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How to import MKV into Sony Vegas Pro timeline

Peter Rugg Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:22 PM

Sony Vegas Pro (Vegas Pro 14, 13, 12) is a professional and sophisticated editing software application that enjoys world-wide reputation for its versatile features: track motion, multi-camera editing, audio mixing console and so forth. It can import and edit audios and videos encoded in various formats, but when you try to import MKV video files into it to do some modifications, It is very likely that Sony Vegas Pro fails to open the MKV files. Sony Vegas Pro excludes MKV from its supported format range due to MKV's complicated and flexible codec. If that's the case, you have to convert MKV to something (using a different codec) that Sony Vegas Pro can edit successfully.

In this article, we'll show you how you can create a video conversion process from your MKV files, into a more edit-friendly format. The end result, you can import the your stuff into Sony Vegas Pro without any problems.

Video Converter for Windows is what we're going to use in this article. As its name clearly says, this is an tool whose main feature is its seamless ability to convert your digital video files to more common file types that are suitable for your desktop media players, portable devices, editing applications (i.e. Sony Vegas Pro), TVs, online sites and more. Aside from the basic video comversion feature, it can also directly take and extract audio/ sound tracks from any given video or movie or convert them into any other common-used audio format in hand. Plus, this utility allows you to modify codec, aspect ratio, bitrate, resolution among other things to have a better control over the output quality as well as to trim, crop, and layer video effects for a more hands-on approach.

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Now that you've properly understand the features of this MKV converter shown above, just download and install it on your computer and dig into the in-depth guidelines below to convert your MKVs into a format that Sony Vegas Pro accepts so that you can import them into Sony Vegas Pro timeline for editing purpose.

Step 1: Import MKV Source Files

Activate the program and the clear cues attached on the center homepage will first come into your sight, which is easy to follow, pretty much guiding you from start to finish on MKV to Sony Vegas Pro conversion task and providing a more user-friendly experience.

On the top-left side of tool bar, click the downward arrow "Add Files" button to locate and import the MKV files you want to convert for Sony Vegas Pro. If you have a large array of MKVs in a folder, click "Add Folder" to import them in bulk.

All the selected videos line on the center of the program, displaying information about each video like duration, format, audio track, and resolution.

Step 2: Select an Format that's Accepted by Sony Vegas Pro from "Output Format"

Click "Profile" field on the lower left side of the screen to bring up the drop-down panel. From the panel you can see tons of different formats. Choose the one that can be readable by Sony Vegas Pro such as WMV, MPG, MOV under "Adobe Premiere/ Sony Vegas" category.

If you're looking to find-tune your output, you just keep on moving to "Settings" next to "Profile" menu and then configure the advanced encoding settings such as Encoder, Frame Rate, Sample Rate and the like..

If you don't want to mess with any settings, just leave them alone.

Sometimes you may need to watch the MKV or other movie files on a device like iPhone, Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, etc. Accordingly, This handy tool is endowed with a library of presets for these applications and devices.

Step 3: Start the Conversion from MKV to Sony Vegas Pro File

Before you set out to convert MKV videos to a format that you can work with in Vegas Pro, designate a location to save the output files in "Destination" field on the bottom left side.

After it's done, press the "Convert" button located in the lower right corner of the interface to initiate the MKV to Sony Vegas Pro file conversion. A pop-up windows as below will show up informing you of the progress of the MKV to Vegas Pro conversion.

If you have a large number of 1080p files on the queue and don't want to stay in front of the computer, you're able to set the "Conversion Done" to "Shut Down" to close the machine automatically when the whole process is complete in Preference.


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