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Thank you for purchasing Sony Media Software Vegas 6.0
software. This document contains information about installing
and using Vegas software on
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 6.0c
- You can now import video from a finalized Sony DVD Handycam® camcorder disc. From the File menu, choose Import, and then choose DVD Camcorder Disc. Standard and VR-mode discs are supported. Please see Known Issues for additional information.
- You can now export AVC (also called H.264 or MPEG-4 AVC) video to a USB-connected PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable). From the Tools menu, choose Export to PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable).
NOTE: PSP firmware version 2.0 is required to use this feature. To check your firmware version, choose Settings > System Settings > System Information. For the latest firmware, go to http://us.playstation.com (in the United States) or http://www.playstation.com (outside the United States).
QuickTime 7 is required to preview AVC video on your computer.
- A full-resolution MXF reader for XDCAM has been added to allow you to use MXF files on the Vegas timeline.
- Changes have been made to improve importing speed and memory handling when working with AAF files.
- Track-based audio gain and panning are preserved (keyframes are not supported) when saving or importing AAF files. When exchanging AAF files with another application, refer to its documentation to determine whether audio gain and panning changes are supported.
- A bug that affected rendering and reading of large AIF files has been fixed: 16-bit, 44.1 kHz stereo AIF renders are now limited to approximately 03:22:53 of audio (536,870,909 samples); 24 bit, 96 kHz stereo renders are now limited to approximately 01:02:08 of audio (357,913,940 samples); the largest file that can be rendered as AIF is approximately 2GB in size. Vegas 6.0c will continue to load files created with previous releases that exceed these limits, though other applications may fail to load them.
- A bug has been fixed that caused some AVI and MPEG files to be improperly identified as AAF files.
- A bug has been fixed that caused some AAF files to be improperly identified as MP3 files.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause the Media Manager to crash when performing
some editing operations if the Save media-usage relationships in active media library check box on the General page of the Preferences dialog was selected.
- A bug has been fixed that could prevent snapping to the ends of media when trimming event.
- The Ctrl+K caption-placement keyboard shortcut in the Edit Details window has been fixed.
- A bug has been fixed that caused still-image sequences to be replaced with a single still image when replacing media.
- A video rendering issue that occurred when using many high-resolution still images of different sizes has been fixed.
- The CineForm CFHD codec has been updated for rendering HD intermediate files.
- An issue that prevented certain media video properties from switching when relinking to offline media has been fixed.
- A "Reverse" icon has been added to identify reversed events.
- Multimedia keys now pass-through to Windows if they are not assigned in the Vegas Keyboard Preferences tab.
- Issues with regional decimal separator characters in the Audio Event Properties dialog Time stretch / Pitch shift section have been fixed.
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 6.0b
- A bug has been fixed that could cause
a crash after undoing a marker move if the marker had a
- A bug has been fixed that caused regions to appear as
markers or at the wrong time when pasted
into the Edit Details window.
- The installation of some Adobe applications may result
in users of some Sony Media Software applications to display
the following message on app startup: "This application
has failed to start because PRM.dll was not found. Re-installing
the application may fix this problem." If you see
this message when launching any Sony Media Software application,
you can simply click OK and proceed. Vegas
6.0b includes a workaround to prevent this message at startup.
- A bug has been fixed that caused the the Quantize to
Frames setting to be bypassed when dragging and holding
the Shift key.
- A bug has been fixed that caused uninstallation of Vegas
6.0 to remove track effect and Wave Hammer plug-ins from
existing Vegas 5.0 installations.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause Vegas to crash
if you deleted tracks while audio peak files for nested
projects were being created.
- The following settings have been moved from Preferences > General
to the View menu, and keyboard shortcuts have been
added for easy access:
- Show/Hide Event Media Markers: Ctrl+Shift+K
- Show/Hide Active Take Information: Ctrl+Shift+I
- Show/Hide Waveforms and Frames: Ctrl+Shift+W
- Show/Hide Video Event Buttons: Ctrl+Shift+C
- Show/Hide Event Fade Lengths: Ctrl+Shift+T
- Show/Hide Event Edge Edit Frames: Ctrl+Shift+O
- A bug has been fixed that could cause projects with 3D
tracks to appear to hang during rendering.
