Best Sony Vegas Render Settings for YouTube

by Clayton Lambert

I’ve been seeing a lot people using Sony Vegas to edit clips recently, especially gaming videos. This is great, Sony Vegas is an amazing editing program, you just have to know how to adjust your render settings properly or all your hard work editing will end up looking terrible. I’ve written a guide and I have also put together a video tutorial to help everyone achieve better video quality on YouTube.

The Text Guide

Project Video Settings

Open your Project Video Settings (Alt + Enter), and change to the “HD 1080-60i (1920×1080, 29.970 fps)” template.

Before Adjusting Project Settings


Begin editing the template to match the settings below. Set the resolution to your desired width & height, then change Field Order to “None (progressive scan)”.
Set Pixel Format to “32-bit floating point (Video Levels)”, and update the Full resolution rendering quality to “Best”.
Finally, set the Deinterlace method to “Interpolate fields”.

After updating the project settings.

Adjusting Video Properties

Right click the video on your video track, or hold shift and select all clips, then right click and open Properties. Un-check “Maintain Aspect Ratio” and , also select “Disable resample”.

Optimal Sony Vegas properties settings.


Disabling resample is crucial to your video quality, if you choose not to disable resampling your videos will appear blurry during scenes with even the slightest amount of movement. This effect can be seen in the example below.

Comparison of resampling disabled vs enabled.

Touching Up The Video

At this point in the guide, if you have been following along, your video should already be looking pretty good, but we’re going to fix it up a little more.

Locate “Track FX” and open it up, then double click “Sony Levels”, “Sony Curves”, and “Sony Sharpen”. Click “Ok” and now all of the plugins you clicked on will be added to the track. Now change the default preset of the “Levels” plugin to “Computer RGB to Sutdio RGB”

Computer RGB to Sutdio RGB


Now switch to the “Color Curves” plugin and play with the curve to get your desired effect, I usually make a small “S” to add a little contrast. The right side controls your light, bright tones, and the left side controls the darkness or lightness of the shadows and other dark elements.

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Next, switch to the “Sharpen” and set the amount to 0.250. This is going to enhance the detail of objects in the video. Edges will become more crisp and distinct, which is a good effect as long as you don’t over do it.

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Tuning Rendering Format

We’re almost done, we just have a few more settings to change to optimize our video quality for YouTube.
Go to File > Render As.
Locate the “Main Concept AVC/AAC (*.mp4,*.avc)” format and expand it if it isn’t already.
Click the “Internet HD 1080p” template and hit “Customize Template”.

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First change the Profile to “High”, you can read more about rendering profiles here: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Profiles.
Make sure Variable bit rate is selected and check “Two Pass”, then set the Maximum (bps) to 20,000,000 and then set the Average (bps) to 14,000,000. Finally uncheck “Enable progressive download”, and you’re done. Click “Ok” and then name and render your video!

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Conclusion

These settings work well for just about any application either it be whither it be gaming video, desktop recordings or even camera footage, it will work for all. I highly advise you to tinker with the settings to learn what looks good and what doesn’t so you can personalize the settings and make your videos look how you want them to look.


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