Updated on June 2, 2021
Perhaps you’re a newbie to Sony Vegas, a commonly used video editing software, and encounter such-and-such problems when you try to edit your videos. A fairly common one is Sony Vegas MOV issue, when importing video materials, you can’t seem to import .mov files properly to the program. In the following article, I’ll explain why, and show you how to solve it and how to use MOV files in Sony Vegas successfully.
Here’s a free converter that I’ll use to assist the troubleshooting:
Sony Vegas MOV issue presents in different forms when you importing QuickTime videos (MOV): A message saying “the file is an unsupported format”; Sony Vegas MOV files black screen; MOV sound doesn't play in Vegas; Sony Vegas MOV files no video, etc. What gives? Related complaints boil down to incompatibility issues, now I’ll talk about the root-cause and relevant solutions.
According to the picture on the right side, which is the official supported format specifications of Sony Vegas Pro, it clearly says that MOV is a supported import video format.
First things first, ensure that your MOV video files aren’t encrypted or corrupted. (How? The easiest way is to import the MOV file into a media player you installed and see if it playbacks properly.)If file corruption is off the table, the root-cause is very likely to be the incompatible video codec. As you know, MOV is a container format similar to MP4 that can wrap a variety of video/audio codecs. If a video/audio codec packed within your MOV video file happens to be a rare one that Sony Vegas fails to recognize, that could be your cause.
The simplest way of solving the problem that works in some cases is to install QuickTime for Windows. Along with QuickTime, that move will install the essential codec as well on your Windows PC, and enables Sony Vegas to recognized your MOV files with more common video codecs.
Navigate to https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US, hit “Download”. Then follow the instructions to install it to your Pc.
If you have installed the latest QuickTime already or the installation doesn’t help, move on to method 2.
Installing a proper codec pack with substantial codec set will make your media player, video editing software, and many other programs recognize all types of videos correctly. In most scenarios, you shall be able to import MOV to Sony Vegas without a hitch after the installation.
The recommended installation here is K-lite Codec Pack, it’s probably the best codec pack you can find nowadays. And it’s free of charge.
Navigate to https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm > Basic > Download Basic (Compatible with Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP, etc.)
If neither of the above-mentioned methods works, the last resort is to transcode MOV files to make it compatible with Sony Vegas. Though a bit complex it is, video transcoding is the most effective way to solve incompatibility issue of all kinds. Similar issues like Sony Vegas MKV issue; Sony Vegas AVI issue, etc. To do so, the recommended tool is WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory, a free, highly-rated, practical and powerful video converter.
Install and launch Free HD Video Converter Factory. Open "Converter" and load the MOV files that Sony Vegas doesn’t support by simply drag & drop to the center of the program or click “Add Files” button. Then define the destination path at “Output Folder” box below.
Click the output format section on the right side of the interface. Locate and select MP4 icon from the “Video” category. At last, click “Run” button to convert MOV to MP4, the container format with the best compatibility. Doing so, you also transcode the videos to H.264, which is perfectly supported by Sony Vegas.
Have your problems got solved now? I’ hope you’ve managed the MOV Vegas importing. Enjoy the video editing with Sony Vegas and MOV files!
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