Sony Vegas Pro 13 interface
MAGIX Software, German developer of media production software such as Fastcut, Music Maker and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, today announced its acquisition of the majority of products in the Sony Creative Software portfolio. These include Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro and ACID Pro. Sony Creative Software will continue to develop their recently introduced Catalyst Browse, Edit and Prepare post-production software.
 
“These products from Sony Creative Software are the perfect addition to our portfolio … This autumn, we plan to release new versions of the video-editing programs Vegas Pro and Movie Studio, which are heavily oriented toward the customer requirements of today,” says MAGIX CEO Klaus Schmidt.
 
In addition to the upgrades, MAGIX also promises to support all current users of the Sony Creative Software products being acquired, but there is certainly potential for negative reactions from loyal Sony Vegas editors adverse to this change in ownership.
 
When Catalyst Edit was first announced at NAB 2015, it caused concern among Sony users that the familiar and much loved Vegas Pro editing platform would be abandoned. Catalyst is billed as a completely new solution for fast and focused editing — a lean yet robust platform built for editing 4K and Sony RAW formats.  As one Sony Creative Software team member explained, without the technical debt of the older Vegas Pro platform, the Catalyst Production Suite is better equipped support modern cameras and workflows. 
 
Despite positioning Catalyst as the modern answer to Vegas Pro, Sony denied rumors that the Catalyst Production Suite would replace their existing offering and insisted that the new platform would simply complement a different workflow. At the time of its release,  there were no public plans for the Catalyst suite to replace Vegas Pro.
 
While not exactly abandoning Vegas Pro, this sale indicates Sony is going all in on development of the Catalyst platform.  At the same time, Vegas Pro is left with an uncertain future in the hands of a lesser-known developer who likely has some work ahead to earn the trust of existing Vegas Pro editors.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. As a user of Magix’s ‘Video Pro-X’ since the first-ever version, and now using version 8, allow me to assure former ‘Sony’ users that you will not be abandoned. Of course, from my own viewpoint, I welcome this new initiative. One advantage of European software over that from other sources, is that it is highly ‘intuitive’ and by reputation, easier to get to grips with. So, with a bit of adjustment of habits and workflow patterns, I feel that users who might at first think that they have been dragooned into making the switch, have very little to fear.

  2. Okay, so Magix just purchased the Sony Creative Software portfolio, including the Sony Vegas Movie Studio products.
    I’ve been trying for a week to get a problem I have with Sony Vegas Movie Studio 13 resolved.
    But the published phone numbers of Magix sales and tech support are not working.

    How can I get tech support from Magix?

  3. SONY has been so shut-mouthed about this whole thing over the past 6 months. In fact, they kept pushing Vegas Pro 13 as if there wasn’t a problem. I tried on several email attempts to raise some pat answers from SONY Creative Software and received the same “glib” useless answer each time. I welcome ANYONE new that can keep Vegas Pro working and applaud Magix for taking the ball that SONY dropped.

  4. I object to the negative, questioning tone of the article. Magix is a solid software company that knows how to develop and maintain products.On the forums, active Vegas pro users are very happy Magix has taken over. (Some of us are not in the US and have used Magix software like Samplitude, Sequoia, or Xara for years.) Sony never supported Vegas properly. Magix is already asking for new suggestions from Vegas user groups. I think it’s a great win for Vegas users.

  5. I was just wondering what kind of 5.1 encoder is used for the soundtrack in Magix’s video editing program. Is it still the outdated AC3 or an encoder that is far superior. While there has been many advances in video editing there has been very little done to improve audio when burning to a Blu-ray disc. Even less expensive programs like Cyperlink’s Power Director use a first generation DTS encoder. Audio encoders should be treated as plug-ins when developing A/V authoring software to improve surround sound soundtracks. Some reasonably priced first and second generation surround sound audio encoders are available.