Working with H.265/HEVC 4K in Sony Vegas Pro

Currently, most major NLE systems do not have full support for H.265/HEVC 4K video, so is Sony Vegas Pro. If you want to import and edit H.265/HEVC 4K video in Sony Vegas smoothly, you will need third party solutions to process format conversion. Here’s a guide telling you how to perform H.265/HEVC 4K to MPEG-2 conversion for Vegas Pro editing.

How to let Vegas Pro work with H.265/HEVC media?
“Hi, guys, I have a new Samsung NX1 4K camera which records footage using the new HEVC (H.265) codec. Now I have an issue, the most recent version of Sony Vegas Pro 13 won’t open H.265 files created by this camera. Does anyone have a suggestion on editing H.265/HEVC content in Vegas? Thanks.”

HEVC, also known as H.265, is a new video codec that doesn’t be supported by major video editing programs, such as Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, DaVinci Resolve and Edius. To be able to edit H.265/HEVC files in Vegas Pro fluidly without incompatibility issues, currently you have to convert H.265/HEVC files to an intermediate format that is fully compatible with Sony Vegas, such as MPEG2 because it works great in Vegas. To process format conversion, third party software is required. Considering the ease of use and well support for H.265/HEVC UHD 4K footage, we would recommend H.265/HEVC Converter app, which recognizes and handles H.265 media well on both Windows platform and Mac OS.
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[Guide] How to convert H.265/HEVC video files to MPEG-2 for Vegas editing?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up H.265/HEVC Converter for Windows or Mac. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Import’ to input your source media.
let Vegas Pro work with H.265/HEVC media

Step 2: Select MPEG-2 as output format for Sony Vegas
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’ as output format under ‘Application’ column.

let Vegas Pro work with H.265/HEVC media

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels.

Step 4: Start H.265/HEVC files to MPEG2 Conversion
When ready, click ‘Start’ to begin format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported MPEG2 .mpg files for use in Sony Vegas Pro with optimum performance.

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