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Sony Vegas Pro 11 GPU Speed Boost
Sony’s Vegas Pro 11 has a familiar user interface, Steven Preston discovers that the GPU power-up hidden under the hood provides a real boost
As the video medium evolves, from SD, HD, 3D and now 4K, the discerning editor will always want to view the transitions and effects at the best possible resolution and frame rate, without long waits for renders. So it is great to see that Sony Vegas Pro 11 endeavours to provide “comprehensive GPU acceleration” via affordable AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards that support OpenCL to provide better previews, speeded up render times and smoother timeline scrubbing. Sony claim two to four times faster output with this feature enabled. It does, however, require the latest GPU drivers to hook up to the GPU card. One bugbear for editing in earlier versions of Sony Vegas Pro was consistently maintaining the sync between various linked clips, for example, after j-cuts. So the new Sync Link feature improves the event grouping toolset (in a parent/ child-style association) and keeps B-roll clips and secondary clips in sync with the primary A-roll clip. Text tools benefit from the new Titler Pro from NewBlueFx that adds character level manipulation of text and on the X, Y, and Z axes. Keyframing tools have been implemented for the Titler Pro and now for many more of the video effects provided. A video stabiliser, an OpenFX plug-in, has been added for those not quite so steady shots. However, as is normal, it operates by cropping the video to achieve the steadying effect, so shots where it is applied may result in a softer looking image. Sony has what it terms a “no transcode, no re-wrap” policy for file formats. This not only saves time but also reduces file storage requirements, while keeping the quality of the original. Natively

Major improvements for Sony’s Vegas Pro 11 NLE

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supported files include XDCAM®, XDCAM EX™, HDCAM-SR™, NXCAM®, AVCHD, AVCCAM, RED R3D®, RED EPIC, and some AVCbased .MOV and RAW files. Native P2 support is via an optional plugin. Users now have the option to render to the AVC/MP4 file format, which includes progressive file download support for streaming. There are templates for the file output options so those wanting to quickly repurpose the final files have a considerable range of

options including a direct YouTube upload option. DVD and Blu-ray disc authoring is catered for by the included DVD Architect Pro software that enables menu-driven discs to be created. With major power under the hood, Sony Vegas Pro 11 cruises through video editing tasks. The subtly tweaked user interface provides a powerful toolset for complex projects and can easily stretch to handle stereoscopic 3D and 4K files.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of In Broadcast February 2012

In Broadcast - February 2012
Contents
Pictorvision Academy Award
The Ultimate Strategy to Win
Importance of Smooth Streaming
Sony Vegas Pro 11 GPU Speed Boost
Trilogy Communications Celebrates 25 years
CES 2012 Smarter Systems on Show
Vitec Videocom CEO Joop Janssen has the Answers
Space Saving 3D System
OpticamSWITCH Success at Swiss TV
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Contents
In Broadcast February 2012 - Pictorvision Academy Award
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In Broadcast February 2012 - The Ultimate Strategy to Win
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Importance of Smooth Streaming
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Sony Vegas Pro 11 GPU Speed Boost
In Broadcast February 2012 - Trilogy Communications Celebrates 25 years
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In Broadcast February 2012 - CES 2012 Smarter Systems on Show
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In Broadcast February 2012 - Vitec Videocom CEO Joop Janssen has the Answers
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