Vegas Pro 8 announced

Sony Creative Software publicly announced a few days ago the release of Vegas Pro 8 for $700. The software is being demoed as we speak at the IBC and it will officially be released on September 10th.

According to the press release, it comes with some great new features like 32-Bit floating point video processing, an audio mixing console, no recompression when rendering long-GOP video formats, ProType titler, multicamera workflow, digital Signage and Portrait style (vertical) video editing and more. For the price, these are some very high-end features right there. These are features that until recently you would need to spend over $5000 to get.

Not everything is perfect with Vegas of course. It still won’t support all kinds of AVCHD cameras, while learning to use Vegas properly is an exercise in patience (usability could have been much better). However, the biggest obstable that Vegas has to overcome is the kind of obstacle that many “newcomer” applications have to as well: plugin support. Plugin support, plugin support, plugin support… There are fewer than 30 third party filter/plugins ever written for Vegas, while there are about 1000 for Adobe’s After Effects. This is where Vegas Pro 9 must focus its effort: in an additional plugin layer that adds support for After Effects Windows plugins — no matter the amount of engineering required. Which is the same thing that everyone else in the industry had to do about their graphics or audio Pro applications.

In my opinion, Vegas Pro is on the way “in”, and Avid on the fast way “out”. Vegas is replacing what Avid was representing for years. Adobe doesn’t have much to fear for a few more years because they simply still have all the industry support they need, and Final Cut Pro is secured on its Mac niche. But if Vegas thrusts itself the way it has so far, we might be looking at a new champion in the video editing space in the next 5 or so years. Either that, or Adobe will be forced to slash its prices in order to compete — at least in the prosumer market.

And of course, we should not forget their cheaper product, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8-Platinum, which is the most powerful consumer video editor in the market today ($130). The only consumer NLE that supports 24p (even if unofficially).


William Eggington wrote on September 6th, 2007 at 1:59 PM PST:

Give SpeedEDIT a go. Its background rendering alone is what won me over. Bet they have a demo.

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Eugenia wrote on September 6th, 2007 at 2:22 PM PST:

Looks interesting, although from the screenshots the Amiga-like UI kinda put me off. Also, there is no demo, so I can’t check it out. However, if it’s as powerful as they say in some reviews I just read and was released very recently, then it has a bright future too. According to its feature list, I would grade it similar in functionality as Vegas 7. It’s no v8 though, not yet.

Kevin wrote on September 6th, 2007 at 7:02 PM PST:

I love Vegas, it’s my favorite editor in its class, however I wouldn’t say that Avid is on the fast way out. Maybe on the prosumer line (the Xpress line), but that has never been Avid’s real market anyways. The Media Composer and Symphony still the best out there, especially if you are doing broadcast or HD work.

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