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    Default PLEASE Reccomend me a decent Codec!

    Hi, I'm struggling here.

    Im looking out for a cheap/free codec that will allow me to edit movies smoothly in vegas, I've been trying to find one for a while, and asked various people. The only answer I've ever gotten is the neoscene codecs, but I'm not going to spend hundreds of pounds on a codec.

    Does anybody know of a free/cheap codec for mov. files that just works?

    Thanks a lot.

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    for sd footage, DV AVI

    native in all video editors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smifis View Post
    for sd footage, DV AVI

    native in all video editors.
    So If i already have it in Vegas, how do I make use of it?

    Sorry I'm noob

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    Lets say your camera records in something hard to edit, such as mpeg 4, you should transcode it to something that is easier to edit such as dv-avi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smifis View Post
    Lets say your camera records in something hard to edit, such as mpeg 4, you should transcode it to something that is easier to edit such as dv-avi.
    Ah okay, how would I go about doing that? Just render the clips?

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    Most cameras are already dv anyway.

    what is your camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smifis View Post
    Most cameras are already dv anyway.

    what is your camera?
    Canon 7D (sorry ) which records to MOV.

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    Having done some low level research on this, and until somebody with this experience corrects me, you have one of 2 choices:

    Either:

    A] Transcode ALL your footage to an editable format

    . . or . .

    B] Change the *.mov extension to *.mp4 ( the * indicates the name of the file! So don't use that as part of suffix - yeah?)

    It would appear IF you have installed Vegas as you should've, you will have the CODECS needed already in place. So asking for a cheap or free one maybe be unnecessary - I stress "maybe"!

    Here are 2 sample tutes on this "issue":-

    David Bloom - great videographer!


    Patryk Rebisz - an amazing eye! He DOES use Vegas
    Patryk Rebisz

    And if you want the full "skinney" on this:-
    H.264/MPEG-4 AVC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    For my part, I have a lil cousin of the 7D a PowerShot 110 and it produces great MJPEG files that I can import directly to the Vegas timeline. They are PAL and have 30fps framerate. They DO get decoded and I can see my work in 30fps. I then render out to NTSC (which is the ONLY near 30fps available and show them on a SONY STB DVD upscaler. Works fine.

    Have you actually tried to just import the MOV files? What happens? Do you do the Match Project settings option?

    Interesting . . . .

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