- A bug has been fixed that could prevent you from canceling
- A bug has been fixed that prevented track Shadow and
Glow keyframes from loading properly from saved projects.
- A bug that reversed the direction of the Zoom transition
has been fixed.
- A bug that caused Sharpen filter operations to be reversed
has been fixed.
- A bug that prevented animation of the Film Effects plug-in
has been fixed.
- A change has been made to nested projects to improve
performance. Nested projects now inherit the Video Preview
Quality setting from the parent project.
- A bug has been fixed in the Cookie Cutter and Iris transitions
that prevented guides from being displayed on the sliders.
- A bug has been fixed that caused video event opacity
to incorrectly affect opacity during a transition.
- A bug has been fixed that prevented dynamic RAM previewing
from working if the Sync Cursor button was selected in
the Event Pan/Crop dialog.
- Memory performance has been improved when using a large
number of clips on the timeline that are encoded
with the CineForm HD codec.
- The Resample quality control on the
Audio tab of the Project Properties has been renamed Resample
and stretch quality because the setting
also determines the quality of processing when time stretching
- A bug has been fixed that caused the Preserve
pitch when stretching audio events preferences
to be ignored when deselected.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause unexpectedly loud
output or popping from the LFE channel in a 5.1 surround
project when Good or Best was selected from the Low-pass
filter quality drop-down
list on the Audio tab of the Project Properties dialog.
- A bug has been fixed that could prevent the Low-pass
filter quality setting from being saved and restored.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause playback glitches
when changing a track between Surround Pan and LFE mode.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause file names to be
truncated after recording if periods were added to the file
- A bug has been fixed that prevented the Simple Delay
plug-in from producing tails at the end of the audio stream.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause glitches at the
ends of the loop region during looped playback of 5.1 surround
- A bug has been fixed that could cause problems when rendering
projects that contain UAD plug-ins.
- Various fixes have been made to the Audio Plug-In window.
- The record time remaining display now shows the time
remaining for all armed tracks.
Capture / Print to Tape
- A pre-capture dialog has been added to allow you to choose
whether you want to capture DV using an external video
or SDI/HDV clips using the internal Vegas video capture
application. If you always capture from the same device,
you can choose to always use the selected method (you can
change the method later on the Video tab of the Preferences
- ADS Pyro
A/V Link support has been improved.
- A bug has been fixed that could cause a crash while capturing
DV clips when the Media Manager was turned off.
- A fix has been made to prevent erroneous
Copy Inhibit errors on DV cameras.
- Print-to-DV-tape operations from the timeline are now
more reliable when prerendering is required.
- The Print Video to HDV Tape dialog now displays elapsed
time and estimated time remaining.
- A/V sync has been improved when capturing from HDV tapes
- Audio preview performance during HDV capture has been
improved for slower systems.
- A bug has been fixed in the new video capture application
that prevented the Length box from being
updated when the Timecode in or Timecode
out boxes were edited when capturing from a DeckLink
- Buttons have been added to the Length,
Timecode in, and Timecode
out boxes in the new video capture application
so you can specify which value will be calculated
automatically while capturing from a DeckLink device.
- Timecode accuracy has been improved when capturing
from and printing video to DeckLink devices with support
for Decklink.dll v4.8 and v4.9.
- A bug has been fixed in the Contour ShuttlePro .pref
file for external video capture.
- A bug has been fixed that could prevent MSDE from shutting
down while Sony applications that support the Media Manager
- The Media Manager now includes .veg files when scanning
- A bug has been fixed that prevented clips from being
added to the Media Manager when multiple clips were batch
- A bug has been fixed that prevented files from previewing
when the Save media-usage relationships in active
media library check box was selected.
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 6.0a
- You can now print to HDV tape by choosing Print
Video to HDV Tape from the
Tools menu. This new wizard supports all currently shipping
HDV cameras and deck types.
- Double-clicking a .veg file now opens
the Vegas project instead of nesting the .veg within
the current project. If you want to nest a .veg, you
the Explorer window or choose File > Import > Media and
browse to the .veg you want to nest.
- A bug has been fixed that prevented
events that are contained completely
within other events from being exported when exporting your project
as an AAF file.
- Scripts that have been compiled as .DLL files can now be added to the Scripting menu.
