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.
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:
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great article and I'm hoping you can help.
I've assembled a bunch of clips that I want to now render as one big file. Preferably lossless so I can go back in and add some colouring. Doing it clip by clip was ridiculous as the render time was 3 days!
I'm thinking one big AVI but it keeps rendering it in blocks. No idea and have to say Vegas has got a mind of its own. The film is only 12 minutes long too.
Have you got an ideal setting that could achieve this?
I have never heard of Vegas rendering a project in blocks - you must be doing something wrong. Video for Windows is a completely uncompressed format and will produce insanely large files - too big to be practical. Did you watch 100% of the tutorial and follow my instructions precisely or come up with your own method ?
Please check the bottom of the Render As window and make sure that Render Loop Region Only has not been selected. Doing this will mean that only part of your project will render.
How many minutes in total is this "bunch of clips" you have added to one big project ? If Vegas is saying that it is going to take three days, you must have a very old and slow computer and/or you have added a tonne of Video Fx in large chains.
Do you have the GPU turned ON in Vegas preferences ?
Which encode mode did you choose ? CPU, Cuda or OpenCL ?
Until I know just how big (length in time) your project is, I am in the dark a bit.
Most professional Video Editors using Vegas Pro, render to Avid DNXHD Video Codec to use as an intermediate Video File in the situation you have described for yourself. You will need to download and install Avid DNXHD and make sure your have Apple Quicktime installed.
You then render using the Quicktime format and have to press Customize Template and then select Avid from the Video Format options.
John Rofrano has a tutorial which explains this in full.
This is an advanced technique. If you are a beginner, I would suggest you bring it down a couple of gears and try something simpler and smaller. If however you have some experience with these things, go for it.
Nine thousand seven hundred and thirty nine Mega Bits per second ?
In guess you actually mean something like 9.739 Mbps.
When rendering video you should always render to the same Frame Rate the original video was recorded in were possible. For best quality, leave the Bit Rate settings in Vegas at the default high values. Something like 24mbps high and 12Mbps low.
Some people also like to turn of Sampling. Right-click your videos on the timeline and select Disable Re-sample - this will reduce motion blur.
However are you saying know need to as your demo and setting using the Main concept avc mp4 is actually definitely using the h264 codec anyway ?
(but just does not actually say so?)