Blu-ray Authoring, 3D Editing and New Titling Tools in One Package

Sony Vegas Pro 11, which Sony Creative Software announced at IBC in September, is now shipping. The full Windows-only Sony Vegas Pro 11 Collection fuses 3D, HD and 3D editing tools with Blu-ray authoring software and improved rendering through OpenCL support by bundling DVD Architect Pro 5.2 and the Dolby Digital Professional Encoder with upgraded features in the popular editor.

Version 11 expands on Vegas Pro’s extensive multicam editing support by maintaining all unused sources and letting editors switch between up to 32 sources. The new version also introduces several 2D and stereo 3D titling tools, improved image stabilization (a necessity in this CMOS-centric world) and support for 3D MVC and MPO files from Sony camcorders and DSLRs.

Among the first editors to forge into the "no transcode, no re-wrap" future, Vegas Pro now natively supports RED One and Epic files, which you can open and edit on the version 11 timeline. Other natively supported formats include Sony’s XDCAM, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, HDCAM-SR and Panasonic’s AVCCAM and AVCHD. This version overhauls Event Grouping by letting editors sync related clips on the timeline through a new "parent" and "child" linking structure.

Version 11’s GPU-accelerated video processing, through supported OpenCL cards from AMD and NVIDIA, should also give editors smoother previews and faster renders of composites and scenes heavy with video effects, transitions, pans, crops and tracking motion. Full specs on how the software’s core video processing engine will take advantage of the OpenCL improvements can be found here.

Thanks to the software’s improved support of the NVIDIA 3D Vision driver, editors ramping up their stereo 3D production can edit on single-display 3D computers, including Sony’s own VAIO F Series 3D laptops and the VAIO L Series desktop systems.

Sony Vegas Pro 11 starts at $599.95 for the download or $679.95 for a packaged set of discs.

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