is an extension (plug-in) for Sony Vegas Pro (version 8.0, 8.1, 9.0 or 10.0), the professional non-linear editing system owned by Sony Creative Software. Using the Vegas engine and its built-in scripting functions, Vegasaur simplifies many editing processes and greatly boosts your productivity.
In fact, it allows you to produce quality material fast and effectively. It contains a large collection of advanced and convenient tools that enhance the functionality of Vegas Pro, helping you significantly reduce working time on large projects, while streamlining workflow.
Vegasaur also includes a set of helpful tools and scripts that automate many frequent editing tasks, saving you from tedious manual work. Vegasaur is tightly integrated with the Vegas Pro interface, allowing your full concentration on creative ideas.
Discover the unique features of Vegasaur and you will be absolutely convinced it is a must-have toolkit that makes using Vegas Pro so much easier, better and faster!
Transcoder is one of the most powerful and functional batch rendering tools available today. Actually, it is much more than just renderer. With an impressive processing capabilities it can automate many recurring production processes.
Text Generation Wizard is designed to create various titles, labels, countdown timers and so forth. For example, it can generate titles from regions or create open captions from closed captions.
Render Assistant provides a set of additional actions, launched after the end of rendering. For example, it can turn off the computer, play a melody or send an email.
Snapshots offers an absolutely new way for working with project snapshots. No more worries about the current preview settings! You'll be amazed at how well it works for you!
Auditor checks the current project for various problems and common mistakes made during editing.
Pan/Crop Assistant enhances the built-in pan/crop functions and brings a collection of tools that will make editing much easier, especially when dealing with many clips.
Presets Manager provides a complete solution for exporting, importing or transferring almost all presets that are found in Vegas Pro.
Quick Properties is perfect for quickly changing the various properties of events or media files. Also it dramatically simplifies tasks such as placing events on a timeline and creating transitions.
Markers greatly facilitates daily work with markers and saves you a ton of time. Create, convert, change, import, export markers in seconds!
This is a collection of about 40 one-of-a-kind scripts that provide a one-click solution for many common editing tasks, allowing more effective and efficient editing.
The Backups tool is designed to provide additional protection for projects from accidental loss or damage.
Channel Mapping, Effects, Envelope Points, Freeze Frame, Photo Snapshot, Split Events, Voice Over, Archive Project, Project Properties, Projects History, Replace Media, Bookmarks, Select Events, Field Order Analyzer, Sweeper...
The Transcoder is one of the most powerful and functional batch rendering tools available today. Behind the easy-to-use interface are many subtle settings, providing a wide variety of choices that allow the successful performance of many different tasks. With an impressive processing capabilities it can automate many of the repetitive tasks you might run into.
Consider, for example, performing the following tasks:
All these tasks can be performed with just a few mouse clicks in Transcoder! This saves considerable time and provides relief from tedious manual work.
It allows you to render projects or selected timeline ranges to many output formats; convert hundreds of media files to a specified codec; generate slideshows with desired transitions and effects; apply leaders, trailers and overlays to your projects; and much more. The ability to save user settings (such as a list of renderers, effects, media properties, project templates, and so forth) as presets, allows the fast selection of desired options, saving a tremendous amount of time.
The basic unit of work in Transcoder is the job. It consists of one or several media files, their properties, a render template, and other parameters. Multiple jobs can be created in one operation. Creating stitching jobs allows production of a single output file, joining multiple source files together into a single media file. This can be useful, for example, when building a photo montage. You can process projects, markers, regions, command markers, subclips, timeline selection and any existing or generated media.
You can specify the default properties that will be applied to all source media files in a job. The properties of each file can also be specified individually. This feature provides fantastic possibilities for processing files. For example, media files can be cropped to match your project, the images can be flipped and rotated, the playback rate can be reduced or increased, the selected transitions or desired audio/video effects can be applied and other functions.
