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    I have a 15MB video file that I want to seperate into 3 x 5MB clips. is this possible with Vegas?
    I have experimented with it but the only method I can find is by hilighting a section and rendering to a new track but that just creates a new file with a larger filesize.
    Any advice?
    Thanks

    Edit: Oh and apologies if this has been asked before, I have searched the forums but Im not sure if 'Trimming' is the correct term.
    Last edited by Guerillavidey; 06-10-2008 at 07:46 PM.

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    There are two things going on here.
    Rendering to a new track is not particularly helpful. You just want to render the selection to a file.
    The other thing is that the size of the resultant file will depend entirely on what format you are rendieing in.
    For example, if your imported 15MB file is low resolution wmv but your render it as uncompressed AVI, the file will be much, much, much, bigger (note it will not be better quality just much higher resolution low quality)
    So, you need to do the following:
    1. Establish the codecs, file type, resolution etc of your source.
    2. Set your project settings to match
    3. Make your selection on the timeline
    4. Render - and set all your render settings to match the source. (and make sure the "render selection only" bock is ticked.
    Tim

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    Hi Tim, thank you for your reply, I really appreciate it.
    Ok, the file that I want to work with is an avi,
    I'm a little (read a lot) confused.
    1. where/how can i check the codecs and resolution of the file?
    2. I dont know how to do this
    3. I think that I can do this ok
    4. Is it - file, render as..?
    Sorry for bothering you with some more questions, I am muddling my way through vegas but really dont have much knowledge of it.
    Cheers again.

    Edit: so is it not possible to just delete say 1 minute of footage from the file without rendering it?
    Last edited by Guerillavidey; 06-11-2008 at 04:51 PM.

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    [quote=Guerillavidey;89477]Hi Tim, thank you for your reply, I really appreciate it.
    Ok, the file that I want to work with is an avi,
    I'm a little (read a lot) confused.
    1. where/how can i check the codecs and resolution of the file?
    2. I dont know how to do this
    3. I think that I can do this ok
    4. Is it - file, render as..?
    Sorry for bothering you with some more questions, I am muddling my way through vegas but really dont have much knowledge of it.
    Cheers again.
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    1. Google & download a free program called GSpot. Open your video files in it and it will tell you all sorts of useful info - codec being part of it.
    2. File | Project Properties
    3. As you indicated before, you "highlighted" a section. You set in and out points on the timeline by one of many means.
    4. Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by Guerillavidey View Post
    Edit: so is it not possible to just delete say 1 minute of footage from the file without rendering it?
    Yes and no. You need to go through the method above (or a similar one). In practice, if the settings are the same throughout (ie souce, project and output)
    Vegas doesn't actually have to do very much-it's just copying bytes and the words "No Recompression Required" appear in the preview window when rendering - and it's very quick.
    Tim

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