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Edit H.264 with Sony Vegas Pro

As one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression and distribution of video content, H.264 is widely accepted by most professional non-linear video editing software such as Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Davinci Resolve, iMove, Final Cut Pro X and also Sony Vegas Pro. However, there are still a lot of people complain they fail to load H.264 to Sony Vegas Pro or encounter other problems when editing H.264 with Sony Vegas Pro just as the conditions listed below:

"I receive files from clients that are .mov that are problematic in Vegas 13. I can see the audio waveform but no video meaning the codec isn't supported by Vegas. When I drop them into premier I can see that they are H264 .mp4 with a .mov wrapper. Does anyone know if Vegas 14 has better support for H264. This gets to be a real hassle after a while. Thanks."

"So I originally tried to open my video (recorded from H264 codec) with Sony Vegas Pro 12 but it did not allow me to open it. Then I downloaded the codec pack from this website (https://sourceforge.net/projects/x264vfw/?source=typ_redirect) and Vegas finally allowed me to open the video on the editor. However, the problem was, my quality was severely ugly."

Why fail to import H.264 to Sony Vegas Pro?

Although Sony Vegas Pro supports H.264 natively, however, you may still fail to import certain H.264 files such as H.264 AVI, H.264 MOV since Sony Vegas Pro is very picky with the codec and container file formats that it accepts. To fix the format or codec incompatible issue, it would be much ideal for you to transcode H.264 to Sony Vegas native compatible MPEG-2 editing codec.

Related article: Edit MOV with Sony Vegas Pro | Edit 4K Video with Sony Vegas Pro | Edit AVI with Sony Vegas Pro

Best too to Transcode H.264 to Vegas Pro best editing codec

Here, you can get the job easily completed by downloading Pavtube Video Converter, the program has comprehensive importing support for both 4K/HD H.264 files wrapped with various different container file formats such as AVI, MOV, MP4, etc. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple H.264 video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time. With this powerful yet simple to use program, you can directly export H.264 to Sony Vegas Pro specially optimized MPEG-2 editing codec with the optimal editing settings.

Edit H.264 with built-in editing options

Before loading the H.264 into Vegas Pro for professional editing, you can you can merge separate video into one, split large video files into small ones by file size, count or length, crop video to remove the black edges around the video frame, trim or cut video to leave only your unwanted parts, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, etc.

How to Convert H.264 for Sony Vegas Pro Editing?

Step 1: Load H.264 files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import source H.264 video files into the program.

Load source H.264 video

Step 2: Pick the output file format.

From "Format" drop-down options, select Sony Vegas Pro specially optimized file format from "Adobe Premiere/Son.." > "MPEG-2(*.mpg)".

Output Vegas Pro optimized MPEG-2 editing codec

Step 3: Trim/Split/Merge/Crop MP4 files.


Open "Video Editor" window and switch to the "Trim" tab, you can drag the slider bars to include the segment you want to remain, click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video or directly input specific values to "Start" and "End" box.

Output VLC best compatible HD file formats


On the main interface, check merge into one file option to combine all your separate video clips into one single file.


Click the "Split" button under file list to launch the "Video Split" window. Checking "Enable" to enable it, and then you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size.

Split H.264 video


Click the "Crop" tab, drag the green dash line around the video to remove the black edges in the video frame.

Crop H.264 video

Step 4: Start conversion.

Hit right-bottom convert button to start encoding H.264 to Sony Vegas Pro preset file formats conversion process immediately.

When the conversion is completed, feel free to import H.264 files to Vegas Pro 14/13/12/11 for professional post editing workflow.

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