The following properties are available:
For every job you can select the desired render templates that are to be used for rendering files. A list of selected templates can be saved as a custom preset, allowing specification of the required output formats with the click of a mouse.
These options control where the results of the processing are sent. You can specify the following options:
These options control how output files are named. By default, Transcoder automatically name the files, based on the job's type, description etc. For example, if a job has a description, that description will be used as the name of the output file; or if each region is rendered as separate file the name of the region will be used as the filename.
The real power of this feature is that a custom name pattern can be specified, using a variety of special replacement patterns, also known as macros. Macros are specially formatted strings that can be used anywhere in the file name for automatic naming of the output files. In addition, naming patterns can be saved as presets, which will provide a one-click solution for file naming.
You can easily add a background to your projects and media files. For example, you can add the background music to your slideshow or use the background for an underlying 4:3 video in a 16:9 project.
Overlay can be used for creating watermarks or station bugs. For example, a station bug can be created, that will be shown throughout a film, displaying the company's logo in the corner of each frame or periodically playing a specified audio file. Using Vegas projects as overlays, offers virtually unlimited opportunities for creativity and imagination.
When the job is rendered, the leader can be added before the source clips and the render length will be appropriately increased. Likewise, the trailer can be added after the source clips.
In addition, you can specify the properties of a background, overlay, leader or trailer. For instance, the duration of an overlay image can be set, its opacity adjusted, and other effects.
These features allow the easy addition of video and audio effects to a movie. Please notice that the effects will affect the entire job (including any backgrounds, leaders, trailers and overlays), so if several clips are being "stitched", this will affect all of them. To add effects only to a particular clip, select this clip in the source list and adjust its properties.
Text Generation Wizard is the original tool for Vegas Pro software that can automate creating text events. It is designed to generate various titles, labels, countdown timers and so forth. For example, it can generate titles from regions or create open captions (also known as hard subtitles) from closed captions.
Consider the following scenario: You have created a slideshow project with hundreds of photos. Now you need to quickly label each image in a slideshow. Previously this required manually creating text media and entering the text. As you can imagine this is a very tedious and time-consuming process. Now this can be accomplished with a few clicks!
The tool generates regular text events with already embedded text, so you don't have to edit each event. The appearance of text depends on the selected preset. You are free to use one of the predefined Vegas presets or create a new one.
Also it allows you to create various kinds of counters. The user may decide whether the counter counts up or down, choose among different formats, select the value to start from, the speed of the counter or the interval between counter increments.
The very first tool of its kind, Render Assistant provides a set of handy features during the rendering of projects and afterwards. Most of its functions are additional actions, launched after the end of rendering. For example, it can turn off the computer, play a melody or send an e-mail.
By default, Render Assistant is in active state and waits for rendering to begin. In this state, it does not consume any system resources.
Like many other Vegasaur tools, custom presets can be created for this tool.
This unique tool is designed to capture frames from a current project and from any video file. Vegas Pro offers two ways of taking snapshots: the current frame can be copied to the clipboard and the current frame can be saved as an image file. The Snapshots tool greatly enhances this functionality. It offers an absolutely new way for working with project snapshots. It dramatically reduces the time for creating snapshots that can be used in building slideshows, DVD menus or even on a website.
The main features of this tool are its powerful functions and its user-friendly interface. Just one click and you always get a shot with the highest quality without worrying about the current preview settings!
All the captured frames are displayed in the Snapshots window, which can be docked with any other Vegas Pro windows. Snapshots can be easily renamed, deleted, previewed, grouped by project and saved. You can specify the file type of the captured snapshot, the deinterlace method and other parameters. By collecting a series of still frames, the flow of a project can be immediately seen in the Snapshots window. Because snapshots do not depend on the current project, they will remain in the window even after a project is closed.
The selected snapshots can be easily added to a project. Just drag-and-drop them to a Project Media window or directly to a timeline!
This tool allows you to batch capture frames from a current project or any number of external video files. Snapshots can be taken at markers, regions, command markers, bookmarks and specified time intervals. The scope for creating snapshots can be limited to an entire project, a timeline selection, selected regions, or events.
It is possible to export snapshots to different graphic formats (bmp, jpeg, gif, tiff and png), for working with them in other applications. You can specify the folder for storing images, the desired image file format. In addition, a still-image sequence can be created.
The Auditor tool is a great assistant for any editor! It checks the current project for various problems and common mistakes made during editing. The most mistakes are not intentional. For example, while moving an event, the opacity or volume line may also be accidentally moved. Without this tool, detecting that kind of error is very difficult to detect, which can result in excessively long rendering times.
Typically, this tool should be run when editing is completed, prior to rendering. The Auditor tool checks the current project and displays the list of all possible errors it found. And an editor decides how to proceed.
Also it helps resolve the problem. For every issue in the list, there are commands at the bottom of the window that offer a quick way to get rid of the problem or another action. Double click on any error to automatically launch the first command. Every type of problem has its own set of commands.
The Auditor tool offers a large collection of check rules. Rules can be specified for use by the current project by clicking the corresponding check boxes in Options window. Unchecked rules are excluded from inspection. In addition, various sets of rules and their parameters can be saved as custom presets.
A rule can have a set of parameters that can be modified for fine-tuning the check.
The following rules are available:
The Pan/Crop tool is one of the most frequently used tools found in Vegas Pro. It is used to pan, rotate, move and flip clips, correct camera depth, or create motion on still images. The Pan/Crop Assistant enhances these features and brings a collection of tools that will make editing much easier, especially when dealing with many clips. The Pan/Crop Assistant enables greater productivity and facilitates more rapid completion of the hardest editing jobs. For example, use the Pan/Crop Assistant to create spectacular slide shows in wedding montages or other photo presentations; or use it to correct unexpected tripod tilts, and other tasks.
The extension contains a set of handy functions that can be applied to multiple events with a few clicks.
This simple to use, but extremely handy, tool allows creation of overlays and various picture-in-picture effects, including complex dynamic movements like the "Newspaper spin" effect, and many other effects.
You can set the PiP position, the scale of the picture, or the angle of rotation in a few seconds! Apart of that, you are able to specify how to flip the image or define the number of times the image should spin. In addition, you can create a moving PiP effect, changing the event over time. This is a very powerful feature for creating motion effects like Zoom In, Zoom Out, Newspaper Spin, horizontal or vertical movements (maybe with rotations), and other effects. And the best part is that all these settings can be saved as a preset!
This tool allows fast creation of a photo montage with pan and zoom movement. This technique, also known as the "Ken Burns technique", is used to create the illusion of movement in video production from still imagery.
Enter the amount of zoom in and out, specify the angle of rotation, set the directions of the panning and you are done! For more advanced results you can specify the probability of rotation, freeze time, the speed of panning relative to the zoom and other options. Furthermore, you can enable the random mode, when the actual percentage of zooming and rotation will be individually calculated for each image.
Creates a "Brady Bunch"-style screen where multiple pieces of footage are placed on the one screen in tile form. To use this tool, place all desired events on separate tracks, one under the other. The following options are available:
Allows the creation and editing of keyframes. The following commands are available:
Pan/Crop settings of a selected event can be saved as a custom preset that can be re-used for other projects. This is a tremendously powerful and unique feature that allows creation of your own collection of complex dynamic pan/crop effects, which can then be applied with one push of a button. Creating sophisticated motion effects takes a significant amount of time and manual manipulation and having the ability to save them for later re-use is great time saver.
All you need to create a new effect is to click "Add" button and Pan/Crop settings of the currently selected event will be saved. You will be prompted for the name and description of effect. Click the "Apply" button to apply the effect to all currently selected events.
These options are common for all tools that are found in the Pan/Crop Assistant.
