Sony Media Software Introduces Enhanced Free Update for Vegas 7 Video and Audio Editing Software

Vegas 7.0c Software Update Provides Progressive Scan Mode Support for Sony HVR-V1 Series HDV Camcorder and HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit

PRNewswire
MADISON, Wis.
Dec 11, 2006

Sony Media Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, today announced the immediate availability of a Vegas® software update, version 7.0c, free to all registered Vegas 7 users. This is a significant enhancement to the award-winning professional video, audio, and DVD production suite that was introduced at IBC 2006.

New functionality includes support for the progressive scan modes (24A and 30 modes on the V1U/V1J/V1N camcorders, and 25 mode on the V1E/V1P/V1C camcorders) on the Sony HVR-V1 series HDV camcorders, and a built-in import module for the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit. With the 7.0c update, Vegas will properly handle the V1 series progressive scan modes automatically, without manual intervention. Users can also manually remove pulldown from native or downconverted 24p DV files.

"The Vegas 7.0c software update, in combination with the Sony HVR-V1 series HDV camcorders and the DR60 Disk Recorder, provides users with a tape-less progressive HD workflow," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing, Sony Media Software. "The Vegas 7.0c update responds to the most current needs of content creators and program producers, offering a wide variety of progressive delivery options, including 1080p over HD-SDI, all XDCAM™ SD and HD variants, Windows Media®, QuickTime®, progressive DVD, and AVC/AAC for many popular mobile platforms."

The new features offered by the Vegas 7.0c software update reinforce the software's position as one of the most effective and powerful nonlinear editing tools for all video formats. Additional enhancements include improved color accuracy for XDCAM HD export, improved monitoring for DV, SD XDCAM, and HDV formats over SDI; improved VST support; 24p, 25p, and 30p HDV project templates; 640 x 480 export support for the Apple® iPod®; and stream-compliant HD MPEG-2 templates for the Sony Blu-print™ professional Blu-ray™ authoring system.

"Sony's new HVR-V1 series boasts high picture quality as well as various new features including progressive scan," said Nobuaki Baba, Chief Business Strategist of Sony's Personal Video Division. "In addition, the HVR-DR60 has realized disk-based workflow which has been impossible with tape-based systems. We believe that Vegas updates will contribute to full utilization of the pictures taken with these products and further broaden the application of HDV," he added.

Price and Availability

The Vegas 7.0c professional video and audio editing software update is free to all registered Vegas 7 users. The Sony HVR-V1 series HDV camcorders will be available in December 2006 in most areas. For more information on Vegas+DVD software or any of Sony Media Software's leading audio or video editing solutions, please visit http://www.sonymediasoftware.com/.

About Sony Media Software

Sony Media Software inspires creative expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. Sound Forge®, ACID®, and Vegas® software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts. These signature product lines continue to advance the art of providing powerful, accessible tools to unleash the imagination. Today, there is a Sony Media Software application for every level of expertise, including a full line of consumer software based on the company's professional applications. In addition, Sony Media Software produces the extensive Sony Sound Series collection of royalty-free loops and production music, Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series exclusive sound effects, Vision Series video creation assets, as well as www.ACIDplanet.com, the Internet's premier site for independent music and video artists. As a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the company also develops applications that enhance the experience for users of Sony hardware devices including the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. Sony Media Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, students and educators, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and young children exploring music creation.

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SOURCE: Sony Media Software

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