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Sony Vegas Pro 12 Announced – Fall 2012 Release Date – Teaser Trailer

Sony Creative Software have today announced that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will be released in the Fall of 2012 without mentioning a specific release date. The news was broken at IBC on Sept 7th, 2012.

The all new version of Vegas will sport some brand new and also improved features upon its release. Not only that, but Sony Creative Software have announced “Sony Vegas Pro Edit”. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

This is done to create a most cost effective package. There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, but we could be wrong.

Some of these new and updated features include:

  • Expanded Edit Mode – This mode allows you to see the “adjacent frames of the events at the edit point”. If you double click at the edit point in your timeline you get what SCS are calling an “A-B Roll” view (see image).
  • 64 bit Audio Plug-ins – Sound Forge Pro plug-ins have been re-written to be compatible with 64 bit Sony Vegas Pro 12.
  • Project Interchange – You can now (finally) import and export a wide range of files to and from Sony Vegas Pro 12 with some of the other popular video editors. Vegas can now convert between .veg (Sony Vegas project files) and AAF files (Avid Pro Tools 10), XML files (Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X – export only for Pro X) and .prproj (Adobe Premiere , After Effects CS6).
  •  Color Match – You can now match colors between two clips. You can choose a preset from the drop down list or simply use the Image Source controls to choose the image that you want to match.
  • FX Masking (yes!) – Instead of having to mask the image/video itself you can now mask an effect. One great use that SCS have highlighted is the use of this effect for blurring out logos/faces/license plates/etc.. without having to mask the image/video.
  • Shape Masking Tools – New Rectangle/Square and Circle/Oval masking tools make it easier to mask your video or image by drawing the shape over the video or image.
  • Vegas Pro Explorer Redesign – The new re-design for the Vegas Pro Explorer features a thumbnail view, support for Windows libraries (My Music, My Pictures, My Videos) and auto-text fill and “Breadcrumb Control” allowing you to navigate to previous directories of your system.
  • Edit Properties for Multiple Video Files – You can edit properties, for multiple clips, including pixel aspect ratio, color space, stereoscopic 3D mode, field order and more!
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX and Compositor (Finally, I love this!) – Adds the appearance of depth to graphics and video clips. This will work brilliantly for text (and other graphics elements) allowing you to add a realistic shadow effect, glow, and embossing effects! “Layer dimensionality is also available as a compositor plug-in, making it very useful in conjunction with Track Motion and picture-in-picture effects.”
I am personally excited about the Project Interchange, FX masking/shape masking and the Layer Dimensionality Video FX.
  • I think the Project Interchange was a much needed addition to the Sony Vegas Pro software. This will allow for much easier and quicker workflow between other editing programs. This was a feature that was in huge demand from the Sony Vegas editing community, and Sony Creative Software delivered!
  • The FX Masking / Shape Masking are also great additions to the software. A somewhat simple feature can make a world of difference. These features will help to save time upon useless masking on video clips and also allow for an easier integration of video FX, that will be easy to use and yet still fulfil their duties by having a noticeable effect on the video project.
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX was something I always wished that Sony Creative Software would bring into Vegas. It opens up a new world of editing. It allows you to create the appearance of depth when using graphics and video clips. This feature will be very useful when creating 3D text, which could not previously be created within Vegas without using a third party plug-in or external programs. As mentioned on the SCS website, this will also allow for the creation of realistic shadow, glow and embossing effects with picture-in-picture effects, which is something else I’m looking forward to using it for.

 

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Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac Compatible on Release Date?

For years, there have been requests from Mac users for a Mac version of Sony Vegas Pro, the video editing software. Sony Vegas has been a Windows program, but will that soon change? Up until a week ago, I would’ve said that there was only the tiniest possibility that Sony Vegas would make its move to Mac. However, on 22nd of August 2012, Sony Creative Software confirmed that Sound Forge Pro will be on Mac in the near future. The Sony Creative Software Twitter handle (@SonySoftware) tweeted “finallyonthemac.com” and left it at that. If you visit the site, you can find (at the time of this post) 5 quick teaser videos!