The Presets Manager is a unique tool that provides a perfect solution for exporting, importing or transferring almost all presets that are found in Vegas Pro. Although the official utility from Sony Creative Software can be used for the same task (which is also named Presets Manager), it doesn't provide a complete solution and has fewer features. The Sony Presets Manager tool was designed to work with audio plug-in presets and plug-in packages only. A plug-in preset contains the settings for an individual plug-in. A plug-in package (aka FX package or FX chain) contains all plug-ins in the chain, as well as each plug-in's settings.
All presets can be packed into single vpb file that can be saved as a backup copy, transferred to another computer, or shared with friends.
This tool is perfect for quickly changing the various properties of multiple events or media files. Just select the desired events or media files, specify properties and click the Apply button. Also it dramatically simplifies tasks such as placing events on a timeline and creating transitions.
The Media tab enables changes to the following media properties:
The Switches tab will allow you to change event attributes (also known as "switches"):
This tab contains the following set of tools:
This tab enables working with fades and transitions. For example, you can apply randomly selected transitions to a series of events or change the crossfade type and/or length.
The Placement tab has a variety of options for arranging events and media files on the timeline. It easily allows creation of photo montages. It is great tool for such projects. You can place events by the following ways:
The following options are used to change duration of events so that an event's length fits the placement:
In addition, you can place the events so that all of them are displayed within the specified timeline range:
Finally, the following options are available for fine-tuning the placement:
Markers and regions are exceptionally important for many Vegas Pro editors. Vegas Pro has a rich set of tools to work with markers, but this extension significantly enhances these capabilities and greatly facilitates daily work with markers. It permits quick navigation, creation, editing, conversion, deletion, exporting and importing of all types of markers.
The main toolbar contains three colored buttons for quick search and navigation through markers, command markers and regions. These functions are very useful, especially in large projects.
The Markers tool offers several methods of placing markers and regions on the timeline at the specified locations with a variety of naming options. For example, these functions can be used to create chapter points for a DVD or to indicate placement of pictures when building a slide show.
The tool allows deletion of markers with ease. Just select the desired marker types and click the Apply button. Additionally, the interval at which the markers are deleted can be specified.
This function allows the export of selected markers or regions to an external file of the specified format. This can be useful if it's desirable to load and process project markers into external applications. In addition, you can import markers from files.
For instance, to build a DVD disk, markers can be saved as DVD Architect chapters and regions as DVD Architect subtitles. Or suppose that a project is frameserved to Cinema Craft Encoder; before doing that, project markers can be saved as CCE chapters file, in order to insert I-frame on these positions in the output mpeg file.
The following formats are supported:
These functions will perform a variety of editing tasks and, in some cases, can be extremely helpful, saving substantial time and effort.
Vegasaur contains about 40 different commands that provide a one-click solution> for many common editing tasks, allowing more effective and efficient editing. Instead of repeatedly accessing these commands via several clicks through the menu bar, just insert the desired icon on the Vegas Pro toolbar, where it can be elegantly accessed with a single click. It makes running the commands fast and easy. Additionally, keyboard shortcuts can be assigned to further increase editing efficiency. These are called "1-Click commands", because with a single click an action is performed instantly.
Placing this command on the Vegas Pro toolbar provides one-click access to all the tools, extensions and scripts that are found in Vegas Pro. Clicking the button will open a menu that contains all available items. If you run scripts frequently, being able to access this feature will be extremely handy.
When taking photos using a digital camera, the orientation of some images might not be correct. When adding these images to a project, you have to go through each image and manually rotate them. Many newer digital cameras have an orientation sensor. When taking a photo, the orientation information of the sensor is saved together with the image data (EXIF metadata). This command reads this information and automatically rotates the photos. Just select the desired images in the Project Media window and run the tool. If no images are selected, all photos will be analysed and processed.
This command immediately creates a backup copy of the current project. For more details see the Backups tool.
