Rambling: Sony Vegas Pro gives black videos

Hello! Today I want to write down what I found out about Sony Vegas Pro 8.0, since I had a problem with it and it seems that the solution is nowhere out there. So I figured, altruistic as I am, let’s help those people out there with the same issue.

This is what happened: I edited a video for a long time, sped up some sections, slowed down some sections, added music to it, adjusted the volume levels, etc. Eventually, I got ready to save the file. How to do that? You click on File -> Render. But once I rendered the file (I tried saving it as an MP4), all I got was a black video with the sound. On second look, I noticed that a few of the scenes actually worked. It made no sense. Eventually I figured that the part that worked was slowed down and had a lower playback rate because I had slowed it down. Choosing every video and right-clicking on properties and adjusting this to the rate that worked helped. HOWEVER, there is an easy way to make it all work.

SOLUTION: Choose all your video files (you know, click on one and then SHIFT and go to the last one. And don’t forget the videos on other tracks either!) and then right-click on them and choose SWITCHES and then DISABLE RESAMPLE. That should work. At least it did with me.

So yeah, I hope by putting this out there I can help people with the same problem, because this was close to driving me crazy. ;)


162 Responses to “Rambling: Sony Vegas Pro gives black videos”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    September 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    i was going freaking insane on this one. You saved me!

  2. 2 Erika
    September 15, 2008 at 10:15 am

    OMG thank you so much! I have the same problem every time! I didn’t have the hope to find the soliution of this problem but I found your text and THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am going to try your advice~

  3. 3 Erika
    September 15, 2008 at 10:20 am

    OMg It works! I tryed! Once video was black just with sound, then I clicked your switches and Disable – resample and it works! All videos render good and no problems anymore! Thank you so much! Thank you that you wrote this text in internet! You can’t imagine how much you helped to me!!!!

  4. 4 Mute
    September 18, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I appreciate your help. I couldn’t figure out why my videos kept coming out black and you can only hear sounds.

    Thank you so much !!

  5. 5 Mecha
    September 22, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    This really helped me out, thanks for posting!

  6. 6 jonathan
    September 29, 2008 at 12:17 am

    omg dude you just saved my youtube life.

  7. 7 Anthony
    October 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Hmmm, All my video footage is black when i render, but my text and still images are fine… and the audio is fine …
    I’ve tried a billion ways to render it, all different codecs, wmv and avi etc, just wont work… please help me!

  8. 8 vannade
    October 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

    @Anthony: Dude… can you read? “Choose all your video files (you know, click on one and then SHIFT and go to the last one. And don’t forget the videos on other tracks either!) and then right-click on them and choose SWITCHES and then DISABLE RESAMPLE.”

  9. October 25, 2008 at 1:52 am


  10. 10 Joey
    October 27, 2008 at 8:17 am

    This was driving me nuts! Vegas is so good in some things but in other things it behaves like a cheap freeware video editing app. The developers need to get it together.

    Thanks, you’re one of the great ones.

  11. 11 Rhia Ro
    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Combine all the gratitude of the previous comments and multiply by one thousand :) Cheers! xx

  12. 12 Victor
    November 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I will try this one…


  13. 13 Victor
    November 18, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Man that works fine. Thank you!

  14. 14 Lucky
    November 22, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Damn I have another problem, i’ve just started working with sony vegas, and yesturday i was making a video adding slow motion, zoom in/out, music and so on, and sudenlly then i wanted to check my video on a preview window it shows me black screen only, music is playing but screen is black :/
    Any ideas… ?

  15. November 24, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Lifesaver! This was annoying the hell out of me so much, I’ve added link to favourites incase I ever forget

  16. 16 UNEXE
    November 25, 2008 at 5:58 am


  17. 17 Anonymous
    December 9, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Thank you very much! I spent over an hour rendering my video in different formats but nothing worked! Disabling resample did the trick :D

  18. 18 Anonymous
    December 13, 2008 at 5:05 am

    did not help me, still no video or audio on any format, tryed reinstalling and restoring all settings, still no good. i have use this editing software for almost 2 years with out a hitch and now i cant get it to do any thing. the thing it gets me is windows movie maker still works (this is making me think it has something to do with Vegas because i have set Vegas to use the exact same render settings as movie maker and it still will not work). its making me really anger because finished a movie the took a long time to edit and i cant render it.

    you guys have any ideas?

