Well, a long time ago, I got the platinum edition of Vegas Movie Studio 6.0. Big mistake? That's one of the things I hope to find out here. Alright, well, let me start by saying this: I only use Vegas for small stuff, like really small. I bought it with bigger projects in mind, but ended up never pursuing them.
So I basically just use it to make music videos for Youtube and stuff. Well, I used it once a long while back, it didn't have any problems, and the video came out quite well. About a year passes, and I don't touch it, as Im extremely busy at first, then forget... So when I come back to it, everything on the video timeline hiccups and flickers horribly unless I burn my finished videos in High Definition... It says on the box "HD Video Editing and DVD creation software, so is that why? Im pretty sure it's extremely HD oriented, but I thought it could handle both when I bought it...
So, the video files I import are from dvds, you know movies off my shelf. I use a program called 123Copy DVD (yeah, lame name, but it seems to work well) to get the footage onto my hard drive where it appears as a VLC media file (.vob). Well, when I try and make videos now, it seems like Vegas just cant keep up in high def. I have state of the art entertainment computer that really packs heat in graphics and memory, so it shouldn't be my comp... but here's what happens:
I start messing with my video, and in the preview box, things look good. Then, when I make the video into a Windows Media/Audio file, it starts in sync with the music, but veeeeeery slowly, like the minute hand of a clock, the video falls behind where it's supposed to be. So, I go back to the timeline, and put some of the later parts a bit ahead of where they should be. So now, it doesn't look quite right in the preview box, but after it's rendered, it looks right. But heres the worst part: no matter how hard I try and aclimate to the program, if I try and put a video up on Youtube, the same thing happens AGAIN.
The video source file I have can be perfect, but when watched on youtube, everything comes out of sync, slowly. But on Youtube, it happens about 10x worse. I heard somewhere that it might be poor dvd ripping software, but I wouldnt know how to find out what software is good and whats bad. Mine has great reviews, but who knows? I could try uninstalling and reinstalling it to see whether or not I accidentally messed up the settings, but then I would have to possibly waste my time on a whole new project to find out (wasted time, assuming it fixes nothing). If there is a program anyone knows that is better suited to this sort of thing (windows moviemaker doesn't detect my ripped dvd files... ?) then please mention it.
Thank you SO much for reading all of that. This is really driving me nuts!
*EDIT*: forgot to mention, if I render an entire video, then by the time it's near the end, it's already come out of sync with the music, right? BUT, if I render only small increments of the video at once, I can have 4 or 5 windows media player movie files that are all parts of the same project, but are all in sync with the music. That hopefully helps :/