Hi, so I'm relatively new at Sony Vegas (that is to say, I've only done small projects overlayed with some interesting transition and an audio file or two playing over it) and recently I've decided to become more serious, with an emphasis on the quality of the video. My laptop is quite suitable for media purposes; the only problem I could see for it to not deliver is when uploading the quality that requires a 3.0 GHz or something similar processor speed. I've also done a number of research on the topic prior to asking, so I would appreciate if people can hear me out first without jumping to hardware issues.
So anyway, I've recently tested an HD upload, and I rendered it in an uncompressed AVI video file format, of substantial quality. Thing is, the video and audio becomes low and choppy, despite no indication in the original footage (recorded through Fraps) and in the Sony Vegas preview box. I've re-rendered it several times under lower settings, gave up and went straight to a WMV file instead, uncompressed. Here's what I'm wondering; did the change in a Video File Format really matter? I plan to upload all my works onto Youtube, and the only video players I have installed on my laptop is Windows media player and VLC. I've heard that AVI files generally bring the best in quality, but I'm slightly dismayed I cannot use it to great effect (the choppiness persists after each render). Is there anyway to fix this, or should I just stick with WMV in the meantime, until I can upgrade my equipment?
Any feedback is appreciated.