Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Vegas® Pro 8.1
September 2008
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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 8.1 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 8.1

  • Added support for running under 64-bit editions of Windows Vista™
  • Support for addressing greater than 4 GB RAM for improved memory management..
  • Improved support for multicore processors: Vegas 8.1 can now use more than 4 video rendering threads.
  • You can open Vegas 8.1 projects in Vegas 8.0c and vice-versa.

Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0b

  • Added support for reading 1920x1080 AVCHD video. 1920x1080 AVCHD files created by Panasonic camcorders are not currently supported.
  • Improved audio gain in AAF import and export: if the AAF clip volume is constant and is less than 0.0dB, the clip volume is imported as event volume. If the AAF clip volume is greater than 0.0 dB, the track volume is increased to allow the clip volume to be imported as event volume.
  • Added support for 50p and 60p MXF formats created by XDCAM EX Voyager software.
  • Added support for reading WAV files between 2 GB and 4 GB in size and added a setting to allow WAV renders up to 4 GB before switching to WAV64. Select the Allow Wave renders up to 4 GB check box on the General page of the Preferences dialog to enable support. Clear the check box for compatibility with other software applications.
  • Added the ability to render 5.1 surround to WAV and WAV64 file formats (including new rendering templates). Rendered surround files contain channel-mapping information so that Vegas will preserve surround panning information when adding these files to 5.1 surround projects.

