Sony Creative Software
Release Notes
Vegas® Pro 9.0
October 2009
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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 9.0 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 9.0c
  • Enhanced audio event timestretch and pitch shifting with zplane élastique Pro.
  • Added XDCAM EX (MP4) rendering.
  • Added quality setting for MXF compression during capture (lower quality level enables compress during capture on lower-end hardware).
  • Added a Prioritize quality over speed check box to the MainConcept MPEG-2 and Sony MXF Custom Settings dialog.
  • MPEG-2 smart rendering now works across different container formats. You can smart render between identical operating points of XDCAM (MXF), XDCAM EX (MP4), and HDV (M2T).
  • Added support for RED devices and media to the Device Explorer.
  • Incorporated an updated RED SDK. In the new SDK, default decoding properties have changed, and color science has been improved. You may notice variations in decoded images due to these changes.
  • Added support for additional AJA I/O hardware: XENA LHi and Io Express, including HDMI input and output.
  • Added support for BlackMagic Design DeckLink HD Extreme (4:2:2 only).
  • Improved precision for the Record Engage Delay setting when printing to tape from an SDI device to allow fine tuning of auto-edit frame accuracy.
  • Added General Preference for Import stereo as dual mono which allows for working with two-channel audio as dual mono.

    When using this setting, the default panning mode, Add Channels, will increase the level of mono events by 6 dB, which can cause unexpected results in your mix. We recommend using the Film or Balance (0 dB Center) panning mode when using the Import stereo as dual mono setting.

  • Added UMID reading for XDCAM EX (MP4).
  • Improvements to XDCAM (MXF), HDV, and AVCHD readers and writers.
  • Fixed an issue where XDCAM EX essence markers were not displayed for clips imported using the Device Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue reading QuickTime audio when using QuickTime 7.6.4.
  • Fixed a crash when displaying the Audio tab for QuickTime templates when using QuickTime 7.6.4.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause certain large clips of XDCAM (MXF) audio to have small dropouts.
  • General compatibility improvements to XDCAM HD MXF files.
  • Fixed and issue with smart rendering MXF/DV content to AVI/DV format.
  • Fixed an issue with saving a project with trimmed MXF/DV media.
  • Fixed an issue where the audio proxy for nested projects might not fully render.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur while creating a custom AVI render template.
  • Improved audio/video sync in Sony AVC and MainConcept AVC.
  • Fixed an issue with AVCHD markers not appearing in the correct location.
  • Fixed a hang that could occur rendering AVCHD with AC-3 audio.
  • Fixed an issue reading certain AVC files (64-bit version).
  • Fixed an issue creating a template with a custom bit rate in MainConcept AVC/AAC.
  • Fixed an issue rendering certain projects to MainConcept AVC/AAC (64-bit version).
  • Fixed an issue with removing 2-3 pulldown from AVI/DV 24p sources.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Windows Secondary Monitor to display incorrectly after performing a prerender.
  • Fixed an issue with prerender or print to tape to certain progressive formats when media generators are used without effects or compositing.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a glitch in the audio if two envelope points were at the same location.
  • Fixed image preview during HDV capture (64-bit version).
  • Fixed an issue where 64-bit VST plug-ins would not appear (64-bit version).
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Vegas90.exe process to remain in Task Manager after closing Vegas (Windows XP only).
  • Fixed Project Media window Timecode In/Timecode Out fields to not use project ruler offset.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause events created using Render to New Track to be misaligned if Quantize to Frames was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Add as CD Track command to create events without media for some file types.
  • Fixed an issue with setting the recording path in the Project Properties dialog.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Open Copy in Sound Forge to change the audio bit depth of the resulting take.
  • Fixed an issue with DPX file row padding.
Notable fixes/changes in Version 9.0b
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the contents of media generators (most often text generators) to change when the Undo command was used.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Vegas to crash during startup on some computers running Windows XP.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause still images to appear out of focus when rotated via Event Pan/Crop.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio dropouts in XDCAM SD (DVCAM) MXF files.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error when conforming trimmed XDCAM clips on the PDW-U1 deck.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some QuickTime files from reading audio properly.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented metadata from being imported with 720-50p XDCAM clips.
Notable fixes/changes in Version 9.0a
  • If you see incorrect colors with certain large still images, please refer to Microsoft knowledge base article KB963106 for a hotfix.
  • Added support for essence markers and title metadata for XDCAM EX clips.
  • Added surround audio source decoding to the QuickTime reader.
  • Added support for additional YUV formats in AVI reader (HDYC, 2vuy, Y422, YUY2, V422, IYUV, and V210).
  • Added support for the AJA Xena LHi and 2K (4:2:2 only) cards. SDI is supported for capture, print to tape, and external monitoring; HDMI is supported for external monitoring only at this time. HDMI monitoring requires an HDMI-to-HDMI connection; DVI-to-HDMI converters are not supported.
  • The Device Explorer window can now import video from additional Sony hard-drive-based video devices and camcorders (including the HDR SR1).
  • Improved performance of OpenEXR image reading.
  • Numerous improvements to RED format support, including native 64-bit reading.
  • Numerous localization improvements.
  • Numerous enhancements to the Vegas color scheme.
  • When device control is not available, the Print-to-Tape Wizard now uses the project ruler format to help determine whether to use drop-frame time codes in the leader and trailer Duration boxes.
