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Tutorial: Streamlining Video Encoding in Sony Vegas Pro

In this fifth tutorial in our six-part series on Sony Vegas Pro 11, we're going to talk about the Render dialog box. Every project you work on, whether it's delivered on the web, or even on DVD or Blu-ray Disc, has to go through a rendering stage, so you'll find yourself getting quite familiar with it as you do more project. In Vegas Pro 11, Sony has added some new features to the Render dialog, and they've totally revamped the way that it works.

To begin your render, you choose File > Render As (Figure 3, below), and brings up the Render As dialog box shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 3. Summoning the Render As dialog

One of the first choices you need to make in the dialog is to specify the folder where you want to save the rendered file (Figure 4, below). Next, you tell Vegas what you want to name it, and you can either click a browse button to navigate to exactly where you want to go.

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Figure 4. Choosing a target folder for the rendered video

If you've rendered a file in the past, you can click the drop-down triangle shown in Figure 5 (below), and it will give you a list of recently used render locations. This is really handy if you're working on a project where you have several renders, and they all have to go back to a place that you've recently used.

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Figure 5. Accessing recently used render locations

Picking Favorites

Coming down a little further, you have all the rendering formats, and this is where you would choose the general type, or the general format, of render that you're going to do. Clicking another drop-down arrow gives you access to some templates and some presets. None of this is really too different from previous versions of Vegas, other than the way that it looks in the section shown in Figure 6 (below). You'll notice on each one of these presets, you have a star that you can select or deselect by clicking on it. This is one of the new features in Vegas Pro 11.

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Figure 6. Choosing an encoding format and selecting favorites

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