Vegas 5 software is an all-in-one professional solution for editing video and audio on the PC platform. It is perfect for A/V production, multitrack recording, compositing, titling, scoring and finishing in nearly any format -- from NTSC and PAL to RealVideo, Apple QuickTime, and Windows Media file formats. With a reputation for pristine broadcast video and high-fidelity audio output, Vegas 5 software provides an integrated solution for scalable DV production, sound editing, mixing, surround sound production, and more.
Apply high-quality 2D and 3D transitions, filters, credit rolls and text animations; create sophisticated 3D composites, keyframe track motion and pan/crop and create Bezier masks, all with unlimited tracks and unsurpassed flexibility. Vegas 5 software provides real-time playback of effects, transitions, and advanced compositing from the timeline without rendering. Apply advanced color correction and perform scene matching, precisely view video levels using video scopes including Waveform, Vectorscope, Parade, and Histogram monitors. Vegas 5 software can take advantage of dual processors for DV rendering, and also supports HD and HDV editing and rendering along with native support for 24p DV.
Multitrack video editing on unlimited tracks -- There is no limit to the number of video and audio tracks you can use in a Vegas project -- nothing to impede your creativity or stop you from reaching your fullest potential.
Powerful color correction and matching tools -- Use 3-wheel primary and comprehensive secondary color correction filters to adjust differences in video from different camera setups or lighting situations; enhance dull, washed out footage; or make specific color ranges stand out. All edits can instantly be analyzed on four scopes: Vectorscope, Waveform, Parade and Histogram. Changes are immediately viewable on an external monitor via i.LINK connector*/IEEE-1394 devices.
Vectorscope, Waveform, Histogram, and Parade video scopes -- Accurately measure the color, black and whites of video, and locate illegal chroma and luma levels so you can fix them prior to output. View levels in real-time as they play back in the preview window or on an external monitor.
Professional video effects -- Choose from over 190 customizable video effects including: lens flares, light rays, film effects, chroma key, timecode overlays, color gradients, media generators, credit rolls, text effects and more. Quickly recall frequently used effects chains with new configurable packages.
Customizable video transitions -- Use over 175 2D and 3D real-time transitions, including barndoor, clock wipe, dissolves, iris, linear wipes, page peels, venetian blinds, zooms, 3D fly in/out, 3D shuffle and more. All transitions are customizable and can be keyframed to change over the length of each fade or overlap.
Transition progress envelopes (new in version 5) -- Transition progress envelopes in Vegas 5 software provide full keyframeable control over all transition attributes across the length of an event overlap. Create customizable fades or reverse, hold and repeat individual transitions. Precise customization of transitions in Vegas 5 software provides new levels of creative flexibility.
3D track motion (new in version 5) -- Create 3D motion effects with precise control over Z-depth, plane intersection, compositing and more. The Vegas 5 track grouping model allows multiple tracks to move and rotate in 3D space. 3D motion occurs in real-time and is instantly previewable via i.LINK connector/IEEE-1394 hardware to external monitor.
Enhanced Video Compositing (new in version 5) -- The Vegas 5 compositing model offers greater flexibility with multi-level composite group nesting, separate peer and parent motion settings, pre- and post-composite track effects and improved composite hierarchy management.
Keyframable Bezier masks (new in version 5) -- Produce keyframeable Bezier masks for complicated objects. Bezier curves let you closely track object outlines to mask and keyframe shape and motion changes over time. Create depth-of-field effects, apply color correction to specific areas of a clip, crop surrounding source material and create mask overlays. Multiple animated free-form shapes can be created in a single window, with mask invert control for each object. Feather and blend hard edges, set opacity levels for each layer, and zoom the workspace to the sub-pixel level for extremely accurate Bezier mask creation.
Credit rolls and text animation -- With Vegas 5 software you can insert customizable text, create scrolling credits (titling), and produce 2D and 3D text animations.
Subtitle time/text export to DVD Architect software (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software makes subtitle creation for DVD Architect software easy. Create named regions in Vegas software, export the list as a text file using the provided script, then import the file into DVD Architect software to auto-generate frame-accurate subtitles. Translated files can also be used as alternate language subtitles in a DVD Architect project.
