Hundreds of thoughtful, innovative features make Vegas Pro one of the most fluid and intuitive editing platforms on the market. When you move events on the timeline, visual alignment confirmation and user-definable snapping tools ensure that your media lands exactly where you need it with frame accuracy, and even sub-frame accuracy for audio. Automatically move or slip audio or video inside an event to synchronize media quickly and accurately. Insert audio or video envelopes to interactively control stereo or surround-sound panning and volume, video event velocity, and video track opacity. And that’s just the beginning of what you can do.
Expanded edit mode
Double-click at the edit point to see the timeline in a detailed A-B Roll view. The adjacent frames of the events at the edit point appear clearly above the tracks for reference, and unused media in the events appears in the timeline. With the edit point/event edge highlighted in red, you can trim it with the mouse or numeric keypad. Set a Loop Region around the edit point to dynamically add or remove frames from either side of the edit point while the media plays to create a highly precise, interactive editing experience.
Import and export a wide range of project files to and from Vegas Pro. Convert between the native .veg file and AAF for Avid ProTools 10, XML for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve 10, and .prproj for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC.
Vegas Pro natively supports frame sizes up to 4096 x 4096. The 4K image standard for digital cinema projection is 4096 x 2160 pixels. This level of resolution provides more detail and flexibility to pan and crop when delivering in HD. It's ideal for compositing and video effects work as it provides a high-quality final output. Vegas Pro natively supports XAVC and XAVC S files as well as RED ONE and RED EPIC files.
Better playback, faster renders. Take advantage of the power of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) found in many of today's most popular video display cards for smoother video playback and faster rendering. Vegas Pro 13 leverages the GPU for video effects, transitions, compositing, pan/crop, track motion, and encoding. An optimized hardware configuration that uses an appropriate GPU device dramatically improves timeline performance. Enjoy higher resolution previews with multiple effects in Vegas Pro 13, and crank encoding speeds up by as much as six times over previous versions to popular formats like AVC. Vegas Pro 13 uses OpenCL-supported devices from AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel to unleash your creative vision.
Multi-format native editing
Vegas Pro takes a no transcode, no rewrap approach with Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra and DVCPRO source material. Vegas Pro eliminates the transcode and rewrap process that other applications require, so editors can save valuable production time, minimize storage requirements, and preserve the pristine quality of the original source material. Other natively supported codecs and formats include XAVC, XAVC S, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, HDCAM-SR, AVCCAM, RED R3D, AVCHD, and AVC-based MOV files from popular DSLR cameras. For 3D content creation, Vegas Pro also supports stereoscopic 3D MVC and MPO files from Sony camcorders.
Video effects and compositing
Beyond its impressive editing capabilities, Vegas Pro 13 is a full-featured compositing and effects application. Combine up to 32 effects per effects chain and apply them at the event, track, media, and project level. Parent/Child tracks and sophisticated 2D and 3D compositing modes create a flexible compositing environment. Advanced OpenFX plug-in architecture opens the door for hundreds of optional effects from leading visual effects plug-in developers. Import layered Photoshop files with each layer on its own track to create custom keyframeable motion graphics sequences and overlays. Work in 8-bit mode for speed or 32-bit floating point mode for optimal color processing precision.
Shape masking tools
Use Bézier drawing tools to quickly and easily create rectangular and oval-shaped masks which isolate or mask out portions of your media and create interesting video composites. Or, use powerful mask customization tools to create complex and precise masks of any shape imaginable
Mask an effect rather than the image itself. This is particularly useful for quickly blurring or pixelating an area of a video clip, to hide a logo, license plate, or a person's face.
Match colors between clips in the highly versatile and powerful L*a*b* color space. Choose a preset from the Preset drop-down list or use the controls to choose the image you want to match. Capture both the source and target images independently from the Trimmer window, the clipboard, a file on your computer, any area of your computer screen, or the Video Preview window.
Create 3D projects as easily as 2D
Create stereoscopic 3D projects with the same workflow you use for 2D media! Vegas Pro 13 provides the ability to import, adjust, edit, preview, and output stereoscopic 3D media. Deliver to industry-standard professional formats as single or dual files with side-by-side, top/bottom, or line-alternate encoding. You can also monitor and deliver your project in multiple anaglyphic formats.
Powerful monitoring solutions
It’s critical to be able to monitor in 3D when applying edits to 3D video. The Video Preview window provides an extensive selection of viewing options including channel specific, top/bottom, side-by-side, a blend of both (useful for some 3D adjustments), or anaglyphic display. Professional editors can use an SDI or HDMI connection with a line-alternate 3D display to deliver a high-end preview experience.