    Legacy Sony applications (and third-party applications) may not be able to read these 5.1-channel files. In this case, use multichannel mapping to render a 6-channel file instead.
  • Added the ability to use uncompressed PCM audio on Blu-ray Disc.
    • When using PCM audio on Blu-ray Disc, some Video template and Audio template combinations can produce media that may not play back correctly on all Blu-ray Disc players.
    • If you notice abnormal audio playback, try using a lower sample or bit rate for your audio. When burning a surround project to DVD media with PCM audio, use 48 kHz, 16- or 24-bit audio only.
  • Reduced disk-space requirements for Blu-ray Disc burning.
  • Removed the “out of synchronization” indication for certain cases where it was not useful.
  • Improved QuickTime reader for clips with imperfect frame rate information.
  • Improved print-to-tape playout performance with Aja Xena.
  • ProType Titler changes:
    • Improved ProType titler support for East Asian vertical text.
    • In ProType titler, added support for Ctrl+Left/Right Arrow to move by word and Ctrl+A to select all text.
    • In ProType titler, added ability to move selected text block using arrow keys.
    • In ProType titler, changed Save to collection to Save as custom curve in curve shortcut menu.
    • Fixed a possible crash in ProType titler when pressing spacebar when a drop-down was open or after a row was deleted.
  • Fixed an issue with reading the last frame of an HDV clip.
  • Fixed issues with long-GOP no-recompress rendering (HDV and XDCAM HD).
  • Fixed an issue with Film mode panning when both automated and non-automated gain are used.
    Fixed an issue with AC-3 audio not being recognized for some MPEG-2 files.
  • Fixed an issue with the Bump Map plug-in when used in 32-bit floating-point mode on an image with an alpha channel.
  • Fixed an issue with the Film Grain plug-in when used in 32-bit floating-point mode on an image with an alpha channel.
  • Fixed an issue with the Default button not defaulting the Audio Device tab Enable Track Buffering and the CD Settings tab Use STPI Direct settings.
  • Fixed an issue writing Red Book CD ISRC information.
  • Fixed an issue in the MXF reader that could cause small audio gaps when rendering to some formats.
  • Fixed color space conversion for certain MainConcept AVC render formats.
  • Fixed color range clamping that could happen in the MP4 reader.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause non-active takes of grouped events to become out-of-sync when trimming events with Ignore Event Grouping enabled.
  • Fixed a possible crash that could occur when deleting a bus during playback under certain routing conditions.
  • Fixed a possible crash under Windows Vista when closing the Network Notify window before it fully opens.
  • Fixed an issue with using multiple Targa still image sequences in a composite.
  • Fixed an issue during project closing when using certain third-party audio plug-ins.
  • Fixed an issue with seeking when using the Waves Z-Noise plug-in.
  • Fixed an issue with certain audio plug-ins that could cause freezing during project loading.
  • Fixed an issue with possible audio drop-outs when rendering very long files.
  • Fixed an issue with saving markers to MXF files from the Trimmer window.
  • Fixed an issue importing DV format video from the DR-60 Hard Disk Unit.
  • Fixed an issue with artifacts appearing on certain 3D tracks.
  • Fixed an issue with certain 3D video tracks not working in 32-bit floating-point mode.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when setting the Trimmer ruler to use the media frame rate.
  • Added support for MJPEG separate field format.
Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0a
  • Added the ability to burn Blu-ray video to DVD recordable discs (added 8 Mbps MPEG-2 and AVC rendering templates).
  • Added support for the Matrox uncompressed codecs with optional alpha channel (for SD, use 720x480 or 720x576; for HD, use 1280x720 or 1920x1080).
  • Added support for reading QuickTime files using the BitJazz SheerVideo codec.
  • Added a General tab to the Event Properties and Media Properties dialogs. You can use this tab to view information about a media file.
  • Added default volume names to burned Blu-ray Discs.
  • Improvements and bug fixes for reading HDV and AVCHD formats, including support for additional consumer AVCHD camcorder files.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause video and audio glitches when using MXF files that do not contain Length metadata (such as clips captured from E-VTR decks).
  • Fixed a bug in the AAF import to support certain Automatic Duck AAF files.
  • Bug fixes for no-recompress long-GOP rendering (smart rendering).
  • Fixed an issue with rendered output that could occur when multicamera editing mode is enabled.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when closing Vegas Pro if certain third-party MJPEG codecs are installed.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when selecting an ACID project file in the Vegas Pro Explorer window.
  • Fixed a crash related to reverse playback in projects with multiple busses.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented media rotation from invalidating prerendered video.
  • Fixed an issue with renaming files from the Vegas Pro Explorer when the Hide extension for known file types check box was selected in the Windows Vista Folder Options dialog.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause problems when previewing FLAC files from the Media Manager.
  • Fixed an issue reading certain H.264 HD QuickTime files.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented subclips from being created from media that required an audio proxy.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in the ProType titler after changing the style of automated text.
  • Fixed crash that could occur in the ProType titler when navigating to child element.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause green or pink areas and/or banding in certain Sony AVC renders.
  • Fixed an issue with post-fader metering when using 5.1 surround master bus plug-ins.
  • Corrected the master bus insert FX chain to default to post-fader gain for new projects.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Chorus plug-in from following tempo settings.
  • Corrected field order of MPEG-2 Blu-ray rendering templates.
  • Fix an issue conforming XDCAM HD projects from non-FAM drive letters.
  • Fixed the name of the Cut away section setting in the Method drop-down list in the Cooke Cutter plug-in.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when accessing optical drive functions if your Windows user account is a member of a large number of groups.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening a new project while an Audio Plug-In property page was open.
  • Fixed an issue playing back subclips or reversed events with FLAC-format audio.
  • Fixed an issue with the locations of rendered markers in MPEG-2 Transport Stream files.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Event Media Markers from MPEG-2 Transport Stream files to all be displayed at frame 0.
  • Scripting changes have been posted to the Vegas scripting forum.
New Features 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.
  • The following features are not available in Vegas 8.1. If you need to use the following features, you can share projects between Vegas 8.1 and 8.0c installations, performing editing as needed in Vegas 8.0c and finishing the project in Vegas 8.1:
    • Rendering templates created in Vegas 8.0 are not available in Vegas 8.1.
    • Cinescore support is not available.
    • AAF import and export are not available.
    • Cineform support is not available.
    • AJA SDI support is not available.
    • Interchange of media rendered with the Save project as path reference in rendered media check box selected is not available between Vegas 8.0c and Vegas 8.1.
    • Third-party file-format plug-ins will not work in Vegas 8.1.
    • Third-party VST plug-ins will work for both Vegas 8.0c and Vegas 8.1.
    • Third-party DirectX audio plug-ins will only work in Vegas 8.1 if they are 64-bit.
    • Third-party DirectX video plug-ins will only work if they are 64-bit.
      Please check with the plug-in vendor for available updates.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. Vegas Pro software:
  • A 64-bit edition of Microsoft® 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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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.
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Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Customer Service/Sales:
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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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