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- March 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM #46837AnonymousInactive
I am considering Sony Vegas Pro 8 since Sony is having the big 35% off sale right now. I have a desktop computer running XP Home Edition with 3 gigs of ram, a 2.4 gig Quad core processor, nvidea 9800 video card and a laptop with Vista Premium 64 bit edition with 4 megs ram and 1.8 gig Core 2 duo processor and 8800 series Nvidea card. I have read that there are some bugs in Veagas Pro, specifically when it comes to 64 bit operating systems.
I have been using Sony Movie Studio 9 Platinum Pro on the desktop and Sony MS Plat on the laptop with no issues to speak of. I would like to access the advanced features of the Vegas Pro for use in my project. There have been rumors that Vegas Pro 9 will come out this year. Do you think it will be worth my while to upgrade to Vegas Pro now?
Reads like you’ve got an adequate setup to run Vegas 8 on either computer. Haven’t run into any ‘bugs’ with Vegas yet on our 32 or 64-bit systems yet, but will keep an eye out.
Though I’m a hardcore Avid/Premier editor, we picked up Vegas 7 to compliment our audio pipeline of Acid and Soundforge. When ver. 8 came out the upgrade was $99. We’ve cut a narrative short with 7 and some high-end corporate videos with 8 and it worked well except for one beef. Like other programs, Vegas will allow you to playback the timeline in realtime but only if you don’t have any effects involved. That little detail almost cost us a client when we needed to do a quick ‘burn’ out to tape. With most other programs that support realtime effects if you have a firewire connected camera you can record to tape as the timeline plays out. Vegas will insist that you do a pre-render or a full render and won’t playback your effects. The only way we got through that was to render each completed segment as we went along. It was reminiscent of Premiere of old.
Far as getting 8 now is not a bad idea. Sony is wacky when it comes to their cameras, but really good about support form their multimedia software line. Upgrades are usually very cheap (Adobe are you listening?) so you can get on with editing and upgrade when 9 comes out. One thing I suggest you consider for future pc purchases is to steer clear of ‘Home’ and ‘Premium’ versions of Windows for your editing and graphic work. XP Pro and Vista Business gives you far more control of the OS and don’t come with all of the ‘gimmicky’ software bundled in. I’ve used XP Pro since ’02 and it’s been a stable OS and we’ve been working with Vista Biz since January and are quite pleased with its performance so far.
Thanks you for responding to my message. What you said makes sense and I will probably take advantage of the price break being offered by Sony now.
I purchased Vista Ultimate in order to get the shadow copies and better backup, but I could have done as well with Vista Business. With XP, well, it was more affordable at the time and I didn’t have any real “business” applications I was doing with the machine. The main difference is that the “higher” versions of Vista have more multimedia software bundled with it; a waste since I never use them. I had application incompatibilities and a lot of trouble with 3D when I tried to upgrade my desktop to Vista–but new video card drivers and software updates have allieviated many issues. Vista 64 bit is problematic, not everything plans nicely with it; I hope that software vendors catch up as it seems that 64 bit is becoming more prevalent. I don’t expect that we’ll have as many issues with Windows 7 from what I’ve been reading. It uses fewer system resources and is likely to just come in a home and business edition and not all the various Vista flavors.
You’re more than welcome for the info. Just as an aside, I didn’t get Vista Biz 64-bit initially because of the lack of software support at the time. Actually, now with SP1 quite a bit of my old 32-bit programs and plugins work just fine. Now we did run into some issues with printers as they didn’t have drivers up yet (which for the most part they either had no intention of making them or were just lazy about getting them out.) The initial build had XP Pro 32-bit SP3, but it was irking me that we had invested in 4GB of RAM but the system could only see 2.5 -2.75 at best. Finally, I had the tech’s order Vista Biz 64-bit and I’ve said it in other posts, ‘I could kick myself for not getting it sooner’. Now we have an older 32 bit XP NLE system we use for printing and junk leaving the 64 free to do graphics and video work. We bumped up the RAM to 8 Gigs and put in a second 512MB NVIDIA class video card and long render times are a thing of the past. Concerning Win 7, I’ll wait for a year or two after it comes out to allow the bugs to get worked out and the software we rely on to become compatible. Right now Vista Biz is a worthy successor to XP Pro so we’ll roll with that. It’s too bad Microsoft dropped the ball on advertising and trying to be all ‘Appley’. The beauty of windows has always been it isn’t an apple OS. The more they try to emulate ‘macieness’, the more they undermine the platform’s strengths. Oh and Vista Biz doesn’t have any of those goofy media programs on it to get in the way. Moviemaker is still on there however (at least it has its limited uses) and they have ‘widgets’, excuse me ‘gadgets’ that you can ‘mac-up’ your desktop with. Honestly….
if you are going to utilize the 64 bit os, then you want to get Vegas Pro 8.1
I agree that Vista was simply a thinly veiled attempt to Mac Up the Windows OS. I read a lot of PC magazines and apparently Windows 7 is nothing more than revamping of Vista’s code with less intrusive IAC and a new desktop interface. Given the fact it seems nothing more than an improvement of Vista, trying to fix Vista’s flaws, I expect that it wouldn’t be the nasty bug nest that Vista was when it was released; we’ll see.
I wanted to try Vegas Pro 8c on my laptop before attempting 8.1, the main reason for this is that I also have plugins ins and Cinescore that I want to be able to use. From what I’ve been reading, plugins and Cinescore aren’t supported by version 8.1; apparently some of the other program features won’t work either. I’m also maxed out at 4 gigs of RAM–apparently 8.1 was designed partly to address more than four gigs of RAM. So if I’m not satified with the performance of 8c I’ll give 8.1 a go, but I won’t be happy about not being able to use some of the features of the program. I’m hoping that Sony releases a patch that will clear up these limitations for 64 bit.