Looking to get the best video quality possible with the new YouTube widescreen player? How about encoding settings that will make your videos look phenomenal in High Definition? This tutorial will show you how to use Sony Vegas and the Divx codec to optimize your video encoding settings and make them totally rock!

If you’re the type that doesn’t like reading, feel free to watch the full tutorial video below. Or, if you’re more into reading with big pictures that make things really simple, you can read the full article here.

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You will need two things for this tutorial:

Sony Vegas Video Editing Software (Link to Sony’s site with Free Trial)

The Divx Media Codec (Link to the official Divx site with Free Download Link)

Download and install both Sony Vegas as well as the Divx Codec.

Start Sony Vegas and click:


This will open the New Project Window.


Template:  HDV 720-30p (1280×720, 29.970 fps)

Field Order: None (Progressive Scan)

Full-Resolution Rendering Quality: Best

Motion Blur Type: Gaussian

Deinterlace Method: None

Import your video files and edit them as necessary.

When finished editing click:

File>Render As…

This will open the Render As Window:


File Name: (Enter Your File Name)

Save As Type:  Video For Windows (*.avi)

Template: HDV 720-30p intermediate

Click the button labeled “Custom”

This will open the Custom Template – Video For Windows Window

Select the “Project” Tab


Video Rendering Quality: Best

Select the “Video” Tab


Frame Size: HDV 720 (1,280×720)

Frame Rate: 29.970 (NTSC)

Field Order: None (Progressive Scan)

Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0000

Video Format: Divx 6.8.5 Codec (1 Logical CPU)

Click the button labeled “Configure” next to the Video Format box.

This will open the Divx Codec Properties Box

Ensure the “Main” tab is selected.


Certification Profile: 720HD Profile (Make sure this is selected!  If it isn’t the video will not render.)

Encoding Presets: Slide the selection bar over until the number reads “8”.

Rate Control: 1-Pass

Bitrate: 3000 kbps

Click the “Ok” button.

Select the “Audio” Tab


Audio Format: Mpeg Layer-3

Attributes: 56 kBit/s 24,000 Hz, Stereo

Click the text next to the “Template” box at the top of the window.

Rename the Template “Youtube HQ” or something else that you will remember.

Click the “Save” button to the right of the text box.

Click “Ok” at the bottom of the window.

Click “Save” to render your video.

Upload your video to Youtube and enjoy your new Widescreen High Definition Masterpiece!

Note: If you would like to be able to view your video in High Definition on youtube, you can do so by adding “&fmt=22” to the end of your video urls.

So, instead of your video url being:


It would be: