Powerful media production: Vegas 4.0 and Vegas+DVD

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.
Price: $1299
Distributor: New Magic
Phone: (02) 9528 4555
URL: www.newmagic.com.au

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