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Casey Menninger
Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 5:34:18 am

Hi,

I have some video files in Matroska format (MKV). They don't seem to drag/drop onto the Vegas 11 timeline. Any workarounds or will I have to convert them to another format first? Which one/how?

Thanks!

Casey


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Russ Froze
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 6:51:10 am

No and yes,
No you can not import MKV files into Vegas mostly because the MKV codec is a delivery format, meaning it is meant for viewing not editing. Then again in this age of Giant phone screens, which are smaller than a 1950 TV screen, I am certain that should the edit be viewed on such a device one would be hard pressed to discern a difference between the edited or original versions.
That said most high end NLE Vegas included do not support flv, mkv and soon webm will be on the list.
Now as to yes, You can install certain codec packs that Vegas will use as it's default codec. But be advised unless configured by someone who knows exactly how to configure the instal, the chances of overriding the Sony supplied codec of know quality with a codec of questionable quality and origin is extremely high and will cause undesired results.

A more favorable solution would be to transcode the mkv file into a Vegas friendly filetype.
Russ Froze


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John Rofrano
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:22:26 am

[Russ Froze] "Now as to yes, You can install certain codec packs that Vegas will use as it's default codec. But be advised unless configured by someone who knows exactly how to configure the instal, the chances of overriding the Sony supplied codec of know quality with a codec of questionable quality and origin is extremely high and will cause undesired results."
I don't beleive this will work because MKV is not just a codec it's a container as well and it's a container that Vegas Pro doesn't support so your only option is to transcode to another format. BTW, you should read Russ' answer as NEVER install a Codec Pack on your video editing computer because it will permanently mess it up unless you know what you are doing where most people who think they know what they are doing really don't. Just don't do it, there is never a need for it. Only install the one codec that you need from a reputable source. Installing a codec pack is like taking every pill in your medicine cabinet hoping one of them will cure you... one of the might but the rest could kill you!

~jr

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Steve Rhoden
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 2:24:22 pm

Transcoding is your best option here Casey.

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Sorin Nicu
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 4:35:34 pm

Cyberlink's PowerDirector accepts mkv files containing video encoded with avc/h264 and having multiple audio streams. And it can output them too.


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Paul Belter
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 5:49:30 pm

mkv is a container. find out what is inside. maybe you don't need to transcode but only take it out of the container.


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Norman Black
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 7, 2015 at 10:48:04 pm

Vegas only uses its own internal codecs except for AVI files for which it uses the Video for Windows (VfW) subsystem and Quicktime MOV files for which it uses Quicktime if you installed Quicktime.

If the file is not AVI or MOV then there is no way to get Vegas to support it if it does not already do so. Also, with Windows you have to be specific. There is no such thing as a "system codec" as is commonly quoted. On the Mac Quicktime IS the system. On Windows we have from oldest to newest, Video for Windows, DirectShow and Media Foundation. Also one can install the Apple Quicktime subsystem. All are independent of each other.


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Casey Menninger
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:55:26 pm

Thanks for the great tips, guys!



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chris king
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jun 8, 2015 at 9:04:30 am

Yu can't make MKV readable with Sony Vegas. That's because MKV is a container file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file and Sony Vegas doesn't accept it natively. If you want to directly drag MKV to Sony Vegas timeline, you will be frustrated for Vegas not supporting MKV format. In order to import MKV to Sony Vegas Pro smoothly, you'd need to make MKV files more compatible with Sony Vegas.


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Wayne Waag
Re: Is there a way to use MKV files on Vegas timeline?
on Jun 8, 2015 at 9:10:10 pm

@ Casey

I use MKV's all the time as a delivery format, mostly due to chapter support. No need to transcode. Easiest thing to do is simply remux your MKV using tsMuxer GUI 2.6.12. Simply add your MKV file, select which audio and video tracks you want, and then remux to either a TS or M2TS file. You could demux into elementary streams, but Vegas will probably not read those either (at least AC3). You might try a sample TS and M2TS file and see which one works best in Vegas. Just tried an M2TS and it worked fine.

wwaag


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