Sony Creative Software, represented locally by Phoenix Software, has released its new range of solutions for video, DVD, audio, and music production. The products include the newest iterations of Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum and Acid Music Studio.
Through extensive upgrades to the entire consumer line of products, the new Sony software collection provides users with intuitive and advanced tools to create nearly any type of multimedia project. Each software application easily imports a wide variety of audio, video or still image files for a simple and streamlined process that helps make creating content an enjoyable process from start to finish.
“More people than ever before are expressing their unique interests and creativity by making movies, music, web television and podcasts to share with friends, family and online audiences,” says Simon Campbell-Young, CEO of Phoenix Software, “These new versions of Sony Creative Software products include upgrades and new features ideally suited for transforming raw footage and audio files into polished, professional final projects. The new software applications have been designed to help new users quickly get started using our ‘Show Me How’ tutorials, but advanced users can continue to expand their skills by discovering new tricks and techniques through powerful features that have been adapted from our professional line of software tools.”
With Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10, editing and producing movies with special effects and transitions has never been easier. In addition to many new features such as a slideshow creator, simple white balance and Zplane élastique audio timestretching and pitch shifting, the new version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum allows users to burn DVDs directly from the timeline, providing an alternate distribution option in addition to Blu-ray discs and traditional file based hard disk and streaming media formats.
Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 now allows up to 10 video tracks and 10 audio tracks, so users can utilise more tracks for organisational options or to simply take advantage of more complex projects and compositing techniques. The software also includes image stabilisation technology. Image stabilisation reduces jitter and shaky video footage, so users with shaky video footage commonly shot from handheld camcorders and inexpensive portable pocket devices have the ability to quickly salvage this media using several optimised presets.
The new ACID Music Studio 8 also boasts a number of new features. It includes a dedicated mixing console, providing hardware emulation and a single interface to mix audio and MIDI, specify routing, and assign audio effects. This allows users to more easily visualise and control audio signal routing in a project, creating a much more flexible and efficient in-studio recording environment.
Enhanced Beatmapping in ACID Music Studio 8 allows users to edit clip properties and Beatmap songs with varying tempos and time signatures. This enables the user to accurately Beatmap material that varies in tempo and has mixed meters. ACID Music Studio 8 also includes high-quality Zplane élastique Pro and Efficient timestretch methods for Beatmapped tracks. This makes it easy for users to perform dramatic time stretches and pitch-shifts of Beatmapped tracks while retaining maximum sound quality.
Similarly, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 allows users to record and edit audio from virtually any source, digitise and restore vinyl and cassettes, and even create karaoke tracks. Users can record audio from vinyl or cassette using automatic track detection, custom start/end times of tracks and perform fine-tuning and adjustments prior to burning to CD or converting to MP3. The enhancements in the vinyl recording wizard make it easy for anyone to convert vinyl and cassettes to MP3 or CD. Other new features include 24-bit/32-bit float 192kHz audio support, customisable window layouts, floating window docks, custom selection gridlines, and a resonant filter plug-in.