Resolution independent -- Vegas software supports any aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9, etc.). Edit on 23.976, native 24, 25, 29.97 or 30 fps timelines. Use video in different sizes and frame-rates all on the same project or on the same track -- no conversion is necessary. Render Vegas projects out to just about any resolution.
Support for multiple file formats and frame rates -- Use multiple file formats and frame rates in the same project or on the same track, and crossfade them on the same track roll -- all without conversion or rendering.
Improved MPEG-2 support (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software features improved, high-quality MPEG-2 encoding for DVD, broadcast and other delivery targets. Enhancements from the previous version include 2-pass variable bit rate encoding, 4:2:2 High profile/Main level, and Transport stream support.
Flash .SWF format import (new in version 5) -- Import Flash/.swf files** directly into Vegas 5. The vector-based .SWF files can be scaled to any project size without loss of resolution. Create complex text animations and other effects for projects using any editing tool that supports .swf export.
24p DV support -- With native support for 24p, Vegas 5 software allows you to capture, edit, and render 24p DV. Export 24p MPEG-2 for use in DVD Architect, or create 24p files for conversion to film.
**ActionScripting, motion video and audio not supported.
Vegas 5 software includes a powerful set of audio tools for the most demanding productions. Mix audio in a multitrack environment on an unlimited number of tracks. Use on-the-fly punch-in recording, real-time record meters, 32 assignable effects, 26 master and aux outputs; perform automatic crossfades and take advantage of hands-on mixing using external control surfaces and envelope automation recording. No other NLE provides as robust an audio feature set as Vegas software.
24-bit/192 kHz audio support -- Vegas 5 software supports full resolution 24-bit/32-bit 192 kHz files for the ultimate in audio fidelity. Import, save, and even record to this resolution if your hardware supports it.
Extensive audio effects -- Apply over 30 customizable, real-time audio effects. Automate delays, reverbs, EQs and more with envelope control for each parameter. Use over ten automated effects such as track EQ, reverb, chorus, delay, noise gate, and flange/wah/phase. New 5.1 DirectX effects for the master bus include EQ, Dither, and Wave Hammer Surround compression tools.
5.1 surround mixing -- Vegas software provides extensive tools for the creation of 5.1 surround mixes*. Keyframeable surround panning for tracks and busses lets you mix the most demanding DVD soundtracks without leaving the Vegas environment. Apply 5.1-channel audio effects to the master bus for enhanced control over DVD mixes. Export projects as discrete tracks for post-encoding, or encode directly to Dolby Digital surround with the Sony Pictures Digital Dolby-certified AC-3 encoder*.
On-the-fly punch-in recording (new in version 5) -- The Vegas 5 recording model allows for on-the-fly punch-in recording on armed tracks while playing back your Vegas project. Record and maintain multiple takes of audio into an empty track, a time selection, an event, or a combination of time and events.
Auto-input record monitoring (new in version 5) -- Perform tape style auto-input record monitoring with event ASR parameters applied to the incoming signal. Monitor input signal when playback is both stopped and during recording.
Enhanced audio time stretching (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software includes 19 new user-definable timestretch modes that let you choose the resampling method that best fits your audio material. Select: change pitch, change length; change length, preserve pitch; or change pitch and preserve length, by semitones or cents.
Acid loop properties support (new in version 5) -- Use Acid loops in your Vegas project to perform easy video scoring and audio mixing. Acid loops, or any audio event that has had Acid metadata assigned to it, will auto-stretch to the existing project tempo.
Keyboard event pitch shifting (new in version 5) -- Pitch change Acid loops, or any audio event that has had Acid metadata assigned to it, via keyboard commands and modify your audio mix in real-time. Pitch, tempo and stretch amount information is displayed in timeline events.
ASIO driver support -- In addition to supporting Microsoft Mapper, Windows Classic Wave, and WDM drivers, Vegas 5 software also supports professional-quality low latency ASIO drivers.
5.1 audio plug-in support for the master bus (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software includes three new 5.1 surround audio effects; track EQ, Dither, and Wave Hammer Surround compressor. Apply these included effects or any compatible third-party 5.1 channel audio effects to the master bus for enhanced control over surround mixes.
