How to Get Started with Sony Vegas

How to Get Started with Sony Vegas

Sony Vegas Pro is a powerful piece of consumer grade software designed to help you edit all of your audio and video inside one application. This tutorial will help you get started with the necessary settings to ensure you get the best possible quality out of Sony Vegas.

You Need:

  • A copy of Sony Vegas

  • A moderately powerful PC

Settings to use

The first time you use Sony Vegas, the default settings are going to be in place already. In most other programs, this wouldn't be a bad thing, but in our use case, we will be making some adjustments.

Once you have Sony Vegas open, go ahead and navigate to File>Properties, or press Alt+Enter. At this point, the project properties for Sony Vegas will open up. In here, you can find all of the project settings for your upcoming video, such as the final resolution, the frame rate, etc.

The three that we are most interested in are:

  • Width/Height

  • Frame Rate

  • Field Order

Width and Height are exactly that, the width and height of your video in pixels. Common resolutions to use are 1920 x 1080, and 1280 x 720. These are 1080p and 720p respectively. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be leaving them at 1920 x 1080, if they aren't already.

Framerate is the frames per second that your video will run at. Since we are uploading to YouTube, the two most common framerates to use are 30 and 60. If you are using fast paced content like gaming, it would be recommended to put this at 60, but only if your original video is at 60 fps, otherwise, the video will come out wonky. Otherwise, for most everything else, 30 fps will suffice.

Field Order is something that not everyone knows about, but it can make a world of difference in your video. It determines how your video is displayed. Unless you have a specific reason to not do so, always leave this at None (Progressive Scan) This will ensure that your video will play in a progressive format, instead of an interlaced format. What this means will have to wait for another tutorial.

The remaining settings down towards the bottom should be set as follows:

  • Pixel Format: 8-bit

  • Compositing Gamma: 2.222 (Video)

  • Full-Resolution Rendering Quality: Good (I'll explain the differences in another tutorial)

  • Motion Blur Type: Guassian

  • Deinterlace Method: None

  • Resample Mode: Smart Resample

  • Adjust Source Media: Leave unchecked

The final setting is up to you, but you may start all future projects with the settings you have just set, so you will not need to adjust them in the future. This one is personal preference, but I honestly like to not have to worry about future settings.


At this point, you may change the template name up top, then click the save button to create a new template. Once you click OK, you are ready to import your footage and start creating!

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