Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
Vegas® 7.0
August 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 7.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas software on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 7.0a
  • Numerous XDCAM fixes and performance enhancements have been made.
  • Four-channel .dlx files from the Sony DSR-DR1000 deck now open correctly.
  • If you drag to a snap point that does not occur on a frame boundary when Quantize to Frames and Enable Snapping are enabled, the snap indicator is displayed as a dashed line to indicate that the snap point will be quantized to the nearest frame boundary.
  • A new preference has been added to Preferences > General. Select the AAF Export - Use clip-based audio envelope check box if you want to combine track and event gain envelopes and save them as clip-based gain envelopes in the AAF file. When the check box is cleared, track envelopes are saved as track envelopes, and event envelopes are saved as clip envelopes.
    When you import an AAF file, the track- and clip-based gain envelopes are combined and imported as track envelopes.
  • Multichannel audio files now display an indicator when the events are not synchronized.
  • If you want to open a subclip's original media file in the Trimmer, right-click an event on the timeline (or a subclip in the Project Media window) and choose Open Parent Media in Trimmer from the shortcut menu.
  • Added support for scene detection when capturing HDV video. Use the Enable HDV scene detection check box on the General tab of the Capture Preferences dialog to toggle scene detection.
  • Added the ability to read timecode from most HDV files (some 720p formats do not contain useful timecode).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause HDV capture to hang under some circumstances.
  • Improved performance when saving projects to network folders.
  • Paste Event Attributes behavior has been improved for grouped events.
  • The logic for post-edit ripple (including auto ripple) has been improved when deleting events. The new logic produces better crossfades when deleting an event from a sequence of crossfaded events or deleting events from multiple tracks.
    The ripple amount is now defined by the track with the shortest length of selected events when measured from the start of the first selected event to the start of the next nonselected event.
  • Left/Right Arrow keyboard shortcuts have been revised to allow you to use the arrow keys to position the cursor when the track list has focus and to prevent accidental adjustment of track volume or opacity.
    -Press Left/Right arrow to move the cursor left or right one pixel when the timeline or track list has focus (or hold Shift to extend a selection).
    -Press Alt+Left/Right Arrow to move the cursor one frame when the timeline or track list has focus (or hold Shift to extend a selection).
    -Press Ctrl+Left/Right Arrow to change audio track volume or video track opacity when the track list has focus.
    -Press Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right Arrow to change audio track panning or video track fade to color when the track list has focus.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening some projects created with earlier versions of Vegas.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause external video preview to play out of sync with the video signal when previewing via AJA SDI cards.
  • Fixed a problem with the media offset when splitting a video event that contains a velocity envelope.
  • Fixed a problem with relinking of still-image sequences when media is moved.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a crash when playing back with certain audio plug-ins (including Antares Filter and Sony Pitch Shift).
  • TranzPort control surface meters are now reset when you stop playback.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the right, right surround, and LFE channels from being rendered when using multiple mono templates with 5.1 surround projects.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Beatmapped files from being imported at the project tempo when the Import at Project Tempo check box (Preferences > Audio) was selected.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause distortion when using auto input monitoring under some conditions.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent volume envelopes on the master bus from working correctly.
What's New in Version 7.0
Workflow
  • Improved video preview — now includes auto-fit to preview window, simultaneous internal / external preview, additional resolution modes and optimized scaling for previews.
  • Enhanced window layout management — save, recall, and share custom window layouts.
  • More flexible window docking — timeline and tabs can be displayed on top of docked windows or below.
  • Improved snapping — color-coded visual snap indicator and the ability to snap to event edges on other tracks.
  • User-definable default smoothness values for Pan/Crop and Track Motion keyframes.
  • Freehand envelope drawing on the timeline.
  • Improved project copy/trim with media includes support for uncompressed AVI, Sony YUV AVI, and CineForm AVI files, copy/trim of audio and video to a single .avi file, copy/trim support for media with velocity envelopes.
