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The New Sony Vegas 7+DVD
A powerful professional editing platform

By Shawn Amaro

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Sony Vegas 7+DVD is a professional editing platform capable of taking an editor from capture to export. The Vegas7+DVD includes Vegas 7, DVD Architect 4, and Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding software. Vegas allows for real-time acquisition and editing of DV, HDV, SD/HD-SDI, and all XDCAM formats. Vegas 7 has the capability to fine-tune audio with the precision of a digital audio workstation. DVD Architect 4 provides the capability to author surround sound and dual-layer DVDs.

The Vegas 7 interface includes a fully customizable workspace capable of creating a variety of production environments. Save your favorite layout for individual users and tasks, even dock multiple windows across more than one monitor. The Vegas 7 timeline permits an unlimited number of video and audio tracks in different sizes and frame-rates, even nest Vegas projects within the timeline. Use multiple aspect ratios such as 4:3, 16:9 and edit in 23.976, 25, 29.97, 30fps or create 24p files for conversion to film. Use application scripting to automate repetitive tasks and save customized keyboard commands. Create customizable fades or reverse, hold and repeat individual transitions. Render projects in any resolution up to 2048 x 2048. Additionally, Vegas 7 software provides timeline monitoring using i.LINK connector/IEEE-1394 DV devices including output to hardware cards in all supported resolutions.

The improved format support added to Vegas 7+DVD provides full-frame rate playback of native HDV. Capture from a wide variety of HDV devices, with scene detection and timecode support for the majority of HDV formats. Improved memory usage for editing HDV 1080i was added to help with the current line of HDV camcorders. Export HDV projects to such distribution formats as Windows Media 9 HD, Real Media, QuickTime, AVC/AAC and the Sony YUV codec for HD-SDI output.

In addition, Sony Vegas 7 adds full resolution support of HD and SD XDCAM files, in MXF format, with no additional transcoding required. Vegas 7 has superior SD down conversion and frame rate conversion including 24p, and precision up conversion for HD-SDI mastering. Vegas 7 allows for M2T playback and 601/709 color space handling.

Import Flash (swf) directly into Vegas 7 software and create complex text animations and other effects for use in any editing tool that supports swf export. The vector-based swf files can be scaled to any project size without loss of resolution and crossfade them without conversion or rendering. Vegas 7 software takes advantage of parallel processing architectures, significantly reducing complex project-render times on multiprocessor and multicore systems.

Vegas 7 supports the AJA and Blackmagic Design DeckLink line of capture/acceleration hardware, providing batch capture, mixed timecode handling of SD and HD 1080i 24p and 720p with timeline monitoring. Enhanced monitoring tools allow full screen timeline playback to secondary displays via component or DVI connections. Support of scaling, deinterlacing, and color profiles is all capable within Sony Vegas 7.

Sony Vegas 7 permits immediately viewable color changes on external monitors. Utilize the 3-Wheel Primary and comprehensive Secondary Color Correction filters to fine-tune differences in video. Color match footage between different camera setups, lighting arrangements or make specific color ranges stand out. Use presets to create a film-look effect or make your own stylized color configuration. All edits can instantly be analyzed on a Vectorscope, Waveform, Parade and Histogram. These tools can be used to accurately calculate color, black and whites or illegal chroma and luma levels.

Working with effects in Sony Vegas 7 is both fast and efficient. Select from over 190 customizable video effects and recall frequently used effect chains with configurable packages. Choose between 175 real-time 2D and 3D transitions ranging from smooth dissolves to 3D fly in/outs. The Vegas 7 track grouping model allows multiple tracks to move and rotate in 3D space. 3D motion occurs in real-time and is instantly previewable on an external monitor. All transitions can be keyframed to change over the length of each fade and are customizable. Pick from effects like Lens Flares, Light Rays, Film Effects, Chroma Key, Timecode Overlays, Color Gradients, Media Generators, Credit Rolls, Text Effects and still image effects.

Sony Vegas 7 can produce 3D motion effects with accurate control over Z-depth, plane intersection, compositing and more. Create keyframeable Bezier masks for complicated objects, shapes and motion changes over time. Use the Bezier tool to make depth-of-field effects, feather and blend hard edges, zoom the workspace to the sub-pixel level and construct mask overlays.

New effects to Sony Vegas 7 are the Red Eye Reduction and Envelope Brush "Paint" tool. The Red Eye Reduction tool quickly eliminates red eye in still images without leaving the Vegas environment. The new envelope brush tool in Vegas 7 software makes it possible to "paint" an envelope curve over time by holding down the shift key. This is a quick way to outline the general shape of an envelope without placing and modifying many distinct points. Use the auto thinning feature to approximate the drawn curve with as few points as possible.

Sony Vegas 7 software provides unlimited audio tracks, 5.1 surround mixing, 24-bit 192 kHz audio support, punch-in recording and time compress/expansion. Vegas 7 includes 30 real-time, customizable audio effects including EQ, Reverb, Delay, and natively supports VST audio plug-ins.

The fast and feature-rich Vegas 7 software is ideal for standard definition and high-definition digital video production, streaming content creation, broadcast production, and more. System-wide media management produces maximum efficiency. Network rendering saves time by using multiple computers and networked drive arrays to render complex projects.

DVD Architect 4 software offers high-quality MPEG-2 encoding for DVD, broadcast and other delivery targets. Capabilities include 2-pass variable bit rate encoding, 4:2:2 High profile/Main level, and Transport stream support. DVD Architect supports scripting, random playlist playback, parental control, keyframeable transformations/effects, graphical subtitles and 4:3/16:9 preview settings.

Sony Vegas 7+DVD is a professional editing suite with the capability of completing even the most complex projects. The real-time features across multiple formats leaves more time for the creative process and less time rendering. Sony Vegas 7+DVD is the professional choice.

Sony Vegas 7+DVD is available on the B&H website.

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