Stereoscopic 3D adjustments
Use the powerful Stereoscopic 3D Adjust filter to correct for camera misalignments and adjust the screen depth of the target object to place it exactly where you want it in the 3D field. Utilize the stereoscopic editing tools to easily correct stereoscopic 3D screen edge violations. You can also shift the horizontal offset in some 2D effects and transitions in order to adjust the perceived depth of the effect.
Complete multitrack audio environment
The Vegas Pro 13 collection includes powerful audio recording and editing tools for the most demanding productions. Record audio in a multitrack environment with input buses, professional metering, punch-in recording, unlimited tracks, and more. Enjoy real-time envelope automation recording, join audio with a variety of automatic crossfade types, and create mixes with assignable effects. Mix with external control surfaces, route signals via Master and Aux outputs, and more. No other NLE provides a digital audio workstation feature set that comes close to the tools in Vegas Pro.
Surround sound mixing and encoding
Vegas Pro 13 has extensive 5.1 surround sound mixing tools. Automate the surround panning on tracks and buses to mix the most demanding DVD and Blu-ray Disc soundtracks, all right inside the Vegas Pro environment. Apply 5.1-channel audio effects to the master bus for enhanced control over surround mixes. Export projects as discrete tracks for post-encoding, or encode directly to Dolby Digital surround with the Sony Creative Software Dolby Digital-certified AC-3 Pro encoder. In addition, the DVD Architect Pro software imports AC-3 files for multichannel 5.1 DVD and Blu-ray Disc creation.
Extensive audio effects
Vegas Pro software supports the popular VST plug-in format. Apply signal and effects processing to individual audio events, all events on a track, and buses. Choose from more than 30 included real-time signal and effects processing tools along with any VST plug-ins on your system. Automate effects with envelope control for each parameter. Vegas Pro software includes essential effects such as Wave Hammer Compression, EQ, and noise gate as well as reverb, chorus, and delay. Surround effects for the master bus include EQ, dither, and Wave Hammer Surround compression tools.
Import, export, and media management
Vegas Pro 13 contains extensive capture, import, and export support for video and audio devices. The integrated Device Explorer works with a wide range of file-based acquisition formats from Sony and other manufacturers and enables you to quickly browse the files on the camcorder and transfer only those needed for the project. Vegas Pro 13 also supports legacy tape-based formats, with full print-to-tape functionality. For XDCAM Optical customers, the XDCAM Explorer provides a complete and extensive proxy workflow with metadata support. Powerful features in the Vegas Pro Explorer and Project Media windows enable you to sort through your content more intelligently and greatly enhance the editing experience. You can also encode to HDCAM SR for extremely high quality mastering and archiving.
Project media tagging
Quickly categorize your media with customizable tags. Apply a Media Tag to the entire clip or to a region of a clip. Vegas Pro automatically organizes each tagged clip into appropriately named Media Bins. Quick Search enables instant filtering of media based on a single text field. The Search Media dialog facilitates more complex searches with multiple conditions, and makes the bins it creates smart. Smart Bins update automatically when you change media tags or add new media that matches the search criteria.
Native XAVC Support
Vegas Pro 13 is a native HD, 2K, and 4K XAVC editor that features built-in support for XAVC and XAVC S files with the same drag-and-drop, no transcode simplicity that Vegas Pro users have enjoyed with other popular formats—no expensive add-ons or plug-ins needed! For optimal performance with 2K and 4K XAVC or XAVC S content, use the smart proxy HD workflow for full frame rate playback on a wide variety of hardware configurations, from compact laptops to advanced multi-core workstations.
DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring
Experience high-quality, professional disc authoring with DVD Architect Pro. Its clean, drag-and-drop interface, powerful layout, and incredible authoring tools make it easy to develop dynamic menu-based Blu-ray Disc and DVD projects. Create multi-menu projects with movies, picture slideshows, and music compilations.
Professional DVD layout and design
Author menu-based and single-title DVD and Blu-ray Disc projects with preset backgrounds, motion menus, buttons, and effects. In addition to these presets, you can import your own layered Photoshop (PSD) files for use as backgrounds, buttons, and graphics. Enable your DVD content to play back in a loop, hold, or time out at the end of a scene.
Easy DVD preview
The Preview window enables you to preview your project on a simulated television screen with a virtual remote control. Use the buttons on the remote control to navigate and play your project.