Sony Vegas AVI: Import AVI to Sony Vegas 19/18/16/15 in Windows 11/10


As a Windows based audio video editing program, it stands to reason that Sony Vegas should import, open and play AVI (a common video format under Windows) . However, various issues occur when importing AVI in Sony Vegas 19/18/16/15/14/13/12/11 in Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP.

Known problems when Sony Vegas dealing with AVI files

  • When importing AVI to Sony Vegas, popup message says missing codec error.
  • No video in Sony Vegas when importing an .avi, only audio.
  • Sony Vegas no video when importing an .avi file (ONLY sound). Installing every possible codec still could not solve the problems.
  • Importing AVI files into Sony Vegas I could only see the audio. After installing Divx and Xvid codec, AVI problem solves temporarily. Then Xvid codec won’t work and there is no video for AVI files in Sony Vegas.
  • Sony Vegas has problems of importing AVI recording from DXG-5F9VK HD 1080p 3D Camcorder.

Why Sony Vegas Can’t Import AVI files?

Audio Video Interleaved (also Audio Video Interleave), known by its initials AVI, is a multimedia container format that stores video data that may be encoded in a variety of video codecs including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A) SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1/WMV, RealVideo/Theora, Microsoft MPEG-4 V2, VP8, and audio codecs including MP3, WMA, RealAudio, AAC, AC-3, DTS, PCM, LPCM. Normally, Vegas has absolutely no problem with AVI files as long as there’s an underlying codec installed. However, if there is no corresponding video or audio codec installed on your computer, you will fail to import or play AVI to Sony Vegas.

How to Fix Sony Vegas Won’t Import AVI files

To fix the headache “Sony Vegas Won’t Import AVI files” issue, one method is to download and install the missing codecs on your computer, the other method is to convert AVI files to Sony Vegas supported video MP4, WMV, AVI, DV, MPEG-2.

Method 1: Install missing codecs

Installing missing codecs in fact is installing AVI Codec Pack, DivX H.264 Decoder and FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder. This method installs several kinds of codecs which may brings unknown issues for your computer.

If Sony Vegas still cannot import AVI files after you install AVI Codec Pack or you have some concerns installing codecs, you can refer to Method 2 to successfully import AVI to Sony Vegas.

Method 2: Convert AVI to Sony Vegas supported video WMV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, DV

By converting the unsupported AVI to Sony Vegas supported video WMV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2 or DV, you can easily import AVI to Sony Vegas for editing.

Make Preparation: Download and install Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate

Free download the professional AVI to Sony Vegas Converter – Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate. and run it.

Step 1 Add AVI files

Click “Add File” button to add AVI files to Aiseesoft AVI to Sony Vegas Converter. Or you can also drag and drop your MP4 files directly to the main interface of this powerful AVI to Sony Vegas Converter.

Convert to solve Sony Vegas AVI problems

Step 2 Set Sony Vegas supported video format

Click the “Profile” drop-down arrow to open the profile list, and find the category of “Adobe Prepiere/Sony Vegas”. The you can set Sony Vegas compatible video “WMV(VC-1) Video(*.wmv)” or MPEG-2 Video(*.mpg)” or “MOV(AVC) Video(*.mov)”

Set Sony Vegas supported video

To import high definition AVI video like 1080p, 720p to Sony Vega, select WMV HD, AVI HD, or MPEG-4 HD from “HD Video” Category.

Step 3 Convert AVI to Sony Vegas supported video format

Click “Convert” button to start and finish converting AVI to Sony Vegas supported video MP4, WMV, AVI, DV, MPEG-2.

Step 4 Import to play AVI in Sony Vegas

When the conversion is finished, simply click “Open Folder” to get the converted AVI videos, and then drag them to the timeline of Sony Vegas Pro. It’s that easy to solve “Sony Vegas won’t play AVI” issue as well as “Sony Vegas AVI no video” issue.

12 comments on “Sony Vegas AVI: Import AVI to Sony Vegas 19/18/16/15 in Windows 11/10

  1. Amélie says:

    Thank you so much !!! It’s working !!!

  2. Orkun says:

    “If installing AVI Codec Pack Pro can’t solve your problem, you will need to download DivX H.264 Decoder and FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder.”
    This part helped

  3. KeitaFire says:


  4. Rocky Chavez says:

    This helped out immensely be sure to be aware of any extra adware tho these free programs like to come packaged with extra toolbars you do not need be sure to read.

  5. Amy says:

    Thank you much for the help.
    An angel. Really. Thank you.
    I can’t express in words how happy this made me.
    You’re really kind and generous to share this with us.
    Thank you again.

  6. Jacky says:

    Thank you very very much ^_^

  7. Passion says:

    Thank you

  8. Michal says:

    Method 2 worked 😛

  9. Abbas says:

    Thank you very much it helped me! I am so grateful to U!

  10. kuyeba says:

    Only method 2 works for me

  11. hien says:

    Thank you very much

  12. Roger says:

    Thanks – it worked for me – but a big BOOO to Sony for making me have to do this….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *