Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Vegas® Pro 11.0
January 2012
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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 Vegas Pro 11.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas Pro software on your computer.
2.0 What’s New
Notable fixes/changes in version 11.0 (Build 520/521)
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using shadows in Titles & Text or ProType Titler.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when rendering with MIDI devices enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause OFX keyframes to shift when reopening a project.
  • Fixed an issue with MP3, Ogg, and AIFF files not including some audio samples at the end of the file.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent rendering to CineForm 3D formats.
  • Improved the playback speed of some 3D projects.
Notable fixes/changes in version 11.0 (Build 510/511)
  • Updated Sony AVC format render template customization to support AVCHD 2.0.
  • Added StreamChase® feature for editing media while it is being ingested by an XDCAM® Professional Media Station.
  • Added Sony Tablet presets to Sony AVC format.
  • Improved performance for MVC reading.
  • Added support for 24p MVC as well as support for additional 3D cameras (such as the Panasonic Z10000).
  • Re-enabled support for “Mono (multiple)” templates for AIFF and Wave formats.
  • Add the ability to create folders in Compositors window.
  • Added Titles & Text Scroll Left preset for creating text crawls.
  • Extended Titles & Text animation from first line to all lines for built-in presets.
  • Added GPU acceleration for Pan/Crop rotation as well as Track Motion rotation, shadow, and glow.
  • Added GPU acceleration for all track compositing modes.
  • Added GPU acceleration to the Swap, Push, Slide, Squeeze, Spiral, Zoom, Barn Door, and Split transitions.
  • Added GPU acceleration to the Invert effect.
  • Added GPU acceleration to the Checkerboard generator.
  • Improved GPU-accelerated image quality for downscaled images.
  • Implemented some performance improvements in ProType Titler and Titles & Text generators.
  • The cursor now stops at the exact end of a recorded event when recording is paused (for example, when using the Enter key).
  • Upload to YouTube has been updated according to the YouTube specification: commas (not spaces) are used to delimit tags, and single-character tags are not allowed.
  • Projects burned to Blu-ray Disc from the timelines now show elapsed time on hardware players.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when creating transitions using NumPad * or -.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using audio plug-ins protected with PACE iLok system.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when rendering to ATRAC Advanced Lossless format.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting the application after playing back time stretching on audio events.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening certain unsupported MXF files.
  • Fixed an issue with Burn Timeline to Blu-ray Disc that caused an invalid Blu-ray image to be created when using the MainConcept MPEG-2 video format.
  • Fixed an image glitch that could occur with GPU-accelerated MainConcept AVC rendering.
  • Fixed an issue with GPU accelerated Sony AVC rendering using AMD Catalyst 11.10 or 11.11.
  • Fixed an issue reading MPEG-2 files with non-Latin characters in the file name or path.
  • Fixed an issue displaying certain non-Latin characters in ProType Titler and Titles & Text.
  • Fixed issues when using nonsquare pixel aspect projects with some video plug-ins.
  • Fixed an that prevented double-clicking an OFX pop-up fader from setting the correct default value.
  • Fixed an issue where transitions would not appear on the Transition shortcut menu.
  • Fixed an issue with Chroma Keyer changing colors when used in 32-bit floating point mode without GPU acceleration.
  • Fixed an issue with Pixelate producing incorrect output when used without GPU acceleration.
  • Fixed issues with Color Curves and Levels when used with images containing transparent alpha channels.
  • NVIDIA drivers prior to R270 are not allowed for GPU-accelerated video processing as they can cause crashes.
  • Fixed Paste Event Attributes to also paste OFX keyframes.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause events to use the wrong media in certain circumstances (seen when project is later loaded).
  • Fixed scroll wheel support for devices with high-resolution scroll wheels.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented mouse clicks from selecting the active multicamera take when external monitor full-screen view was enabled.
  • Fixed duplicate devices that could be displayed in Device Explorer.
  • Fixed issues with External Controls not being detected when added and MIDI learning in Control Configure not working.
  • Fixed an issue with closing audio ports when Close audio and MIDI ports when not the active application was enabled in Preferences > General.
Notable fixes/changes in version 11.0 (Build 424/425)
  • Enabled GPU acceleration for NVIDIA GPUs with Compute Capability prior to 2.0 when using driver 285.62 or newer. See this Web page for a list of Compute Capability levels for various NVIDIA GPUs:
  • Improved performance for GPU-accelerated video processing for certain GPU and chipsets.
  • Improved performance for GPU-accelerated Page Loop, Page Peel, and Page Roll transitions.
  • Improved performance for GPU-accelerated Noise Texture generator.
  • Improved performance for OFX media generators that are not animated.
  • Added support for 422 profile in MainConcept MPEG-2 custom templates.
  • Changed the default field order for MainConcept MPEG-2 NTSC DVD templates to upper first (which is more common and matches more source media).
