Revised October 21, 2009
What’s new in version 9?
• Support for frame sizes up to 4096x4096. For more information, see Modifying project video properties on page 271.
• Support for capturing directly to XDCAM-compatible MXF files from supported SDI sources. For more information, see Capturing
from an SDI card on page 64.
• Vegas can now automatically adjust the video preview size and quality to optimize frame rate during preview.
Right-click the Video Preview window and select Adjust Size and Quality for Optimal Playback if you want to emphasize frame
rate during preview. When the command is not selected, video quality is emphasized, and the frame rate will be reduced if
necessary. For more information, see Optimizing the Video Preview window on page 326.
• Select the Adjust source media to better match project or render settings check box on the Video tab of the Project Properties
window if you want Vegas to be able to make minor changes to your source media properties—including cropping/padding frame
size or adjusting interlacing—to allow media files to work better with your project. For more information, see Modifying project video
properties on page 271.
• Improved 32-bit floating point (video levels) processing mode ensures color level and contrast compatibility with 8-bit mode. For
more information, see Modifying project video properties on page 271.
• New Gradient Wipe transition. For more information, see the online help. To access the online help, choose Contents and Index from
the Help menu.
• New Glint, Rays, Defocus, Starburst, Soft Contrast, and Fill Light video effects. For more information, see the online help. To access the
online help, choose Contents and Index from the Help menu.
• Audio-only edits (such as event moves, trims, and ASR times) are no longer quantized to frame boundaries by default when
Quantize to Frames is enabled. For more information, see Quantizing to frames on page 131.
If you want to quantize audio-only edits, clear the Do not quantize to frames for audio-only edits check box on the Editing tab of
the Preferences window. For more information, see Editing tab on page 403.
• Audio-waveform drawing during recording has been improved:
• Recorded waveforms are now updated at a faster rate.
• 16-bit peak files are used for increased resolution.
• The entire waveform is now visible during recording.
• Peaks no longer need to be built when recording is completed.
For more information, see Recording Audio on page 233.
• A Use All Streams and Channels command has been added to the Trimmer window shortcut menu to allow you to choose how
streams and channels are handled when adding media to the timeline. For more information, see Choosing multichannel/multistream
options on page 138.
• Import stereo as dual mono check box has been added to the General tab of the Preferences window.
You can use this feature when working with two-channel source media that contains two distinct audio channels, such as an
interview in which channel 1 contains the interviewer’s voice and channel 2 contains the subject’s voice.
When this check box is selected, two-channel audio files will be opened as separate mono audio events on separate tracks. For
more information, see General tab on page 391.
• The Vegas interface uses a new, darker color palette that is easier on your eyes when working in a darkened editing booth. For more
information, see Changing the Vegas Pro color scheme on page 381.
• Vegas includes new default window layouts. For more information, see Loading default window layouts on page 388.
• The Device Explorer window allows you to import video from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, and RED ONE cameras. For more information, see
Using the Device Explorer on page 69.
• In the Save As dialog, the Copy media with project radio button now copies only media files that are saved outside of the project
folder. Media files in folders below the project folder are no longer copied. For more information, see Renaming or creating a copy of
a project (using Save As) on page 341.
• In the Video Media Generators dialog, you can now click the Match Event Length button ( ) to set the length of the generated
media to match the length of the event. For more information, see Editing a generated media event on page 284.
• Hold Alt+Shift while dragging inside an event to slip-trim the right edge of an event. For more information, see Slip-trimming an
event on page 112.
• Hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift while clicking an event to split it. You can then drag from that point to trim the event in the direction you drag
(eraser mode). For more information, see Splitting and trimming events on page 111.
• You can now slip all of an event’s takes when slipping an event (choose Slip All Takes from the Options menu). For more
information, see Slipping and sliding events on page 111.
• You can hold Ctrl or the right mouse button for fine control while adjusting the sustain portion of event envelopes. For more
information, see Using video event envelopes on page 194.
• Time selection envelope editing feature adjusts multiple envelope points within a time selection for quick audio ducking. For more
information, see Applying envelope fades within a time selection on page 184.
• Muted events on muted tracks are now darkened on the timeline to indicate their muted state. For more information, see Mute on
• You can now set default fade and keyframe types on the External Control & Automation tab in the Preferences window. For more
information, see External Control & Automation tab on page 406.
• You can now choose to automatically crop still images to match your project’s output aspect ratio. For more information, see
Automatically cropping still images added to the timeline on page 259.
• In the Render As dialog, templates that match your project settings (frame size, pixel aspect ratio, and frame rate) are displayed
with an equal sign (=) in the Template drop-down list. For more information, see Rendering a project on page 343.
• Holding the Shift key while dragging now enables snapping if Enable Snapping is turned off. For more information, see Snapping
events on page 129.
• Pressing the grave accent key (`) no longer restores track height for tracks that were previously minimized. For more information, see
Changing track height on page 166.
• When you drag a group of selected events, the first and last event now snap to other snap points on the timeline. For more
information, see Turning snapping on and off on page 130.
• Native XDCAM EX reading, import, and rendering. For more information, see XDCAM EX workflow on page 151.
• Improved support for still-image formats:
• Added support for gigapixel-resolution images.
• Improved performance when working with high-resolution still formats.
• You can now create still-image sequences from the Render As dialog. For more information, see Rendering still-image sequences
on page 346.
• Added support for the reading and saving of DPX, OpenEXR, and MS HD Photo formats.
• Support for opening and editing RED ONE™ (.r3d) files on the timeline. For more information, see Working with RED ONE camera files
on page 270.
• Updated Sony AVC rendering templates for Internet distribution.
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