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Phoenix debuts Vegas Pro 8.0c


Phoenix Software has announced the free availability of Vegas Pro 8.0c and Vegas Pro 8.1 non-linear editing (NLE) software application updates.

Vegas Pro 8.0c makes the transition from other NLE systems to Vegas Pro easier by enabling the user to customise the trimmer window to operate in an enhanced source/preview mode and provides additional support for new video cameras popular with broadcast users, as well as the new PDW-1500 XDCAM deck.
As the first 64-bit editing application offered by a leading software developer, Vegas Pro 8.1 provides users increased editing power and flexibility to work with complex memory-hungry 3D projects and high-definition (HD) content.
"The broadcast production community has been eagerly awaiting an efficient and affordable solution for HD and 3D content," says Dave Chaimson, Sony Creative Software vice-president of global marketing. "These two updates provide our users with comprehensive technological advancements for increasingly complicated and time-sensitive broadcast productions.
"With the demand for Vegas Pro growing rapidly in the worldwide broadcast market, the combination of a more familiar workflow, coupled with 64-bit support for increased throughput, provides an unrivaled solution not available in any other application."
Jason Phillips, sales director at Phoenix Software, adds: "Phoenix offers local purchasers of Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 30 minutes of one on one free training through an experienced industry trainer. This helps them get to grips quicker with the product and enhances usage. In addition, there is an in-depth training course available for Vegas Pro 8, suitable for professional video editors, students & teachers and aspiring home video editors."
Vegas Pro 8.0c and Vegas Pro 8.1 professional software are now available as free downloadable updates for Vegas Pro 8.0 users from the Sony Creative Software website.
The Vegas Pro 8.0c software now features extensive support for the new PDW-1500 XDCAM deck and the newest Sony video camera formats including XDCAM HD 4:2:2. The Vegas Pro software scales intuitively on the user's system, ensuring that it takes full advantage of all hardware capabilities.
The new Smart Render feature supports most news acquisition formats, providing the ability for news corporations to get content to air rapidly. Newly enhanced trimmer tools support broadcast editing workflows, while the new Fit-to-Fill function enables broadcasters to automate cuts to match content to the exact seconds allotted for their story. Vegas Pro 8.0c also now includes 24p support for those working with film framerate style content.
Vegas Pro 8.1 has been engineered to take full advantage of the 64-bit operating system to enable users to work with multifaceted, memory-intensive projects. The Vegas Pro 8.1 64-bit program is a standalone application that does not require users to have Vegas Pro 8.0 preinstalled on their system.
However, Vegas Pro 8.1 has been designed with backwards compatibility with the 32-bit Vegas Pro application so users can create a project in one platform and open it in the other. This provides users with the ability to work with a 64-bit version for the performance gains, but also work in the 32-bit system for continued broad hardware and codec support.