A Guide to Renders, Codecs, File-types and More: Vegas Pro 15

set wrote on 4/11/2018, 5:34 AM


What do you do when you hit the "render as" button? Vegas Pro comes packed with a variety of file-types and codecs to choose from. Tech Dive walks through which codec does what, and what may be right for you.


jellist1010 wrote on 6/4/2018, 10:48 AM

Hello, I'm relatively new this iteration of Vegas..(Vegas pro 15). But, I have a video project this weekend and the preferred render settings are puzzling me. Below is the requirement format that is being asked for. Now, I've tried rendering a few small clips in mov. and a few other formats...but they always look terrible. My question is, is there a variation of setting on VP15 that can produce good quality audio and video and be usable with the clients Mac-centric Media profile?

Thank you in advance.


Required Media:

 (preferred) a self-contained Quicktime file (mov)

- codecs for HD: Apple ProRes, DVCProHD, HDV, Motion JPEG-A, or H.264 (with a recommended data rate of at least 16Mbps)

- codecs for SD: Apple ProRes, DV-NTSC, Motion JPEG-A, or H.264 (with a recommended data rate of at least 16Mbps) 

- resolution: HD (1280x720 preferred) .1080 accepted if files compressed to reasonable size. SD accepted

- interlacing: Progressive/Non-Interlaced preferred

- file type: Quicktime (.mov)

set wrote on 6/4/2018, 11:01 AM

Hmm, can't answer this..., since I never had it...

but, I'll forward your question to this forum thread here: https://www.vegascreativesoftware.info/us/forum/codec-render-advice--111685/

GINO-PERROTTA wrote on 1/1/2020, 3:45 PM

I used Vegas Pro for many years, I produce music videos as hobby. I try to make decent videos using Chroma Key. I use many effects including some VST from UAD Audio effects, they take a lot of memory.

I am now using Vegas 16, when I use many effects, the video on the Preview stutters, will a better video card makes a difference? I am using NVIDIA GT 640. The computer is a CYBERPOWER COOL MASTER with 32 GB memory. I have Sony Vegas 16 on the Internal drive, I use an SSD external drive for my working files and storage of finished product. I also have two more drives for storage.

jellist1010 wrote on 1/2/2020, 9:43 AM


sadly I can’t answer your question. I use an nvidia gtx 1660 while running vegas pro 15. Maybe you can post this in the general forum to help get the answers you need.