The Vegas Pro collection combines Vegas Pro 8, DVD Architect Pro 4.5, and Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding software to offer an integrated environment for all phases of professional video, audio, DVD, and broadcast production. These tools let you edit and process DV, AVCHD, HDV, SD/HD-SDI, and all XDCAM formats in real time, fine-tune audio with precision, and author surround sound, dual-layer DVDs. Vegas Pro software also supports 24p, HD and HDV editing, which is what we are going to look at in this benchmark.
The Sony Vegas 8.0b workload that we are using takes a series of short movie and audio files and creates a single video that incorporated special effects and transitions. It uses a MainConcept HDV encoding profile to render the 24p widescreen video clip at a resolution of 1440x1080x32.
Benchmark Results: Running our custom Sony Vegas 8.0b benchmark shows just how important a CPU is when it comes to create a single video clip from multiple clips. The Intel Core i7-965 was the fastest processor that we have ever benchmarked on Sony Vegas! Even the 2.66GHz Core i7-920 beat out the 3.2GHz Core 2 Quad QX9770, which is awesome as the i7-920 is under $300 and the QX9770 is $999.