Considering Upgrading to Vegas Pro 17 From 15

MH7 wrote on 6/1/2020, 3:02 AM

So, I have been considering upgrading to VEGAS Pro 17 from my current version of 15 (I believe I have the latest build for 15 but you can check in my signature for that info). The main reason for upgrading is for the HDR addition because I have a Sony FDR-AX700 that can shoot in HDR but I have never filmed in HDR because VEGAS Pro 15, obviously, doesn’t support it.

I don’t have a HDR PC monitor but the main family TV is HDR capable. So it would be nice to be able to film in HDR and edit it in VEGAS Pro. But, with what I have read about VEGAS Pro 17, there appears to various bugs with it and it has various problems which has had me hold off from buying it and thinking about waiting until VEGAS Pro 18 is released this year.

Nevertheless, I’d be interested to know what the general consensus is for VEGAS Pro 17 for anyone who is using it. I know it’s supposed to have a 30+ new additions over previous version of VEGAS Pro, but just exactly what are the improvements because if it’s nothing too major I think waiting until VEGAS Pro 18 is released is probably best.

Just for added info, if it helps, here are my current PC specifications:

MY CURRENT SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.0GHz - 3.7GHz (8C/16T)

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AORUS AX370 Gaming 5 

  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 @ 3200MHz

  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD + WD Blue 2TB HDD

  • Video Card: Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 580 XTR w/8GB GDDR5

  • Case: NZXT H440 White/Black

  • Power Supply: Corsair RM750x 750W

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home

  • Monitor: LG 27UD88-W 4K UHD IPS (FreeSync)

Comments

Reyfox wrote on 6/1/2020, 5:47 AM

I would wait for VP18, which should be in the not too distant future.

I have VP15 and never had any real issues with it, and now have VP17. Yes, VP17 has new features. It looks good on the "ad copy", but honestly, if I don't use those features, it doesn't matter.

VP17 was released in August of last year... just 2 months away. If you can wait, wait. VP18 "should" have all of VP17 and hopefully some more refined and new features.

 

vkmast wrote on 6/1/2020, 7:09 AM

If you have time to wait as @Reyfox suggests, you would not have to ponder about things like this and the cancellation policy.

The previous VEGAS Pro release dates.

wwjd wrote on 6/1/2020, 9:35 AM

only update when you NEED new features. otherwise, you don't really gain anything

MH7 wrote on 6/4/2020, 12:32 AM

only update when you NEED new features. otherwise, you don't really gain anything

You make a good point. I don’t necessarily need HDR editing capabilities, but it’s just a nice-to-have feature. Is it worth the usual AU$200 - AU$300 upgrade price? Probably not. But, we’ll see.

Dexcon wrote on 6/4/2020, 7:02 AM

@MH7  ... at least the exchange rate is now around .69 USD / 1 AUD as against .57 USD / 1 AUD that it was 3 months ago. It was so much better back in 2013 when the AUD was a fraction higher that the USD - about 1.04:1. When working out the cost from USD to AUD, I always deduct 3% from the exchange rate to take into account the 3% credit card international currency transfer fee that is inevitably added to the sale (why do they do that - it's an automated process without any manual processing as used to be the case a long time ago).

Like Reyfox, I'd think about waiting for VP18 which, on past release dates, might only be 2 months away as Reyfox mentioned. In the meantime, there might even be a 'buy VP17 now and get VP18 when released', offer but such an offer could well be more expensive by $50-100 USD than just the upgrade cost on VP18's release.

Howard-Vigorita wrote on 6/5/2020, 12:18 PM

@MH7 your rx580 video board will benefit from an upgrade due to recently added enhanced support for amd decoding. It'll also give you a future upgrade path to amd-navi boards which I don't think work at all in vegas 15.

Cameras: Canon XF305, JVC GV-LS2, Canon 6D w/L-glass line. (Mar 2020: testing Zcam E2)
Laptop: Dell XPS15-9570; i7-8750h 32gb (integrated Intel UHD-630 & Nvidia GTX-1050Ti)
Road: Intel NUC i7 8809g 32gb (integrated AMD VegaM 4gb graphics and Intel HD630)
Workstation: i9 9900k 32 gb (Sapphire AMD Radeon VII 16gb graphics and integrated Intel UHD630)
Workstation2: e5 1650v4 128 gb (Sapphire Nitro+ Vega64 8gb graphics)
Workstation3: i7-980X 24gb (Sapphire Nitro+ RX5700xt Navi 8gb graphics)
currently Vegas 17.452

MH7 wrote on 6/5/2020, 10:18 PM

@MH7 your rx580 video board will benefit from an upgrade due to recently added enhanced support for amd decoding. It'll also give you a future upgrade path to amd-navi boards which I don't think work at all in vegas 15.


Ah okay. Do you mean rendering or on the timeline? I personally find my RX 580 gets completely used, it’s often at 80-100% usage in Task Manager, when rendering out projects using MAGIX AVC OR HEVC CoDec. But on the timeline it doesn’t seem to be well utilised.

In any case, though, I think I will wait until VEGAS Pro 18 comes out and is released.

Ivey-League-Films wrote on 6/6/2020, 10:21 AM

Also, there are still bugs in VP17 that they haven't fixed yet in the most recent update. I would wait till they get those worked out in the next update.