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Sony Vegas Pro 12: How to Render in 720p HD Settings Tutorial

How do you render your video in 720p HD (1280×720 dimension) in Sony Vegas Pro 12?  Today, I’ll be showing you how to render your videos in 720p HD quality, using a custom rendering template and settings to produce excellent video quality and also optimize the final product for YouTube uploading. Also, I’ll be showing you how to change slight settings to help reduce the video file size for a very small and almost insignificant decrease in video quality!

 

Make sure to follow the easy-to-follow video tutorial embedded below to ensure that you are following the correct procedure to render your video!

  1. The first step we’re going to take, is to actually make sure that your project is saved as a .veg (Sony Vegas Project) file in case you want to come back and work on your project further, or change anything. To do this, what you need to do is go to the File drop down menu at the top left corner of your screen, and simply click Save As.. . Now, enter a name referring to your project (e.g. – “My Video Project”) and click the save button. *(see end of post)
  2. Now that we have our project backed up, we’re going to want to Render it.  Now, go to File , Render As.  You’ll now see a window pop up with two drop down menus, “Save as Type:” and “Template:” .
  3. Firstly, lets start with the “Save as Type” drop-down category. Click on the drop-down menu, and select “Windows Media Video V11″ , it should be towards the end of the list.
  4. Now we’re going to move onto the “Template” drop-down. This section is slightly more complicated, so we’ll split it into more steps, keeping it simple.  However, we’re not going to choose a pre-made template, in fact, we’re going to create our own custom 720p HD template!  To do this, we need to select a random .wmv pre-made template and click the “Custom” button besides the Template category !
  5. Once you click Custom, another window will open up. Here, the template is split up into Audio, Video, Bit rate, Index/Summary and Project. We’re going to be going through each of these with custom settings, so make sure you read carefully!

AUDIO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Audio
Attributes: 64 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo (A/V) CBR

VIDEO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Video
Image Size: Custom – 1280×720
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.00
Frame Rate (FPS) – 30
Video Smoothness – ~90-100

BIT RATE:
Internet/Lan: ~ 4M – 8M
(The higher your bit rate, the higher quality your file will be, but also the size of the file increases with bit rate.)

PROJECT:
Video Rendering Quality: Best

You have now successfully created a .wmv 720p HD Custom template for your videos. If you want to render your other videos with these settings, instead of trying to remember all of these settings again, you can simply go to your File > Render As, select .wmv from the first dropdown menu, and NOW on the second drop down menu for “Template”, you can find your custom template under the name you saved it as, eg, “720p HD Video Template” !

*IMPORTANT NOTE:

 (One common misconception is that when you Save your file using File > Save As.., you are now ready to play it back or upload it to the internet. However, this is not the case. This creates a .veg file, which is only accessible in Sony Vegas, as a project file. To make your clip playable you need to RENDER it, this is explained at STEP 2 above!)

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 | Hollywood Transition Effect Tutorial #1

Today we’re going to be kicking off a new Sony Vegas editing tutorial series called “Hollywood Transitions”. This new series will consist of Sony Vegas (Pro 12) editing tutorials on how to create Hollywood / film style transitions.

For our first Hollywood Transition Effect, we’re going to be taking a look at a simple transition effect that consists of a video clip split up into several rectangles. These rectangles will then slide onto screen separately, creating a cool transition! (It’s hard to explain in words, see the video tutorial embedded below for an example!)

In this video tutorial we are using Sony Vegas Pro 12 and making use of the shape-mask feature. This feature allows us to create perfect rectangle masks on our video and also allows us to duplicate and move them easily. If you’re using an older version of Vegas PRO, you can still create this effect using the standard masking feature ( the standard mask feature is not available in Movie Studio versions of Vegas).

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 VS Sony Vegas Pro Edit – Fall Release Date

Sony Creative Software announced the future release of Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sony Vegas Pro Edit at IBC on September 7th, 2012. They have both been given a Fall 2012 release date. Now, you may ask, what’s the difference between Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sony Vegas Pro Edit?

Sony Vegas Pro Edit is Sony Creative Software’s attempt at making a more “cost-efficient” program that still has the majority of capabilities that Sony Vegas Pro 12 has. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

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There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, similar to that of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, but we could be wrong.

Sony Vegas Pro Edit is being released for the first time to act as a more cost-efficient program, targeting users who cannot afford to drop the $599 for Sony Vegas Pro 12.  It’s a sensible move by Sony Creative Software to try and spread into a larger consumer base by offering an editing program with the same toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12 minus the disc-authoring components.

For most people, the loss of the disc-authoring section of the editing program won’t be a huge deal, but professional video editors will most likely be purchasing Sony Vegas Pro 12.

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 Announced – Fall 2012 Release Date – Teaser Trailer

Sony Creative Software have today announced that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will be released in the Fall of 2012 without mentioning a specific release date. The news was broken at IBC on Sept 7th, 2012.