Film-style 5.1 surround panning (new in version 5) -- The new film-style surround panning mode in Vegas 5 software supports panning between pairs of adjacent speakers using a constant power model, and is optimized for theater-style speaker placement.
Downmix monitoring (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software provides real-time downmix previewing of audio from 5.1 surround to stereo, or from stereo to mono, to ensure that your mix will sound as intended no matter what the destination playback device.
Bus-to-bus routing (new in version 5) -- New routing flexibility provides a more robust structure for mixing audio projects. Additions include bus-to-bus routing which allows the creation of complex sub-mixes.
Master, auxiliary, and effects bus tracks -- Modify your project's volume, effects, and panning at the sub-group level. Use new bus envelopes to set track effect parameters, volume, and panning for your entire Vegas project.
*Vegas 5 software mixes 5.1-channel audio only. The Sony Pictures Digital AC-3 encoding plug-in is required to encode signal output. Either purchased separately or included in the Vegas+DVD Production Suite.
The Vegas 5 interface provides a full customizable workspace for accomplishing a wide range of production requirements. Dock multiple windows and save layouts to fit certain tasks; design and save keyboard commands, and use application scripting to automate repetitive tasks. Network rendering saves time by using multiple computers and networked drive arrays to render complex projects.* Vegas 5 software also supports 24p, HD and HDV editing.
Powerful editing tools -- Efficiently edit and arrange events on the Vegas timeline using drag-and-drop operations. Apply real-time effects, transitions, envelopes, color changes, reverse, time-stretching and motion effects. Expertly edit complex SD or HD long-form projects using mouse or keyboard trimming along with powerful ripple editing modes.
Real-time playback/non-destructive editing -- Playback and edit video effects, transitions and composites on-the-fly without rendering while viewing each change instantly on external monitors in real-time. Vegas software takes advantage of the PC's processing power by caching complex processes or effects directly to RAM for smooth frame-rate playback and previews.
Split-screen A/B previewing -- Compare your affected and unaffected video, or compare the timeline with a clipboard image -- all viewable in real-time on an external monitor via 1394 enabled hardware.
Powerful media management -- Vegas 5 software includes extensive media management features including bins, sub-bins, media subclips and video capture database integration to help organize complex projects. Add metadata into each file to make media pool searches more efficient and powerful.
Envelope automation recording (new in version 5) -- Record track envelope and keyframe parameters in real-time using a mouse or external control surface hardware with touch and latch record modes and automatic post-record keyframe thinning. Automation parameter control is available for both stereo and 5.1 tracks and buses, as well as for video track envelopes.
High definition editing and output -- Vegas 5 software supports HD editing and rendering, including output to 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 720/60p, 720/30p, and 720/24p. Output high definition video to .AVI, .MOV, MPEG-2, Windows Media 9 Series, RealVideo 9, .PNG and .JPEG sequences. Work with project sizes up to 2048x2048.
Searchable media pool bins -- Easily collect and arrange media for use in your project. Create bins and sub-bins, even import media or copy between bins from other Vegas projects. Vegas software lets you search the Media Pool to quickly find clips, and add comments to each file.
Trimmer window -- Use the Trimmer window to select portions of a peice of media that can be placed into events on tracks, and easily create media subclips that reference portions of a media file.
JKL scrub; timeline and keyboard trimming -- Enhanced audio/video scrub speeds Scan your project to quickly find edit points using the Vegas 5 scrub tool. Control playback of your project at varying speeds. Scrub using JKL/shuttle, keyboard commands, or external devices such as the Contour A/V Solutions ShuttlePro.
Customizable user interface (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software has a clean and intuitive interface and uses familiar Windows keyboard commands. New Windows XP theme support and interface color adjustments allow for a wide variety of customization that best suits your working style.
User-definable multiple docking window layouts (new in version 5) -- Design the Vegas editing environment to maximize productivity. Dock multiple windows and save up to ten layout configurations for single and dual monitor systems. Easily recall a customized window layout for a specific editing task, and instantly switch to new layouts during playback.
