Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Movie Studio 12.0
March 2013
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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. Movie Studio 12.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Movie Studio on your computer. 

2.0 What's New
Notable fixes/changes in version 12.0 (Build 895/896)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Synchronize command to be unavailable in the event shortcut menu even when audio and video events were not synchronized.
  • Added new rendering templates to the Sony AVC/MVC format: use Internet 1920x1080-30p and Internet 1280x720-30p to render HD video for Internet distribution.
  • The Encode mode setting for Sony AVC/MVC rendering templates now uses Render using CPU only by default. If you're using a supported GPU, you can enable GPU acceleration by choosing the appropriate setting for your GPU.
Notable fixes/changes in version 12.0 (Build 755/756)
  • Added support for burning 3D projects to Blu-ray Disc: use the 3D Blu-ray settings in the New Project Wizard to create a new project, and use Tools > Burn Disc > Blu-ray Disc settings to burn your 3D project to a Blu-ray 3D Disc.
  • Added Anchor point setting to the Titles & Text plug-in. Text now scales relative to the anchor point, which does not move.
  • File Open dialogs have been updated to allow you to browse and open files from mobile devices.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when working with certain files with the maximum file name length allowed in Windows.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the incorrect clip to be added to your project after capturing from an HDV camera.
  • Fixed a bug that could exit 3D full-screen preview when the mouse was clicked. On glassless 3D systems, this could corrupt the display until full-screen preview was re-enabled.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the first frame of an MVC file to appear briefly at the end when previewing the file from the Explorer window.
  • Fixed a bug that could — in some circumstances — prevent the application from starting after registering.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the application from being uninstalled properly.
  • Fixed a bug that could require you to re-enter your serial number after updating the software.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause image sequences to have black frames in Video Preview and rendered output after zooming in with the Event Pan/Crop plug-in and time compressing.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from prompting to associate the .vf file type with Movie Studio.

Notable fixes/changes in version 12.0 (Build 575/576)

