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December 2014
Issue: IBC 2007 - Day 3

SONY DEBUTS VEGAS PRO 8 NLE SOFTWARE

AMSTERDAM - At IBC, Madison, WI's Sony Creative Software (www.sonycreativesoftware.com) showed Vegas Pro 8, the newest version of its nonlinear editing software. The updated release is now available and allows users to deliver to platforms ranging from high definition to mobile devices.

A new 32-bit floating point video engine allows Vegas Pro 8 to deliver increased quality and accuracy of final output while handling a 10-bit serial digital interface (SDI) at full capacity. The release is fully Microsoft Vista-compatible, and now features a ProType titler for high-quality vector-based title generation and automation. Specialized templates have been added for users working in the portrait/9:16 aspect ratio, which is becoming more and more common in retail advertising. Vegas Pro 8 also now supports multicamera workflows.

Thought Equity's Motion Footage Search plug-in helps Vegas 8 users find and access stock footage, and content from Sony Pictures, National Geographic and HBO is available to registered Vegas Pro 8 users.

On the audio side, Vegas Pro 8 has a new mixing console and routing capabilities, as well as tempo-based effects and support for opening and rendering FLAC file.

In regard to formats, read and write support has been added for Sony AVCHD, and no recompression takes place when rendering long-GOP video formats. Sony's DVD Architect 4.5 is included with Vegas Pro 8 and now features 44 professional design themes. The company is also providing a series of interactive tutorials to help users get up to speed.

The release is priced at $699.95 and upgrade pricing for current users is also available.