 

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Now, how is this related to Sony Vegas Pro 12? (As of the date of creation of this post, there has been no official release date announced by Sony Creative Software in relation to Sony Vegas Pro 12. ) Although Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sound Forge Pro are completely separate programs, the fact that Sound Forge Pro has broken through the Windows only barrier could suggest a similar result with Sony Vegas Pro 12. There is a demand for the video editing program from Mac users, now that Sony Creative Software have decided to expand the range of Sound Forge Pro, perhaps they will apply the same thinking to Sony Vegas Pro 12.

If Sony Vegas Pro 12 was released to be compatible with Mac platforms, a lot of people would be happy. Could Sony Vegas Pro 12 become a competitor to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? Keep in mind, Final Cut Pro X currently reps a $299.99 price tag when Sony Vegas Pro 11 reps a $599.95 price tag. And, just to keep you informed, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, which is compatible on both Windows and Mac, currently goes for $799  .

What do you think? Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac compatible? Do you want it to be?

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Like Button Animation Intro Tutorial

Today we’re going to be looking at a custom made “Like Button Animation Intro” in Sony Vegas (Pro 11) that I created for the use of anyone into the YouTube community! This intro involves having an image of a mouse cursor that comes up from the bottom of the screen, clicks on the YouTube like button, a mouse clicking sound is played and then the like button turns to the clicked version of the like button.

The effect is very simple to do; it involves resizing images, a small bit of masking and keyframing! Don’t worry if you’re not acquainted with these features, our step by step tutorial will help you through it!

To create this effect, you need three images (like button, clicked like button and mouse cursor) and one sound (mouse clicking). You can find/create these images and sounds yourself, or download all 4 items for free below!

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  • Like Button (image) –  Click on link, Right click on image > Save As..
  • Clicked Like Button (image) – Click on link, Right click on image > Save As..
  • Mouse Cursor (image) – Click on link, Right click on image > Save As..
  • Mouse Click (sound) – Right click on LINK, Save Target As..

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Sony Vegas | Eyelids / POV Effect Tutorial

 

Today I’m going to be showing you how to create a “looking through eyes” effect, basically an effect making it look like you are looking from a persons POV (point of view) and blinking your eyelids. We’ll also add in a little blur and fade out the blur as your eyes are opening to give it that waking up in the morning effect!

Let’s get started!

  1. To start off, we simply need to go to a new project (File > New) and open the video clip you will be using.
  2. Once you have your video clip on your video track, you need to right click on the video track and click “Insert New Video Track”. Now, go to Media Generators (if you can’t see if go to View > Media Generators) and go to the solid colors. We’re going to click and drag down the black solid colour onto the new video track we created above our video clip. This is going to act as one of our eyelids.
  3. If you want your eyelids to be completely straight (without a feather/soft edge) then ignore this step. Go to Video FX > Border and click and drag down Soft Edge onto the black solid color. Adjust the settings so that the soft edge has a slight feather.
  4. Now we need to enlarge the black solid color so that it fills the entire screen. We’re going to do this by going into the Track Motion of the video track. The button for Track Motion looks like an arrow in a white box pointing towards a blue box. Once you have the track motion open, click and drag on the corner of the box in the track motion to enlarge the solid color so that it just fills the screen.
  5. Now, exit the track motion. Right click on the rectangle beside the number of the video track and select “Rename”. Name the video track “Top Eyelid”. Once you have that done, right click on the video track and click “Duplicate”. The duplicate will be automatically named “Copy of Top Eyelid”. Rename this to “Bottom Eyelid”.
  6. Now all we need to do is keyframe the top and bottom eyelid to open and close. If you need help keyframing, see the video tutorial embedded below!
  7. Once you have the eyelids keyframed to open and close, etc.. , you can now add a gaussian blur to your video clip, to add the extra effect of opening your eyes for the first time. To do this, we’re going to duplicate the section of our clip that we want to add the blur to, and place the duplicate on a new video track directly above the original clip. Apply the gaussian blur to the duplicate and then use the fade feature to fade out the blur to the original track. If you are having trouble with this, see the embedded video tutorial below!
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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.

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