H.265 codec is getting more popular in 2017 cause more 4K video recording devices are becoming affable to normal people such as the famous GoPro Hero 8. H.265 codec can make you record 4K video saving in a smaller size than using H.264 codec. This is good but it also causes some troubles. For example, when you record a footage and want to import the H.265 footage to Vegas Pro for editing, it won’t be easy for you.
“I know that Vegas Pro 17 is h.265 compatible, but apparently not with GoPro Hero 8 version. It won’t import. Any work arounds?”
Why can’t we edit GoPro Hero 8 4K H.265 videos in Vegas Pro? Don’t Vegas Pro support H.265 codec? To figure out the reasons that Vegas Pro 17, 16, 15, 14 can’t edit H.265 video, the NO.1 reason that if Vegas Pro supports HEVC will be the first thing we should get.
Fix “Vegas Pro Can’t Edit GoPro Hero 8 footage” Issues
From the chart in specifications page, it seems that Vegas Pro 17 supports H.265 codec. But why some people can’t edit GoPro Hero 8 videos in Vegas Pro smoothly?
Reasons and Solutions
1. Vegas Pro 17 supports H.265 files but the Hero 8 files are not recognized by any of the Vegas apps such as Vegas Pro 15. Get the latest version of Vegas Pro.
2. Vegas Pro is ALWAYS slow on this stuff. Lightroom won’t have the lens corrections in there for 2-3 months, also. You can try DaVinci Resolve
3. What’s the format of your H.265 video, MOV format or MP4? The reports are only accepting MP4 not MOV formats. If you shot H.265 in MOV, you can go into the folder where your files are from and edit the name of the file by changing the extension from a .MOV file to a .MP4 extension and accept the change of extension and then drag and drop into Vegas Pro.
4. When you first try to import H.265 video to Vegas Pro, you need to install the H.265 codec, and by clicking “Ok”, it will do it automatically and then import the video just fine.
5. As stated above, use .mp4 and have an updated version of Vegas Pro. If you have the 17 license, it should be up to date already. Older 13, 14, 15 and 16 versions don’t support H.265. Keep in mind that 4K H.265 footage requires a ridiculous amount of processing power if you want to edit it in its original format, so you might want to create proxies of the clips before you start editing. Unless you have a very high-end PC.
6. Adobe first started support HEVC in CC2015 so any earlier versions don’t have the codec. When you first try and import a H265 file a message should appear telling you that you need to license the codec . The license is part of Vegas Pro 17 but not automatically turned on for every user unless they use it. WHY? there is actually a license fee that Vegas Pro manage for you and it gets activated with your first Import or Export. You need to be connected to the internet for the first time you use it and once you do that you don’t need to be connected to license again unless you re-install or there is a major update. Vegas Pro is always “tweaking” playback with CPU/GPU support. H265 playback is decent in Vegas Pro . Lots of people use it as a H.265 player – BUT, Encoding takes a longtime.
Ultimate Solution- Convert GoPro Hero 8 video to MPEG-2 for Vegas Pro
H.265 is stuttery and slow to edit, even on a really solid studio-pc. Transcoding GoPro Hero 8 4K MP4 to MPEG-2 MPG solved all issues. Use a H.265 Video converter, it will be easy. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate is just what you need to achieve your goal. With it, you can effortlessly transcode GoPro Hero 8 H.265 MP4 to Vegas Pro friendly movie format like MPEG-2 (Note: it applies to all kinds of Vegas Pro including Vegas Pro 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, etc) keeping the original quality.
Besides Vegas Pro, this software can also export Apple ProRes, H.264, AIC, DNxHD for Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, and more NLE systems. If you are Mac users, Acrok Video Converter for Mac is the alternative choice.
Step 1. Load GoPro Hero 8 files
Here you can directly drag & drop the 4K MP4 files to the converter, or click “Add file” or “Add folder” button on the top menu to browse and choose GoPro Hero 8 files.
Step 2. Choose the preset output format
If you have an old computer, you can directly use the program to output Vegas Pro specially optimized editing format “Sony Vegas MPEG-2(*.mpg)” under “Editing Software” main category.
Then, click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window to to compress 4K to 1080p for smooth editing workflow by choose the output file resolution as 1920*1080 from “Size(pix)” drop-down option. If your Vegas Pro can perfectly handle 4K video, you can set orginal resolution as output.
Step 3. Start converting H.265 files.
Click the big “Convert” button in the main UI to begin the GoPro Hero 8 H.265 to MPEG-2 conversion. You can see your converted videos by clicking “Open” button. Then you are able to import and edit converted H.265 footage in Vegas Pro all versions without any problem. Enjoy!