Vegas Pro is Sony Creative Software's professional HD video editing and production suite. It's pro-class in capabilities and it isn't cheap. But it's hardly the most expensive, making Vegas Pro a viable option for sophisticated amateurs, too. Vegas Pro 11 (Build 7) adds GPU acceleration for OpenCL-supported devices and some bug fixes. Vegas Pro comes in separate versions for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows; we tried the 32-bit version.
For pros: From its busy but efficient interface to features like stereoscopic 3D, integrated audio management, scripting, and multicamera support, Vegas Pro is squarely aimed at production and broadcasting professionals.
Awesome options: Vegas Pro is packed with a wide range of features and options like customizable views, snapping, automatic crossfades and quickfades, ignore event grouping, disc burning, and print to HDV tape. There's even a built-in metronome.
Audio, too: Vegas Pro has top-quality audio tools, including multitrack recording and editing, a Mixing Console, Audio Bus Tracks, and options like Bypass All Audio FX.
Big Bens: Vegas Pro retails for $499.95. You can spend a lot more and do no better, plus you can try Vegas Pro for free for 30 days. But the price is still formidable.
Registration required: Maybe what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but you must register Vegas Pro just to try it, and the process requires not only name and email but also a street address.
Vegas Pro 11 impressed us in every way, but we're glad you can try before you buy. Video pros will know pretty quickly if Vegas Pro meets their needs, but talented amateurs and others can put the 30-day trial to good use before they lay out the cash.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Vegas Pro (32-bit) 11 Build 700.
Vegas Pro 11 provides an efficient, intuitive and integrated content creation environment for video and broadcast professionals. Now featuring GPU-accelerated performance with OpenCL -supported devices, Vegas Pro 11 powers through video processing and rendering tasks with ease. With innovative stereoscopic 3D tools, broad format support, unparalleled audio control, and GPU-ignited effects processing and rendering, the Vegas Pro 11 collection streamlines your workflow like never before.
What's new in this version:
Major bug fixes