Vegas® and Vegas LE 4.0e
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This document contains information on the following topics:
2.0 What's New
3.0 Known Issues
4.0 System Requirements
6.0 Vegas User Manual
8.0 Contacting Sony Pictures Digital Inc.
Thank you for purchasing Vegas 4.0. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas on your computer.
URL flip metadata commands are now supported when rendering to RealMedia 9.
A bug has been fixed that caused gain reduction when track envelopes are used and the pan mode was set to Constant Power.
A bug that prevented Vegas from closing some DV files has been fixed.
A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to crash when pressing the Down Arrow key when the Master bus fader has focus.
The scrollbar repeat delay and rate now match standard Windows scrollbars (which are based on your mouse double-click speed).
A change in the bit rate display of the Windows Media 9 Custom Settings dialog now correctly matches the internal save format of the settings.
A bug that caused a crash when using the numeric keypad to edit locked events has been fixed.
A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to crash when editing a copy of a generated-media event.
A bug that caused segmented .avi renders to fail on disks formatted as FAT32 has been fixed.
A bug has been fixed that prevented large .avi files generated by some third-party applications from loading correctly.
A bug in the Gaussian Blur plug-in that caused a brightness drop in the zero setting has been fixed.
A bug has been fixed that prevented the Ignore Event Grouping command from displaying a check mark when selected.
A keyframe row selection bug has been fixed.
A QuickTime filename bug that prevented rendering under some conditions has been fixed.
A bug that caused the Flange and Chorus plug-ins to ignore panning on input has been fixed.
A bug has been fixed that allowed effect automation envelopes to be modified from the Audio Plug-In dialog even when automation was not enabled for the plug-in.
A bug that could cause audio drop-outs during crossfades under certain circumstances has been fixed.
A record meter drawing bug has been fixed.
A bug that caused the Mixer window to disappear when inserting effects has been fixed.
An audio recording bug with 24 kHz/16 bit mLan ASIO devices has been fixed.
A bug that prevented use of Digidesign cards using wave drivers has been fixed.
An MAudio USB ASIO driver exception bug has been fixed.
A bug that could cause buffer overruns during recording with wave or ASIO drivers has been fixed.
Big Endian support for ASIO drivers has been added.
A number of user-reported record latency offset issues exhibited with some sound cards have been fixed.
A bug that prevented saving of user-specified record latency offset values has been fixed.
A Direct Sound Surround Mapper 24-bit recording bug has been fixed.
A Direct Sound Surround Mapper record offset bug has been fixed.
Numerous scripting improvements have been made.
Copying and trimming media (by selecting the Copy and trim media with project check box when saving a project) has been improved for 24p DV media.
Recapture accuracy has been improved for 24p footage.
Added 24p widescreen project template and AVI/DV templates
Raster fonts are now filtered out from text generators.
The OGGVorbis file format now allows you to choose a VBR Quality encoding mode and adjust the encoding quality.
A bug has been fixed that prevented rendering to QuickTime using fractional frame rates.
A bug has been fixed that could cause CD tracks to be offset or silent CDs to be burned when burning multiple copies of a disc.
A bug has been fixed that caused a pause when recapturing footage from some devices, such as the Panasonic AG-DVX100 camera.
A bug has been fixed that prevented you from choosing a custom frame rate when rendering to AVI with a non-DV codec.
A bug has been fixed that prevented markers from being saved to a media file from the Trimmer window.
A bug has been fixed that caused RGB values to be clamped between 16 and 235 when rendering to MPEG formats.
Enhanced support for 24 fps, progressive-scan video. Editing your video in 24p can give you the same frame cadence as film that has been transferred to video and simplifies your workflow if your final production is destined for film. Support for the Panasonic AG-DVX100 24p camcorder allows you to shoot, edit, and render 24p DV video, including pre-renders, external monitor support and print-to-tape. For more information, please see "Working with 24p Progressive-Scan Video" in the online help.
A new preference has been added to the General tab in the Preferences dialog. Select the Allow pulldown removal when opening 24p DV check box if you want Vegas to remove pulldown when you open 24 fps progressive-scan DV video files.
