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Vegas Pro is a video editing software package for non-linear editing (NLE) originally published by Sonic Foundry, then by Sony Creative Software, and now by Magix. The software runs on the Windows operating system.
Originally developed as audio editing software, it eventually developed into an NLE for video and audio from version 2.0. Vegas features real-time multitrack video and audio editing on unlimited tracks, resolution-independent video sequencing, complex effects and compositing tools, 24-bit/192 KHz audio support, VST and DirectX plug-in effect support, and Dolby Digital surround sound mixing. On 24 May 2016, Sony announced that it had sold Vegas (and most of its "Creative Software" line) to MAGIX, who would continue supporting and developing the software.
VEGAS does not require any specialized hardware to run properly, allowing it to operate on almost any standard Windows computer across a broad range of hardware.
In areas of compositing and motion graphics, Vegas provides a broad tool set including 3D track motion compositing with control over z-depth, and spatial arrangement of visual planes including plane intersection.
Much of the visual effects processing in Vegas follows an audio-like paradigm. Effects can be applied at any stage of the visual signal flow — event level, track level and output level effects, much like reverb, delay and flange audio effects are applied in a digital audio system, like Pro Tools, Cubase or Sonar. Master output effects can also be controlled and manipulated over time by the use of Master Bus track automation envelopes.
One major omission of Vegas is that, although it started life as an Audio Multitrack NLE, it has no MIDI capability at all (apart from control-desk and synchronisation). This restricts its use for Audio production, focusing the product on the post-production, Video NLE market only.
VEGAS features integration with 24p DV. It is also one of the few NLEs which can convert other formats to 24p (or any format to any other format) without any kind of a plugin or third-party application support and is the only proprietary NLE that allows multiple instances of the application to be opened simultaneously. Clips and sequences can be copied and pasted between instances of Vegas. One instance can be rendering a sequence in the background while the user continues to edit in a different instance of Vegas in the foreground. VEGAS provides sophisticated compositing including green screen, masking, and keyframe animation. Nesting allows a prior project to be included in another project modularizing the editing process so that an array of tracks and edits become one track for further editing. Any changes to the previous project become reflected in the later project. Nesting is especially helpful in large, complex or special effects projects as the final rendering suffers no generation loss.
Unlike other editors, MAGIX VEGAS Pro supports scripting technology which provides task automation, simplified workflow, and greater efficiency and productivity. Free and paid pre-written scripts are available from the VEGAS community on the web.
Each release of Vegas is sold standalone, however upgrade discounts are sometimes provided.
Sonic Foundry introduced a sneak preview version of Vegas Pro on 11 June 1999. It is called a "Multitrack Media Editing System".
Released on 23 July 1999 at the NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee, Vegas was an audio-only tool with a particular focus on rescaling and resampling audio. It boasted support for popular formats like DivX and Real Networks RealSystem G2 file formats.
Vegas Video beta (Vegas 2.0 beta)
Released on 10 April 2000, this was the first version of Vegas to include video-editing tools.
Vegas Video (Vegas 2.0)
Released on 12 June 2000.
Vegas Video LE 3.0
Vegas Video 3.0
Released on 3 December 2001.
This release offered:
- New Video Effects - Lens Flare, Light Rays, Film FX, Color Curves, Mirror, Remap, Deform, Convolution, Linear Blur, Black Restore, Levels, Unsharp Mask, Color Grad, and Timecode Burn filter.
- Batch Capture with Automatic Scene Detection - Capture DV with automatic scene detection, batch capture, tape logging, still image capture and thumbnail previews.
- Red Book Audio CD Mastering with CD Architect(TM) Technology - Burn professional-quality Red Book audio CD masters directly from the Vegas timeline, with ISRC, UPC, and PQ list support.
- New Sonic Foundry DV Codec - This high-quality DV codec developed by Sonic Foundry offers pristine colors, sharp images, artifact-free compositing, and DV chromakeying.
- DV Print-To-Tape From The Timeline - Print finished projects, with bars and tone, to DV cameras and decks from the Vegas timeline.
- Windows Media(TM) File Editing - Create and edit Windows Media(TM) files in Vegas Video 3.0.
- New MPEG Encoding Tools - The new MPEG plug-in in Vegas Video produces superior MPEG-2 files for DVD productions, with significantly faster render times.
- Dynamic RAM Previewing - Temporary RAM/render-free previews allow quick analysis and tweaking of complex video FX without time consuming rendering.
- VideoCD and Data CD Burning - Burn your project directly to VideoCD for playback on most DVD players, or data CD for playback on your computer's CD-ROM.
Released on 6 February 2003. This release included:
- Advanced Color Correction Tools
- Searchable Media Pool Bins
- Vectorscope, Histogram, Parade and Waveform Monitoring
- Application Scripting
- Improved Ripple Editing
- Motion Blur and Supersampling Envelopes
- 5.1 Surround Mixing
- Dolby® Digital AC-3 Encoding certified and tested by Dolby Laboratories
- DirectX® Audio Plug-In Effects Automation
- ASIO Driver Support
- Windows Media™ 9 Support, including Surround Encoding
- DVD Authoring with AC-3 File Import Capabilities
- Integration with DVD Architect Via Chapter Marker Passing
Released in April 2003; added HD editing and 24p support.
Released in November 2003; This is the first release of Vegas under the ownership of Sony; Sonic Foundry had sold Vegas alongside Sound Forge and other programs to Sony Pictures Digital for US$18 Million that same year.
Released in April 2004.
Released on 18 April 2005.
Released in September 2006. Version 7 is the final Vegas release to include Windows 2000 support.
Vegas Pro 8.0
Released on 10 September 2007.
