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How to Open and Edit H.264 in Sony Vegas Pro


Q1: Can't Import AVI H264 to Sony Vegas

A client gave me an SD card with AVI files on it from his consumer camcorder. I tried to open in Vegas but it either says "can't open" or I just get the "no drop" icon. GSpot identifies it as a H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (in AVI). It says "codecs are installed", so it should work right?

Q2: Problems importing .mp4/h.264 into Sony Vegas

I currently capture my files using the Hauppauge HD PVR, recording in H.264 .mp4 format in 720p, and I use Sony Vegas to render my files. Lately I've had some slight issues with Sony Vegas and actually importing my raw .mp4 file in. I'd usually have some weird issue about "file cannot be opened"...

When you try to add some videos in H.264 to Sony Vegas, you may have met some troubles like above quoted. In fact, Sony Vegas Pro is pretty picky with the codecs of what it'll accept. As far as we know Sony Vegas doesn't like H.264 in an AVI, MP4, MKV container. If you want to import H.264 files to Sony Vegas Pro flawlessly, I recommend you to convert H.264 to a more editable format for Sony Vegas Pro.

To get the work done, you can take Brorsoft Video Converter, which is one of the best H.264 file converter tool for you. The program comes with several optimized format for Sony Vegas, which enable you to transcode H.264 to MPEG-2 for using in Sony Vegas Pro directly without any rendering or codec problems. Plus, it also allows you to convert H.264 to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, etc with best results. Download it and follow the tutorial below to convert MP4/AVI H.264 files to Sony Vegas Pro effortlessly.

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How to Convert H.264 to MPEG-2 for editing in Sony Vegas Pro

Step 1: Install the H.264 to Sony Vegas Converter and run it. Drag the H.264 files to the software. Or you can also click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.


Step 2: Click "Format" bar to determine output format. Follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" and select "MPEG-2(*.mpg)" as the output format. Besides, you can also choose WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) if you want to get a relatively smaller output file.


Tip: In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. If you want to keep you 5.1 Audio Channels, please set ac3 as audio codec.

Step 3: Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window to start encoding H.264 for working with Sony Vegas Pro 10/11/12/13.

Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" button to get the output files effortlessly. Now you have got it right, just to import and edit H.264 files with Sony Vegas Pro at ease.

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