HD INTERNET 1080p it is far darker than tha preview video.There is any solution?Thanks
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    Ongky Himawan · 22:13 29/02/2016
    Hi, my name is Ongky Himawan.
    I have some rendering setting problem with my vegas pro12..i render my video to wmv format and set my audio to loseless because i want my audio to be clear when people hear my video on low quality on youtube..but, when i upload it on youtube, my audio get slightly cutted a bit..it's like the volume turned down to zero for 1 or 1.5 second in the middle of my video..
    Please tell me what i do wrong?
    Thanks..
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      Derek
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      · 11:28 16/03/2016
      Hi Ongky
      Sorry for the delay is responding to your message from 2 weeks ago.
      I do not advise using Windows Media Video to render with, if you are making YouTube videos.
      Mainconcept AVC/AAC is a far better choice for YouTube, exactly like I showed in the tutorial above.
      There is no point in uploading un-compressed Audio files to YouTube, because YT will just compress them for you.
      If you want good audio, I normally use 320,000 or 384,000 kbps, which is more than enough for great sound.
      If the audio is dipping, it sounds like you have accidentally applied an Audio Fade to your project. I would need to see a screen shot from your project to comment on this. You can upload images to the MSZ Forum if you like.
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum
      Regards
      Derek
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    asph · 11:49 29/11/2015
    I've been having a problem with my version of vegas pro 12, and I was wondering if anyone could help me. I record in .mp4 and when previewed with vlc everything looks fine. Once I insert the raw clip into vegas, it makes everything much more saturated and vivid (deep red is orange, blue is almost purple, everything is just darker and more vivid in general) I don't wish for this and I could really use some help with why vegas is doing this and how to fix. Thanks!
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      Derek
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      · 13:48 29/11/2015
      I can take a BIG guess as to what your problem is.
      Open your [b]Project Properties[/b] and look at [b]Pixel Format[/b] half way down window.
      Do you have it set to [b]32 bit Floating Point Full Range[/b]? DON'T set to this value!
      You should have it set to [b]8 bit[/b] for most everyday projects or [b]32 bit Floating Point Video Levels[/b].
      Setting to Full Range changes the Colour Space the program works in and makes everything look darker and more saturated. This setting only works with very specific video formats like Professional Film Makers would use.
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        asph · 14:07 29/11/2015
        First and foremost, your speedy response is much appreciated. Your solution was exactly what I was looking for, many thanks!
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          Derek
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          · 18:16 29/11/2015
          Cheers
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    Otto · 04:57 14/11/2015
    I'm having a problem with rendering my videos, I record them at 1280x1024 and I have tried rendering with 1920x1080, 1280x720 and made my custom template 1280x1024, but I keep getting black bars on the left and right side of the video, how could I fix this? (I usually have my monitor resolution at 1920x1200 but I change it to 1280x1024 when I start playing and recording)
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      Derek
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      · 08:56 14/11/2015
      If your videos are going to end up on YouTube, you should stick with using a Video Frame Size of 1920x1080 or 1280x720. 1080p and 720p both use an Aspect Ratio of 16:9, the same as YouTube and your TV. When you record a video that [i]does not[/i] use an Aspect Ratio of 16:9, you will always end up with black bars at the sides or top/bottom.
      The only way to remove black bars is to use Event Pan/Crop and set to Widescreen 16:9. This will zoom in slightly on the video. Event Pan/Crop can be accessed by button in bottom right corner of all videos on timeline.
      Because your videos are using a non-standard frame size, make sure to [i]not use[/i] the Match Media function when you import your videos, but instead always manually set the Project Properties to what I recommended at beginning of message.
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    ivan · 04:07 13/11/2015
    i have a trial version could you help me because it only renders 1 second...
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      Derek
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      · 12:30 13/11/2015
      Sounds like you have [b]Render Loop Region Only[/b] turned ON.
      This setting is near the bottom of [b]Render As[/b] window - turn it off and render your project again.
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    Edgar · 08:05 05/11/2015
    Why Twitter is not accepting my video? I'm using vegas pro 13 rendering MainConcept AVC/AAC by trying Internet HD 720p, and etc
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      Derek
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      · 13:57 05/11/2015
      Mainconcept AVC/AAC should work, because it saves to the .mp4 format.
      Have you made sure that your video is conforming to Twitter's specifications ?
      Your video can be no longer than 30 seconds and no bigger than 512MB
      Maximum Frame Rate = 40fps
      Maximum Bit Rate = 25Mbps
      Read this from Twitter: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20172128#video-formats
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    James36 · 05:57 30/07/2015
    Hi my name is James. I am having major problems getting Sony Movie Studio and Vegas to run on my computer. When ever I import media into the program it lags and says its not responding. I have tried many different things found on Youtube and Google but still haven't found a fix.

    System specs:
    Intel core i5
    6gb of ram
    500gb hard drive
    Nvidia 330m Graphics

    Thanks,
    James
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      Derek
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      · 15:31 30/07/2015
      Hi James
      You are obviously on a laptop computer.
      Nvidia GT330M is only a low powered Graphics Card, however it is better to have this than nothing at all.
      Can you tell me which exact model CPU you have ?
      Type "system" into the Windows Search box and select [b]System[/b] from results. Here you will see full CPU model name.

      One thing that is most likely causing you problems is your Hard Drive. It is not very large and I suspect it may need defragging. In would suggest you upgrade your Hard Drive to a SSD and/or buy an External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 to massively expand your drive space. I also suspect your Hard Drive is only running at 5400 RPM instead of 7200 RPM.

      Your best option to get the program working properly, is to learn how to do Proxy Video Editing. This is a must for you.
      Read/watch this tutorial:
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-movie-studio-platinum/262-proxy-video-editing-with-sony-vegas

      Regards
      Derek.
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    lauralily520 · 11:00 22/07/2015
    Vegas proxies are XDCAM mpeg-2. If you cannot edit that smoothly then it is not likely anything will edit smoothly on your machine. MPEG-2 is very fast/easy to decode.
    link: [url=http://www.brorsoft.com/video-to-software/sony-vegas-h264.html]http://www.brorsoft.com/video-to-software/sony-vegas-h264.html[/url]

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