Sony Announces Vegas Software Support for New Professional HDV Products

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Slightly shortened and edited by Bob C

Original is here:

Note, too, that there is an updater for Vegas - to Version 5.0d, that is relevant:
(Thanks to Richard Payne for the double heads-up)

Notable Changes/Fixes in Version 5.0d

HDV project and rendering templates (AVI and MPEG-2) have been added.

To capture and print HDV video, use the CineForm ConnectHD tool, which you can download from our Web site. For CineForm support, click here:
Sony Announces Vegas Software Support for New Professional HDV Products Including the HVR-Z1U Camera and The HVR-M1OU VTR

Vegas 5 Software Provides Users with Optimum Solution for HDV Editing and Connectivity with CineForm's Connect HD

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Culver City — Sony Media Software today announced special promotional pricing (US $149.95; a savings of US $349) on CineForm's Connect HD application software for new and existing users of Sony's award-winning Vegas 5 video and audio editing software.

The incorporation of Connect HD into the Vegas 5 platform will enable users of the newly-announced Sony HVR-Z1U professional HDV camcorder, HVR-M1OU deck and the recently announced consumer HDR-FX1 camera, to capture, edit, and export HDV in the 1080i format.

In addition to offering a high-quality, high-performance codec that greatly improves the HDV editing experience within Vegas, this updated version of Connect HD enables capturing and export of HDV content directly from and back to the HVR-Z1U and other HDV cameras.

Connect HD is built around CineForm's Visually Perfect high-definition editing codec, CFHD, which provides unmatched performance and visual quality. During capture, the Connect HD capture tool transcodes the incoming HDV signal on the fly into CineForm's proprietary wavelet-based compression format.

The resulting AVI file offers a more efficient editing configuration than HDV's native long-GOP MPEG, though users who wish to edit with HDV MPEG files will be able to do so.

In addition to the customized version of Connect HD, an updated version of Vegas 5 software will also be released, with HDV-specific enhancements in the near future.

"Vegas 5 software, when enhanced with CineForm's Connect HD acceleration, provides our users with a powerful, flexible, cost-effective, end-to-end HDV solution" stated Dave Chaimson, Vice President of Marketing, Sony Media Software. "Our software engineers have been working closely with the CineForm team, and together we have made many improvements to the HDV editing experience within Vegas, to the point that both the 1080i and 720p HDV workflow are now nearly identical to the DV workflow. We anticipate future versions of Vegas software will offer even tighter integration with CineForm technology."

Registered users of Vegas 5 software will be able to purchase the Connect HD software at for US $149.95.

About CineForm

CineForm, Inc., located in Carlsbad, California, develops high-performance software technologies and products for use by media professionals in high-resolution post-production applications. CineForm's acclaimed products provide unmatched video quality and real-time performance within an editing environment, enabling an online Digital Intermediate workflow that runs on standard desktop PCs. For more information, contact CineForm at 760-804-5905 x306, or visit CineForm's website at

About Sony Media Software

Sony Media Software manages the following media creation software titles: Sound Forge® software, Vegas® software, CD Architect software, DVD Architect software, ACID® PRO software, Sony Sound Series music and sound effects libraries, Sony Vision Series graphics, animations and stock footage libraries, Noise Reduction Plug-In, Vegas Movie Studio software, ACID Music Studio software and Sound Forge Audio Studio software.

The team also runs the ACIDplanet online service (, a worldwide community for progressive musicians. For additional product information, please visit