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Timur Zavid
Question about rendering AVI to MP4, and MP4 to MP4
on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:38:52 pm

Hey, guys :)

Have been using Sony Vegas fairly recently, about 6 months.

Could someone confirm what I am noticing as true or false.

I record video gaming footage, which I render in Sony Vegas 13.

When recording raw footage in AVI format, and then rendering to mp4 for Youtube and then uploading to Youtube I notice more degraded quality on fine text in the game footage.

What I am comparing it to is raw mp4 footage, then I then render to mp4, which makes the picture more consistent. With less pixelation and less "tear" in the picture.

1. Is it because converting AVI to MP4 in Vegas is not as accurate as converting MP4 to MP4, or rather no need to convert when it's MP4 in raw file, thus less degradation when I render?

2. I have my settings set at variable bitrate, which could be another factor added to the equation. Should I render at constant Bit Rate to prevent picture degradation. The footage itself has a lot of fast moving action (it's Battlefield 4), so I though variable bitrate in project settings is better, but that mainly could be the culprit for the picture degradation.

What do you think?

Thank you

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