Vegas Movie Studio
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|Original author(s)||Sonic Foundry|
|Developer(s)||VEGAS Creative Software|
16.0 / February 2019
|Operating system||Windows 7 or later|
Mac OS X
10.11 El Capitan or later
Vegas Movie Studio (previously Sony Vegas Movie Studio) is a consumer-based nonlinear video editing software designed for the PC. It is a scaled-down version of Vegas Pro. Movie Studio was formerly called "Sonic Foundry VideoFactory" and then "Sony Screenblast Movie Studio,". As of version 13, Vegas Movie Studio is now part of Magix GmbH after Sony had officially announced it had sold most of its creative software suite to the German-based company.  On February 14, 2017, Magix announced a brand new version of Vegas Movie Studio, Vegas Movie Studio 14.0, which is the first stable release of Vegas Movie Studio since 2014 and Magix's first stable release since its acquisition from Sony.
Unlike its professional counterpart, Movie Studio can only edit with ten video tracks and ten audio tracks (originally it was set with two video tracks, a title overlay track and three audio tracks). The Platinum Edition of Sony Movie Studio, furthermore, can edit with 20 video and 20 audio tracks. It can edit in multiple as well as standard 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, and it's one of the very few consumer editors that can also edit 24p video (after a manual frame rate setup). It also does not have the same advanced compositing tools as Vegas does, and does not have project nesting or masking.
The Platinum Edition of Movie Studio has powerful color correction tools similar to the version on Vegas Pro, including a three-wheel color corrector. It also adds HDV and AVCHD-editing capabilities, but does not support SD or HD-SDI formats.
Like Vegas Pro, the Movie Studio versions can also perform DV batch capture, a feature usually found only in high-end video editors. Version 6 also added the ability to capture from Sony Handycam DVD camcorders. However, it cannot capture analog video without the use of a FireWire video converter.
Movie Studio features significantly more effects and transitions than the full version of Vegas does. However, if the user upgrades to the full version of Vegas, then the user still gets to keep those same effects.
Movie Studio supports a wide variety of file formats and codecs and can use "Video for Windows" codecs to support even more.
Movie Studio has 13 different audio effects, and the Platinum version adds more, in addition to 5.1 Surround sound mixing and editing. The software is also compatible with Sony's ACID Music Studio software, and an even more cut-down version called ACID Xpress ships with the 1001 Sound Effects CD included.
With version 7, Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition added the ability to export to iPod and Sony PSP, a feature that was originally only available in the full version of Vegas and is becoming increasingly common in consumer-level video editors. Both versions also ship with a cut-down version of Sony's DVD Architect software, called DVD Architect Studio, replacing the Sonic MyDVD program bundled with the software when it was titled as Screenblast Movie Studio.
Sony added "Show Me How" tutorials for users new to the software or digital video editing. Both versions also ship with Sony's 1001 Sound Effects CD (in contrast to Vegas's Limited Edition Sony Pictures Sound Effects CD), which also includes ACID XPress, an even more scaled-down version of their ACID music creation software. Similarly, the product also ships with sample video clips and music loops to enhance the users' home video projects.
Version 9 also added direct upload to YouTube, an increasingly common feature in many consumer-oriented editing programs.
Version 10 added GPU rendering, and allowed movie studio users to benefit from Sony Vegas Pro 9's improved audio stretching and pitch shifting capabilities. It also allowed for a maximum of 20 Tracks (10 video, 10 audio).
As of Version 13, Movie Studio Platinum allows for up to 20 video tracks and 20 audio tracks. It can also edit and render projects in 4K video. Version 13 drops "Vegas" from the name of the program, reserving it exclusively for the professional edition, but Magix restored the "Vegas" in the name in version 14 after the acquisition.
- Ellis, Cat (28 February 2018). "Vegas Movie Studio 15 is here, with a cleaner interface and faster encoding". TechRadar. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
- Comparison of Vegas products at SonyCreative's Official Site