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Sony Creative Software Introduces Vegas Pro 9 With Powerful New Editing Tools for Broadcast and Video Professionals

Sony Media Software - 04/20/2009

(NAB Trade Show Booth C10515) -- Sony Creative Software Inc., a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, today announced Vegas Pro 9 software, the latest version of its award-winning nonlinear HD video and audio editing (NLE) application. Vegas Pro 9 software features a new customizable interface for optimized viewing and enhanced usability, as well as significant improvements for professional video editors, including direct browsing and import of Sony XDCAM EX footage, native file support for the RED ONE camera, compress to MXF file format during capture from SD/HD-SDI sources, a scalable 4K workflow, and powerful new effects and editing enhancements. The software includes both native 32-bit and 64-bit versions at no additional cost, enabling editors to take full advantage of today's most advanced hardware while retaining compatibility with older systems.

"Our Vegas Pro software was the first editing application to provide a comprehensive end-to-end solution for the Sony XDCAM format, including an innovative proxy workflow and extremely fast no-recompress smart render to MXF," said Dave Chaimson, vice-president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. "Vegas Pro 9 broadens our commitment to the broadcast community by adding workflow enhancements throughout the production chain, including native .mp4 support for Sony XDCAM EX files and real-time baseband SD/HD recording to 50 Mb/s MXF files using industry-standard capture cards. Vegas Pro has always been a great choice for video journalists on the go, thanks to its ability to scale to a wide range of cost-effective mobile computing solutions. Vegas Pro 9 extends this scalability to a new level by offering the option of working in a full 64-bit mode, enabling power users to take advantage of today's multi-core/multi-processor workstations and 64-bit operating systems."

  New Vegas Pro 9 Feature Highlights

   --  Enhanced Native XDCAM and AVCHD Support
       The new Device Explorer feature enables users to quickly browse the
       contents of both XDCAM EX devices and AVCHD cameras, allowing users
       to selectively import files and use them natively, without conversion
       to an intermediate format.

       Vegas Pro 9 also allows users to directly capture XDCAM-compatible
       MXF files from supported SD/HD-SDI sources. The new capture-compress
       function allows broadcast editors to convert their legacy SD or HD
       tape-based material, including Digital Betacam, HDCAM, and DVCPRO
       100, into high-quality, IT-friendly MXF clips conforming to the Sony
       XDCAM MPEG2 standard.

   --  4K Workflow Enhancements
       In addition to supporting frame sizes up to 4096x4096 (4K), Vegas Pro
       9 software offers improved performance working with high-resolution
       still formats as well as added support for gigapixel-resolution
       images.

   --  Unique New Video Effects
       Six new effects plug-ins allow editors to create a variety of high-
       quality effects for video and still images. These provide original
       creative solutions for titles and special effects. The new Gradient
       Wipe Transition offers interesting new organic and artistic
       transitions.

   --  New Editing Enhancements
       New workflow enhancements in Vegas Pro 9 software help speed up
       production in a number of ways. Customizable layouts allow each user
       to arrange their workflow for maximum creativity. Enhancements have
       been made for importing and archiving media. New keyboard/mouse
       modifiers help to save even more time by streamlining editing
       commands.

   --  Native Support for RED ONE Cameras
       Vegas Pro 9 software now offers native support for opening and
       editing RED ONE (.r3d) files on the timeline to support 4K HD
       workflows using footage from RED high definition video cameras.

   --  Improved Image Support
       Vegas Pro 9 software provides native import and export support for
       industry standard still image formats. DPX and OpenEXR are highly
       flexible image formats that give editors more latitude for effects
       and color correction. By offering support for these additional high-
       end file formats, Vegas Pro 9 software provides an effect workflow
       with graphic effects packages. Vegas Pro 9 software also now supports
       gigapixel-size images directly on the timeline. This feature allows
       editors to use these large pictures for creating a movie sequence by
       using pan/scan and crop techniques while maintaining HD resolution.

   --  Audio Editing Enhancements
       Building on industry-leading audio capabilities, Vegas Pro 9 software
       now offers improved audio-waveform drawing during recording, which
       greatly increases workflow speed. Audio-only edits, such as event
       moves, trims and ASR envelopes, are no longer quantized to frame
       boundaries by default, helping editors match audio and video to an
       exact event on the timeline. A "Use all Streams and Channels" command
       has been added to the Trimmer window shortcut menu enabling users to
       choose how streams and channels are handled when adding media to the
       timeline.


  Product Demos at 2009 NAB Show

The Vegas Pro 9 application will be demonstrated at the Sony Creative Software booth C10515, LVCC, Hall C5 at the 2009 NAB Show April 20-23. Visit the Sony Creative Software booth for a complete schedule of presentation topics.

Price and Availability

Vegas Pro 9 software is scheduled to be available on May 11, 2009 at retailers worldwide and for purchase online at www.sonycreativesoftware.com (pre-orders start April 20, 2009). Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for Vegas Pro 9 software is U.S. $699.95. Localized French, German, Spanish, and Japanese versions will also be shipping on May 11, 2009.

About Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. The company develops applications that integrate with and enhance use of Sony cameras and other hardware devices. Sony Creative Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. For more information about professional and consumer products, visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

Vegas is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Creative Software Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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