  • Fixed an issue reading AVI files created by Autodesk 3ds Max.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause silent audio on certain long MP4 files.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented MainConcept MPEG-2 custom templates from Vegas Pro 10 from functioning correctly.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause MainConcept GPU-accelerated AVC rendering to fail in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where previewing Cross Effect in the Transitions window could make the preview thumbnails incorrect for subsequent previews.
  • Fixed a Y-axis inversion in the Mirror plug-in.
  • Fixed an issue with certain settings of the Cookie Cutter plug-in not matching previous version.
  • Fixed a freeze that could occur when rendering a 32-bit floating point project with certain FirePro GPUs.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed compositor plug-ins to be dragged to events.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed more than one compositor plug-in on a track.
  • Fixed an issue with Color Corrector and Color Corrector (Secondary) color wheel interpolation when crossing the zero-degree line.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Media FX to be dropped when relinking media.
  • Fixed an issue that could produce incorrect output for the Sepia plug-in when used on images with transparency.
  • Fixed an issue with the Levels plug-in that could produce incorrect results in some cases if Channel was not set to All.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause artifacts for high settings of the Feather control when processing was not GPU accelerated.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Stereoscopic 3D Adjust floating windows to be transparent when processing was GPU accelerated.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause an error when rendering to certain MainConcept MPEG-2 templates.
  • Fixed Cookie Cutter plug-in shapes for projects with nonsquare pixel aspect ratios.
  • Fixed an issue with Defocus, Glint, Rays, Soft Contrast, and Starburst when used with images with alpha channel or transparency.
  • Fixed an exception error that could occur with certain editing scenarios in the ProType Titler.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the RE:Vision Effects ClampTime plug-in.
  • Fixed a case where a keyframe could be created for an incorrect parameter when using the Custom view of an OFX plug-in (such as Color Corrector).
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Paste Event Attributes to use the wrong event’s attributes when the source events were grouped.
  • When using the Upload to YouTube dialog, tags must be at least two characters long. The Upload button is unavailable if your tag is shorter than two characters.
New Features in Version 11.0
  • GPU-accelerated video processing (please see System Requirements for information about supported hardware).
  • New Titles & Text plug-in.
  • Improved usability for the ProType Titler.
  • Added a new Star Wipe transition.
  • Added a new Radial Pixelate video plug-in.
  • Added per-parameter keyframes for many video plug-ins.
  • The Transitions, Video FX, Media Generators, and (new) Compositors windows all include folders to group plug-ins and a search box to help you find plug-ins easily.
  • The Stabilize plug-in has been simplified and improved.
  • 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.
  • Added a Stereoscopic 3D depth control to the Cookie Cutter effect, as well as Cross Effect and Iris transitions.
  • Support for NVIDIA 3D Vision on single-display systems using the Windows Graphics Card device (available in Preferences > Preview Device).
  • Event Pan/Crop is now integrated into the Video Event FX dialog.
  • Improved usability for the Mixing Console.
  • A simplified Master Bus window provides you with a streamlined view of your project's master output.
  • Sync links provide an additional method of keeping events synchronized: a linked event retains synchronization when the event it is linked to is moved but can be moved independently.
  • An updated Render As dialog streamlines the rendering process and makes it easy to manage your favorite render templates.
  • Integrated Upload to YouTube.
  • MainConcept AVC/AAC improvements:
    • Added MP4 templates for Internet distribution.
    • 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.
  • Added support for RED EPIC® clips.
3.0 Known Issues
  • The Windows Media Audio 9 Voice codec is not included with the Windows Media Player 11 update. If you've installed Windows Media Player 11, rendering to Windows Media Audio 9 format will produce an error. For more information, please refer to Knowledge Base article 932390 on the Microsoft Help and Support site.
  • 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.
  • Vegas Pro templates for rendering multichannel audio in .wav/.wav64, .avi, and .mxf formats may be visible in other Sony Creative Software Inc. applications that do not support multichannel audio. Using these templates in other applications will not produce the desired result and should be avoided.
  • 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 Pro 10 (Options > Preferences > Audio Device).
  • You may not be able to render files larger than 4 GB using some combinations of settings in the Sony AVC encoder.
  • If you have multiple Sony applications (such as ACID, Sound Forge, CD Architect, etc.) installed, uninstalling other Sony applications may cause your audio plug-ins to be removed from Vegas Pro. To restore your audio plug-ins, uninstall and reinstall Vegas Pro.
  • When the Show Video Monitor button in the Trimmer window is selected, video that you preview from the Vegas Explorer and Media Manager windows is played back in the Trimmer. Because the Trimmer is placed in the same window dock as the Explorer and Media Manager, you will not see your video preview. To preview Explorer and Media Manager video, you can drag the Trimmer to a new dock group, or you can turn off the Show Video Monitor button to preview in the Video Preview window.
  • The Step Forward and Step Backward buttons in the Capture window are not supported by all HDV devices.
  • If your project contains still-image sequences or segmented .r3d files, do not select the Copy media with project check box in the Save As dialog. Some frames or segments may not be saved when this check box is selected.