    • 19 Anonymous
      May 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm

      dude ive got the same problem, ive worked on this vid for hours, its part of my gcse’s and its just cacked up, and i dant do anything about it

  19. 20 Anonymous a.k.a. the guy who post like 5 min a go.
    December 13, 2008 at 5:16 am

    ok after try to get this to work for about 3 hours and trying all sorts of crap and post this form i was about to give up and i tried it one more time and it worked. no settings change from the last test(WMM render settings).

  20. 22 Dude You are a Genius!
    December 19, 2008 at 2:56 am

    DUDE!!! YOU ARE THE BEST. IM GAY FOR YOU! i couldn’t figure this out for 2 hours, then i watched some George Lopez, and started looking again, and i found your post! You are awesome! Thanks again!

  21. 23 Janrok
    December 19, 2008 at 4:04 am

    I freaking LOVE YOU! Thank god I found your rambling, or else I’d still be going nuts over this >:G

  22. 24 JMshaman
    December 26, 2008 at 3:58 am

    When I go to switches all it has is mute and solo??
    PLZ HELP!!

  23. 26 Anonymous
    January 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Hello. I was having this problem too, and found your writings. Too bad for me, it doesn’t work. Anymore ideas?

  24. 27 vannade
    January 2, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Have you selected the videos? Or have you only selected the sound? No idea what you’re doing wrong.

    If this doesn’t work, I don’t have any more ideas. I can only suggest you make sure that you have ALL videos selected before disable the resample option. You can try and take a video that you haven’t changed and render this – if you can see it, the resample should be the source. If it doesn’t work either, the problem lies elsewhere. Try with different codecs maybe.
    Sorry if that doesn’t help, but if you DO manage to fix it, it would be great if you could post a comment with your solution!

  25. 28 Philip
    January 10, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Sorry your fix didn’t work for me BUT what did work was when you go ‘Render As…’ you need to untick the box ‘Save project markers in video file’

    Hope this helps others.

  26. 29 vannade
    January 12, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    @Philip: Thank you, I’m sure that will help some people. :)

  27. 30 ColeMarie Soleil
    January 15, 2009 at 6:28 am

    You are TOTALLY wicked <3

  28. 31 Ico
    January 15, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I was going mad on this! Thank you so much, now everything works for me.

  29. 32 anonymous
    January 18, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    i love you thank you :D

  30. 33 Paul
    January 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks mate! Saved me, I was starting to believe that Vegas was actively trying to make me mad!


  31. January 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

    This didn’t work for me at first, and I was so deppressed, but then I discovered that shift-clicking all of them and highlighting all of them at once only set one of the clips to that option.

    So I individually (yes, for every single clip) put that option and it worked fine.
    Thank you so much.

  32. 35 Anonymous
    January 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Wow thanks a shit ton you’re a life saver.

  33. 36 Anonymous
    February 13, 2009 at 1:39 am

    THANK YOU!!! this is the stupidest problem and nobody seemed to have the answer! i just had to sift through some of the most abysmally stupid responses and tutorials and finally found this! this is a beacon of light in the dullest fog of night. thanks!!

  34. 37 nik
    February 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    thanks man…really helpful..i had almost given up…

  35. 38 Pablo
    February 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUDE! I’ve had this problem for weeks now. I kinda had given up and decided to start googling again today. THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS! My IQ is 140 but this damn problem was making me feel very stupid. Thanks again =)

  36. 39 Anonymous
    February 27, 2009 at 8:41 am


  37. 40 Anonymous
    February 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

    This must be the best Sony Vegas post ever. Thank you so much man.

  38. 41 Henk
    March 5, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Thanx man u rock!

  39. 42 Dragan - 3w@
    March 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks VERY,VERY MUCH.