  • Fixed the Browse button in the Project Recorded Files Folder dialog so it defaults to the project folder instead of My Documents.
  • Image Sequence rendering now uses 6-digit file names (instead of a variable number of digits).
  • The Project Media window spacing has been improved to show more clips.
  • Some scripting enhancements have been implemented (RenderArgs SaveProjectPathLink property).
  • The Dynamic RAM Preview max and Maximum number of rendering threads preferences are now nonshared preferences between 32-bit and 64-bit versions running on same (64-bit) OS.
  • Fixed an issue using some Generic MIDI controllers that used polyphonic aftertouch.
  • Fixed a Video Capture issue that was recreating default capture directory.
  • Fixed an undo issue that could occur when Preferences > Display > Automatically hide docking area was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Video Preview from updating immediately if the project field order was changed.
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect generated media (e.g. Text) settings being used when switching between projects that were created from a common project (using Save As).
  • Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect behavior if multiple clips were loaded into the Trimmer from the Vegas Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue with Import from Hard Disk Recording Unit where only the first clip would appear in the Project Media window.
  • Fixed an issue with Import from Hard Disk Recording Unit with files with discontinuous timestamps.
  • Fixed an issue where subclip comments were not being preserved when media was relinked during load.
  • Fixed an issue where media comments were not being preserved when media was copied with the project.
  • Fixed an issue with supplying time information to some VST plug-ins.
  • Fixed an issue where using Apply Non-Real-Time Event FX with the Simple Delay plug-in was not including the effect tail.
  • Fixed an issue with Apply Non-Real-Time Event FX using monophonic sources.
  • Fixed an issue with tempo-synchronized effects when used with Apply Non-Real-Time Event FX renders.
  • Fixed an issue in the MPEG-2 reader that could cause black frames in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause crashes with Windows Media Video (WMV) content.
  • Fixed a freeze that could occur previewing MOV files on an external display via IEEE 1394/DV.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented smart rendering from being used when rendering MXF DV to AVI DV.
  • Fixed an issue with running out of memory during AVCHD rendering.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Video Preview to freeze when using IEEE 1394/DV external monitoring.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the frame to turn white when using Best mode, Track Motion, and 32-bit floating point pixel format.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash during rendering with certain audio plug-ins.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash while opening certain MP3 files.
  • Fixed an issue reading certain MP3 metadata.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a freeze when using the Video Preview Split Screen View feature with Clipboard contents.
  • Fixed an issue that would not show correct preview during fast forward/fast reverse during HDV capture preview.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect playback with clips from certain Panasonic HDV cameras.
  • Fixed slow startup times for users with many FX packages.
  • Fixed a rendering freeze when using Acoustic Mirror on a bus.
  • Fixed an issue with video event masks not rendering in the correct location.
  • Fixed a crash rendering MainConcept AVC with the Two-pass check box selected.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Undo while dragging a pan/crop rectangle.
  • Fixed live update of Video Preview while changing RED File Format Properties in the 64-bit version of Vegas Pro.
  • Fixed a problem reading multichannel audio from RED camera files.
  • Fixed a render freeze with certain projects.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to record if the drive containing your recorded files folder is offline.
  • Fixed issues with custom templates in Print to Tape and XDCAM Explorer export.
  • Fixed an issue with partial conforms in the XDCAM Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue with rendering surround projects to multiple mono files.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented stereo render templates from being displayed for 5.1 surround projects.
  • Fixed an issue with Center control resetting to 0.0 dB (if it was over 0.0 dB) after moving the pan position.
  • Fixed an issue with trying to save 32-bit files as FLAC; we now limit these to 24-bit.
  • Fixed an issue that caused other file types to be displayed when All Project and Media Files was selected in the Files of type drop-down list.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented .veg files from being displayed in the Import Media dialog under Windows XP.
  • Fixed an issue rendering 32-bit floating-point project to DPX format if the project contained levels above full brightness.
  • Fixed an issue opening some FLAC files.
  • Fixed performance issue reading CineForm media when Video Preview is in set to Half or Quarter size (or Auto when it uses these sizes).
  • Fixed an issue with certain large images not scaling correctly (resulting in slightly reduced quality).
  • Fixed an issue with the ProType Titler not using character animation if you closed the property page while editing the text.
  • Fixed a video resampling (e.g., velocity envelope) issue with certain combinations of source media and project formats when Adjust source media to better match project or render settings is enabled.
  • Fixed an issue with event mask feather amount jumping in certain cases while panning across an image.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in very dark levels for certain DPX files.
  • Fixed an issue reading XDCAM HD422 proxy files generated with newer deck firmware.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur saving a customized keyboard map.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash when running the application with the Device Explorer window open and certain optical discs (such as Blu-ray Disc media) loaded.
  • Fixed an issue with rendering to AVI using a custom template when the audio format was set to anything other than "uncompressed."
  • Fixed an issue in capture entering timecode when the device's dropframe/non-dropframe state differs from the previous clip.
  • Fixed an issue reading MXF templates from previous versions.
  • Fixed an issue with Mixing Console fader positions when switching between automation and trim modes.
  • Fixed an issue with the Text generator that caused the Outline and Shadow settings to revert to the default values when turning off the effect.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the 64-bit version of Vegas from prompting you to save your project when shutting down Windows.
New Features in Version 9.0
  • 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-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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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 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
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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:
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Customer Service/Sales:
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Telephone support during normal office hours:
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  • +608-204-7703 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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