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Brian Castro
Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 6:48:00 am

I am trying to import some clips into SONY Vegas, but I repeatedly cannot get them to load into SV.

The things is, I know SV is capable of reading these files because I have already put hours into producing the project that uses them. Unfortunately, since I started the project, my computer had some problems and I had to whipe the HD.

I backed up all the raw footage, I backed up my project files. Re-installed Vegas. I figured I was "good to go".

And now when I load the projects in Sony Vegas, suddenly they cannot be read! All the hours of production I did before are wasted if I can't actually re-import videos.

I'd like to make converting videos a last resort, as we are talking about 10 clips of 2-5GB each. All were produced using mencoder on my Ubuntu machine.

As I said, these exact same files worked in Vegas before. I don't recall what I did last time that I'm not doing now... but presumably it is a codec I downloaded and totally forgot about last time.

What follows is a MediaInfo output on one of the files:

General
Complete name : C:\Users\...\D5.avi
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
Format profile : OpenDML
File size : 2.13 GiB
Duration : 14mn 7s
Overall bit rate : 21.6 Mbps
Writing application : MEncoder 1.1-4.8
Writing library : MPlayer

Video
ID : 0
Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile : Simple@L1
Format settings, BVOP : No
Format settings, QPel : No
Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263)
Codec ID : FMP4
Duration : 14mn 7s
Bit rate : 21.6 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 30.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.347
Stream size : 2.13 GiB (100%)
Writing library : Lavc54.35.0


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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 9:39:17 am

"...presumably it is a codec I downloaded and totally forgot about last time."

Yup.

Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
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Brian Castro
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 9:56:50 am

Ummm... Could you please help me identify which codec I need and where to download it from?

Forgive me for not asking that originally - I thought it was clear that was what I was looking for in a reply. My bad.


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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 10:19:26 am

Download MediaInfo and interrogate your file with it. As you appear to have an AVI download and install G-Spot. That can also indicate the CODEC.

NB: I will never advise a User to install any CODEC, that's gonna be your decision.

Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 11:06:56 am

Of course you've already done MediaInfo. Do the G-Spot.

G

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John Rofrano
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 12:09:03 pm

It looks like you have MPEG4/H.264 video in an AVI container. That's not good. Try installing the x264vfw codec and see if it fixes it. Make sure that you install the 64-bit version if you are using 64-bit Vegas Pro.

~jr

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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 1:36:52 pm

"MPEG4/H.264 video in an AVI container. " - yeah, John, I saw that and thought that was "weird". Have you seen that before?

Grazie

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John Rofrano
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 1:45:38 pm

[Graham Bernard] " I saw that and thought that was "weird". Have you seen that before?"
Yea, DivX, Xvid, and x264vfw all place AVC/H.264 in an AVI container and Vegas Pro hates these files. It's a hold over from an earlier time when MP4 containers weren't popular, but now it should be avoided. At first it looks like they are working in Vegas Pro but then the image sometimes breaks up when editing or even worse, they look fine while editing but won't render correctly. This is a combination to avoid for Vegas Pro editors.

~jr

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Brian Castro
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:00:06 pm
Last Edited By Brian Castro on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:03:31 pm

Thanks for the reply.

I have previously installed the codec you linked, and it did not do anything.

I used GSpot, and it says "Codec: FMP4" and "Name: FFmpeg/ffdshow ISO MPEG-4". Followed by "Codec(s) are NOT Installed".

Does this give any more useful information? How do I get the proper FMP4 Codec?

One last note: one of the ten videos I am trying to open is a .mp4, but the GSspot readout foe Codec and Name is identical to what is above. I assume whatever codec works for the .avi ones will work for that one, since they are the same Codec according to Gspot.

EDIT: I am looking at this one as a possible solution. Thoughts?
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/

Thanks for your help!


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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:11:07 pm

"Also Graham said that he " I will never advise a User to install any CODEC". Why? ".

Why? 'cos I don't want to be responsible it all goes bandy on your PC.

Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
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Brian Castro
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:15:09 pm

I actually edited the post to remove that bit b/c I realized what you meant.

Well I am considering an Fmp4 codec based off of the output from Gspot.

I won't hold you responsible for anything (indeed, that would be irresponsible of me), but if YOU had the output from Gspot saying:

Codec: FMP4
Name: FFmpeg/ffdshow ISO MPEG-4
Codec(s) are NOT Installed

would you think http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/ was worth a try?


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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:20:22 pm

I've had no experience of any of that.

Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
Cameras: Canon XF300 + PowerShot SX50HS Bridge


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John Rofrano
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 7:29:51 pm

[Brian Castro] "would you think http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/ was worth a try?"
Define "worth a try"? If you have a good backup plan and you can do an incremental backup of your computer and "try it out" and if it messes up your computer you can restore it, then yes it's worth a try. ;-)

I've never used ffmpeg so I don't know how easy it is to uninstall but it does sound like you need some of it to process these files. I would be very careful because ffmpeg can take over a lot of codecs on your computer.

~jr

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Brian Castro
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 18, 2015 at 9:58:33 pm

Well I installed it, and surprise, surprise. No change.

Hmm... this is frustrating.

Any ideas as to what sort of Codec might allow these files to load like they did in Vegas before.

Thanks for your help again.


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Graham Bernard
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 19, 2015 at 2:48:41 am

What version/build of VegasPro WERE you running before? And what version/build of VegasPro are you running now?

Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
Cameras: Canon XF300 + PowerShot SX50HS Bridge


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Brian Castro
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 19, 2015 at 5:56:48 am
Last Edited By Brian Castro on Aug 19, 2015 at 5:57:56 am

I was running 11 Platinum before, which came with my computer.

Since I had to reinstall it anyway, I decided to go ahead and upgrade to 13 Pro this time around.

Not sure of the build.


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John Rofrano
Re: Yet another Sony Vegas Pro "error while opening codec" post
on Aug 19, 2015 at 3:26:39 am

[Brian Castro] "Any ideas as to what sort of Codec might allow these files to load like they did in Vegas before."
The codec is FFMpeg MPEG-4. You can tell by the FourCC of FMP4 in the file. The question is how do you set up ffdshow to decode the fourcc of FMP4? You need to post in the fddshow forums (wherever they are).

~jr

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http://www.vasst.com



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