When the check box is cleared, Vegas will read 24p video as 29.97 fps interlaced video (60i).
Project frame sizes up to 2048 x 2048 are now allowed for AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, RealMedia, Windows Media, and still-image output is 2048x2048. The Windows Media 9, MPEG-2, and RealMedia 9 plug-ins include new HD rendering templates.
A new preference has been added to the General tab in the Preferences dialog. Select the Enable Joystick Support check box if you want to use a joystick to control panning, color corrector wheels, and other controls. Clearing the check box can prevent problems with copy-protection dongles.
A new control has been added to the Video Device tab in the Preferences dialog. Drag the Record engage delay (frames) slider to specify the number of frames it takes your camcorder or deck to switch from Record Pause to Record mode. If you're missing frames from the beginning of your file after printing to tape, increase the setting. If you see duplicated frames at the beginning of your video, decrease the setting.
When you're rendering a project, the rendering progress is now displayed in the Vegas taskbar button.
Expanded support for various sound cards with improved error handling.
General improvements to audio time stretching.
Optimized audio recording performance.
Direct Sound Surround Mapper has been added as a choice in the Audio device type drop-down list.
Keyboard modifiers have been added to allow fine adjustment of envelope points:
Hold Ctrl while dragging an envelope point or segment to adjust the value in fine increments without changing the envelope points' timeline positions.
Hold Ctrl+Alt while dragging an envelope point or segment to adjust the value in normal increments without changing the envelope points' timeline positions.
Hold Alt while dragging an envelope point to move the point's timeline position without changing its value.
You can now use PostScript fonts in the Credit Roll and Text plug-ins.
The Build Dynamic RAM Preview command now builds a dynamic RAM preview using the loop region even if no time selection is present.
A problem has been fixed that caused a lag when scrubbing in the Trimmer window using a ShuttlePro.
A bug has been fixed that prevented still-image files from automatically previewing from the Vegas Explorer under Windows 98se and Windows Me.
A problem has been fixed that prevented you from rendering to RealMedia 8 if another application had installed a different version of the RealMedia plug-in to your system folder.
A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to crash if you duplicated tracks during playback.
A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to create empty .w64 files when recording for long periods to FAT32 drives.
A bug has been fixed that prevented the active input monitor from closing if you closed Vegas while recording with record input monitoring active.
A bug has been fixed that caused Vegas to crash if you attempted to record two audio files with the same name simultaneously.
A bug has been fixed that could cause audio to draw incorrectly during looped playback.
A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to crash if you used the Insert menu to remove a volume envelope when a bus track has focus.
A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to crash when copying envelope points.
3-wheel primary and secondary color correction filters (available in the full version of Vegas)
Waveform/Vectorscope/Parade/Histogram video monitors (available in the full version of Vegas)
New transitions, effects and generators
Video bus track (available in the full version of Vegas)
Motion blur and supersampling envelopes
Parent overlay composite filters (available in the full version of Vegas)
Copy/paste event attributes to other events
5.1 surround mixing tools (available in the full version of Vegas)
DirectX® plug-in effects automation (available in the full version of Vegas)
Over 30 real-time DirectX® effects
ASIO driver support (available in the full version of Vegas)
Record input monitoring (available in the full version of Vegas)
Master, auxiliary, and effects bus tracks (available in the full version of Vegas)
Enhanced audio time stretching
Improved FX bypass
Enhanced ripple editing model
Split-screen effect bypass and clipboard previews
Split-screen A/B previewing when slip-trimming
Split-screen A/B previewing
Enhanced audio/video scrub speeds
Pre/post toggle for video event effects
Media markers in events
Expanded scrub ranges
Preview the cursor position with pre-/post-roll
Joystick control of faders, surround panning, and the color wheel controls in the color corrector plug-ins
Select events that refer to a specific file in the Media Pool
Searchable Media Pool bins
Media Pool integration with Video Capture bins
Acquired media saved to active bin
Transfer bins between open copies of Vegas
Integration with DVD Architect for DVD file preparation & authoring
AC-3 encoding (requires the Sony Pictures Digital AC-3 Encoder)
Application scripting (available in the full version of Vegas)
Still image sequence import and scriptable export
Video Capture database integration with Vegas 4
DV renders use prerendered files
Added support for DV decks when printing from the timeline
Windows Media 9 support, including surround encoding
Improved MPEG-2 encoder
Improved CD extraction, burning, and drive support (available in the full version of Vegas)
Some projects may be incorrectly truncated when prerendering and burning to a disc-at-once audio CD. We are investigating the problem, but in the interim, you can avoid the issue by clearing the Render temporary image before burning check box.
