Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
Vegas® 7.0
January 2007
 
Contents
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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 7.0d
  • Fixed a track-compositing issue introduced in Vegas 7.0c.
  • Fixed an issue with changing the audio channel in the Trimmer for media that is not in the project.
  • Fixed a conflict with the Raylight MXF reader.
  • Fixed a freeze that could occur when using MPEG or AVC media in the Trimmer while Preview on External Monitor was enabled.
  • Fixed JKL freeze.
  • Fixed a crash when multichannel media that is also in the project is added to the Trimmer and played.
  • Fixed a crash while opening a project that has media that was also in the Trimmer.
  • Fixed a crash when viewing properties for a surround DVD Camcorder audio event.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when recapturing offline XDCAM media or changing XDCAM media outside of Vegas.
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 7.0c
  • Added support for reading Sony 1080-24p HDV, such as that captured with the Sony HVR-V1U camera.
  • Added File > Import > Hard Disk Recording Unit to allow you to import video from a Sony HVR-DR60 hard disk recording unit.
  • Added HDV 720-24p and HDV 1080-24p project templates.
  • Added Video for Windows format rendering templates for 720-24p and 1080-24p intermediates.
  • Added Windows Media Video format rendering templates for 720-24p and 1080-24p video.
  • Added MPEG-2 format rendering templates for 1080-60i and 1080-24p MPEG-2 video for authoring Blu-ray™ discs using Blu-print™ software.
  • Added IMX-compatible project templates.
  • Added a MainConcept AVC/AAC template for rendering 640x480 AVC video for Apple iPod®.
  • Added a Length of GOPs setting to the Advanced Video tab of the Custom Template dialog for the MainConcept MPEG-2 plug-in. You can use this control to adjust the length of groups of pictures (GOPs) when the Use closed GOPs check box is selected.
  • Made improvements to reading and writing MXF-format files.
  • Made improvements to SDI external monitoring via AJA and DeckLink hardware.
  • Made improvements to Rec.709 color space handling for HD MXF and SDI formats.
  • Made improvements to VST audio plug-in scanning.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing degraded performance with the CineForm CFHD codec.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause plug-ins to disappear after being re-enabled.
  • Fixed an issue with naming markers in rendered MXF files.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented HDV capture from stopping after the end of the last clip.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause video event thumbnails to be displayed at nonquantized frame positions for AVI files that use a nonstandard frame rate.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause muted tracks to become unmuted when loading a project when automation was turned off.
  • Fixed a rounding issue that affected crossfade, composite level, and composite-level envelopes.
  • Fixed an issue with normalizing audio via scripting.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause media markers to be displayed incorrectly at velocity envelope points.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect frames to be used when reversing a subclip.
  • Fixed an issue with marker locations in AVI files rendered without audio.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Edit > Streams menu to disappear if the Edit menu had been opened with an empty event selected.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause audio peaks to be rebuilt unnecessarily when opening audio/video files in multiple Sony Media Software applications.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Vegas to appear mirrored on certain operating systems.
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 7.0b
  • The Insert Generated Music command now ignores the Import Audio at Project Tempo setting so Cinescore compositions are imported at actual length.
  • The Lock Envelopes to Events feature no longer includes envelope points after the last event. Previously, moving an event to another track could cause other envelope points to be removed.
  • For the Sony MXF format, a Progressive field order setting has been added for DVCAM and IMX rendering (via the Custom Template dialog for the MXF format). Also added 25p/30p detection when reading these files.
  • The MXF reader now supports source files larger than 4 GB.
  • Two-channel Broadcast Wave Format files are now imported to a single stereo track. In Vegas 7.0 and 7.0a, these files were imported to two tracks.
  • Added support for the Zoom slider on some Microsoft keyboards.
  • Event start times are now properly quantized if you drag media to the timeline when Options > Quantize to Frames is selected.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause gapping when adding certain audio plug-ins to a plug-in chain.
  • Fixed a problem that could occur when using the numeric keypad to move events across tracks.
  • Fixed a problem generating audio peaks for some HDV source files.
  • Implemented various HDV improvements, including stream-length matching, improved speed on non-SSE2 computers, and better handling of some HDV variants.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when using Copy and trim media with project with a project that contained uncompressed AVI files without audio.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Use color management feature (Preferences > Preview Device) from working correctly when using a Windows Secondary Display.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented multichannel/multistream files from creating multiple tracks when dropping files on the ruler.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the Remove from project and delete files(s) command from working when right-clicking a file in the Project Media window.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented certain Targa (TGA) files from opening.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash when accessing CD or DVD drives on computers with Blu-ray drives.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a freeze under certain conditions when building peak files.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a frame stutter when reading some Windows Media Video files.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the rendered file from being added to a new track when using Render to New Track with HDV files.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause the application to stall when reading large MPEG-2 or OMA files.
  • Fixed a problem that caused Export Video to XDCAM Disc to fail if clips had been deleted from the disc.
  • Fixed a problem that caused user-supplied disc names to be ignored when importing XDCAM clips.
  • Fixed problems with loading and saving projects containing XDCAM information while the XDCAM Explorer was not enabled (Preferences > General > Enable XDCAM Explorer).
  • Fixed a problem that prevented markers from being saved when rendering MXF files.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented aspect ratio metadata from being saved when rendering MXF files.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the left/right surround and LFE channels from being rendered when rendering 5.1 surround projects to AC-3 or ATRAC formats.
  • Fixed a problem with automating the Track EQ and Chorus plug-ins.
  • Fixed a problem with printing 24p video to a DV device.
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 or Vegas 6 installed, please install the Media Manager 2.1 update for ACID Pro 5 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.
  • Under some uncommon conditions on multiprocessor machines, you may encounter stability problems when using some Waves 5.2 plug-ins. In most cases, the stability issues can be resolved by clearing the Enable track buffering check box in Vegas 7 (Options > Preferences > Audio Device).
  • If you are encountering stability issues with the CineForm codec that was installed with the CineForm Connect HD product, please install the latest update of Connect HD, available at the CineForm Web site.
  • When using an external video monitor, you need to enable external-monitor preview each time you start Vegas. This change was made to prevent the possibility of hiding the main Vegas window behind the secondary display when monitors are improperly configured.
 
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 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 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.
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