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Sony Creative Software introduces Vegas Pro 9

Sony Creative Software will soon make available its Vegas Pro 9 software, the latest version of its nonlinear HD video and audio editing application. Vegas Pro 9 software now features a customizable interface along with direct browsing and import of Sony XDCAM EX footage, native file support for RED ONE (.r3d) camera files, compression to the MXF file format during capture from SD/HD-SDI sources, a scalable 4K workflow, and powerful new effects and editing enhancements. The software includes both native 32-bit and 64-bit versions for use with both the latest and legacy hardware.

Vegas Pro 9 software now offers improved audio-waveform drawing during recording, which greatly increases workflow speed. Audio-only edits, such as event moves, trims and ASR envelopes, are no longer quantized to frame boundaries by default, helping editors match audio and video to an exact event on the timeline. A “use all streams and channels” command has been added to the trimmer window shortcut menu enabling users to choose how streams and channels are handled when adding media to the timeline.

A new device explorer feature in Vegas Pro 9 allows users to browse XDCAM EX devices and AVCHD cameras, allowing selective import and native use of those files. A new capture-compress function allows broadcast editors to convert their legacy SD or HD tape-based material, including Digital Betacam, HDCAM and DVCPRO 100, into MXF clips conforming to the Sony XDCAM MPEG2 standard. The software supports frame sizes up to 4096 x 4096 and includes six new effects plug-ins.

Sony Creative Software is accepting preorders for Vegas Pro 9, which is scheduled to ship May 11.