Late this summer, Sony released their latest upgrade to their Vegas editing application – Vegas Pro 12. This version of Vegas adds tons of feature enhancements and performance improvements. Since this is one of the main tools we use in our arsenal, we wanted to see just how well this new software worked so we took it on a test drive and compared it directly with its predecessor.
For those who aren’t familiar with Vegas Pro, Sony has put together a collection of integrated, cutting-edge video production environment tools for professional video editing, audio mixing, and DVD/Blu-ray Disc authoring. Vegas Pro, like its other competitors on the market – Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, and Magix Video Pro – supports a large number of image, video and audio formats, and also includes a large OpenFX plug-in architecture. Other workflow innovations built into Vegas Pro 12 make it easy for a user (or Director) to deliver a story and express their vision.
Vegas Pro allows you to edit standard-definition, High-definition, 2k and 4k material even in 3D with relative ease. Traditionally, the Sony Vegas interface has always had innovative tools and a very user friendly track-based editing layout. Sony promises that the dozens of additional feature enhancements and performance improvements will make the upgraded Vegas Pro 12 that much stronger.
The Sony Vegas family of software includes the Vegas Pro line, as well as the Sony Movie Studio for movie makers who aren’t trying to win an Oscar. Between the pro-line and ‘novice ‘packages, there should be a product that meets your needs. Here is a quick look comparing the Vegas family of software (Click for larger image):
When you pick up the Vegas Pro 12 Suite it includes version 12 of Vegas Pro (of course), as well as DVD Architect Pro 5.2 DVD-authoring software, a Dolby Digital Professional Encoder, NewBlue Pro Titler, more than 30 DirectX audio plug-ins, and over 300 video transitions and effects to bring out your inner George Lucas. The list price for Vegas Pro 12 is $699, but you can find it for as low as $460 at your favorite retailer. Upgrades from previous versions of Vegas Pro to Vegas Pro 12 will be available for $199 as well.
Precise Video Editing Tools
Extensive Capture and Export Support
Now, don’t make the mistake in thinking that you found a great deal for Sony Vegas 12 if you find something much less than these prices. Sony actually released two flavors of Sony Vegas 12 – Pro and Edit.
Sony Vegas Pro 12 Edit is lower cost package identical in editing features and performance. The Edit version comes with everything that the Pro version has except for DVD Architect Pro 5.2 and Dolby Digital Professional Encoder and lists for $499 (~$360 street).
Unlike Adobe’s Creative Cloud service, Sony only charges a one-time charge for using Vegas Pro 12. While the Creative Cloud service is nice, we are still fans of owning the product and install keys.
Let’s take a closer look at the Vegas Pro 12’s new features:
As you can see, the list of improvements over previous versions is pretty great. In the past Sony Vegas has been criticized as being behind the curve in technology and offerings in its working area. Some of the biggest improvements include the Project Interchange with other popular editing programs such as Adobe Premier Pro CS6, Avid Pro Tools 10, and Apple Final Cut Pro. There is also Color Match that quickly matches the color characteristics of different video clips, perfect for the multi-camera shoot.
Of course, the biggest improvement we can expect is in project render speed. On the next page we will perform some tests using Vegas 12 Pro and whether there is any significant performance difference over previous generations of Vegas.