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Hello, I'm having trouble using my copy of Sony Vegas 8.0. I'm currently working on a project and whenever I open the program, about 30 seconds or so later, it says that an "exception" has occurred and the program closes out. Either that, or windows notifies me that the program stopped working and then the program closes out. It also has trouble loading the video clips I have onto the track, like I said it will work for a little bit, then the clips wont load (a red background appears in the preview box) and then the program closes out. So far I've tried two different computers (one with vista and the other with window's 7) and I've had the same problem with both of them (both computers are more than capable of running Sony Vegas 8.0). The video clips aren't in some obscure format either, they're all in WMV format, and they all play fine in window's media player. The strange thing is that I've used this program many times before with no problems using clips in wmv format, but now all of the sudden it refuses to run. Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated, i'm already behind schedule and i'm all out of ideas.

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  • Clark Rushing Apr 06, 2011

    well, ya see, I kinda already did try that. The initial video that I recorded that in was mp4 which didn't work with vegas. Then I converted the video clips to avi, then I was only getting the audio out of the clips. Then I converted them all to wmv. Sorry I didn't mention that earlier. If you think that really is the problem though, what other formats are common that sony vegas is compatible with?

  • Clark Rushing Apr 06, 2011

    Thanks a ton! I seems the converter I was using was the problem. You really got me out of a bind!



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The answer is likely simpler than you think.
I know you have tried the same program on 2 different systems with different OS's so it's time to look for what's common between them all.
Our commons are the program itself, and the clips you are using (not necessarily the format, but the actual clip itself)
Windows media player will forgive all kinds of little video glitches. Sony Vegas, not so much.

Try converting your clips to a different format. Chances are it'll weed out the error in the process.
I suggest converting them to AVI.

Do a Google search for WMV2AVI and you should find a few good free suggested conversion software.
Pick one that you feel will do the job (without tagging your video) and go from there.
You'll probably have a "why didn't I think of that" moment when it suddenly all works!

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    Norman Skinner Apr 06, 2011

    Ok, the clip itself has probably suffered from being converted SO MUCH...go back to the original MP4 and try converting straight to WMV, or more importantly, try some wmv clips OTHER than this one that you're working on. If other clips work, it's the clip itself.
    It may not be doing the AVI audio because of a missing CODEC.
    Try a different conversion software - but I can almost guarantee that the problem will come down to the clip itself either because of some internal glitch or because of the way it was converted.
    A good link to take a peek at regarding that is
    The only problem I can see here is that Sony Vegas may be working off internally licensed codecs and not listening to what's in the system.
    Much like VLC media player will play things that don't work in Media Player because VLC is using it's own CODEC (coder decoder) set.
    In that event, again we'll be looking for better conversion software that can either encode AVI in an older more compatible format (ie, no DIVX or XVID embedding etc) or WMV in a more compatible format, or you may need to upgrade Vegas to 9 or 10 or 10C.

  • Norman Skinner
    Norman Skinner Apr 07, 2011

    Glad I was of service - thanks for acknowledging the solve.



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