Sony Vegas color grading presets

I put together 10 color grading presets tonight, 9 of them somewhat emulating the Magic Bullet looks, and 1 emulating the Kodak 3383 film look. The presets work with Vegas Platinum and Pro, but not with the plain version of Movie Studio. Here’s how:

1. Download this zip file. Unzip the “presets” folder in it on your C:\ folder. It must be unzipped on the root folder of your C:\ drive, or the included .vf sample projects won’t load.

2. Download the Preset Manager directly from Sony. Install it. This is a nice official utility that unfortunately doesn’t come with Vegas by default.

3. Browse C:\presets\ and double click the eugenia-part1.sfpreset file to open with the Preset Manager. Click the little + sign on the left of the “eugenia-part1.sfpreset” word, and then select the “FX Chain” word that appears directly underneath it. Then, click the “edit” menu, and “Copy to system”.

4. Now, open a Vegas project (either my sample .vf projects, or any of your own projects), and try to apply a plugin to an event in the timeline (by clicking the blue + symbol on the right side of any timeline event). From the long list appearing, click “Filter Packages” on the tree list on the left, and the new presets will be now visible. You can choose any of them to load, and start playing around.

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Greg Wallis wrote on October 3rd, 2008 at 12:03 PM PST:

You know, Eugenia, you’re wonderful. I had no idea that a preset manager existed for Vegas, and it was only yesterday that I was going to have yet another try at exporting presets for other users, and had come to the conclusion that the only way was to zip up the FX folder and export a registry key, which is hardly ideal. This makes it easy, so well done you for posting this.

I’ll have a play with your presets over the weekend.


Jesse Xu wrote on October 3rd, 2008 at 8:46 PM PST:

Very nice, thank you so much!


BW wrote on October 11th, 2008 at 3:15 PM PST:

Wow, this is great that you did this. Just made use of the Kodak preset in a little home video project and the results look great. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

For what it’s worth, I’m using Vegas 6 (the pro version before it was called pro) and the above instructions worked out well for me.


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