When editing videos in Sony Vegas (Vegas Pro), some users may encounter the problem that Sony Vegas only imports audio and not video. The possible scenarios may be that there is no trace of video or that the screen is completely black, but the audio track works well. If you are looking for a solution to fix it, you can install this handy video converter to change the codec or the frame rate.
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Carina Carina | April 23, 2022

Why is Sony Vegas Video Not Showing?

Many users have reported that their videos not showing in Sony Vegas regardless of the version of Sony Vegas. And there are various causes for the Sony Vegas only rendering audio. So before starting to fix the Sony Vegas only imports audio issue, I’d like to explain the possible reasons for this issue.

1. Screen recordings recorded by some recorders with incompatible codecs.

Some users in Vegas or other forums complained that their recorded videos only show audio no video in Vegas Pro. This may be because some of the screen recorder applications have their own proprietary codec when capturing videos. But sometimes, the recorded videos are in the mainstream codec, such as H.264 MP4, which can still not be able to show in Sony Vegas, like Camtasia, Mirillis Action, Windows game capture DVR, etc. recorded videos.
Moreover, some screen recorders, like OBS, recorded videos in VFR (variable frame rate), which is not friendly for most video editing software, including Sony Vegas.

2. Download/Recorded videos are encoded with incompatible codecs with Sony Vegas

If the videos you want to edit in Sony Vegas are downloaded online or recorded with some cameras that are encoded with incompatible codecs like HEVC, VP9, AV1, etc., you may also be faced with the Sony Vegas only rendering audio issue. Additionally, some video formats are also not supported in Vegas Pro, like WebM.

3. Videos converted by VLC only load the audio not the video

Some users also reported that the videos they converted with the VLC media player cannot be played in Sony Vegas.

From the above, we can see that the main reasons for Sony Vegas not showing video errors are the unsupported codecs and VFR. And the following part will share the solutions to solve the Sony Vegas only imports audio issue. Just read on!

Fix Sony Vegas No Video Error

Wrong codecs and variable frame rate (VFR) are the two critical causes of the Sony Vegas video importing error. So try WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to convert video to Vegas Pro-friendly formats or change VFR to CFR. Then you can import only videos to Sony Vegas without errors. Download HD Video Converter Factory Pro here now to fix the video not showing problem in no time!

How to Solve the Sony Vegas Only Audio No Video Issue?

Tips. Before trying the following solutions, you’re recommended to update your Sony Vegas to the latest version if you’re using the older version and restart the program, or reboot your system to check if the error still exists. If so, try the solutions provided below.

Whether to convert videos to Sony Vegas-supported formats or change VFR to CFR, the all-in-one video processing tool named WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can always help you. It is a professional HD video converter that supports various formats and codecs and can convert files to 500+ presets. With it, you can solve various format and codec incompatibility issues with a few simple clicks. What’s more, this application also allows you to tweak the output video & audio settings, including video resolution, bitrate, frame rate, audio codec, volume, and more. It also features a video editor, downloader, recorder, and more!

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1. Convert Video to Sony Vegas Compatible Codecs

Step 1. Import Unsupported Videos

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro after you install it. Click the “Converter” module to enter the converter program. Press the “+ Add Files” button to select and import the video that needs to be converted. You can also directly drag the target files and drop them into the converter.

Import Video

Tips. HD Video Converter Factory Pro supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files and start the conversion simultaneously.

Step 2. Choose a Compatible Output Format

Hit the format image on the right side of the interface to open the output format library. It is recommended to choose the “MP4” profile under the “Video” tab as it offers the best compatibility with most devices and applications. But you can also choose “ProRes” under the “Device” > “Apple” category as it is best for editing in Sony Vegas.

Choose Output Format

Step 3. Start Conversion and Export the Videos

You can specify an output path for the converted files by clicking the inverted triangle button at the bottom of the interface. Finally, press “Run” to start the conversion. Once the conversion is finished, the converted files will be saved in the folder you set.

Start Conversion

Now, adding the converted files to Sony Vegas to check if the Sony Vegas video track is black. You can delete the original error video and add the converted files to the timeline or go to the project media library, right-click on the original video track and hit “Replace Media” to choose the converted video.

2. Convert VFR to CFR Video

As stated previously, a video with a variable frame rate can also cause the Sony Vegas video not showing issue. So this part shows how to change VFR to CFR videos to fix the Sony Vegas Pro MP4 no video issue with HD Video Converter Factory Pro.

Step 1. Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and enter the “Converter” program. Add the videos with a variable frame rate.
Step 2. Choose a target format in the output format library to convert the video. And H.264 MP4 is most recommended.
Step 3. Open the “Parameter settings” window and find “Frame Rate” in the “Video Settings”. Then choose one constant frame rate from the Frame rate drop-down options. Press “OK” to save the changes. You can also modify video resolution, bitrate, and other settings in the “Parameter settings” window if needed.
Step 4. Specify an output path or leave it as default. Then press “Run” to output the videos.

Change VFR to CFR

Now, you can add the converted video to Sony Vegas and start editing without issue.

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How to Fix When Sony Vegas Only Imports Video No Audio?

Besides the Sony Vegas only imports audio issue, some users also reported that there is no audio track when importing a video to Sony Vegas. And this issue can also be fixed by changing the audio codec since the audio codec of the video you added isn’t compatible with Sony Vegas. The steps are quite easy.

Just open HD Video Converter Factory Pro and enter the “Converter” program. Add the video and select an output format. In the “Parameter settings” window, select a compatible audio codec like AAC. Press “OK” and then click “Run” to start the conversion.

Sony Vegas Only Imports Video


The “Sony Vegas only imports audio” issue is common for most Sony Vegas users. By following the solutions provided in this post, you can easily fix the error and edit videos with no issues. While using the converter to change video codec and format, you also need to keep updating the program and ensuring the files are not corrupted or damaged. If you are still facing such issues, consider seeking professional help or using other video editing applications.

Thanks for reading. Have a nice day!

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