I’m using Sony Vegas Platinum 8 to make my video editing. It’s some years old but I like it a lot. I just updated my camera from standard definition to high definition (one Canon HV20-PAL and one Canon 550D). It gave me some problems. But I think I’ve found a decent workflow. There is a never version available that might work better with HDV but I’m sticking with my 8. For now at least.
To capture from the HV20 I use HDVSplit. It captures to M2t files. And with the 550d it’s just to copy the MOV files from the memory card. To get Sony Vegas to accept the MOVs you must install QuickTime. I used the free version and that worked fine. The video I have been working on doesn’t have that many files from the 550D so I cannot tell how good it performs yet.
Project settings and editing
Start Sony Vegas and let it automatically detect the project settings by opening one of your M2t files. It should then detect the format automatically. Open the project properties. It should look something like this.
I use Deinterlace method – Interpolate fields. I tried all the different options in Vegas. I tried to deinterlace in Handbrake but this way seemed to give the best results.
The Platinum version of Sony Vegas only allows 1440 x 1080 which is the maximum resolution from the HV20. The 550D does 1920 x 1080. Vegas automatically converts the clips so they work together. I’m not really sure what happens with the 480 pixels but the video looks good so.
When that’s set up you can start editing. If you get performance problems Eugenia has some tips you can try.
When you are done it’s time to render your video. I started out by following Eugenia’s guide but Sony Vegas kept crashing on me. I tried some different methods and I ended up with the following.
Start out by following step 2 & 3 in another of Eugenia’s guides. The only thing I changed was that I’m using Pixel aspect ratio: 1.0000 here instead of 1.3333 as before. I’m not sure why but the videos turned up wrong otherwise.
This will export a HUGE file in a lossless format.
Once that was done I had to convert the file to some other format. I tried with some different tools but I found Handbrake to be the easiest to use. All you do is to open the file in Handbrake and select a preset profile and render the video.
Viola! That’s all. Maybe not optimal but it works.