  • Render progress is now displayed in the Windows taskbar.
  • Added support for metadata orientation information for still image formats.
  • Added Enable joystick support to the General tab in the Preferences dialog.
  • If you have FXhome HitFilm 2 Express installed, you can use HitFilm projects on the Movie Studio timeline and add HitFilm effects to your events. For more information about the Visual Effects Suite, which includes Movie Studio and HitFilm2 Express, please visit
  • Added support to the Sony AVC render format to properly encode lower-field-first interlaced video.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing a variable frame rate H.264 MP4 clip from After Effects (CS6).
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Shift-drag or Ctrl-drag on an event fade offset.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when pressing D to toggle through tools on the timline.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when rendering to Sony AVC: AVCHD format when the Audio coding mode was set to 1/0 (mono).
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening some MVC files.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when when using the Auto correct button in the Stereoscopic 3D Adjust plug-in with a 3D clip from an HDR-TD10 camera
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to view ISMV files created by the Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.
  • Fixed audio gapping that could occur when looping MVC files.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause artifacts on the last frame of certain MVC 3D files.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent you from rendering MP4 files with audio settings below certain sample or bit rates.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent audio playback or draw incorrect waveform data when using Sony AVC MP4 files with AAC audio.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause MPEG-2 program streams to display a green frame when previewed in the Explorer window.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause renders to fail when using custom Sony AVC templates where Field order was set to Lower field first.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause rendering to fail when rendering to MainConcept AVC format.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause an error when rendering a 5.1 surround project to Sony AVC/MVC format if the Enable LFE check box was not selected.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a volume spike at the beginning of rendered Sony AVC: AVCHD files.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some MVC files to freeze the application.
  • Fixed Trim Start/End behavior to preserve event fades.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Synchronize command from being displayed when right-clicking events. 
  • Fixed an issue that could cause audio tracks to be minimized when hiding/showing the Trimmer.
  • Fixed an issue with selecting multiple effect keyframes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Titles & Text resize box to be displayed incorrectly in the Video Preview window.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent keyframes from being created when no keyframe row was selected.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause envelope points to be changed when adding new envelope points in a video effect.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent 3D videos from being identified as 3D when being uploaded to YouTube.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause partial disc burns if the application loses focus when using Tools > Burn Disc > Disc-at-Once Audio CD.
What's New in Version 12.0
  • OpenCL GPU-accelerated video processing (please see System Requirements for information about supported hardware).
  • Up to 20 video tracks.
  • The Stereoscopic 3D Adjust plug-in now includes Floating Windows controls to allow you to mask the edge of the video frame to compensate for screen-edge violations.
  • Up to 20 audio tracks.
  • 64-bit support.
  • Internet project templates in the New Project dialog.
  • Selected timeline events are now drawn with a highlight to help you identify them quickly.
  • Usability improvements for adding media to a project:
    • Double-clicking media in the Explorer window now adds the media to end of your project on the selected track.
    • When new media is added to the end of the project, Movie Studio automatically scrolls the timeline and zooms so you can see the new events.
    • When adding media to the Project Media list, the Project Media tab now displays a brief animation to indicate that media has been added.
  • Added Trim/Crop, Trim Start, Trim End, and Split buttons to the main toolbar.
  • Simplified edge trimming for events: press Alt+[ or Alt+] to trim the beginning or end of the selected event to the cursor position.
  • Improved visibility for fade-in/fade-out, opacity, and gain event evelopes.
  • Improved visibility and positioning for event buttons (Generated Media, Event Pan/Crop, and Event FX).
  • MainConcept AVC/AAC improvements:
    • Added MP4 templates for Internet distribution.
    • Added MP4 templates for the Sony Tablet.
    • Added an Enable progressive download check box to the Video tab of the Custom Settings dialog to allow your videos to begin playing during download.
    • Added support for GPU-accelerated rendering.
3.0 Known Issues
  • 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 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, Movie Studio will be able connect to the camera and import video using Import > DVD Camcorder Disc.
  • The Apply deinterlace filter and Wait for vertical sync check boxes are not available when previewing a stereoscopic 3D project using the Stereoscopic 3D Graphics Card device with a GeForce video card.
  • If you see flickering when previewing a stereoscopic 3D project when using the Stereoscopic 3D Graphics Card device, use the NVIDIA control panel to set your 3D Vision monitor's refresh rate to 120 Hz.
  • The Tools > Burn Disc > Blu-ray Disc with Menus command is not available when working with 5.1 surround projects. You can use Tools > Burn Disc > Blu-ray Disc to burn a 5.1 surround project from the timeline. If you want to use DVD Architect Studio to author a Blu-ray Disc with menus, please use the Audio tab in the Movie Studio Project Properties dialog to set your project's Master bus mode to Stereo.
  • OpenCL GPU rendering is not available when using AMD Radeon Catalyst driver 11.3. Please use driver version 11.2.
  • When using the 64-bit version of Movie Studio, third-party plug-ins will work only if they are 64-bit plug-ins. Please check with the plug-in vendor for available updates. You can share projects between 32- and 64-bit versions of Movie Studio installations, performing editing as needed in 32-bit Movie Studio and finishing the project in 64-bit Movie Studio.
  • Some MOV files recorded by devices running Apple iOS 6 may fail to read correctly when using QuickTime 7.7.2. Updating to QuickTime 7.7.3 resolves the issue.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. Movie Studio software:
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista™ SP2, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D)
  • 400 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • OHCI-compatible IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
  • USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD or DVD camcorders)
  • Supported NVIDIA or AMD/ATI GPU with 512 MB or more RAM (for GPU-accelerated AVC rendering and video processing):


    Requires a CUDA-enabled GPU and driver 270.xx or later.
    • GeForce GPUs: GeForce GTX 4xx Series or higher (or GeForce GT 2xx Series or higher with driver 297.03 or later).
    • Quadro GPUs: Quadro 600 or higher (or Quadro FX 1700 or higher with driver 297.03 or later).
    NVIDIA recommends NVIDIA Quadro for professional applications and recommends use of the latest boards based on the Fermi architecture.


    Requires an OpenCL-enabled GPU and Catalyst driver 11.7 or later with a Radeon HD 57xx or higher GPU. If using a FirePro GPU, FirePro unified driver 8.85 or later is required.


    Requires an OpenCL-enabled GPU such as HD Graphics 4000.
    For the latest information about supported hardware, please see our Web site.
    For more information about troubleshooting GPU acceleration issues, we've prepared an article on our knowledge base.
  • 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 3.51 (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.

5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Movie Studio software to your computer.
Installing from a boxed product
  1. Place the 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 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 Movie Studio for your computer. 
6.0 Movie Studio Quick Start Guide
Included on the application disc is a 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 Adobe Reader. You can download the latest version of Adobe Reader from
7.0 Trials and 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:
Sony Creative Software Inc.
8215 Greenway Boulevard
Suite 400
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
Customer Service/Sales:
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Telephone support during normal office hours:
  • 1-800-577-6642 (toll-free) in US, Canada, and Virgin Islands.
  • +608-203-7620 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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