  • The following features are not available in the 64-bit version of Vegas 11.0. If you need to use the following features, you can share projects between 32- and 64-bit versions of Vegas 11.0 installations, performing editing as needed in 32-bit Vegas 11.0 and finishing the project in 64-bit Vegas 11.0:
    • Rendering templates created in 32-bit Vegas 11.0 are not available in 64-bit Vegas 11.0.
    • Gracenote support is not available.
    • AAF import and export are not available.
    • Third-party plug-ins will work only if they are 64-bit plug-ins. Please check with the plug-in vendor for available updates.
  • Installing driver 2.21 for the PDW-UI XDCAM drive can prevent Vegas from starting. Uninstalling the driver or upgrading to version 2.3 will resolve the issue.
  • If you're running two instances of Vegas Pro, external control devices are available only to the first instance of the sofware.
  • When using the Stereoscopic 3D Graphic Card as your preview device with an nVidia 3D Vision for Quadro or 3D Vision Pro setup on a Windows Vista machine, the 3D output may stop when opening another window (such as a video FX property page). If this occurs, please make sure you have the latest graphic card driver and 3D Vision USB driver installed. If installing the latest drivers does not fix the problem, try switching the primary and secondary monitors. There is also a known issue where content on the main window will flicker. This can be fixed by moving another window over the portions of the window that are flickering and then closing the overlapping window.
    We recommend Windows 7 for nVidia 3D Vision for Quadro setups.
  • Rendering CineForm Neo3D files requires CineForm NeoHD, Neo4K, or Neo3D 5.1 (or newer) or GoPro-CineForm Studio, Studio Premium or Studio Professional. The CineForm Neo Player is not compatible with other CineForm products. Do not install Neo Player if you have another CineForm product installed.
  • Version 5 of the AJA device drivers support 64-bit versions of Windows 7 only.
  • CEA608 and CEA708 closed captions are supported over HD-SDI on AJA cards only. Line 21 captions are supported on AJA and DeckLink cards.
  • Right-clicking a media file and choosing Edit Source Project fails to load the project path saved in the media file for media rendered using the following settings: MainConcept AVC/AAC and Sony AVC (Memory Stick templates only).
  • OpenCL GPU rendering is not available when using AMD Radeon Catalyst driver 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, and 11.6. Please use driver version 11.7.
  • In order for some devices to appear in the Device Explorer window, you may need to change the device’s USB Connect setting from Automatic or MTP to Mass Storage.
  • The Tools > Burn Disc > DVD with Menus and Tools > Burn Disc > Blu-ray Disc with Menus commands are unavailable if DVD Architect Pro is not installed.
  • If you want to use RAW camera files in your project, the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack will allow you to view RAW camera files and add them to the timeline.
  • Using the Blackmagic HD Extreme with the Blackmagic ASIO Driver can cause Vegas Pro to hang.
  • We recommend using Stabilize when the project frame rate matches the media frame rate.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. Vegas Pro software:
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista® 32-bit or 64-bit SP2, or Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit
  • 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D)
  • 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • OHCI-compatible IEEE-1394DV card (for DV and HDV capture and print-to-tape)
  • USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, 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 285.62 or later).
    • Quadro GPUs: Quadro 600 or higher (or Quadro FX 1700 or higher with driver 285.62 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.

    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 3.5 SP1 (included on application disc) *
  • Apple® QuickTime® 7.1.6 or later for reading and writing QuickTime files

  • You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc., a US company, in order to activate the software. Product requires online registration within 30 days.

    *.NET 3.5 adds functionality to .NET 2.0. After installing the .NET Framework 3.5, versions 2.0 and 3.5 will be displayed in the Windows Add or Remove Programs listing. Do not attempt to uninstall version 2.0; it is required by version 3.5.

5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Vegas Pro software to your computer.
Installing from a boxed product
  1. Place the Vegas Pro application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your optical drive).
    If you have turned off the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your optical 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 Pro 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 Pro for your computer. 
6.0 Vegas Pro User Manual
The Vegas Pro application disc includes a Quick Start Manual in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy viewing and printing of the text. The manual is located in the Manual folder on the application disc.

In order to view the manual, you will need to install Adobe Reader. You can download the latest version of Adobe Reader from

You can purchase a printed copy of the manual from Café Press.

7.0 Trials and Demos
If you would like information or trial/demo versions of other products from Sony Creative Software Inc., please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, trials, demos, and product announcements from Sony Creative Software Inc. there.
Commercial distribution of the trials and demos requires written permission from Sony Creative Software Inc.
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:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit
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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