Some Windows Media and MPEG source files may not play back or render properly when used in a Vegas project. If you are having troubles with black frames or a/v sync when using Windows Media or MPEG source files, rerender these files to .avi prior to using them on the Vegas timeline.
If you render a 5.1-channel Windows Media Audio or Windows Media Video file, your rendered file will be identified and played back by Vegas as stereo. However, your file will be correctly identified and played back as 5.1 by Windows Media Player 9 (as long as you have a 5.1-compatible sound card and speakers).
Some Sony Pictures Digital audio plug-in parameters may cause glitches when adjusted with effect automation envelopes. If you experience glitching, try right-clicking the envelope segments and setting the curve type to Hold.
For record input monitoring, ASIO or other low-latency audio drivers are highly recommended. Additionally, you are advised to monitor through lightweight plug-ins only, such as Sony Pictures Digital Reverb.
When using ASIO drivers, many sound cards allow only specific sample rates for playback. Vegas cannot play your project until you choose the appropriate sample rate on the Project Properties dialog. Please refer to your sound card's documentation to determine its required sample rate.
If you open a Vegas 3 project in Vegas 4, please save it immediately with a new name. Vegas 4 projects will not open in Vegas 3.
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Vegas software:
400 MHz processor
Windows-compatible sound card
OHCI-compliant, IEEE-1394 DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
Supported CD-R/RW drive (for CD burning)
7200 RPM hard-disk drive
24-bit color display recommended
128 MB RAM
40 MB hard-disk space for program installation
Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP
Microsoft DirectX® 8 or later
Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
Microsoft .NET Framework (for scripting support. Available from the Windows Update site. Choose Windows Update from the Start menu.)
QuickTime version 5.0.2 or later (for .mov, .qt, .dv, .gif, and .tif file support)
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Vegas to your computer.
Place the CD-ROM in the drive. AutoPlay displays an installation menu.
If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
Click Install Vegas 4.0, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Vegas for your computer.
Download the install utility from our Web site.
Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Vegas for your computer.
Included on the Vegas CD is a complete Vegas User Manual in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text, should you need a hard copy. The manual is located in the Manual folder on the CD.
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader. It has been included on the CD in the \Extras\Acrobat Reader 4.0 folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
Place the Vegas CD in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Acrobat Reader 4.0\English\ar405eng.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
Choose Browse, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Acrobat Reader 4.0\English\ folder.
Double-click the ar40eng.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
The Vegas CD-ROM includes demo versions of other select products available from Sony Pictures Digital. To install a demo, run the main setup program on the root of the CD and choose Product Demos from the Install screen. Follow the links for the demo you want to install.
If you would like any more information or demos of other products from Sony Pictures Digital, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Pictures Digital there.
Commercial distribution of the Sony Pictures Digital demos requires written permission from Sony Pictures Digital.
Sony Pictures Digital can be contacted in the following ways:
Sony Pictures Digital Inc.
Media Software and Services
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/support/custserv.asp.
Telephone support during normal office hours:
1-800-577-6642 (toll-free) in US, Canada, and Virgin Islands.
+608-204-7703 for all other countries.
For a detailed list of Technical Support options, we encourage you to visit http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/support/default.asp.
To listen to your support options please call 608-256-5555.
The full version of Vegas includes 60 days of complimentary phone support. To obtain support, please call 608-204-7704. Your complimentary support begins the date of your first call (registration is required).