VEGAS Pro 19
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VEGAS Creative Software has announced the latest update to its VEGAS Pro video editing software line. Build 636 is the fifth major update since VEGAS Pro 19’s launch last summer. It adds some exciting new features along with some critical updates and bug fixes. Let’s take a look at what’s most notable in the latest version of VEGAS Pro 19

1. Improved color grading features

The latest update improves color grading in VEGAS Pro. You can now apply Color Grading to the Track, Media and Video Output levels. The Color Grading Panel also now has Brightness and Contrast controls. In addition, the update delivers performance improvements for the Color Grading curve options.

2. New features for vertical video

The update to VEGAS Pro 19 adds new features aimed at users producing vertical videos for social media. The program has new templates for vertical aspect ratio projects. There are also new templates for rendering vertical aspect ratio projects. In addition, there is a new feature that allows the matching of aspect ratio to media. You can also automatically crop video to the project output aspect ratio.

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3. New FX tools

Build 636 for VEGAS Pro adds Bezier Curve support for keyframe animation for effects. There is also a new Motion Blur FX feature. In addition, the update adds support for the latest version of the OFX specification.

4. New GPU features

The update to VEGAS Pro means that the hardware detection in the program now handles multiple GPUs from the same vendor. Build 636 also adds GPU acceleration for Scene and Shot detection.

5. Other great, new additions

With the update to VEGAS Pro 19, you can now instantly crop the background for the Titles and Text Generator to the text box. Speech to Text now autodetects the OS language. There is also customized subtitle creation for Speech to Text. In addition, the update adds an indicator to identify locked timeline clip events.

6. Notable bug fixes

The upgrade notes list 35 important bug fixes with Build 636 for VEGAS Pro. These include that Border FX now properly releases GPU memory, and the Color Grading layout now properly shows Hub windows. There are also performance improvements for BRAW decoding. In addition, there are fixes for crashes that may happen with the Plugin Manager, the GL Transitions plugin and Color Curves FX.

Downloadable now

Build 636 of VEGAS Pro 19 is available for download now. It is important to note that once you have upgraded, projects saved with build 636 cannot be opened in earlier versions of VEGAS Pro 19.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.