Sonic Foundry’s latest Vegas 4.0 and Vegas+DVD applications have been released into a brave new world, where control is wrestled away from the real-time effects card makers and given to the PC processing chip.
Vegas 4.0 provides integrated real-time video and audio non-linear editing with mixing, compositing, and titling features as well as streaming media creation and surround sound production tools. The beefed-up colour correction tools provide colour wheels, individual adjustments of each RGB colour, and full control over luminance, saturation and hue (see here for a screenshot).
The new audio tools in Vegas 4 are a level above anything available in Premiere 6.5 or MediaStudio 7, with Dolby 5.1 mixing tools providing features normally only available in dedicated audio production applications.
Vegas+DVD also includes DVD Architect, a Dolby-certified multichannel AC-3 encoder. DVD Architect even lets you import Dolby Digital AC-3 files to create powerful surround-sound DVDs.
The minimum hardware requirements are not demanding: a Pentium II CPU, 7200rpm drive, OHCI-compliant DV (FireWire) card, 128MB of RAM. However, the application’s full potential is released if you provide more processing power, so if you want to get the most out of Vegas 4+DVD, go for a Hyper-Threading PC-based system with loads of RAM (at least 512MB) and multiple 7200rpm hard drives, and you will have a serious video editing/DVD authoring system.
In brief: Sonic Foundry Vegas 4.0 and Vegas+DVD
Vegas+DVD’s powerful workflow features and professional quality colour correction are coupled with the best audio tools around.
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