The Sony Vegas Pro Export Guide (Part Two): External Workflows

In Part One we looked at how to export video, discs and masters from Sony Vegas Pro. In this part we’ll look at how to move projects from it to other software for finishing, color correction or other purposes.

First, let’s consider two unique options from Sony Vegas.

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It is no longer possible for forward-looking NLEs to ignore the Internet. Sony Vegas Pro is one of the applications that follow this paradigm:

When you’re done with your movie, you’re probably going to want to share it with your friends and family as soon as possible.

In addition to other options, you can export to:

  • Youtube
  • PlayStation PSP

After you have locked your edit, go to File > Upload to YouTube…:

Sony Vegas YouTube Option

Of course, you must already have a YouTube account and be ready to sign in. For professional work, I recommend using the export methods outlined in Part One, where you can control the bit rate.

Stereo 3D videos are also supported, and Vegas Pro automatically does the needful.

Click Upload and the rendering will commence. It will also upload the finished video to YouTube.

I won’t be covering the PlayStation PSP workflow.

External Workflows

Sony Vegas Pro supports the following file formats to port projects:

This choices are extremely useful because it doesn’t get much better than this. Not only do you have many kinds of software covered, but also the ability to try different systems if any particular one is giving you too much trouble.

Go to File > Export:
Sony Vegas Export Project Options
AAF Workflows

Sony advises you understand the following:

  • Edits are preserved.
  • Audio gain and panning are preserved.
  • Muted audio is ignored.
  • All audio and video effects are ignored.
  • All video transitions become AAF Video Dissolve.
  • All audio cross fades become AAF Mono Audio Dissolves.
  • Retimed video is exported correctly under AAF Video Speed Control.
  • However, retimed audio is not supported. This isn’t a big deal, because rarely will you carry audio over to a finishing or grading application.
  • Still images will be exported as 1,080,000 frames. Read the Avid Media Composer Guide to understand the Avid workflow for image sequences.
  • The track order will not match your Vegas Pro project:

in the Vegas Pro track model, the first track represents the foreground; in the AAF specification, the first track represents the background

Choose Protocol Compliant AAF File (*.aaf)…, and choose a location and file name. Then hit Save.

XML Workflows

Sony Vegas Pro supports both FCP versions of XML, which is a great relief. It is important to understand which version your third-party software supports, and choose accordingly. File > Export…, then either:

  • Final Cut Pro 7/DaVinci Resolve XML (*.xml), or
  • Final Cut Pro X (*.fcpxml)

Choose the location and file name, and click Save. By far, the XML workflow is the most versatile, but it has its quirks.

Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects Workflows

Sony Vegas Pro projects can be directly ported over to Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects. The latter is obviously where most workflows will go from Vegas Pro.

The process is simple. Choose File > Export… > Premiere/After Effects (*.pproj).

Then choose the file name and location, and hit Save.

EDL Workflows

Sony Vegas Pro saves EDLs as *.txt files. This is a hint, which Sony kindly but vaguely explains:

Vegas Pro EDLs are not the same as those used in traditional linear editing suites and are not intended as a project interchange for other editing applications.

Because of the significant differences between editing applications, projects that are converted from EDLs (or exported to EDLs) are necessarily simplified. Events are inserted into the timeline on a single track, and transition effects from the other application are replaced with crossfades. Projects that are imported from another application’s EDL are initially limited to four audio tracks. If you add more tracks, save the project as a .veg file.

Choose File > EDL Text File (*.txt). Then choose the file name and location, and hit Save.

Sony advises:

EDL files do not contain information about the location of source media. Save the .txt file in the same folder as the source media.

EDL is the simplest method for project transfer, but it does at the cost of too much simplicity. If your project is just a simple edit, then EDL is the most trouble-free way to get your Sony Vegas Pro project to another application. But try XML or AAF first, and only resort to EDL if that doesn’t work as planned.

This covers the basic Sony Vegas Pro export guide. By now you should have a good idea of what to expect from the software, and whether or not it will go with your preferred workflow.

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