The all new version of Vegas will sport some brand new and also improved features upon its release. Not only that, but Sony Creative Software have announced “Sony Vegas Pro Edit”. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

This is done to create a most cost effective package. There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, but we could be wrong.

Some of these new and updated features include:

  • Expanded Edit Mode – This mode allows you to see the “adjacent frames of the events at the edit point”. If you double click at the edit point in your timeline you get what SCS are calling an “A-B Roll” view (see image).
  • 64 bit Audio Plug-ins – Sound Forge Pro plug-ins have been re-written to be compatible with 64 bit Sony Vegas Pro 12.
  • Project Interchange – You can now (finally) import and export a wide range of files to and from Sony Vegas Pro 12 with some of the other popular video editors. Vegas can now convert between .veg (Sony Vegas project files) and AAF files (Avid Pro Tools 10), XML files (Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X – export only for Pro X) and .prproj (Adobe Premiere , After Effects CS6).
  •  Color Match – You can now match colors between two clips. You can choose a preset from the drop down list or simply use the Image Source controls to choose the image that you want to match.
  • FX Masking (yes!) – Instead of having to mask the image/video itself you can now mask an effect. One great use that SCS have highlighted is the use of this effect for blurring out logos/faces/license plates/etc.. without having to mask the image/video.
  • Shape Masking Tools – New Rectangle/Square and Circle/Oval masking tools make it easier to mask your video or image by drawing the shape over the video or image.
  • Vegas Pro Explorer Redesign – The new re-design for the Vegas Pro Explorer features a thumbnail view, support for Windows libraries (My Music, My Pictures, My Videos) and auto-text fill and “Breadcrumb Control” allowing you to navigate to previous directories of your system.
  • Edit Properties for Multiple Video Files – You can edit properties, for multiple clips, including pixel aspect ratio, color space, stereoscopic 3D mode, field order and more!
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX and Compositor (Finally, I love this!) – Adds the appearance of depth to graphics and video clips. This will work brilliantly for text (and other graphics elements) allowing you to add a realistic shadow effect, glow, and embossing effects! “Layer dimensionality is also available as a compositor plug-in, making it very useful in conjunction with Track Motion and picture-in-picture effects.”
I am personally excited about the Project Interchange, FX masking/shape masking and the Layer Dimensionality Video FX.
  • I think the Project Interchange was a much needed addition to the Sony Vegas Pro software. This will allow for much easier and quicker workflow between other editing programs. This was a feature that was in huge demand from the Sony Vegas editing community, and Sony Creative Software delivered!
  • The FX Masking / Shape Masking are also great additions to the software. A somewhat simple feature can make a world of difference. These features will help to save time upon useless masking on video clips and also allow for an easier integration of video FX, that will be easy to use and yet still fulfil their duties by having a noticeable effect on the video project.
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX was something I always wished that Sony Creative Software would bring into Vegas. It opens up a new world of editing. It allows you to create the appearance of depth when using graphics and video clips. This feature will be very useful when creating 3D text, which could not previously be created within Vegas without using a third party plug-in or external programs. As mentioned on the SCS website, this will also allow for the creation of realistic shadow, glow and embossing effects with picture-in-picture effects, which is something else I’m looking forward to using it for.

 

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Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac Compatible on Release Date?

For years, there have been requests from Mac users for a Mac version of Sony Vegas Pro, the video editing software. Sony Vegas has been a Windows program, but will that soon change? Up until a week ago, I would’ve said that there was only the tiniest possibility that Sony Vegas would make its move to Mac. However, on 22nd of August 2012, Sony Creative Software confirmed that Sound Forge Pro will be on Mac in the near future. The Sony Creative Software Twitter handle (@SonySoftware) tweeted “finallyonthemac.com” and left it at that. If you visit the site, you can find (at the time of this post) 5 quick teaser videos!

 

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Now, how is this related to Sony Vegas Pro 12? (As of the date of creation of this post, there has been no official release date announced by Sony Creative Software in relation to Sony Vegas Pro 12. ) Although Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sound Forge Pro are completely separate programs, the fact that Sound Forge Pro has broken through the Windows only barrier could suggest a similar result with Sony Vegas Pro 12. There is a demand for the video editing program from Mac users, now that Sony Creative Software have decided to expand the range of Sound Forge Pro, perhaps they will apply the same thinking to Sony Vegas Pro 12.

If Sony Vegas Pro 12 was released to be compatible with Mac platforms, a lot of people would be happy. Could Sony Vegas Pro 12 become a competitor to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? Keep in mind, Final Cut Pro X currently reps a $299.99 price tag when Sony Vegas Pro 11 reps a $599.95 price tag. And, just to keep you informed, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, which is compatible on both Windows and Mac, currently goes for $799  .

What do you think? Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac compatible? Do you want it to be?

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