AVI to Sony Vegas: How to Import AVI files into Vegas Pro?

“(I’m new to Sony Vegas just saying) When i drag my avi file (which came from the ingame recorder) it comes up with a message of *none of the files dropped on vegas pro could be opened*.”

“I have an AVI file that I really want to import into Sony Vegas Pro 12, but it keeps rejecting it. I just think it’s strange that Sony Vegas won’t open it because when you go to import a file it has avi files listed as one of the supported formats.”

As a Windows based audio video editing program, it stands to reason that Sony Vegas should import, open and play AVI (a common video format under Windows) . However, various issues occur when importing AVI in Sony Vegas 13/12/11 in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

Known problems when Sony Vegas dealing with AVI files

Why Sony Vegas Can’t Import AVI files?

Audio Video Interleaved (also Audio Video Interleave), known by its initials AVI, is a multimedia container format that stores video data that may be encoded in a variety of video codecs including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A) SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1/WMV, RealVideo/Theora, Microsoft MPEG-4 V2, VP8, and audio codecs including MP3, WMA, RealAudio, AAC, AC-3, DTS, PCM, LPCM. Normally, Vegas has absolutely no problem with AVI files as long as there’s an underlying codec installed. However, if there is no corresponding video or audio codec installed on your computer, you will fail to import or play AVI to Sony Vegas.

How to Fix Sony Vegas Won’t Import AVI files?

To fix the headache “Sony Vegas Won’t Import AVI files” issue, one method is to download and install the missing codecs on your computer, the other method is to convert AVI files to Sony Vegas supported video MP4, WMV, AVI, DV, MPEG-2.

Method 1: Install missing codecs
Installing missing codecs in fact is installing AVI Codec Pack, DivX H.264 Decoder and FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder. This method installs several kinds of codecs which may brings unknown issues for your computer.

If Sony Vegas still cannot import AVI files after you install AVI Codec Pack or you have some concerns installing codecs, you can refer to Method 2 to successfully import AVI to Sony Vegas.

Method 2: Convert AVI to Sony Vegas supported video WMV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, DV

By converting the unsupported AVI to Sony Vegas supported video WMV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2 or DV, you can easily import AVI to Sony Vegas for editing.

Free download the professional AVI to Sony Vegas Converter – UFUWare Video Converter. and run it.

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Step 1 Add AVI files

Click “Add Video” button to add AVI files to UFUSoft AVI to Sony Vegas Converter. Or you can also drag and drop your MP4 files directly to the main interface of this powerful AVI to Sony Vegas Converter.

Step 2 Set Sony Vegas supported video format

Click on the drop-down button on the right side of the “Profile” to set Sony Vegas compatible video “MPEG4 Video(*.mp4)” or “WMV – Windows Media Video (*.wmv)” or AVI or DV as output video format from “General Video” Category.

To import high definition AVI video like 1080p, 720p to Sony Vega, select WMV HD, AVI HD, or MPEG-4 HD from “HD Video” Category.

Step 3 Convert AVI to Sony Vegas supported video format

Click “Convert” button to start and finish converting AVI to Sony Vegas supported video MP4, WMV, AVI, DV, MPEG-2.

Step 4 Import to play AVI in Sony Vegas

When the conversion is finished, simply click “Open Folder” to get the converted AVI videos, and then drag them to the timeline of Sony Vegas Pro. It’s that easy to solve “Sony Vegas won’t play AVI” issue as well as “Sony Vegas AVI no video” issue.

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