Originally Posted by azminisk8r
just got sony vegas 7 and for some reason the preview window only comes up black when i play a video, but it plays the audio and shows the graph for it. ***!!!??!?!!111111111111111 lol. help
Most likely a codec issue.
When I shoot vid with my Canon still shot camera, I get the same problem in Vegas (it uses the MJPEG codec).
DV quality video shot with my Sony DVCam shows up fine in Vegas though ... so I think your problem is simply a codec issue.
Couple of different solutions:
Solution 1: (easiest) - shoot with a different device, or identify the exact codec that the video which your trying to use in the Vegas timeline is encoded in and make sure your system supports it.
Solution 2: download the windows media encoder
; use it to convert your source file to the highest quality .WMV (windows media video format) you can and *then* try to load this to the Sony Vegas timeline. This is what I do when I absolutely *must* use my Canon still shot to capture random video footage (usually when my DVCam batteries are dead).
Solution 2 works every time for me ... though it's a bit longer of a process ...