This command bypasses all audio effects on tracks, buses and assignable effects and starts playback. Omitting effects allows quick comparison of your project with and without effects and conserves processing power (to avoid potential playback problems). Using this command gives the same result as if you were to manually check the Bypass All Audio FX option from Options menu, click Play and then uncheck the option after playback has finished.
This command will delete all gaps between the selected events. The events will be placed together consecutively, creating a cut from one event to the next.
This command will delete all gaps on the selected tracks. All events on those tracks will be placed together consecutively, creating a cut from one event to the next.
Run the command to reset the loop region.
This will create a new bookmark at the current cursor position and add it to the Bookmarks window.
The command creates a new nested project based on all currently selected tracks. The selected tracks will be removed from the project and replaced by the nested project. This can be useful when working with large projects containing a large number of tracks.
Takes allow you to associate multiple media files with an event. The "Delete Inactive Takes" command will delete all inactive takes from the selected events. You can hold down the Ctrl key to remove all takes.
This command fades out the selected event under the cursor, starting from the current cursor position through the end of the clip.
This command fades in the selected event under the cursor, starting from the beginning of the clip to the current cursor position.
This command maximizes the Vegas Pro window to a full screen view, providing more working space. Run the command again to return to a normal screen. Vegasaur saves the current state when closing the application and restores it on each running of Vegas Pro.
The Goto command provides convenient navigation on your project. Place this command on the Vegas Pro toolbar for one-click access to all markers, command markers, regions, CD markers, CD regions, bookmarks, and active custom commands (which have an opened dockable window). Note: hold down the Ctrl key while selecting a marker or region to make the timeline selection.
This command rejoins the selected adjacent events that have been previously split to multiple pieces. For the function to work, all selected events must be consecutive segments of the same media file. Several segments that are placed on different tracks and which refer to different media files can be selected and then unsplit in a single operation.
This command sets the length of a generated media or image sequence to match the length of the event.
This command crops the image so its size will completely fill the preview area. Use it to get rid of blank edges on the screen. This is very useful when all images mixed on a timeline come from different sources and have different aspect ratios. This function is a real timesaver when dealing with many events.
This command matches the image aspect to the original aspect ratio. This feature should be used when you want to apply full photos over other montages and when it is acceptable for the photo's borders to be seen. This function is another timesaver when it comes to working with multiple events.
After a video is placed on a timeline, Vegas Pro automatically resizes the event so it will entirely fill the video preview area, matching its size to the project frame size. While this is expected behavior, sometimes it is not desired, especially when placing small pictures like logos or lower third graphics. In those situations, if you want to show a clip in its native size, use this command to resize such clips to their original size.
This command allows you to copy Pan/Crop settings from a selected event to the Clipboard. Refer to the following command for additional details.
This unique and smart command (as well as the previous command) applies the Pan/Crop settings that have been copied into the Clipboard (using the Pan/Crop: Copy command) to all selected events. It allows you to quickly duplicate the Pan/Crop settings of one clip to others, without affecting other settings. The real power of this function is that the target events can differ from source events in size, length and aspect ratio. Vegasaur will automatically fit all Pan/Crop settings to the new events! Using them together, these commands can save significant time for some editing scenarios.
This command deletes all Pan/Crop settings from all selected events, resetting them to their default values.
This command forces all video events to snap to project frame boundaries, preventing a split from occurring in the middle of a frame. Edits that do not occur on frame boundaries can produce an undesirable visual result. For example, two events are split and moved together to create a cut; splits that are not at frame boundaries can produce a short dissolve in the rendered video.
This command forces selected video events to snap to project frame boundaries.
This command allows quick selection of events on a timeline, displaying all built-in and custom presets that are found in the Select Events tool. Hold down the Ctrl key (while selecting a preset) to keep current selection. For more detailed information, refer to the Select Events tool description. For maximum convenience, place this command on the Vegas toolbar.
