The New Vegas Pro 16!
On the surface not much has changed compared to the older version. With dockable windows and saveable layouts, you can design the interface as you want it. The most exciting changes concern the functions of the program.
What’s new? Highlights
The motion tracking tool captures motion in the video. This makes it easy to apply special effects such as masks and filters. For example, the program detects the movement of a person. If you want to pixelate the face, select this area in the video and select the appropriate mask. This saves a lot of time, because you only have to mark the area in which the moving object is located once. You can find a video of this function here.
Interaction between storyboard and timeline
To improve the workflow, Magix now has introduced a dynamic interaction between storyboard and timeline. As soon as you change something in the Timeline, it will also be displayed in the Storyboard and vice versa.
You can also add as many storyboards as you want to experiment with edits on individual scenes or as a help to organize the movie.
Yes, even in Vegas Pro 15 there was already an image stabilization. Magix announces to have rebuilt the new function from scratch. This makes it easy and fast to stabilize blurred or hand-filmed shots. But there is no big difference to the old image stabilization.
Because of the new HDR support, colors can now be displayed even more beautiful with an appropriate camera and screen.
There are a few more minor changes. You will find all listed here.
The three versions
As always, Vegas Pro is available in three different versions. Vegas Pro 16 Edit costs 399€ and contains the highlights described above as well as all other standard features. However, are the better programs worth the much higher price?
The normal Vegas Pro also includes the Boris FX Continuum Lights Unit plugin, which lets you easily create awesome lighting effects to give your movies the Hollywood look. There is also the VitaScene effect package with 100 professional additional effects.
Vegas DVD Architect: With the Vegas DVD Architect you can easily create menu-driven DVDs and Blurays. Unfortunately, this is only available from the normal Vegas Pro version. The DVD Architect can also be purchased separately as a single program from Magix.
Vegas Pro Suite
The Suite version costs 800€ and contains several professional effect packages made in Hollywood. I didn’t test the suite and therefore I can’t go into detail further. However, this high-end program is only worthwhile as a true professional who really uses all these effects.