Customizable keyboard mapping (new in version 5) -- Customize Vegas keyboard commands to fit your editing process. Create and edit new keyboard shortcuts, import a keyboard mapping scheme or save your current layout for use as a backup -- even share keyboard layouts with other Vegas users.
Media subclips (new in version 5) -- Use the Trimmer window to create subclips that reference portions of a media file. Subclips can also be created directly within the Vegas timeline. All subclips are added to the media pool and can be used like any other event in your Vegas project.
Real-time A/V event reverse (new in version 5) -- Instantly reverse audio and video events on the timeline either as a locked A/V event group or as independent elements.
Effects package folders (new in version 5) -- Quickly recall frequently used chains of effects in your Vegas project. New effects packages in Vegas 5 software retain their chain order and individual plug-in settings so you can quickly apply desired effects to media.
Additional marker support (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 software provides support for up to 99 numbered markers. The new marker tool allows easy navigation between adjacent markers and editing of multiple selected markers.
Network rendering (new in version 5) -- Speed up production time by rendering complex multimedia projects over networked computers. Divide Vegas projects into smaller sections that are distributed across multiple machines, and let Vegas software reassemble the pieces into a single rendered file. Each copy of Vegas software comes with two additional render-only installations.
Keyboard trimming and event shuffling -- Expertly edit complex long-form projects using mouse or keyboard trimming, event shuffling, as well as advanced ripple editing modes.
Unlimited undo/redo -- Vegas software allows an unlimited number of edits to be undone or restored. Quickly and easily restore previous edits without needing to rework an entire Vegas project.
Media Explorer window -- Quickly and easily find, preview, and open media files using the Media Explorer in Vegas 5 software.
*Vegas software comes with additional service packs for installation on two render-only PCs.
DV capture and print-to-tape tools -- Capture DV from a variety of sources with automatic scene detection, batch capture, tape logging, media bins and thumbnail previews. Print projects to DV tape directly from the Vegas timeline with NTSC or PAL color bars, tone, and source file or timeline timecode windows.
Premium encoding tools -- Vegas 5 software features high-quality 2-pass VBR MPEG-2 encoding for DVD, broadcast, and other delivery targets. The high-quality DV codec delivers pristine colors, incredibly sharp images, artifact-free compositing and unparalleled recompression quality.
VideoCD and multimedia CD burning -- Burn your Vegas project directly to VideoCD for playback on most DVD players, multimedia CD for playback on your computer's CD-ROM, and take your project with you.
Red Book Audio CD production -- Master and burn Red Book Audio CD pre-masters suitable for professional replication directly from the Vegas timeline, with ISRC, UPC, and PQ list support -- even import audio projects created with CD Architect software.
Application scripting for task automation -- Automate repetitive processes with editable scripts*. Create user-customizable scripts for batch rendering, still image export, timecode export, XML-based project export and see how Vegas scripting can optimize your workflow.
Windows Media 9 series support, including surround encoding -- Vegas 5 software supports Windows Media Audio 9 file format, providing users with high-quality, low bitrate compression options, including lossless, CBR, VBR and 5.1 surround audio.
Supports Windows Media and RealMedia commands -- Insert metadata command markers to launch Web sites during media file playback, display captions and more. Use the Preview in Player feature to play back and preview a project using the target media player.
Exports chapter markers and subtitles to DVD Architect software (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 chapter markers can be imported into DVD Architect software as chapter points for quick scene creation. Named Vegas regions can be exported as a text file, then imported into DVD Architect software as frame-accurate subtitles.
Supported File Formats:
-- AC-3: saves Dolby Digital AC-3**
-- AIF: opens and saves Macintosh AIFF
-- AVI: opens and saves Microsoft Video for Windows
-- BMP: opens and saves Windows Bitmap
-- GIF: opens CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format (stills and animated)
-- JPG: opens and saves Joint Picture Experts Group (JPEG)
-- MOV: opens and saves Apple QuickTime Movie
-- MP3: opens and saves MPEG-1 Layer 3 (Audio)
-- MPG: opens and saves MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Video
-- OGG: opens and saves Ogg Vorbis
-- PCA: opens and saves Perfect Clarity Audio
-- PNG: opens and saves Portable Network Graphics
-- PSD: opens Adobe Photoshop
-- RM: saves RealNetworks RealAudio 9
-- RM: saves RealNetworks RealVideo 9
-- SWF: opens Macromedia Flash
-- TGA: opens Targa File Format
-- TIF: opens Tagged Image File Format
-- W64: opens and saves Sony Pictures Digital Wave 64
-- WAV: opens and saves Microsoft Wave
-- WMA: opens and saves Microsoft Windows Media 9 (Audio)
-- WMV: opens and saves Microsoft Windows Media 9 (Video)
-- Opens and saves still image sequences
*Windows XP operating system or Microsoft .NET connection software required for application scripting.