  40. 43 Anonymous
    March 11, 2009 at 1:12 am


    Yes, take every comment of thanks up there and multiply it many, many times. You have just saved my life, and I thank you so much for that.

  41. 44 Kotkis
    March 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks from Finland.

  42. 45 Karloz
    March 13, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I just have to thank you for this!!
    Was driving me crazy! Thank you thank you and thank you again!!

  43. 46 Stew
    March 16, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Wow, I have started projects just to be frustrated and walk away for months because of this issue. I have scoured the web for a solution and you my dear, are the only one with the correct solution. THANK YOU!

  44. 47 Abubakr
    March 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks a lot. I wasted a lot of time editing and it didn’t work. But now it’s fine. :D

  45. 48 iain
    March 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Hi well i followed your instructions all the way through but it still doesn’t work i may have an idea why though because i have recorded on a dazzle i have used the pinnacle editing programme to create my video then i imported the whole video which was already edited onto sony vegas onto the text which i had created – the text plays and the music plays just like your problem and i still get a blank screen please help me with this problem i will be truly grateful.

  46. 49 vannade
    April 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    @iain: You have to make sure you select EVERY SINGLE VIDEO snippet that has been changed in size and then right-click on them and choose SWITCHES and then DISABLE RESAMPLE. If that doesn’t solve your problem it might be a codec issue. Make sure you have the right codecs installed and maybe try rendering with a different codec. Sorry, but that’s all that comes to mind.

  47. 50 Jeremiah
    April 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you worked perfectly

  48. 51 Wuffin
    April 19, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I was looking for an answer all over the internet, and finally i found this, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

  49. 52 ANonmanoumous
    April 20, 2009 at 5:28 am

    OMG you are a life saver i spent hours llooking through forums until i came accross this thanks you soo much

  50. 53 Martin
    April 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    OMG you superhero!
    I was going crazy when I thought I had to redo ALL of my cuttings etc because other sites only offered solutions that would let me reload all the files

    When i think of it’s … it’s actually so simple :P anyway thanks a LOT man you saved my day

  51. 54 vannade
    April 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    @Martin: I’m glad I could help. I’m a girl, just for the record. :)

  52. May 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    This may help a lot of people as well. I had the same issue and I must say, the fix was due to my own misunderstanding of settings.

    You see, you must make sure your Project setting frame rate is the same frame rate as the Render frame rate. To give you an example, I wanted to use the DivX codec since it is all the rage over at youtube. So, I did.

    I used Hypercam 2 to capture my on-screen video using the DivX 6.8.5 codec. It rendered my initial avi file with a 30 frames a second setting.

    What I didn’t realize was when I imported my video into Sony Vegas, I failed to change my projects frame rate from 29.97 fps to 30 fps to reflect the avi file I was working with.

    This caused such effects as the 3D Cascading Transition to produce nothing but blackness.

    Take a bit and test a small portion of your video and you’ll see your render will not come out black at all. Then you can render your entire project.

    Even though I used a particular codec to render my video, this bit of info pertains to all projects in Sony Vegas. Just make sure your project settings are jiving with your rendered settings and voila, you have a master piece.

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  53. May 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Oh my god! You are a lifesaver!

  54. May 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    omfg u r a god i was totally freaking out THANKS THANKS THANKS!

  55. 58 SickWidit
    May 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

    wow thanks alot

  56. 59 Alex
    June 5, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks, your a real life saver u know that?

  57. 60 Mark
    June 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Same here, all i hear is the sound, but i did what you told me to do, and it STILL doesn’t work!

  58. 61 vannade
    June 12, 2009 at 10:19 am

    @Mark: Maybe Ghostality’s comment above will help you.

  59. 62 Bimbanirvana
    June 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    You Godness!!! Thank you so very much!!!

  60. 63 lammas
    June 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Oh thank God… I mean thank YOU. I felt that I need to throw my computer down from my balcony… but you saved me, my nerves and my comp. That was too easy solution. THAKS!

  61. 64 OB
    June 14, 2009 at 12:12 am

    You are the man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Thank YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Problem solved !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My daughter thinks you are a genius !!!!!!!!!

