First Look: Vegas Pro 16

Due to embargo until official release on the 27th August, we have been somewhat stifled over what is allowed to be said. But now it is in full release and before we complete a full and comprehensive review, here is the “stuff” on Vegas Pro 16..

  • HDR Colour is now supported including uploading HDR colour videos to YouTube. Our current version does not have full implementation as yet, so cannot really expand much more than this.
  • Videos creating in 360° with cameras from YI, VUZE, GoPro or as I have, the 360Fly can now be edited and then exported to YouTube, Facebook, VIMEO or for playback in 360° headsets such as the Samsung Gear (which I also have). The only limitation found so far with what we have available to us, is that 360Fly videos have to be first exported from the Director app into the equi-rectangular format – but as the 360Fly app has to do this for any video editing app we have so far tested, we don’t see this as a limitation. Hopefully the 360Fly and its app will get some major updates as other models from other manufacturers are much more advanced. I have also been told by the engineers at MAGIX, that the fisheye format *may* be incorporated into a future release.
  • A new plug-in called TinyPlanet (and its partner Tiny Sky) lets you reframe and create 2D edits from your panoramic content. The nature of your 360° captures gives you a few fantastic options when reframing, including the ability to wildly change the field-of-view and camera orientation, creating inception-like perspective-warping effects, with little to no technical effort.  You can also use the plug in on standard video in addition to 360° based clips.
  • The old image stabilization system has been totally revamped.
  • A major new addition is the addition of motion tracking by the addition of up to five – yep FIVE – individual Bezier masks. Dr David Smith has been extensively testing (read playing) with this and has already identified past projects that took hours this plug-in alone would have solved in minutes. This is probably the most important new feature in Vegas Pro 16.
  • The addition of new “hover” controls and the ability to add in/out points plus changing the size of thumbnails in media bins.
  • A new Storyboard system that David Smith has also decided is a must have.
  • Automatic subtitle creation from timeline regions or a file. Speech from a video that has been transcribed and entered as named regions in your project, a text file, or a spreadsheet can be used to instantly create a subtitle track. Subtitle positions can be automatically synced to project audio events and can be edited for fine tuning.
  • Add missing stream. Sometimes your project contains either the video or audio portion of a video clip on the timeline and you decide that you want the other portion too. This feature instantly finds the missing portion, creates an event for it and synchronizes it to the existing portion.

We will fill in you with more details as the review process progresses but this alone should be enough to whet the appetite.

The Australian price is AUD$799 (full version of Vegas Pro 16 Pro) and as said, release date was August 27th. You can get a trial version at https://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/au/vegas-pro/

 

 

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