View Full Version : [Vegas] .MKV + Sony Vegas

02-07-2011, 08:05 PM
This is the wierdest thing... I can import the .mkv file into Windows Live Movie Maker but the video file won't load up in Sony Vegas 9.0 Pro. I was thinking of rendering it in Live but that would only dumb the Blu-ray quality down a few notches and I really don't want to do it. Anyone have any ideas?

02-07-2011, 08:12 PM
Vegas only accepts windows legacy codecs. No directshow. You need to convert the MKV to an AVI file. Uncompressed or lossless codec (such as lagarith) will not "dumb it down." Stay away from windows editing software.

BTW, why may I ask are you editing MKV? If you have the Blu-ray, there is no reason to go to this container...

02-07-2011, 08:14 PM
Doesn't Vegas take .avi files? You can use MkvExtract and extract the video and audio files. If that don't work, you can always convert it to Xvid format (.avi). ;-)

02-07-2011, 08:28 PM
However I ripped it, it ended up as an .mkv file... don't ask what I did lol. If I get the codec, will that make it usuable in Vegas... or is converting it the only option?

02-07-2011, 08:31 PM
yes. no, and yes but no.

I already mentioned above that he needs to use some sort of AVI file. See caveats below:

Vegas generally takes the AVI container. The codec inside the MKV is probably h264 or x264 (essentially the same thing). Vegas will probably have a problem with this. You can convert to xvid, but I do not recommend this. You will probably have dropped frames, and vegas is picky about this codec.

You are best off using a lossless codec or uncompressed AVI (remember kids, AVI and MKV are containers, NOT codecs). The video stream inside the container makes all the difference.

02-07-2011, 08:33 PM
If I get the codec, will that make it usuable in Vegas... or is converting it the only option?

I eluded to this in my first post, but to be clear, it doesn't matter if the codec is on your computer. Vegas doesn't support it. You HAVE to convert it. And again, my recommendation is to convert to lagarith, not xvid.

02-08-2011, 07:30 AM
I just did this for some Mkv files related to my upcoming Force Unleashed edit, and I can confirm that it is absolutely the only way to do this in Vegas.