    Thanks again !!!!

  62. 66 Nathan
    June 20, 2009 at 6:07 am

    I was going nuts over this, thank you sooooooo much!!!!!!!!

  63. 67 fujji
    June 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    i..i love you
    so very very relieved
    thank you sir or ma’am

  64. 68 BenC
    June 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  65. 69 SkyRaN
    July 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Wow!! Thx a lot, this helped me!!

  66. 70 Alicia
    July 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Oh sweet jesus, you saved me from throwing my computer out of the window :) THANK YOU!

  67. July 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Good Work. . . i was making some Video Mixes and video didn’t came out. . but you were my personal jesus Christ. . .you saved me. . lol..

  68. 72 amzii
    July 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    hey!! Thanks your solution helped me sooooooooooooooooooo much!

  69. 73 Nick
    July 31, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Wow thank you so much!! This is like the only solution i found in many many many pages. :) :)

  70. 74 Sam
    August 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    THANKYOU. Have been googling for a while trying to find a solution to this. :)

  71. 75 Bill
    August 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Genius. Worked a treat and I would NEVER have found this out myself. Thanks a googillion!

  72. 76 William
    August 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

    You are my hero. To have already solved your own problem and post the solution because you knew it was so hard to find…really selfless. Thanks, helped me so much :)

  73. 77 DrTrouble
    August 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm


  74. 78 AdaPiper
    August 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm


  75. August 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    thank you sir.

    you saved me. i cant thank you enough. my whole youtube movie making hobby got saved by you.

    i wish you all the good will.

    Dr. Arunav Sharma

  76. September 4, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I have Vegas 7.0, under switches I do not have the same option…..any suggestions?

  77. 81 vannade
    September 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    @VVV: It would help if you told me what options you do have there. :)

  78. 82 John Prado
    September 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    OMG I just love you! You’ve saved my project! Thank you so, so much!

  79. 83 Aleena Chia Nash Pao Karen
    September 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm


  80. 84 vannade
    September 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    @Aleena Chia Nash Pao Karen: Glad I could help. Good luck with your documentary! Feel free to mention me in the credits under “Special Thanks”. ;)

  81. 85 Maaake
    September 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    THANK YOU =)

  82. 86 DennY
    September 24, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    you really saved my ass coz i was desperate
    i love u man

  83. 87 Gavin
    September 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    THANK YOU! :D :D :D You are the best!

  84. 88 KubaPSP
    September 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you!!!

  85. 89 Rob O
    October 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks heaps!

  86. 90 TV
    October 4, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. 91 ben10sasuke
    October 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Doesnt help at all

    when i right click where can i find this SWITCHES

  88. 92 vannade
    October 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    @ben10sasuke: Choose all your video files (you know, click on one and then SHIFT and go to the last one. And don’t forget the videos on other tracks either!) and then right-click on them and choose SWITCHES and then DISABLE RESAMPLE.

    If you don’t see SWITCHES, what options do you have then? A screenshot would help.

  89. 93 Tarzanlol
    October 18, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Thank man !
    Greetz from holland

  90. October 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    The switch disable thing still gave me a black screen. All I did was select all, grouped and dragged it to the very front of the timeline and that worked.

  91. 95 Ike
    November 6, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Nice. Worked for me in Vegas 9.0. I tried absolutely everything and simply could not figure it out as I had done this before and don’t remember having to disable resampling. Anyway, it worked. Thanks!!!

  92. November 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    DITTO all the thank you’s above – Ma’am you are a lifesaver

  93. 97 YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    November 29, 2009 at 1:53 am


  94. 98 Bobby
    December 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    thanks a million i was ready to round house kick my damn computer lol appreciate the info

  95. December 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Tnnnnx man you save my live. I was going nuts i downloaded different types of codecs but it didn’t work thanks to you i can now send my vids again to youtube

  96. 100 Anonymous
    December 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Wow! Thank’s dude!

  97. 101 Shakaw
    January 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    It didn’t work for me. When i try to render it, it renders a black screen with no sound and no lenght, just an empty file.

