Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
Vegas® Movie Studio™ and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 6.0
April 2006
 
Contents
This document contains information on the following topics:
Applicable to boxed products only. If you've purchased a downloadable product, an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the product documentation is available from our Web site.
 
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Sony Media Software Vegas Movie Studio 6.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas Movie Studio software on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New

Note: Not all features are available in all versions of Vegas Movie Studio software. Please refer to each feature's main help topic for more information about the feature and the versions of the software that include it. The default help topic includes a quick chart to help you determine which features are available in each version of the software.

Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 6.0a

  • VR-mode discs are now supported when importing video from a finalized Sony DVD Handycam® camcorder disc. Please see Known Issues for additional information.
  • A problem has been fixed that could cause problems when reading AVI files with MP3-encoded audio.
  • New widescreen and DVD templates have been added to the New Project Wizard.
  • A Use widescreen DVD format check box has been added to the Burn it to DVD portion of the Make Movie Wizard.

What's New in Version 6.0

Video
  • A/V synchronization detection and repair
  • Import video from DVD camcorder disc
  • Ability to save keyframe presets in the Track Motion and 3D Track Motion dialogs
  • Color corrector plug-in (available only in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum)
  • Ability to reverse events
Audio
  • Option to ignore fact chunk when opening compressed WAV files
  • DirectX effect support
  • VST effect support
  • ASIO audio device support
  • Ability to reverse events
  • Playhead timeline scrubbing
  • Support for up to four audio tracks
Workflow
  • Ability to save a project path in a rendered file and edit a rendered file's source project
  • Multithreaded rendering
  • Ability to display fade lengths between selected and nonselected events
  • Regions and markers that occur at the end of rendered file are now adjusted so they occur on the last audio sample of the rendered file. If you're rendering the loop region only, any region that extends beyond the loop region is adjust so the region end occurs on the last audio sample. This adjustment prevents warning messages when the rendered files are opened in Sound Forge software.
Hardware
  • Support for capturing from HDV cameras (Available only in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum software)
3.0 Known Issues
  • If you have a USB SmartMedia reader device installed on your PC, you may experience problems when you attempt to access your CD drive from Vegas Movie Studio software for extracting audio or burning CDs. This is due to an error in the SmartMedia reader driver. Using the Unplug or Eject Hardware Wizard to remove the reader should allow Vegas Movie Studio software to function normally.
  • 24-bit Windows Media Audio files will always be read as 16-bit files in Windows 2000 (multichannel files are read as 16-bit stereo). This is a limitation of the operating system. You can render 24-bit WMA files, but if you want to read these files as 24-bit audio, copy them to a Windows XP machine.
  • HDV capture requires that you have a registered version of the Sony MPEG-2 plug-in on your system.
  • You can use native HDV MPEG-2 transport streams on the Vegas Movie Studio Platinum timeline, but playback performance will be poor on most systems. We recommend you convert the native HDV footage—or selected portions of it—to an HDV intermediate format for timeline editing. You can add your native HDV files on the timeline, create regions for selected scenes, and then render to an intermediate format to create multiple intermediate files. For more information about working with HDV, please refer to the online help.
  • If you are printing a rendered file to HDV tape, the file must precisely conform to the target HDV device and file type requirements, or the print-to-tape operation will fail. Rendering using the provided HDV MPEG-2 render templates—unmodified in any way—is required to successfully print to HDV tape.
  • The Sony Handycam USB driver that is included with DVD-based camcorders can prevent Vegas Movie Studio from recognizing a USB-connected camera. If you use the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel to uninstall the "Sony DVD Handycam USB driver" component, Vegas Movie Studio will be able connect to the camera and import video using Import > DVD Camcorder Disc.
  • 5.1-channel audio will be downmixed to stereo when importing video from a DVD camcorder disc.
  • VR mode requires Windows XP SP2 or greater. 
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software Vegas Movie Studio software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP Home, or XP Professional (Windows XP SP2 required for HDV)
  • 800 MHz processor (2.8 GHz recommended for HDV)
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended for HDV)
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • CD-ROM drive (for installation from a CD only)
  • Supported CD-Recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9 or later (included on CD-ROM)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 (required only for Vegas Movie Studio Platinum; included on CD-ROM)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on CD-ROM)

    Please note: Some features may require product registration.

    *i.LINK is a registered trademark of Sony Electronics, used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an IEEE 1394 connector may not communicate with each other.
5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Vegas Movie Studio software to your computer.
 
Installing from CD
  1. Place the Vegas Movie Studio CD-ROM in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if CD-ROM AutoPlay is enabled).
    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.
  2. Click Install, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Vegas Movie Studio for your computer.
Installing from the Web
  1. Download the install utility from our Web site.
  2. Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Vegas Movie Studio for your computer. 
6.0 Vegas User Manual
Included on the Vegas Movie Studio 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.
 
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the CD in the \Extras\Adobe Reader folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the Vegas Movie Studio 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\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr70_enu_full.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse CD, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr70_enu_full.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
7.0 Demos
If you would like information or demos of other products from Sony Media Software, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Media Software there.
 
Commercial distribution of the Sony Media Software demos requires written permission from Sony Media Software.
 
8.0 Contacting Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software can be contacted in the following ways:
 
Mailing Address:
Sony Media Software
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
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.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
Technical Support
 
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