Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
 
Vegas® Pro 9.0
April 2009
 
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 Vegas Pro 9.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using Vegas Pro software on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New
New Features in Version 9.0
Video
  • Support for frame sizes up to 4096x4096 (see the Video tab in Project Properties).
  • Support for capturing directly to XDCAM-compatible MXF files from supported SDI sources.
  • Vegas can now automatically adjust the video preview size and quality to optimize frame rate during preview.

    Right-click the Video Preview window and select Adjust Size and Quality for Optimal Playback if you want to emphasize frame rate during preview. When the command is not selected, video quality is emphasized, and the frame rate will be reduced if necessary.
  • Select the Adjust source media to better match project or render settings check box on the Video tab of the Project Properties dialog to enable Vegas to make minor changes to your source media properties — including cropping/padding frame size or adjusting interlacing — to allow media files to work better with your project.
  • Improved 32-bit, floating-point (video levels) processing mode ensures color level and contrast compatibility with 8-bit mode (see the Video tab in Project Properties).
  • Gradient Wipe transition.
  • New Glint, Rays, Defocus, Starburst, Soft Contrast, and Fill Light video effects.
Audio
  • Audio-only edits (such as event moves, trims, and ASR times) are no longer quantized to frame boundaries by default when Quantize to Frames is enabled. If you want to quantize audio-only edits, clear the Do not quantize to frames for audio-only edits check box on the Preferences > Editing tab.
  • Audio-waveform drawing during recording has been improved:
    • Recorded waveforms are now updated at a faster rate.
    • 16-bit peak files are used for increased resolution.
    • The entire waveform is now visible during recording.
    • Peaks no longer need to be built when recording is completed.
  • A Use all Streams and Channels command has been added to the Trimmer window shortcut menu to allow you to choose how streams and channels are handled when adding media to the timeline.
Workflow
  • The Vegas interface uses a new, darker color palette that's easy on your eyes when working in a darkened editing booth.
  • Vegas includes new default window layouts.
  • The Device Explorer window allows you to import video from AVCHD and XDCAM EX cameras.
  • In the Save As dialog, the Copy media with project radio button now copies only media files that are saved outside of the project folder; media files in folders below the project folder are no longer copied.
  • In the Video Media Generators dialog, you can now click the Match Event Length button to set the length of the generated media to match the length of the event.
  • Hold Alt+Shift while dragging inside an event to slip-trim the right edge of an event.
  • Hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift while clicking an event to split it. You can then drag from that point to trim the event in the direction you drag (eraser mode).
  • You can now slip all of an event's takes when slipping an event (choose Slip All Takes from the Options menu).
  • You can hold Ctrl (or hold the right mouse button) for fine control while adjusting the sustain portion of event envelopes.
  • Time selection envelope editing (adjusts multiple envelope points within a time selection for quick audio ducking).
  • Muted events on muted tracks are now darkened on the timeline to indicate their muted state.
  • You can now set default fade and keyframe types on the External Control & Automation tab in the Preferences dialog.
  • You can now choose to automatically crop still images to match your project's output aspect ratio.
  • In the Render As dialog, templates that match your project settings (frame size, pixel aspect ratio, and frame rate) are displayed with an = symbol in the Template drop-down list.
  • Holding the Shift key while dragging now enables snapping if Enable Snapping is turned off.
  • When you drag a group of selected events, the first and last event now snap to other snap points on the timeline.
  • Pressing ` (grave accent) no longer restores track height for tracks that were previously minimized.
Formats
  • Native XDCAM EX reading and import.
  • Improved support for still-image formats:
    • Added support for gigapixel-resolution images.
    • Improved performance when working with high-resolution still formats.
    • You can now create still-image sequences from the Render As dialog.
    • Added support for reading and saving DPX, OpenEXR, and MS HD Photo formats.
  • Support for opening and editing RED ONE™ (.r3d) files on the timeline.
  • Updated Sony AVC rendering templates for Internet distribution.
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: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=938979
  • 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.
  • If you do not have the Microsoft .NET Framework installed before installing Vegas Pro 9, 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 9.
  • 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 9 (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.
  • 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 9.0. If you need to use the following features, you can share projects between 32- and 64-bit versions of Vegas 9.0 installations, performing editing as needed in 32-bit Vegas 9.0 and finishing the project in 64-bit Vegas 9.0:
    • Rendering templates created in 32-bit Vegas 9.0 are not available in 64-bit Vegas 9.0.
    • Cinescore support is not available.
    • 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.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. Vegas Pro software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP 32-bit SP2 (SP3 recommended) or Windows Vista™ 32-bit or 64-bit (SP1 recommended)
  • 1 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD)
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for DV and HDV capture and print-to-tape)
  • USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, or DVD camcorders)
  • 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., a US company, in order to activate the software. Product requires online registration within 30 days.

    *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
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\ to browse to the installation folder.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\ folder.
  3. Browse to the installer for your language, double-click its icon, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
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.
 
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.
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://www.sonycreativesoftware.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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