    • 102 vannade
      January 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      @Shakaw: That sounds like either you have a codec set wrong or you don’t have enough space on your hard disk. At least that’s all I can think of right now. You’re not exactly giving a lot of information here, though. ;) Maybe Ghostality’s comment above is helpful?

  98. 103 Anonymous
    January 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    You saved me from throwing my computer into a wood chipper!

  99. 105 John
    January 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    thx for the help :)

  100. 106 Calis
    February 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Thanks MAN. U saved me.! Now u are my God ^^ One more time really thx :)

  101. 107 Mastercgmr
    February 18, 2010 at 1:35 am

    OMG you save my life!

  102. February 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I hope this works for me too, if it does then Sony should immediately disable it by default. I have rendered freakin’ like 8 times now and it won’t come out properly. I REALLY hope this helps.

  103. 109 Ali
    February 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I wanna fuck you now.

  104. 111 Nick
    March 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks a lot, it was the solution!

  105. 112 Taj Johnson
    March 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you very much, I tried re-installing but didn’t work then came across this tried it once and it worked !

  106. 113 14wasp
    March 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    WOW thank you!!!!!
    I’ve been dealing with this problem for a long time yet such a simple solution.
    THANKS ^^ :D :D :D :D

  107. 114 CarTMaN-Mad
    March 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm


  108. 115 Tyler & Chris
    April 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks man. =]

  109. 116 Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’m having a trouble with opening a file “String Attributes could not…”
    I can still open it, but only the audio imports, the video doesn’t.

    I can run the video in movie maker just fine though.

    Your solution doesn’t apply here because the video simply doesn’t even show up, purely an audio track.

  110. 118 glen
    April 15, 2010 at 6:19 am

    i dont see disable resample, where is it

  111. 120 The Guy From Houston
    April 28, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Thank you so much, this helped me a lot, this problem was driven me crazy!

  112. 121 Nurgiel
    May 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

    You saved me too.

  113. June 8, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Thankyou so much! I was ready to give up on ever getting my video done <3 I don't know how you figured it out, but I'm so glad you did! :D

  114. 123 Luqman
    June 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Me is MALAYSIAN people. and me does not know english well.
    I have import my videos on Sony Vegas project and then IT came black background.
    Only hear sound.
    Me have press shift on the video and switches and disable resample. BUT NOTHING HAPPENDED

    • 124 vannade
      June 26, 2010 at 4:39 am

      Did you only press SHIFT or did you also select them all? Sorry, if that doesn’t work, I’m out of ideas.

      This is what Phillip suggested in the comments above:

      “Sorry your fix didn’t work for me BUT what did work was when you go ‘Render As…’ you need to untick the box ‘Save project markers in video file’”

  115. 125 Anonymous
    June 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    OMG Thank You!!!!!!!! You totally rawk.

  116. 126 Grantyy
    August 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    sorry if i sound dumb but could you please explainn more of what u mean by “Choose all your video files (you know, click on one and then SHIFT and go to the last one. And don’t forget the videos on other tracks either!) .. when u say choose all ur video files do you mean highlight them or pick the ones you wantt and then shift and go to the last 1 am i supposed to hold shift and go to the last 1 then right click orr :/ .. sorry to be a pain

  117. 128 justin
    September 3, 2010 at 12:14 am

    did not work for me.

  118. 129 John Holmes
    September 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you. Have been working with Vegas Video since v4, but was going crazy when my Flickrbuddy script no longer worked. Feared I had to right click each file. Don’t know when they introduced this, but i noticed just now, on v9e..

  119. 131 David
    September 28, 2010 at 1:39 am

    THANK YOU! THIS PROBLEM WAS GETTING SOOOO FRUSTRATING I WAS GOING TO BLOW MY OWN HEAD OFF!!! i edited a VERY long movie then i render for over an HOUR and WTF?! it was always like all BLACK )= well ty for solution hope it works

    render is over hour cause my PC sucks D=

    here is movie: http://www.youtube.com/user/superksmoked3991?feature=mhum

    should be up soon as main vid :DD

  120. 132 Kenneth
    October 13, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Dude i have another problem with black screen, when i open videos to my sony vegas 9 shows up in black screen i try doing what you said but didnt work do you have any recommendations to my problem?

