Sony Vegas requirements

Sony’s own “minimum requirements” for Vegas are a bit optimistic. While other NLEs are able to work with DV or HDV requiring fewer resources (e.g. iMovie HD ‘06 is one of them), Vegas is more demanding (although it is not as demanding as Premiere/AfterEffects). Here’s what you need to work without headaches:

For miniDV (720×480/576i, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 ):

– Any CPU released after 2003.
– 1 GB RAM minimum.
– 120+ GB IDE NTFS-formatted hard drive (don’t forget to delete your temp/storage files after rendering the final).
– Windows XP. Their version 8 software doesn’t work perfectly on Vista yet (although it works better than v7 did).
– Firewire port.
– Any DirectX 9+ 64MB+ AGP/PCI-e graphics card.
– A 1440×900 LCD monitor or above (1280×1024 will be pushing it to fit the UI).
– In the Settings/Video preference panel, make sure the “dynamic RAM” is set to 256 MBs. On the same panel, use as many “threads” as the number of your CPUs/cores/hyperthreads.

For HDV (1440x1080i, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 Platinum):

– Any CoreDuo or higher CPU (basically, any CPU developed on 2006 onwards that was not a Celeron-class). My own 3 Ghz P4-Hyperthreaded CPU from March 2005 is pushing its limits with HDV on Vegas.
– 2 GB RAM minimum (3 GBs will be optimal).
– Firewire port.
– Two SATA NTFS-formatted hard drives. The system 120+ GB drive will hold the “temp” files, while all other work, rendering and archiving should be done on the second, 500 GB SATA disk.
– Windows XP Pro. Their version 8 software doesn’t work perfectly on Vista yet (although it works better than v7 did).
– Any DirectX 9+ 128MB+ PCI-e graphics card (ATi/nVidia recommended).
– A 1680×1050 LCD monitor.
– In the Settings/Video preference panel, make sure the “dynamic RAM” is set to 512 MBs. On the same panel, use as many “threads” as the number of your CPUs/cores/hyperthreads. If AVC rendering crashes, set the threads to “1”.
– A PCI/PCI-express sound card (meaning, not on-board AC-97 crap).

For AVCHD or full HD (1920x1080p+, Sony Vegas Pro 8):

– The highest-end CPU(s) you can find in the market.
– 4 GB RAM.
– Two SATA NTFS-formatted hard drives. The system 250 GB drive will hold the “temp” files, while all other work, rendering and archiving should be done one the second, 500 GB SATA disk.
– Windows XP Pro. Their version 7 software doesn’t work well on Vista.
– Any DirectX 9+ 128MB+ PCI-e graphics card (ATi/nVidia recommended) with 2 DVI or HDMI outputs.
– A 1680×1050+ LCD monitor for editing. Ideally, a second 1920×1200 monitor for full screen HD preview too.
– Firewire port for tape-based cameras, USB for AVCHD or other kind of cameras.
– In the Settings/Video preference panel, make sure the “dynamic RAM” is set to 512 MBs. On the same panel, use as many “threads” as the number of your CPUs/cores/hyperthreads. If AVC rendering crashes, set the threads to “1”.
– A good PCI/PCI-express sound card.

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JBE wrote on July 11th, 2007 at 3:36 AM PST:

Hi Mate:

Msg from Australia. Thank you for posting this system requirement article. I’ve been searching this info on net for the past two weeks without much success.

You are the life saver!!! words cannot describe how thankful i am !!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

Would you mind telling me more about the required graphic card? and the CPU…wot’s the best graphic card and CPU for vegas 7???

YOU ARE THE MAN!!!


JBE wrote on July 11th, 2007 at 3:38 AM PST:

by the way..i’ve got this sony camcorder sony hdr-sr1 …THE AVCHD format….so any suggestion for the best pc system for editing AVCHD with vegas 7???


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JBE wrote on July 11th, 2007 at 9:38 AM PST:

Hi Eugenia:

I haven’t recevied your replied email yet. Would you be able to re-send it to me again!

Thank you for your kind assistance.

Deepy appreciated!


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