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VEGAS Pro 16 Released August 2018 – What’s New?

A new version of the video editing software VEGAS, formally known as Sony Vegas, is typically released every year or two. As we predicted, VEGAS Pro 16 was announced and given a release date on August 27th 2018.

You can now purchase and download VEGAS Pro 16 at Vegas Creative Software for a price of $599 or €599. If this price is out of your price range, don’t worry, there are other options in the VEGAS family. VEGAS Pro 365 is a subscription plan for VEGAS that works quite similarly to Adobe Creative Cloud in that you pay a monthly fee for access to the video editing software.

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VEGAS Pro 16 – when will it get a release date?

Update: This article was updated on August 29th 2018: VEGAS PRO 16 RELEASED

A new version of the video editing software VEGAS, formally known as Sony Vegas, is typically released every year or two. VEGAS Pro 15 was released by MAGIX on August 28, 2017. Will we see VEGAS Pro 16 this year?

MAGIX software acquired Sony Vegas and rebranded it to VEGAS – they released VEGAS Pro 14 in September 2016 and then VEGAS Pro 15 in August the following year. Following this release schedule, we could be seeing a new version of VEGAS this August or September.

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Sony Vegas Pro 12: How to Render in 720p HD Settings Tutorial

How do you render your video in 720p HD (1280×720 dimension) in Sony Vegas Pro 12?  Today, I’ll be showing you how to render your videos in 720p HD quality, using a custom rendering template and settings to produce excellent video quality and also optimize the final product for YouTube uploading. Also, I’ll be showing you how to change slight settings to help reduce the video file size for a very small and almost insignificant decrease in video quality!

 

Make sure to follow the easy-to-follow video tutorial embedded below to ensure that you are following the correct procedure to render your video!

  1. The first step we’re going to take, is to actually make sure that your project is saved as a .veg (Sony Vegas Project) file in case you want to come back and work on your project further, or change anything. To do this, what you need to do is go to the File drop down menu at the top left corner of your screen, and simply click Save As.. . Now, enter a name referring to your project (e.g. – “My Video Project”) and click the save button. *(see end of post)
  2. Now that we have our project backed up, we’re going to want to Render it.  Now, go to File , Render As.  You’ll now see a window pop up with two drop down menus, “Save as Type:” and “Template:” .
  3. Firstly, lets start with the “Save as Type” drop-down category. Click on the drop-down menu, and select “Windows Media Video V11″ , it should be towards the end of the list.
  4. Now we’re going to move onto the “Template” drop-down. This section is slightly more complicated, so we’ll split it into more steps, keeping it simple.  However, we’re not going to choose a pre-made template, in fact, we’re going to create our own custom 720p HD template!  To do this, we need to select a random .wmv pre-made template and click the “Custom” button besides the Template category !
  5. Once you click Custom, another window will open up. Here, the template is split up into Audio, Video, Bit rate, Index/Summary and Project. We’re going to be going through each of these with custom settings, so make sure you read carefully!

AUDIO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Audio
Attributes: 64 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo (A/V) CBR

VIDEO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Video
Image Size: Custom – 1280×720
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.00
Frame Rate (FPS) – 30
Video Smoothness – ~90-100

BIT RATE:
Internet/Lan: ~ 4M – 8M
(The higher your bit rate, the higher quality your file will be, but also the size of the file increases with bit rate.)

PROJECT:
Video Rendering Quality: Best

You have now successfully created a .wmv 720p HD Custom template for your videos. If you want to render your other videos with these settings, instead of trying to remember all of these settings again, you can simply go to your File > Render As, select .wmv from the first dropdown menu, and NOW on the second drop down menu for “Template”, you can find your custom template under the name you saved it as, eg, “720p HD Video Template” !

*IMPORTANT NOTE:

 (One common misconception is that when you Save your file using File > Save As.., you are now ready to play it back or upload it to the internet. However, this is not the case. This creates a .veg file, which is only accessible in Sony Vegas, as a project file. To make your clip playable you need to RENDER it, this is explained at STEP 2 above!)

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Sony Vegas Pro: FREE Color Correcting Plug-in and Presets

Welcome to Free Vegas Plugins, Episode 2! Today we’re going to be looking at a free plug-in for Vegas that can be used in color correcting and also 14 free color correcting presets from Pantarheon.org and 3 other free color correcting presets.

The first color presets we’re going to be looking at are from Pantarheon.org. There are 2 download packs with 7 color presets in each. To download and install the 14 color presets follow these steps:

  1. First, we need to download the Sony Preset Manager . You can download it for free from sonycreativesoftware.com/download/utilities . Run the download file and install the program following the steps on screen.
  2. Download the two .zip files (here and here) which each contain 7 Vegas presets. When you download the .zip files, open them using WinRar and double click on the .sfpreset file in the .zip file. The .sfpreset file will automatically open in the Sony Preset Manager.
  3. When the Preset Manager is open, expand the “FX Chains” folder.
  4. Highlight all 7 presets listed by clicking and dragging a box around the presets.
  5. When you have the presets highlighted, click on the “Copy to System” button at the top of the Preset Manager window. This will add the presets into Vegas. Simply re-open Vegas, open the plug-in manager (click on the “View” dropdown at the top of Vegas, and select the Plug-in Manager) and go to Video > FX > Filter Packages. You should find the 14 presets in that folder! Now simply click and drag the presets onto your video clip to use the effect.

 

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The next free download is the AAV Colorlab plug-in.

  1. Download the AAV Colorlab by going to aav6cc.blogspot.com and going to the downloads page. Select either the 32 bit or 64 bit download, depending on your operating system. You can also download the .pdf read-me file which will guide you through the installation and use of the plug-in.
  2. Once you have download the .msi file, run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install AAV Colorlab.
  3. Re-open Vegas and you will find AAV Colorlab under Video FX. If you can’t see it on the Video FX menu in Vegas, open the plug-in manager as we did above and go to Video > FX and AAV Colorlab should be listed at the top of the list.
  4. Simply click and drag the AAV Colorlab effect onto your video clip to begin using it.

Last, but not least, are the 3 “Vintage Look” color presets.

  1. These can be downloaded from Eugenia.Queru.com .
  2. The site has instructions on how to download and install the plug-in , which again will need the Sony Preset Manager.

If you’re looking to add some extra spark into your videos in the form of stock video footage, motion graphics, infographics or transitions then I would recommend checking out Videohive.net which is a marketplace fuelled by creators with a huge range of options. Also, full disclosure, if you follow our link and purchase something we get a commission which helps us out here at ObviouslyTech!

 

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Loading Progress Bar Intro / Effect – Sony Vegas Tutorial

I got a request during the week (from YouTube user “leshengshun”) to create a “Loading Bar” effect / intro / clip / whatever you’d like to call it. I thought this was a pretty interesting idea so I gave it a shot! The intro can add to the video and can fit in well in a modern / tech / gaming video! Below you’ll find the loading progress bar effect in a video preview! You can download this effect as a simple .wmv video file so you can use it in your videos, and/or you can download it as a .veg Sony Vegas Project File to allow you to customize the loading bar yourself, change the colors, size,  text, even add in extra text if you wish!