"I need the files to be .mov as they are overlays for my videos, but when I try to import them I get the error message: 'the file is an unsupported format'. What can I do to open .mov files in sony vegas? Any help would be much appreciated!"

"The MOV file can be imported if I install quicktime. Even if it can be imported, I've had experiences when it gets to the rendering, Vegas pro crashes."

MOV file format seeems one of Sony Vegas Pro supported native video formats for import. But it's really annoying and strange that Sony Vegas rejects to smoothly import or edit some QuickTime .mov files created by iPhone, GoPro, Canon camera, DJI dron, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and more. The error messages goes like "the file is an unsupported format", "The file has no audio or video streams" or "Vegas Pro crashes or the file wouldn't play correctly" when you dragged the mov video to the timeline of Vegas Pro.

Cannot Import or Edit MOV Files in Sony Vegas Pro Smoothly

Why can't import or edit MOV files in Sony Vegas Pro smoothly?

Reason 1: Incompatible codecs Sony Vegas official website points out that not all QuickTime codecs are supported by default and that some codecs require third-party components.

Reason 2: Hardware configurations are too low to support 4K MOV footages, especially 4K MOV shot in high frame rate like 60FPS.

Reason 3: Media cache files in database.

Reason 4: MOV file is corrupted. You can check whether your MOV file can be recognized and played properly using other programs. If not, repair it using a professional video repair tool.

Though each potential reason might result in MOV not importing to Sony Vegas issue, the major culprit is that some required codec is missing so that the file format is not supported. Therefore, transcoding MOV codec/format is the most effective yet easiest solution recommended by us.

100% Working Solution to Fix "Can't Import MOV to Sony Vegas Pro" Error:

The Key: Convert MOV to Sony Vegas Pro Supported MP4, MPEG-4...

Analysis: Sony Vegas Pro supports MOV files, but MOV is a multimedia container format which contains various types of data encoded using one of several different codecs. A MOV file can use MPEG-4, MJPEG, H.264, HEVC, GoPro CineForm, or other video codec for compression. To import MOV files successfully, Sony Vegas Pro needs to be compatible with the specific codecs used in the MOV files. If not, you'll experience MOV importing error. Next, let me show you how to fix "can't import or edit MOV in Sony Vegas Pro smoothly" problem caused by incompatible codec.

Transcoding should be a very helpful method. To do this, you can adopt EaseFab Video Converter for help. It makes an easy work of converting MOV videos to Sony Vegas Pro supported MP4 H264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, etc. formats so as to fix MOV codec incompatibility or missing issues. As the video quality, don't worry too much. With the constantly updated conversion algorithm and the advanced High Quality Engine, it guarantees you the output MOV video with up to 98% quality reserved, wrinkles or freckles in image still clear enough to count.

Codec correction (or conversion) is just the tip of the iceberg that it can handle. In terms of the compute-intensive 4K MOV files, it's also a decent performer, letting you downscale 4K to 1080p, lower 60FPS to 30FPS, adjust bit rate, etc. to better suit your computer hardware configurations and to ensure a smooth MOV importing and latter editing.

Preparation: Free download EaseFab Video Converter to Convert MOV to Editing-Friendly Codec:

Tutorial: How to Decode MOV to Sony Vegas Pro Supported Codec/Format?

Step 1. Fire up this MOV to Sony Vegas converter after downloading and installation. Click "Add Video" button to load .mov files or just drag-and-drop inputs into this program.

Import MOV Video File(s)

Step 2. Click the Profile bar at the bottom, move mosue cursor to Common Video category to choose a format preset that Sony Vegas Pro can support, for example, MP4 (H264, AAC), AVI and MPEG2. And MP4 encoded H264 is recommended. Optionally, you can click the Settings icon to adjust frame rate, resolution, bit rate, and more.

Choose a Target Format for Converting

These days, most cameras may record in .mov format, which requires more processing power to edit, especially if you're working on a Windows computer, and its not the ideal format for streaming. One of the most versatile formats for editing and streaming is .mp4. Therefore, it's recommended to convert .mov video files to .mp4 for easier editing and for ideal streaming.-- From official site of Sony Vegas.

Step 3. Click the small Folder button in the Output bar to choose an output folder if necessary. Then, tap Convert button and it will begin fast video decoding, conversion and processing your MOV video at one go.

Once done, you can import the resulting file to Sony Vegas Pro for editing smoothly.

Possible Solution 2: Install QuickTime or Required Codec to Fix Can't Import MOV to Sony Vegas Error.

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QuickTime comes with many popular and general-purpose codecs, so installing QuickTime may be able to resolve import error caused by missing codec. After installing QuickTime, restart your Sony Vegas Pro and check if it can import MOV video files now.

Step 1: Download QuickTime on your PC. Note: QuickTime 7 for Windows is no longer supported by Apple.

Step 2: Install QuickTime:

● 1. You should read its License Agreement carefully, and scroll down to see the rest of the agreement.
● 2. You should choose the setup type between Typical and Custom that should be decided by whether you are a common user or advanced user.
● 3. Change the Destination Folder from Disk C to other disk to save space in C, and click Install.

Step 3: After finish installing QuickTime, you have to restart your Sony Vegas Pro.

Step 4: Check Whether it can import MOV video files.

● Important Notice: QuickTime has been officially discontinued on Windows, so there supposedly is a security risk. Windows 10 users may find it doesn't work. This is because Windows 10 does more security things than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 do.

If you can't install QuickTime or still can't import MOV to Sony Vegas Pro after installing QuickTime, you can download and install required codec from established sources to have a try. Before doing that, you'd better backup all your files because installing a new codec typically causes some video or audio files to become unreadable.

One more thing, Sony Vegas officially suggests not downloading codec pack software to avoid codec conflicts.

Possible Solution 3: Rename the File Extension to Fix MOV File Not Supported by Sony Vegas Error.

Maybe we don't have to make things so complex. To fix import errors "The file has no audio or video streams" and "32-bit QuickTime support ending", sometimes we just need to rename the file extension from .mov to .mp4, .m4v, .avi, .mpg, or other format.

This trick does get many users out of trouble. However, it isn't guaranteed to work. Some people still can't load files to Sony Vegas Pro successfully.

Final Words:

Broadly speaking, the major cause that Sony Vegas Pro fails to import MOV files or can't edit MOV files smoothly is that some required codec is missing and the file format is not supported. Thus, transcoding MOV codec or format is the most practical yet effective approach recommended by us.