- If you create a shortcut to a script in the Script Menu folder, you can use the shortcut to call the script and pass an argument to the script. By creating multiple shortcuts with different arguments, you can use the same script for several functions, and each shortcut will appear in the Scripting menu as a separate item.
- The Resample quality setting on the Audio tab of
the Project Properties dialog determines the quality
of processing when time-stretching audio events.
- When you nest Vegas projects, a warning is now displayed
if media files or plug-ins from the nested project are
not available on your computer.
- A new setting has been added to the General tab
of the Preferences dialog. Select the AAF Export
- Use frame unit for audio check
box if you want to use frame units for audio tracks when
your project as an AAF file. When the check box is cleared,
audio will be exported as sample units. Selecting the
check box will improve compatibility with other applications
for project interchange: some
applications will not import your project correctly
when frame units are used for video and sample units
are used for audio. Clear the check box only if your
project contains audio only or if you know the application
import your AAF file supports frame units for video
and sample units for audio.
- If you installed a boxed version of the initial
Vegas 6.0 release, the DV video capture
This has been fixed in version 6.0a.
- Numerous stability and performance enhancements have
been implemented for DeckLink capture, batch capture,
timecode-based capture, and print to tape.
What's New in Version
- A/V synchronization detection and repair
- Full-screen preview to a secondary Windows display (including DVI monitors)
- Ability to save keyframe presets in the Track Motion and
3D Track Motion dialogs
- Option to ignore fact chunk when opening compressed
- VST effect support
- Playhead timeline scrubbing
- Broadcast Wave Format (BWF)
- Support for nested Vegas projects
- Ability to save a project path in a rendered file and
edit a rendered file's source project
- Media Manager window
- AAF import and export
- 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.
- Support for capturing and printing to tape via Blackmagic
Design DeckLink™ cards
- Support for capturing from HDV cameras
- 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 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 software to function
- In order to use full-screen video preview on a secondary
monitor, the Extend my Windows desktop onto this
monitor check box must be selected on the Settings
tab or the Display Properties dialog (Start > Settings
> Control Panel > Display)
- If your display adapter does not support 3D acceleration,
you will not be able to use full-screen video preview on
a secondary video monitor.
- If you experience video problems when using full-screen
video preview on a secondary video monitor, update your
display adapter to use the latest drivers from the manufacturer.
- 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
- If you export a Vegas project that contains video crossfades
as an AAF file and import the AAF into Adobe Premiere 1.5,
an error will be displayed. This is due to a limitation
of the AAF plug-in that was included with Premiere 1.5.
Please check with Adobe for an update.
- If you import an Adobe Premiere 1.5 AAF into a Vegas project, audio transitions will not be preserved. This is due to a limitation of the AAF plug-in that was included with Premiere 1.5. Please check with Adobe for an update.
- If you import an Adobe Premiere 1.5 AAF into a Vegas
project, Clip Speed/Duration settings from the Premiere
project will not be correctly associated with the Playback
rate control in the Vegas Event Properties dialog. This
is due to a limitation of the AAF plug-in that was included
with Premiere 1.5.
Please check with Adobe for an update.
- HDV capture requires that you have a registered version
of the Sony MPEG-2 plug-in on your system.
- If you want to use the Media Manager with ACID 5.0 and
Vegas 6.0 software, please install the ACID 5.0a update.
- You can use native HDV MPEG-2 transport streams on the
Vegas 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 choose Tools > Scripting > Batch Render. In the Batch
Render dialog, choose a target folder, the intermediate
file type(s) you wish
and select the Render
Regions radio button 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
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 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 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.
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software Vegas software:
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Vegas software to your computer.
Installing from CD
- Place the Vegas 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.
- Click Install, and then follow the on-screen
prompts to install the appropriate version of Vegas for
Installing from the Web
- Download the install utility from our Web
- Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts
to install the appropriate version of Vegas for your computer.
6.0 Vegas User Manual
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.
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 6.0 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\Adobe Reader 6.0\English\AdbeRdr60_enu_full.exe,
where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive,
and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
- Choose Browse CD, and then browse to
the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader 6.0\English\ folder.
- Double-click the AdbeRdr60_enu_full.exe icon and follow
the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
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8.0 Contacting Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software can be contacted in the following ways:
Sony Media Software
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Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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.
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