Sony Media has launched a new version of the Vegas+DVD Production Suite at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam, which include the Vegas 7 video editing software and the DVD Architect 4 authoring tool.

Format support has been improved in Vegas 7 with full-framerate playback of native HDV added to the timeline and improved memory usage for handling HDV 1080i longform products. The software can also edit proxy and full resolution HD and SD XDCAM files (in MXF format) without requiring transcoding.

Vegas’s interface has been enhanced and offers improved snapping with enhanced visual clues across multiple tracks. Flexible window docking provides customized layouts for modifying the user interface preferences.

Support for AJA’s line of capture and acceleration hardware – which includes the Xena LH, LHe, LS and LSe – has been added with batch capture, multi-channel audio I/O, insert edit to tape, mixed timecode handling, SD and HD I/O including 1080i 24p, and 720p timeline monitoring available. Support for Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink hardware has been improved.

Sound effects

A new multithreaded audio engine boosts real-time audio playback performance. Sony’s Cinemascore music-generation plug-in is supported, as are the company’s ATRAC3v ATRAC3plus and ATRAC Advanced Lossless audio formats.

DVD Architect 4 adds scripting tools that enable simple games, kiosk automation and locking passwords to be created. It gains a random playlist generator, and support for Cinemascore and DVD-R DL (dual-layer) discs.

A limited editing toolset allows video to be changed without returning to Vegas. Its tools include keyframeable transitions, crop and effects – plus graphical subtitles, title re-ordering and a Snap to I-Frame command.

The Vegas+DVD Production Suite costs $699 (around £370).