Sony Media Software
Release Notes
Vegas® Movie Studio 10.0
April 2010
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 10.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas Movie Studio on your computer. 

2.0 What’s New

What's New in Version 10.0

  • Up to 10 video tracks.
  • Image stabilization for video clips.
  • White Balance video plug-in.
  • Secondary Color Corrector plug-in.
  • Subclips in the Trimmer window.
  • Vegas Movie Studio can now automatically adjust the video preview size and quality to optimize frame rate during preview. Right-click the Video Preview window and select Adjust Size and Quality for Optimal Playback if you want to emphasize frame rate during preview. When the command is not selected, video quality is emphasized, and the frame rate will be reduced if necessary.
  • Select the Adjust source media to better match project or render settings check box on the Video tab of the Project Properties dialog to enable Vegas Movie Studio to make minor changes to your source media properties — including cropping/padding frame size or adjusting interlacing — to allow media files to work better with your project.
  • Up to 10 audio tracks.
  • Enhanced audio event timestretch and pitch shifting with élastique Pro.
  • Audio-only edits (such as event moves, trims, and ASR times) are no longer quantized to frame boundaries by default when Quantize to Frames is enabled. If you want to quantize audio-only edits, clear the Do not quantize to frames for audio-only edits check box on the Preferences > Editing tab.
  • Audio-waveform drawing during recording has been improved:
    • Recorded waveforms are now updated at a faster rate.
    • 16-bit peak files are used for increased resolution.
    • The entire waveform is now visible during recording.
    • Peaks no longer need to be built when recording is completed.
  • Streamlined new project creation.
  • The Vegas Movie Studio interface uses a new, darker color palette.
  • Window layouts.
  • Device Explorer window for importing video from AVCHD cameras and CompactFlash-based memory recording units such as the HVR-MRC1.
  • Slideshow Creator.
  • Integrated DVD burning from the timeline (Tools > Burn Disc > DVD).
  • In the Save As dialog, the Copy media with project check box now copies only media files that are saved outside of the project folder; media files in folders below the project folder are no longer copied.
  • In the Video Media Generators dialog, you can now click the Match Event Length button to set the length of the generated media to match the length of the event.
  • Hold Alt+Shift while dragging inside an event to slip-trim the right edge of an event.
  • Hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift while clicking an event to split it. You can then drag from that point to trim the event in the direction you drag (eraser mode).
  • You can now slip all of an event's takes when slipping an event (choose Slip All Takes from the Options menu).
  • You can hold Ctrl (or hold the right mouse button) for fine control while adjusting the sustain portion of event envelopes.
  • Time selection envelope editing (adjusts multiple envelope points within a time selection for quick audio ducking).
  • You can now choose to automatically crop still images to match your project's output aspect ratio.
  • In the Render As dialog, templates that match your project settings (frame size, pixel aspect ratio, and frame rate) are displayed with an = symbol in the Template drop-down list.
  • Holding the Shift key while dragging now enables snapping if Enable Snapping is turned off.
  • When you drag a group of selected events, the first and last event now snap to other snap points on the timeline.
  • Pressing ` (grave accent) no longer restores track height for tracks that were previously minimized.
  • Custom rendering templates for all video formats.
  • Updated project and rendering templates for Internet distribution.
  • Added 23.979 fps (IVTC) settings for the Project Properties dialog, Media Properties dialog, and timeline ruler.
  • Improved support for AVC/AAC (.mp4) video.
  • Support for GPU-accelerated AVC rendering using the Sony AVC plug-in.

    If you have a CUDA-enabled NVIDIA video card, Vegas Movie Studio can use your GPU to improve AVC rendering performance.

    GPU-accelerated AVC rendering requires NVIDIA driver 185.xx or later. We recommend using a GeForce 9 Series or newer GPU. GPU-accelerated rendering performance will vary depending on your specific hardware configuration. If you have an older CPU and a newer NVIDIA GPU, rendering using the GPU may improve render times.

    For more information about CUDA-enabled GPUs, please see
3.0 Known Issues
  • Under some conditions, Vegas Movie Studio software can crash when stabilizing MPEG video after losing and returning focus to the software. If you encounter this problem, try clearing the Close media files when not the active application check box (Options > Preferences > General).
  • Applying image stabilization on some video events can produce an interlacing effect in the Video Preview window. The rendered output will appear correct, but you can minimize the effect in the Video Preview window by adjusting the preview quality to Best.
  • Vegas Movie Studio requires QuickTime 7.1.6 or later. As a general rule, you are encouraged to use the most current version of QuickTime.
  • 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 SP3, Windows Vista™ SP2, or Windows 7
  • 1 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD)
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
  • USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD or DVD camcorders)
  • 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)
  • Supported BD-R/-RE drive (for Blu-ray Disc™ burning only)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (included on application disc)
  • Apple® QuickTime® 7.1.6 or later
  • 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\ to browse to the installation folder.
  2. Choose Browse CD, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\ folder.
  3. Browse to the installer for your language, double-click its icon, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
7.0 Demos
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8.0 Contacting Sony Creative Software Inc.
Sony Creative Software Inc. can be contacted in the following ways:
Mailing Address:
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Customer Service/Sales:
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