This command randomly rearranges the order of all selected events on a timeline. This can be useful when creating slideshows. Also you can use this command to swap two selected events.
This command removes all existing effects from the selected events.
This command removes all existing transitions from the selected events and return them back to a standard crossfade.
This command renumbers all markers and regions in the project, so they will be in numerical order. The positions and labels are not modified - only the "number" for each will be reassigned. Hold down the Ctrl key to process markers and regions separately - first markers and then regions. Otherwise, each item will be renumbered sequentially, according to the item's position on a timeline.
This command replaces a "bad" video frame under cursor with the next one (a "good" frame). A "bad" frame is a frame that has a noticeable problem, such as a dropout frame or something else. The target event must be selected before running the command.
This command replaces a "bad" video frame under cursor with the previous one. See the previous command for additional information.
This command allows the easy restoration of a missing audio or video part of all events that are selected. For example, the audio was accidentally or intentionally deleted and a decision was made later to restore it, select the matching video event and run the command. The corresponding audio portion of the media file that is contained in the video event will be restored and placed on a "Restored Audio" track. The video events are placed on a "Restored Video" track. Finally, this pair of events will be grouped together.
This command rearranges all selected clips on a timeline in chronological order. This sorting is based on the recorded date and time of clips or photos. If recorded date/time is not available, the file creation date is taken into account. This tool can save you a tremendous amount of time when working with hundreds of clips on a timeline. For more sorting options use the Quick Properties tool (Placement tab).
This command splits the selected stereo tracks on two mono tracks. The original track will become the left channel and a new (duplicated) track will become the right channel. This is useful when you want to treat the stereo audio as two mono channels and adjust them separately.
This smart command will synchronize an audio event with a corresponding video event. This can be helpful, for example, in a situation when a video event was slipped (the contents of an event was shifted) or time-stretched without slipping or stretching the audio event. The duration, speed, take start, and position of the audio event will be matched to the video event. There are two methods for selecting events for synchronizing:
This command captures the project frame at the current cursor position and adds it to the Snapshots window.
This command makes it possible to set the desired timeline scale with one click. Selecting a menu item will increase or decrease the horizontal zoom level. For maximum convenience, place this command on the Vegas toolbar.
This command enables the fastest way to find all unused media in a project. The Unused Media command will find all media in a project that is not currently being used, and then moves them to a special media bin with the name "Unused". The command can be run again to update the bin after changes are made. This command is very helpful when working on large projects with many media files.
Placing this command on the Vegas Pro toolbar provides one-click access to all the tools, functions and commands that are found in Vegasaur. Clicking the button will open a menu, similar to the View-Extensions-Vegasaur menu. Yet another highly useful feature!
This command displays the Windows Explorer context menu that corresponds to the selected clip on a timeline. It allows you to open a clip in external applications, read its properties, explore a clip's folder, and to perform other functions.
The Backups tool is designed to provide additional protection for projects from accidental loss or damage. The tool can also be used for reverting to older versions of a saved veg file. Changes can be made to a project while always being able to return to the original version. The tool significantly simplifies the procedure of creating backups. It provides a one-click solution for making backups or reverting to old versions. Furthermore, the backups can be created automatically at specified time intervals or depending on specific user actions.
The tool contains a large number of settings, allowing tuning of your backup procedure.
All backup copies of all projects are stored in a special folder on your hard drive (which is known as Backup Storage). The maximum size of the storage folder can be set, to limit the amount of disk space Backup Storage can use. As the specified size is exceeded, old backup copies will be deleted to make room for new backups.
You can specify the maximum allowable number of backup copies per every project. This function is used to reduce the overall number of backups in Backup Storage and to increase the speed of Backup Storage maintenance.
In addition, a lifetime period can be set, after which all obsolete backups will be automatically removed.
It is possible to enable automatic backup of a project every 'n' minute or when the project is opened.
For additional protection against disk failure the p
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