VEGAS Pro 18 Improves its Color Grading Tools and More
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The non-linear editor has cloud-based media management in its sights.

VEGAS Creative Software has released version 18 of VEGAS Pro, which improves, among other things, AI-controlled effects and GPU acceleration and, with its software, offers better tools for motion tracking and color correction for editors, filmmakers and content creators.

What's new in VEGAS Pro 18?

  • Now includes multi-channel audio editing with SOUND FORGE Pro 14
  • Artificial intelligence-controlled effects such as Colorize and Style Transfer
  • Utilities for detecting and updating GPU drivers and automatic GPU configuration for hardware acceleration
  • New motion tracking panel
  • New capture folder configuration and new audio encoder
  • Hardware coding for HDR presets and automatic selection of IDTs based on metadata
  • Completely redesigned plug-in management window
  • New plug-ins: Flicker Reducer, Black Bar Fill, Denoise
  • Color correction improvements: dockable color correction field, logarithmic exposure tool ("camera exposure"), improved automatic contrast, skin tone line for the vectorscope, combined RGB display for the RGB parade area
  • Optional trim handles for timeline events;
  • Location of timeline cursor saved with project files;
  • Video engine performance improvements;
  • New presets and animations for titles and text

Cloud-based media and live streaming

In addition, VEGAS Creative Software plans to offer VEGAS Pro users cloud-based media management, file transfer, backup and collaboration capabilities. The tool suite includes a VEGAS Hub for backing up files to a central location, VEGAS Transfer, which you can use to upload media files and transfer them to VEGAS Hub. The broadcast will be available for iOS and Android. With VEGAS Prepare you can organize media with custom collections, tags, filters and sorting. With VEGAS Pro Hub Explorer you can view all created custom collections as it is a "portal for remote collaboration, file sharing and organization of collections".

Once available, the tools will initially be offered to subscription customers free of charge. The cost for those who have a perpetual license for VEGAS Pro will be announced in October.

The company will also launch a new live streaming software called VEGAS Stream, which will be integrated directly into the VEGAS software. It's uncertain if hardware is needed for multiple cameras, but according to VEGAS Creative Software, all elements are recorded using either VEGAS Pro 18 or VEGAS POST Suite which can be edited later. More details are expected this month.

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