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Old June 9th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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MPG file is red in timeline and preview is blank

I just purchased a MPG video from the link below. When I drop it into the Vegas 8.0c timeline it appears red and the preview window shows nothing. There is also a blue line above the timeline for the duration of the clip. I can play the clips fine in WMP WMM. When I convert it to MOV and then bring it in it is ok. I thought Vegas supported the MPG format? Does anyone know what is happening?

Stock Footage of Cloudless earth on a white background. Seamlessly loops.

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Old June 9th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #2
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The blue line is normal. If you do a manual ripple, that's how far things will ripple.

The red typically indicates a problem reading the file. Getting a black preview would seem to confirm that. You might try running it through a program like mpeg2repair or use some other program to convert it to a format that Vegas likes better.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 07:35 PM   #3
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this is one reason why you may find people less likely to purchase stock footage if it is only available as a MPEG. THe other reason is MPEG is a lossy compressed version of the MJPEG/MOV format. Since most people will be taking their footage and further compressing it, using footage that starts out heavily compressed is less desirable from a quality point of view.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #4
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My recent experience with red clips is that the files were too large. I fixed one red clip problem by increasing the "Dynamic Ram Preview" in the preferences menu / video tab. This apparently allocates more RAM for use in Vegas.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #5
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The file is just under 6MB and the only one on the timeline.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 02:26 PM   #6
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As it turned out, the file was an MPEG-1, not MPEG-2. I guess Vegas doesn't support the MPEG-1 format?

I got the provider to send me the file in MOV format at no extra charge, which of course worked.
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