  • Cut/copy/delete applies to grouped events.
  • Display option for media marker names in events.
  • Improved Media Manager performance.
  • Enhanced keyboard customization.
Video
  • Improved native HDV 1080 .m2t playback performance and improved memory handling for HDV 1080 longform projects.
  • Comprehensive XDCAM support, including XDCAM viewer window, proxy support, FAM (i.LINK®) and network support, multichannel audio I/O, proxy conform, and master to disc. All SD and HD XDCAM formats are supported.
  • Improved DeckLink implementation includes support for current-generation DeckLink PCI-e and PCI-x cards, improved batch capture, multichannel audio I/O, insert edit to tape, mixed timecode handling, 1080 24p I/O support, and 720p timeline monitoring.
  • Support for AJA SDI cards (requires Xena LH, LHe, LS, or LSe card). Includes support for batch capture, multichannel audio I/O, insert edit to tape, mixed timecode handling, SD and HD I/O including 1080 24p, and 720p timeline monitoring.
  • High-quality H.264 AVC/AAC import and export (including HD support). Includes templates for Sony PSP® and Apple iPod® (originally released with Vegas 6.0d).
  • Insert I-frames at marker positions when rendering MPEG-2 (works in conjunction with I-frame viewer in DVD Architect 4).
  • Export to PSP® (originally released with Vegas 6.0d).
  • DVD import supports extraction of 5.1-channel audio from DVD-based camcorders and home movies on DVD.
  • Red-eye reduction for still images.
Audio
  • Support for Sony Cinescore™ music-generation plug-in.
  • Multithreaded audio engine maximizes real-time audio playback and rendering performance - more tracks and effects with lower latency.
  • Multichannel audio import (.wav/.wav64, .avi, XDCAM .mxf, and BWF).
  • Multichannel Broadcast Wave (BWF) audio import and arrange to timestamp.
  • Multichannel audio rendering (.wav/.wav64, .avi, and .mxf).
  • Improved VST plug-in support.
  • Support for opening and rendering ATRAC3™, ATRAC3plus™, and ATRAC Advanced Lossless™ files, mono, stereo, and 5.1 surround.
  • Gracenote® MusicID™ technology for extracted audio from CDs.
  • Support for the Frontier TranzPort control surface.
3.0 Known Issues
  • 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 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 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. VR mode requires Windows XP SP2 or greater. 
  • Vegas templates for rendering multichannel audio in .wav/.wav64, .avi, and .mxf formats may be visible in other Sony Media Software applications that do not support multichannel audio. Using these templates in other applications will not produce the desired result and should be avoided.
  • If you use Vegas 7.0 on a computer that also has ACID Pro 5, ACID Pro 6, or Vegas 6 installed, please install the Media Manager 2.1 update for ACID Pro 5/6 or Vegas 6. You can find the installation utility in the \Extras\Media Manager 2.1 folder on the Vegas application disc.
  • The CineForm codec is unavailable unless your Windows user account is a member of the Administrators group. To open or render HDV AVI files, please log on using an account with Administrator privileges.
  • If you do not have the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework installed before installing Vegas 7, you may — under some conditions — be unable to log on to your computer if you log off and then attempt to log on again without rebooting. Rebooting your computer will allow you to log on, run, and register Vegas 7.
 
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software Vegas software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4 or XP (Windows XP SP2 required for HDV and XDCAM)
  • 800 MHz processor (2.8 GHz recommended for HDV)
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 600 MB hard-disk space for optional Sony Sound Series Loops & Samples reference library installation
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended for HDV)
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for DV and HDV 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)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later (included on application disc)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (included on application disc)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on application disc)

    *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 software to your computer.
 
Installing from CD
  1. Place the Vegas application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive).
    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 CD or 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 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 for your computer. 
6.0 Vegas User Manual
Included on the Vegas application disc 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 application disc.
 
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, 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 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 CD or DVD drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, 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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