**Requires Sony Pictures Digital's 5.1 Surround Plug-In Pack or Vegas+DVD Production Suite.
Vegas 5 software includes support for Sony DSR-DU1 and DSR-DR1000 recorders, J-H3 HDCAM player, camcorders and many other i.LINK connector*/IEEE-1394 hardware devices.
External control surface support and fader automation (new in version 5) -- Take advantage of hands-on mixing using external control surfaces with Vegas 5 software. Receive and send commands to compatible outboard devices to control transport, faders, mutes, solos, pans, effects automation and video tracks. Vegas ships with built-in support for the Mackie Control Universal, but the generic control interface option allows user-customizable mapping of MIDI control commands to your favorite control surface.
Sony DSR-DU1 and DSR-DR1000 Disc Recorder support (new in version 5) -- With native support in Vegas 5, users can edit DV recorded with Sony DSR-DU1 and DSR-DR1000 disc recorders. Sony DV disc recorders eliminate the time-consuming real-time capture process required with tape-based DV recorders.
J-H3 HDCAM player support (new in version 5) -- Capture HDCAM originated footage as downconverted DVCAM directly from the JH-3 deck over i.LINK connector/IEEE-1394. Create DVCAM downconvert proxies, with support for PAL, NTSC, 4:3/16:9, 3:2 pulldown removal and original 24p timecode tracking and export 24p EDLs.
3:2 pulldown removal from DV .AVI Files (new in version 5) -- Vegas 5 can remove pulldown on 24p to 60i downconverted/telecined DV .AVI files. Edit and mix in true 24p projects, export 24p MPEG-2 for DVD delivery or to 24p project data via .XML or EDL.
Vegas 5 video hardware compatibility list -- The following hardware devices have been tested by Sony Pictures Digital and are supported by Vegas and Video Capture software.
Note: This is not the only hardware supported by Vegas and Video Capture, but these devices were specifically tested by Sony Pictures Digital. If you have questions about video hardware that does not appear on this list, you are encouraged to post a question in Sony's online forums.
OHCI-Compliant IEEE 1394 cards:
-- Note: Do not install any DV drivers that are included with your card. To ensure proper operation, you must use the DV drivers that are included with the Windows operating system.
-- Sony VAIO notebook internal (TI chipset)
-- ADS Pyro
-- Canopus ADVC1394
-- Orange Micro SCI Firewave
-- Sager notebook internal (TI chipset)
-- Western Digital
-- Sony VX2000
-- Sony TRV 900
-- Sony TRV 11
-- Sony PC100e (PAL)
-- Sony PC5e (PAL)
-- Sony PC1e (PAL)
-- Sony PC100
-- Sony PD150
-- Sony PD150 Pal
-- Sony PDX10 (mono only with external mics)
-- Sony DSR-570WSL
-- Sony PD170
-- Sony PD170p
-- Sony VX2100
-- Sony VX2100e
-- Sony DSR250
-- Sony DSR 390
-- Canon MV630i
-- Canon XL1
-- Canon Elura
-- Canon ZR10
-- Canon GL-1
-- Canon GL-2
-- JVC GR-DVL300 (NTSC version)
-- JVC GR-DVL300A (PAL input and output)
-- JVC MD9000
-- Panasonic DVX100 (includes full 24p support)
Video Disk Units:
-- Sony DSR-DU1
-- Sony DSR-DR1000
-- Note: When using the Vegas Print to Tape from timeline feature, these decks should manually be put into Record mode. For automated printing, use the Video Capture application's Print to Tape tab.
