StudioMonthly By David English Vegas 6What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Have to Stay in Vegas This recent upgrade to Sony’s Vegas will be welcome news to the growing body of video professionals who prefer Vegas’s intuitive interface, but it doesn’t include the same kind of gee-whiz improvements that propelled Vegas 4 and Vegas 5 into the limelight. Vegas 6 is more about refining what’s already there, rather than leaping into unexplored territory. Many of the new features extend the interface outward to meet the current needs of video professionals. For example, the program now accommodates HDV devices through its support for 601/709 color spaces and the CineForm intermediate codec. You can export your HDV projects to a variety of formats, including Windows Media 9 HD, Real Media, QuickTime and the Sony YUV codec for HD-SDI output. Also new is support for Blackmagic Design DeckLink expansion cards. With a DeckLink HD card, you could have full 10-bit SDI uncompressed video capture and playback. read more...

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