German software company Magix Software said it is acquiring Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro and Acid Pro from Sony Creative Software. Magix said it will take over customer support for existing owners, with new versions expected to begin arriving this fall.
Magix offers a variety of multimedia software, including the Video Pro X7 NLE, Fastcut app for Android, Samplitude Pro X2 digital audio workstation, and Youcast live streaming software.
"These products from Sony Creative Software are the perfect addition to our portfolio," said Magix CEO Klaus Schmidt in a prepared statement. "This autumn, we plan to release new versions of the video-editing programs Vegas Pro and Movie Studio, which are heavily oriented toward the customer requirements of today."
The acquisition will leave Sony's Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Production Suite for pro broadcast and production behind. Sony is expected to continue developing both of those products, which are specifically designed for production-to-post workflow for Sony cameras. (It's unclear whether the Sony Creative Software brand will survive.)
For those who've been paying close attention, the move is not a complete surprise. Back in April, Schmidt took to LinkedIn to announce plans to open a "new development studio" in Madison, WI — the longtime home of Sony Creative Software and original product developer Sonic Foundry.
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