Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
Vegas® Movie Studio™ and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8.0
April 2007
 
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 Creative Software Inc. Vegas Movie Studio 8.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas Movie Studio software on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New in Version 8.0
  • Enhanced video preview.
  • Full-screen preview to a secondary Windows display (including DVI monitors).
  • Insert I-frames at marker positions when rendering MPEG-2 (works in conjunction with I-frame viewer in DVD Architect Studio 4.5).
  • Support for editing files recorded with Sony AVCHD camcorders (only in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8.0).
  • Improved native HDV .m2t playback performance and improved memory handling for HDV longform projects (only in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition 8.0).
  • Multithreaded audio engine maximizes real-time audio playback and rendering performance - more tracks and effects with lower latency.
  • Support for opening and rendering ATRAC3™, ATRAC3plus™, and ATRAC Advanced Lossless™ files.
  • Gracenote® MusicID™ technology for extracted audio from CDs.
  • Improved snapping — color-coded visual snap indicator and the ability to snap to event edges on other tracks.
  • Display of media marker names in events.
  • Freehand envelope drawing on the timeline.
3.0 Known Issues
  • QuickTime is required for MP4 support. However, QuickTime is currently not supported under Windows Vista. Please check http://www.apple.com/quicktime for updates (only in Vegas Movie Studio 8.0).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • VR mode requires Windows XP SP2 or greater. 
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. Vegas Movie Studio software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 or Windows Vista™
  • 800 MHz processor (2.8 GHz recommended for HDV and AVCHD in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum)
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended for HDV and AVCHD in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum)
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only)
  • Supported CD-recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Supported DVD-R/ -RW / +R / +RW (for DVD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later (included on application disc)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (included on application disc)
  • Please note: You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc. to activate the software.

    *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 a boxed product
  1. Place the Vegas Movie Studio DVD-ROM in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if DVD-ROM AutoPlay is enabled).
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your DVD 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 Movie Studio Quick Start Guide
Included on the application disc is a Vegas Movie Studio Quick Start Guide in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text, should you need a hard copy. The Quick Start Guide is located in the Manual folder on the application disc.
 
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the Quick Start Guide, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the application disc in the \Extras\Adobe Reader folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the Vegas Movie Studio application disc in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr707_en_US.exe, where D is the drive letter of your DVD 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 AdbeRdr707_en_US.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 Creative Software Inc., please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Creative Software Inc. there.
 
Commercial distribution of Sony Creative Software Inc. demos requires written permission from Sony Creative Software Inc.
 
8.0 Contacting Sony Creative Software Inc.
Sony Creative Software Inc. can be contacted in the following ways:
 
Mailing Address:
Sony Creative Software Inc.
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://www.sonycreativesoftware.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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