Can’t import and play MP4 in Sony Vegas Pro- Fixed

Published on by Chris King

When you try to drop MP4 files to Sony Vegas Pro on time line, you may find that Sony Vegas can’t import and play MP4 correctly? In this article, I’d like to share you some tips to get the issue resolved.

Can’t import and play MP4 in Sony Vegas Pro- Fixed

This has been bothering me for months and I haven't yet found a solution. Whenever I try to import mp4 to Sony Vegas it either gives me an error message, gives me only the audio of the clip, or gives me a black screen… By searching further, I astonishedly found a workaround to use the MP4 file with Sony Vegas Pro in the very end- converting MP4 to Vegas edit friendly MPEG-2 format with an amazing tool. Here is how.

Note: Before start encoding your MP4 files for playing, editing in Sony Vegas, please make sure that you at least have version 8.0c. According to the release notes, that had some improvements for reading MP4 files. If it still didn’t work for you, read on.

Actually, MPEG-4 is a huge specification that no software can totally support. There are so many Parts, and Levels, and Profiles that it's mind boggling. Saying a file is MPEG-4 is like saying an animal is a mammal. That doesn't really tell you much except that it isn't a bird or a fish. Newer version of Vegas Pro can import more versions of MPEG-4, but there will always be MPEG-4 files that Vegas Pro cannot import. To import and edit MP4 into Sony Vegas without any hassle, transcoding MP4 to MPEG-2, the most compatible format for Sony Vegas Pro 8/9/10/11/12/13 is the ultimate solution.

Now I share the guide with you how to convert MP4 to Sony Vegas Pro friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MP4 files for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Avid Studio, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Windows Movie Maker and more.

Tutorial: Import, Edit MP4 Files in Sony Vegas

1. Download, install and run the the best MP4 to Sony Vegas Converter, and click the "Add" button to load .mp4 videos. If you want to merge multiple clips just need to check the "Merge into one" box.

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.

3. Click "Settings" button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

4. Click the convert button; it will start encoding MP4 clips for importing to Sony Vegas Pro immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Sony Vegas Pro perfectly.

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