Are you talking about exporting a project file or a mixed-down/flattened version of your edit?
That would be a helpful bit of info wouldn't it. :-)
It would be a final flattened version. The spot has a lot of layers and effects so I am not sure how well it would go over to Vegas hence the flattened version.
Hope that helps. Thanks!
Yes, that helps
I know Vegas is PC only, but how about you? Are you on a Mac or PC?
Good 'ol Mac. :-)
Hmm, well that might complicate things a bit, as you won't be able to export an AVI which will, presumably, work without issue in Vegas. Since you'll be sending the file off for further cooking, you'll want to export as uncompressed or at least visually lossless. You're more or less limited to QuickTime MOV, but I'm not sure what Vegas' support for QT is like, so you may have to test.
On export, you'd select QuickTime as your format, and then probably want to choose None as your codec; other choices like PNG would be OK, too. Match your export settings to your source sequence (don't use the Match Sequence Settings checkbox though!), and spit out the file--it will be large.
You could potentially export an image sequence, as well; just choose an uncompressed image format, like TIFF or PNG, and check the Export as a Sequence box. Again, this will be a large export, but I'm going to assume that Vegas can import image sequences, and turn them into single clips the way that Premiere Pro can.
If those files are too big, you could look at a codec like Avid DNxHD or, if you have FCP on your system, you could use ProRes which will import into a Windows application just fine so long as QuickTime is installed.
Hope that helps.
It does help a lot. I knew the Mac to Windows switch would be a pain so I was hoping there was a trick of setting I was unware of. I'll shoot it out at QT - None and see how that does. We are mailing HDD's back and forth so the size isn't a big problem for a 1min spot. :-)
Thanks so much for the help! I'll post back here when I have confirmation of that working here in a day or so.
Sounds good. You might try emailing/uploading something like a 1 second chunk for him to test. If that doesn't work, you could still export the QT None MOV, and then open it in QT Pro or MPEG Streamclip and export to an uncompressed AVI; that almost certainly would work fine in Vegas.
We tried a 2 second test video and it worked great. MEPG Streamclip however didn't export the audio to the AVI unless I put it in as uncompressed (not sure if that is a bug or just my ignorance of the AVI package) but other than that it was great.
The 1 min 30sec clips turned out about 2.5GB a pop so it wasn't too large and all is well with the world.
Thank you so much for your help!
Glad to hear. And yes, uncompressed audio (just like the video) is the way to go if you're planning on shipping an export off for further work elsewhere. That way, you're preserving as much of the original audio and video fidelity as possible. Naturally, it makes for a larger file, but there's no free lunch when it comes to exporting.
By the way, you can (and should) set up encoding presets in both Premiere Pro/AME and MPEG Streamclip if you see yourself doing this again in the future. It'll make later exports a snap.