Sony Creative Software has released what it claims to be the first Windows-based OpenCL nonlinear editor.
Vegas Pro 11 supports GPU-accelerated video processing and rendering through the OpenCL API. According to Sony’s benchmark figures, playback and rendering are now two to four times faster than in Vegas Pro 10 when running on a range of common GPUs.
Other updates include new ‘Sync Link’ editing tools, and improved video stabilisation. Full details below.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring applications, today announced the latest upgrade to its Vegas™ editing technology. Vegas Pro 11 adds significant performance improvements to the award-winning NLE, courtesy of OpenCL™ and highly optimized GPU hardware acceleration for video processing and rendering. Vegas Pro 11 is the world’s first Windows-based OpenCL NLE, broadly supporting the open standard for core video editing operations, video effects and rendering. Other new features include NVIDIA 3D Vision support for single-display 3D computers such as the VAIO F Series 3D laptops and L Series 3D desktops, an enhanced video stabilizer tool, and new software tools for creating animated titles.
Vegas Pro 11 Feature Highlights
GPU Accelerated Video Processing – Working with OpenCL-supported devices from AMD and NVIDIA, Vegas Pro 11 leverages GPU acceleration for the core video processing engine, video effects, transitions, compositing, pan/crop, track motion and encoding, providing a significantly faster workflow. Details regarding these improved processes can be found at www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceleration.
Sync Link – More powerful than Event Grouping, this comprehensive editing feature enables users to easily organize and synchronize events on the timeline. Secondary audio and B-roll video clips can be edited independently of each other while remaining in sync with the primary clip.
2D and 3D Text Tools – Quickly create dynamic and visually stunning text animations and effects within Vegas Pro 11. Add 3D titles with the new Titler Pro from NewBlueFX, a great addition to the stereoscopic 3D workflow. Users can manipulate text down to the character level and on the X, Y, and Z axes. Stylized 2D motion can be applied to text events using the Titles and Text tool or with the improved ProType titler.
Advanced Video Stabilization – Featuring motion analysis on all three camera axes, this new stabilization technology allows users to reduce jittery or shaky video caused by handheld recording devices, as well as eliminating rolling shutter problems inherent in most CMOS camera imagers. Stabilization is now implemented as an OpenFX plug-in which provides greater flexibility and power.
Improved NVIDIA 3D Vision Support – Users can now edit on single-display 3D computers including VAIO F Series 3D laptops and VAIO L Series All-in-One 3D desktop systems.
New Render Template Filtering – New render dialogs create a more efficient environment for searching and filtering render templates speeding up the workflow for finalizing output formats.
Industry-Leading Innovation, Broad Format Support
Sony Creative Software continues to innovate with world-class support for 3D technology and strong integrated video and audio tools through its latest version. Vegas Pro 11 improves on its ground-breaking “no transcode, no re-wrap” heritage by adding native format support for stereoscopic 3D MVC and MPO files from Sony camcorders and DSLRs. By eliminating the transcode and re-wrap process required by other applications, Vegas Pro 11 users 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 XDCAM, XDCAM EX™, HDCAM-SR™, NXCAM, AVCHD, AVCCAM, RED R3D®, RED EPIC, and AVC-based .MOV and RAW files from popular DSLR cameras. Native P2 support is also available with an optional plug-in. Users now have the option to render to the AVC/MP4 file format which includes progressive file download support for streaming purposes.
Vegas Pro 11 easily handles complex projects with multiple formats and mixed resolutions, from standard definition to 4K. The intuitive, integrated stereoscopic workflow in Vegas Pro 11 enables novices as well as experienced editors to produce compelling 3D content without the added expense or complexity of aftermarket plug-ins.
Price and Availability
Vegas Pro 11 is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide and online. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for Vegas Pro 11 software is $699 USD. Upgrades from previous versions of Vegas Pro will be available for $199 USD from www.sonycreativesoftware.com. Localized French, German, Spanish and Japanese versions will also be available.