Sony Media Software Launches Update of Vegas 6 Video and Audio Production Software
Posted Sep 23, 2005

Sony Media Software has announced the immediate availability of a new, free update to its Vegas 6 professional nonlinear video and audio editing platform for registered users. New features include file import support for Sony DVD Handycam camcorders, full-resolution MXF reader capabilities for Sony XDCAM Professional Disc system camcorders, and file exporting and publishing to the PSP(TM) system. The Vegas 6 update is available for download at

The Vegas 6 update includes a new, high-quality H.264 AVC MPEG-4 encoder that allows Vegas users to deliver their projects on Memory Stick for playback on the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Sony Computer Entertainment America's popular PlayStation Portable entertainment device. Content creators can now encode PSP system-compliant video at multiple bitrates, multiple frame rates, and 4:3 or 16:9 frame aspects, all using the Vegas software's precision scaling and conversion capabilities. Using the built-in Export to PSP wizard, editors can choose from a variety of PSP system-compliant encoding templates and place the rendered file on a PSP system-formatted memory stick in a single walk-away operation, according to Sony. Playback of H.264 AVC MPEG-4 from Memory Stick is supported by the latest generation PSP firmware (version 2.0 or higher, required) and provides enhanced sound and picture quality at very low bitrates.

The new Vegas 6 update expands the software's format handling options with file import capability for Sony's DVD Handycam camcorders. This new feature allows users to import files directly from a Sony DVD Handycam camcorder's disc onto the editing computer's hard drive. Once imported, the files can be loaded onto the Vegas timeline for editing, without requiring any further transcoding.

The Vegas 6 update also includes a full resolution MXF reader for Sony XDCAM professional cameras and decks, allowing the editor to load full resolution MXF source files onto the Vegas timeline without a transcoding step. Any combination of 4:3, 16:9, 60i, 50i, 24p, DVCAM or IMX files from XDCAM cameras and decks can be used in the same Vegas timeline, and a wide variety of XDCAM essence mark types are supported. Additional information on the updated Vegas 6 and other Sony software products can be found at