Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Vegas® Pro 8.0
August 2007
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 Creative Software Inc. Vegas Pro 8.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas Pro software on your computer.
2.0 What’s New in Version 8.0
  • 32-bit, floating-point video processing with linear-light gamma support (use the Pixel format and Compositing gamma drop-down lists on the Video tab of the Project Properties dialog).
  • Multicamera editing.
  • Sony ProType titler (available in the Media Generators tab) .
  • Digital signage support: create rotated projects for viewing on a vertical or inverted display.
  • Support for 10-bit video encoding when previewing or capturing from AJA SDI video cards.
  • Mixing Console window for a traditional hardware-style mixer view.
  • Audio routing enhancements:
    • You can now route busses to assignable effects via the Mixing Console window.
    • You can now route busses to multiple sends via the Mixing Console window.
    • If you want to apply track panning to bus or assignable FX sends, right click the bus or FX fader in the track header and choose Link to Main Track Pan from the shortcut menu.
  • The Track Prefader Sends Listen to Mute check box in Preferences > Audio enables pre-volume sends from tracks to busses and assignable effects to respond to the track mute state.
  • Tempo-based audio effects. Vegas now sends tempo information (as specified by the Measures and Beats settings on the Ruler tab of the Project Properties dialog) to tempo-aware audio plug-ins.
  • Support for Windows Vista™.
  • Interactive tutorials.
  • Single-monitor full-screen video preview.
  • Media Manager database upgrade.
  • If you want to edit in the Trimmer window without updating the Video Preview window, right-click the media file in the Trimmer Window and clear the Show Video in Preview Window command.
  • If Quantize to Frames is on while dragging an audio event and the selection group contains video, the movement is quantized so the first video event is quantized (instead of the audio event). If there is no video in the selection group, the audio event will become quantized (as in previous versions of Vegas).
  • Burn timeline to Blu-ray disc.
  • Smart rendering support for HDV 1080i and XDCAM.
  • Conforming XDCAM projects using FAM now supports import of only the portions of the XDCAM files used in your project timeline.
  • Sony AVC rendering enhancements.
  • AC-3 Studio encoder.
  • Support for opening MJPEG-encoded AVI files.
  • Support for opening and rendering FLAC files.
  • Export to PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) enhancements.
  • Enhanced scripting: you can now create compiled scripts that are available under the Extensions submenu in the View, Edit, or Tools menus. These extensions are loaded when Vegas starts and remain loaded as long as the program is running. Extensions can respond to changes in project data, control playback, and display a nonmodal interface.
3.0 Known Issues
  • Windows Vista™ manages memory significantly differently than Windows XP. In some situations of high memory use by Sony Creative Software products, performance can suffer. The effects are more pronounced when working with media that requires large amounts of memory such as HDV.

    Microsoft has released an update for Windows Vista that alleviates some of this behavior. More information on the update is available from Microsoft:
  • Windows Vista™ does not include support for Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe), which is used to display context-sensitive What'sThis help. You can use the application's HTML help by choosing Contents and Index from the help menu, or you can install WinHlp32.exe manually. For more information, please refer to Knowledge Base article 917607 on the Microsoft Help and Support site.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The CineForm codec that is installed with Vegas 8 is unavailable unless your Windows user account is a member of the Administrators group. To open or render CineForm AVI files, please log on using an account with Administrator privileges.
  • If you do not have the Microsoft .NET Framework installed before installing Vegas Pro 8, 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 Pro 8.
  • 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 8 (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.
  • You may not be able to render files larger than 4 GB using some combinations of settings in the Sony AVC encoder.
  • Vegas 8 requires QuickTime 7.1.6 or later. As a general rule, you are encouraged to use the most current version of QuickTime.
  • XDCAM .mxf no-recompress rendering ("smart rendering") requires that the render template precisely match the .MXF source media. 
  • 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.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. Vegas Pro software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 or Windows Vista™
  • 1 GHz processor (2.8 GHz recommended for HDV)
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 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)
  • Supported Blu-ray-recordable drive (for Blu-ray disc burning only)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (included on application disc) **
  • Apple® QuickTime® 7.1.6 or later

  • You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc. to activate the software.

    *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.

    **.NET 3.0 adds functionality to .NET 2.0. After installing the .NET Framework 3.0, versions 2.0 and 3.0 will be displayed in the Windows Add or Remove Programs listing. Do not attempt to uninstall version 2.0; it is required by version 3.0.

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 CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive).
    If you have turned off 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 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
Included on the Vegas Pro application disc is a complete Vegas Pro 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 Pro application disc in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have turned off the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr709_DLM_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 AdbeRdr709_DLM_en_US.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
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:
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