  121. 133 Asskickulater
    October 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    YES!! thank you very much for this! vegas was really ticking me off with this!

  122. 134 AHelper
    December 4, 2010 at 9:38 am

    You should do these things if you really want them to work:
    -Do as the autor of this subject says and disable resample
    -When you can choose options, UNTICK the ‘render loop region only’

    This worked for me.

  123. March 16, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Thank you!! You have made my life SO much easier!! This happens to me every time I render a video, so your tip will now save me a couple of hours wasted.

    Hey I have a website that I just started and I would like to know if it’s ok to put a link to this blog post (and your blog’s name, of course) and a brief description of what you are going to accomplish with these tips.

    Again thank you so much and I hope to hear from you soon. Take care!

  124. 137 larry
    March 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thank you so much! I was seriously F**ked until I read this!

  125. 138 Jack
    June 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Thanks Man you saved my Bacon!

  126. 139 Anonymous
    June 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    it works man!! thx very much!

  127. 140 Cezzy
    July 15, 2011 at 8:21 am

    DUDE OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH! I going crazy!

  128. September 12, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! It helped me a lot!

  129. 142 ZeroMT
    October 15, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Thanks you so much. Was driving me insane. Was considering a total re-edit just like I had to do on a previous project. Saved so much time now. Thank you!

  130. October 20, 2011 at 5:40 am

    THAAAAAAAAAAAANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve had this problem with almos all my videos!! Now you’ve saved me!!! THANKS!!!!!

  131. 144 Shirya
    December 30, 2011 at 2:50 am

    You are my hero. This has been driving me crazy all day. THANK YOU!

  132. 145 Thommy
    January 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you. I tried installing codecs, using different profiles and settings but all resulted in a black screen and sound in the background.. until you saved me. Thank you very much

  133. 146 Allutwo
    January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    thanks ! I’ve been trying for the past 2 hours ti figure out why my video was rendering black as it was only a video i made with my phone and just edited the color balance on it. done what you said here and now it works!

  134. 147 Anonymous
    May 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Saved my life ! Thanks :-)

  135. 148 NinjaPotato
    August 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

    4 years later in vegas pro 11 and it still does the trick!
    I also went to options->preferences and unticked “Close media files when not the active application”. So for anyone still having black screen issues, try that out.

  136. 149 Bala
    September 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    when i was rendered a film in .mp4 format and played only the black screen is visible like before… before doing your trick also i had the black screen only but without audio and now also its the same…. plzz help…

  137. 150 vk
    October 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    oh my god you just save my life!
    Thank you thank you thank you (:

  138. 151 Flo
    November 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !!!
    I had this problem onVegas 12 with iPhone videos !
    SOLVED !! :D

  139. 152 Anonymous
    March 3, 2013 at 6:16 am


  140. 153 Chuck
    May 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Seeing that your solution was posted in 2008, I hope it brings you some reward that five years later, your post still being available and me having sat here and cursed the darkness, found your post and quickly solved the problem I had fought with all day. Thanks.

  141. 155 Anonymous
    June 24, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Thank you kindly

  142. July 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Solved my issue as well!
    Imported a 720p video from a Samsung Galaxy S4 and edited it a bit.

    It plays fine in Preview window when set to Preview, but on Good or Best it shows black and rendering does the same.

    Setting the Video to ‘Disable Resample’ solved this.
    Sony Vegas 12.


  143. 157 Anonymous
    July 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Holy cow, you are awesome.

  144. 158 Anonymous
    December 2, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I know this is old, and most people won’t read this far down. But in my case, I had unticked “render only looped region” option or something oike that while rendering and that was what screwed me over. That NEEDSbe ticked unless you have all your footage at the very beginning of your timeline.

  145. 159 Sander
    April 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Saved my life<3

  146. May 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

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