The first Sony Vegas version to go with the "Sony Vegas Pro" branding instead of the regular "Sony Vegas" branding. It also moved the timeline to the bottom by default, but the user can still move it back to the top.
Vegas Pro 8.1
Vegas Pro 8.1 is the first version of Vegas Pro to be ported to 64-bit systems.
Vegas Pro 9.0
On 11 May 2009, Sony Creative Software released Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 with greater support for digital cinema including:
- Support for 4K resolution
- Native support for pro camcorder formats such as Red and XDCAM EX
The latest release of Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 is Vegas Pro 9.0e (Released on 13 May 2010), which includes features such as new white balance video FX.
In 2009, Sony Creative Software purchased the Velvetmatter Radiance suite of video FX plug-ins and these are included in Vegas 9. As a result, they are no longer available as a separate product from Velvetmatter.
Vegas Pro 10
Sony Vegas Pro 10, released on 11 October 2010, introduced many new features such as:
- Stereoscopic 3D Editing
- Comprehensive Closed Captioning
- Elastique Pitch Method
- Support for OpenFX plugins
Version 10 is the final Vegas Pro release to include Windows XP support.
Vegas Pro 11
Sony announced Vegas Pro 11 on 9 September 2011, and it was released on 17 October 2011. Updated features include GPGPU acceleration of video decoding, effects, playback, compositing, pan/crop, transitions, and motion. Other improvements were to include enhanced text tools, enhanced stereoscopic/3D features, RAW photo support, and new event synchronization mechanisms. In addition, Vegas Pro 11 comes pre-loaded with "NewBlue" Titler Pro, a 2D and 3D titling plug-in.
Vegas Pro 12
Sony released Vegas Pro 12 on 9 November 2012. Updated features include enhanced 4K support, more visual effects, and faster encoding performance. Vegas Pro 12 is dedicated to 64-bit versions of Windows.
Vegas Pro 13
Sony released Vegas Pro 13 on 11 April 2014. It brings new collaboration tools and streamlined workflows to professional content producers faced with a wide variety of multimedia production tasks. This is the final Vegas Pro release under Sony's ownership. The last Sony Vegas Pro 13 build was #453. MAGIX released a rebranded version build #545.
Available in three new configurations:
- Vegas Pro 13 Edit: Video and Audio Production
- Vegas Pro 13: Video, Audio, and Blu-ray Disc Creation
- Vegas Pro 13 Suite: Editing, Disc Authoring, and Visual Effects
Vegas Pro 14
MAGIX released Vegas Pro 14 on 20 September 2016. This is the first release of Vegas Pro under the ownership of MAGIX. It features advanced 4K upscaling as well as various bug fixes, a higher video velocity limit, RED camera support and various other features, this was the last version of Vegas Pro to have the light theme set by default.
Vegas Pro 15
Released on 28 August 2017, Vegas Pro 15 features major UI changes which claimed to bring usability improvements and customization. It was the first version of VEGAS Pro to have a dark theme, it also allows more efficient editing speeds, including adding new shortcuts to speed up editing. Vegas Pro 15 includes support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and other technologies, as well as various other features. it introduced the VEGAS Pro icon to be a V.
Vegas Pro 16
Released on 27 August 2018, Vegas Pro 16 has some new features including file backup, motion tracking, improved video stabilization, 360° editing and HDR support.
Vegas Pro 17
Released on 5 August 2019. It contains these new features:
- Nested timelines
- Improved video stabilization
- Planar motion tracking/video tracking
- Smart Split Edit
- Dynamic storyboard and timeline interaction
- Bézier masking OFX-Plugin
- Lens correction plug
- Improved Picture-In-Picture OFX plug-in
- Automatic slideshow creator
- Screen capture
- Improved multicamera editing
- Improved color grading
- Length show
- Experimental MKV reader
Vegas Pro 18
Released on 3 August 2020. New Features:
- Motion Tracker Panel
- Improved Video FX, Transitions and Media Generator windows
- 8-Bit (full range) pixel format
- Black Bar Fill plug-in
- Denoiser plug-in
- Flicker Control plug-in
- Style Transfer plug-in
- Integrated graphics card driver update check
- The Lens Correction FX has got an additional zooming factor
- Export and Import of VEGAS Pro preferences
- Reworked screen capture utility VEGAS Capture
- Incremental Save
- A more detailed render progress dialog
- Swap video files
- New Video Scopes options
- VEGAS Prepare
- VEGAS Hub explorer window
- Alternate High DPI mode
- Logarithmic Exposure adjustment
- Some more legacy features were hidden by default, use Preferences > Deprecated Features
- Event edge handles
Vegas Pro 19
Released on 18 August 2021. New features:
- Improved user interface
- Improved color grading
- Improved effects
- New cloud-integrated content management and acquisition.
- Live streaming
Major broadcasters have utilized the software, including Nightline with Ted Koppel. Several film festival winners have used Vegas to cut their features. It is also often used by many small to medium Internet content creators due to its ease of use, popularity, and the availability of tutorials on the software.
The consumer level Vegas Movie Studio version (formerly titled VideoFactory and Screenblast) shares the same interface and underlying code base as the professional Vegas version, but does not include professional features such as advanced compositing tools, or advanced DVD/Blu-ray Disc authoring. In previous releases, the video editing portion of the professional suite could be purchased separately from Sony's DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring software, DVD Architect Pro (previously called DVD Architect; DVD Architect Studio is the consumer version), then a package called 'Vegas + DVD' became available while Vegas 7 was out. Since the release of Vegas Pro 8.0, both DVD Architect Studio Pro 4.5, Vegas Pro 8.0, as well as Boris FX LTD and Magic Bullet Movie Looks HD are all bundled together and may not be purchased individually. Catalyst Production Suite is a new lineup of video preparation and editing software released by Sony Creative Software.
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