However, I have a solution:
General notes about this method.
This method is much less painful and once you get familiar with it, you wont ever want to convert to huffy again
It saves time (once you get used to this, it takes less than 10 min per video) and also saves disc space (it should be smaller than the original file!!!)
However, I don't know if builds for these programs exists for the MAC OS, something like Avidemux should do the trick though
Some general knowledge - Stuff you don't actually have to read xD
90% of the time most import problems are caused not by the file extension (.avi .mkv. .mp4 .mov etc) these file extensions are the 'containers for the video and the codec used to compress them
What is the problem then, if it isn't the container most of the time?
If it isn't the containers fault, it can only be the codec's fault! - that is why some .avi files will seem to work, while others don't - a majority of these problems can be fixed by either updating the codec/decompressor
(however, even if you have the relevant decompressor/codec sometimes the editing suite can just be incompatible with a certain codec or file extension - That being said, regardless of the codec used to compress it, as a general rule .mkv (mastroska files) don't really work well with editing suites, Sony Vegas in particular
Okay then how do you get .mkv (Matroska files) to import and be editable in Sony Vegas?
Before that you need to know a little bit about the MKV (Matroska) files
Do you remember what I said about 'containers' before? They just are there to bundle the sound and video (and text, if applicable) streams together
Hardsubbing in fansubbing refers to when the text/subtitle stream has been physically pressed/flattened 'hardcoded' on the video stream, so physically the added text/subtitles are now apart of that stream and cannot be easily removed
This is usually the case in .avi containers
Softsubbing is when all three layers are still separate streams, are played at the same time, which each can be turned off when desired
This this usually the case with .mkv and sometimes .mp4 containers
What does softsubbing mean for you?
Something very amazing, it means you can actually extract those streams from the container and effectively create a RAW file for you to edit with
PLEASE DON'T BOTHER CLICKING THIS, IT'S ALL OUTDATED AND A LITTLE CONVULTED!!!!
Here are the steps to make the .mkv file playable in a program like Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Express and etc
1. Get a MKV file. (that's the easy part!)
2. Demux the file
(Demuxing is the splitting and extracting of the tracks that make of the video file, they include: The video stream, the audio stream(s) and subtitles, chapters and whatnot.)
Here is a guide for extracting (demuxing) an .mkv container
http://www.dvd-guides.com/content/view/157/59/ - this should also include links to the programs and whatnot needed to do so
DON'T DOWNLOAD THE FILES FROM THAT GUIDE, THEY ARE OLD AND BUGGY, DOWNLOAD FROM HERE:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/mkvtoolnix- This is the latest version of MKVtoolnix, Place the contents of mkvextract into this main directory
MKVextract is here: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MKVExtractGUI
-Note, remember to keep MKVextract in the same directory as everything else, as shown in my picture
3. You should now have just the RAW .h264 video stream and audio streams as separate files. (meaning a video with no sound and an audio file, and an .ass subtitle file. If you decide to extract everything) So if you want to use audio from the file in your video, either import it separately into your editing suite, or encode it with the video file with something like virtualdubmod
You also have your original file unaltered and unharmed meaning if something happens later, you still have the original file
4. You need to put that h264 video stream into an AVI container so that Sony Vegas and the likes will accept the file and let you edit it.
Tthis is the program you need to put the h264 stream into an AVI container http://www.videohelp.com/tools/avc2avi
(This is my little guide)
Notes and things to remember
- Just remember to select 'all files' and pick the extracted stream, not the original. Otherwise the program will just crash
- Also remember to pick your footage's framerate - It's very important to get this part right because if you don't your clips bit become faster or slower depending on what they originally were, can cause blending and syncing issues later on.
For most downloaded video framerate is usually 23.976
- The black command prompt screen is meant to be blank, don't panic!
It's doing its job - if it doesn't crash within 20 seconds ( an actual crash message) it means you have done it right and you now just have to leave your computer alone for a bit. You'll get a confirmation message when it's finished. (A blank screen means it is working, and should be left alone)
Now apparently, Sony Vegas doesn't really like .avi/xvid container when you import them as the lack of single intra frames (due to the way Xvid compresses files) eventually screws up your videos on the timeline. If at all possible convert them to MJEPG or something lossless.
If ever you're having problems with Vegas (or other video editing suites) and footage, consider it is not the fault of the suite, but a problem with how your footage was encoded. Also Converting your footage to MJEG (while filesize is extremely bloated) it is faster and smoother to work with... but that isn't the point of this guide.
Oh also, as a general rule.
Resampling is something that shouldn't really be turned on unless your playing around with the velocity (speed of the clip) and only then it should be enabled for that specific clip (so turn it off)
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS INSTEAD!
EDIT: Alright guys, it's about time I updated this little guide since I've found more effective ways to do things
Here we go
1. Download MKVtoolnix - http://www.videohelp.com/tools/mkvtoolnix - and MKVcleaver - http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MKVcleaver-
Install MKVtoolnix and extract MKV cleaver
It's a very simple layout and everything is pretty self explanitory
1. Import your desired mkv footage
2. Select your output directory
3. Locate the mkvtoolnix folder
4. Check off (on the right) what streams you want demuxed
5. Check off convert H.264 to avi
6. Click the extract tracks button
NB. The program doesn't pormt you that your files have finished extracting/converting. Check the bar at the bottom left of the screen - or simply wait for the 'extract tracks' button to turn grey and unclickable
You need to locate your mkvtoolnix folder before you can choose to demux the video file. - You might need FFDshow or similar to startup/and/or convert to AVI Though it is pretty much commonplace nowday.
Uhh since you made it this far here is a picture of the final product and my current Background wallpaper
If you found this helpful, that's awesome. If you're having any sort of trouble, please reply here and I'll help you out as best as possible.
Also, if you want I'll make another guide on how to export videos from Vegas as H.264/x64 MKV/MP4 files. Where the file quality is practically lossless and filesize is significantly smaller than a wmv, mov or xvid/avi file.