-- Sony DSR 40 DV deck
-- Sony DSR 30 DV deck
-- Sony DSR-1500a
-- Sony J-H3 HDCAM deck (DVCAM output via i-link)
-- Sony J-10 deck (DVCAM output via i-link)
-- Sony GDV300 DV deck (PAL)
-- Sony DSR11
-- Sony DSR1600
-- Sony DSR45
-- Sony DSR70a
-- JVC SR-VS10 DV deck (When printing back to tape, set the channel on the DV side to L2)
-- JVC BR-DV600U DV deck
-- Panasonic DV 2000 DV deck
-- Note: When using DV converters in Video Capture, you should clear the Enable DV Device Control check box on the General tab of the Preferences dialog.
-- Sony DVMC-DA2 DV Converter
-- Canopus ADVC-100 DV Converter
-- Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge DV Converter
-- proMAX DA-MAX+
Boris Graffiti 3.0 LTD titling software -- Included as a stand-alone program, Graffiti easily creates 2D and 3D vector title animations such as type-on-text or text-on-a-path. Create 3D text with bump maps and reflections. An expansive Style Palette and Library Browser provide access to hundreds of preset effects and styles.
Magic Bullet Movie Looks -- Get the look of film with one click in Vegas software! Movie Looks effects transform your video using cinematic tints and glows with easy-to-apply presets. It's all you need to transform your DV footage to the professional look of film.
Multitrack video editing on unlimited tracks
3D track motion (new in version 5)
Enhanced video compositing (new in version 5)
Keyframable Bezier masks (new in version 5)
Keyframeable transitions, filters, and track motion
3-wheel primary and secondary color correction filters
Waveform, Vectorscope, Parade, and Histogram monitors
Real-time playback of effects, processes and transitions to external monitor
Credit rolls and text animation
Transition progress envelopes (new in version 5)
Alpha channel support
Flash .swf format import (new in version 5)
Support for any aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9, etc)
Supports multiple file formats and frame rates
24p DV support
Audio recording, editing, and mixing on unlimited tracks
24-bit/192 kHz audio support
5.1 surround mixing tools
On-the-fly punch-in recording (new in version 5)
Auto-input record monitoring (new in version 5)
5.1 audio plug-in support for the master bus (new in version 5)
Film-style 5.1 surround panning (new in version 5)
Downmix monitoring (new in version 5)
DirectX plug-in effects automation
Includes over 30 DirectX audio effects
Acid loop properties support (new in version 5)
ASIO driver support
Keyboard event pitch shifting (new in version 5)
Fader automation (new in version 5)
Real-time record meters
32 assignable effects and 26 Master and Aux outputs
Bus-to-bus routing (new in version 5)
Solo or mute tracks
Master, auxiliary, and effects bus tracks
Real-time nondestructive editing
Split-screen A/B previewing
Simple drag-and-drop operations
Network rendering (new in version 5)
Envelope automation recording (new in version 5)
High Definition editing and output (new in version 5)
Searchable Media Pool bins
Media subclips (new in version 5)
JKL scrub; timeline and keyboard trimming
Real-time A/V event reverse (new in version 5)
Dual monitor support
Multiple docking windows (new in version 5)
User-definable window layouts (new in version 5)
Customizable keyboard mapping (new in version 5)
Dual processor DV rendering support
Keyboard trimming and event shuffling
Edit on 23.976, native 24, 25, 29.97 or 30 fps timelines
Media Explorer window
External control surface support (new in version 5)
DV capture and print-to-tape tools
Advanced streaming media tools
Application scripting for task automation
Subtitle time/text export to DVD Architect software (new in version 5)
Windows Media 9 Series support, including surround encoding
RealVideo 9 support
QuickTime format support
VideoCD and multimedia CD burning
Red Book audio CD production
Advanced encoding tools
Supports Windows Media and RealMedia commands
Sony DSR-DU1 and DSR-DR1000 disc recorder support (new in version 5)
J-H3 HDCAM player support for DV downconverts (new in version 5)
3:2 pulldown removal from DV .AVI files (new in version 5)
Exports chapter markers and subtitles to DVD Architect software (new in version 5)
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