HDV users: please read


ForumAdmin wrote on 7/7/2008, 12:32 PM
If you would like to help test the pre-release HDV reader for Vegas Pro 8, please follow these exact steps:

1) Download the file "M2tsplug.zip" from this ftp site:


username: scsdev

password: oh7e2McT

2) unzip

3) copy the file


into (default path) C:\Program Files\Sony\Vegas Pro 8.0\FileIO Plug-Ins\m2tsplug .

Choose yes when prompted to over-write.

4) Restart Vegas> Load up any HDV files or HDV projects you have been having trouble with.

5) Please post your results back to this thread. Don't start another thread.

6) If you run into problems, please post details. Critical details are

a) full system specs

b) problem file genealogy

- What device recorded this file?
- Was the tape brand new, or was it used once or more?
- What application was used for capture?
- Has this file been opened or saved in ANY other application, such as Womble, or Premiere.
- What problem did you encounter (stability, red frames, black frames, other)

The more detail the better.
Please limit your comments in this thread to HDV file problems only. This beta HDV reader does not change the behavior of other source file types, it is for checking HDV .m2t files only.

If you run into a problem with this new reader, please delete this file (m2tsplug.dll) and un-install/ re-install Vegas Pro 8.0b.

Do not contact SCS tech support about this pre-release HDV reader for Vegas Pro 8. This needs to be thought of as a component beta test between you, and SCS engineering.

Good luck, and we look forward to your results.

SCS dev
Bill Ravens wrote on 7/7/2008, 1:25 PM
Previous failures with m2t files from a JVC HD110, appear to be loading correctly. This seems to be a vast improvement.
Tom Pauncz wrote on 7/7/2008, 2:08 PM
A project with 141 clips that would fail predictably every second or third time it was opened has not failed yet - on the 6th opening try now. Even tried it while another with just .m2t clips was loading in another Vegas Pro instance.

Good job guys!!

johnmeyer wrote on 7/7/2008, 3:22 PM
Would it be better/safer during installation of this DLL to first rename the old DLL to something like "m2tsplug.old" and then copy the new DLL? That way, if there is any need to go back to the old DLL, you just delete the new one and rename the old one.

Fortunately, based on the first two reports, it may not be necessary to delete the old DLL.
ushere wrote on 7/7/2008, 4:50 PM
logged in but i don't see any files listed? ff3
Tom Pauncz wrote on 7/7/2008, 5:32 PM
Having come from a s/w development bg, I did save the old one just in case. I guess it's the skeptic in me. :-)
ushere wrote on 7/7/2008, 6:06 PM
great - the clip that i had problems crashing vegas - re my ticket and your confirmation of the problem, now plays as it should....

many thanks, and awaiting 8c with eager anticipation,


johnmeyer wrote on 7/7/2008, 6:42 PM
Are all the people who contributed to this thread being notified? Or, do they have to re-visit this thread to find out that this potential fix is available. If the latter, someone -- either ForumAdmin or someone else -- might want to start a new thread so that everyone is aware of the availability of this DLL.
jamesfrankham wrote on 7/7/2008, 7:00 PM
Is this dll going to be adapted to work in 7e as well? It suffers all the same issues.
Jøran Toresen wrote on 7/7/2008, 7:02 PM
Can't you start a new thread, John?

Tom Pauncz wrote on 7/7/2008, 7:29 PM
Perhaps a better idea might be for ForumAdmin to make his post on the availability of the test .dll a sticky.
fldave wrote on 7/7/2008, 8:02 PM
As someone who has never had a black/red frame in my HDV files, I hope someone is testing that also, I do not have the time right now.

Preservation of good code is as important as fixing bad code.

What is the risk of breaking those people who have had no problems? And should I pre-test this?
johnmeyer wrote on 7/7/2008, 9:42 PM
Is this dll going to be adapted to work in 7e as well? It suffers all the same issues. I tried it with 7.0d and it most definitely does NOT work -- crashes Vegas. I would expect the same with 7.0e.

However, if all the problems are finally fixed, I will get off the sideline and start using 8.x. Up until now, it definitely was not worth having to deal with what seemed like pretty consistent, unavoidable problems that have been reported almost daily for the past eight months.
malowz wrote on 7/7/2008, 10:31 PM
i was having red frames on a hdv video captured from hdlink, now its fine.

was having crashing wile building peaks on a hdv file captured in vegas, now seems fine.

these files came from a sony hdv-hd1000 camera (a.k.a. hc-7), using panasonic tapes.

looks good ;)
John_Cline wrote on 7/8/2008, 2:45 AM
I've never had the black/red frame issue, but I did have a couple of HDV files that would hang during audio peak file creation, with the new .DLL, they load fine. Good work, guys!
Xander wrote on 7/8/2008, 5:13 AM
I'm working on two HDV projects at the moment so will try and give the .dll a good workout over the next week. It installed fine in Vegas 8b on Vista 64 SP1. Opening up one of the projects, I noticed that the peaks had to be rebuilt - not an issue. The only hidden feature I have enabled is use of multi-processor during preview. All in all, no problems so far.
malowz wrote on 7/8/2008, 7:48 AM
Houston, i THINK we have a problem...

mxf files on timeline have different colors betwen these two plugins.

i think the new one is not doing the right tranfer from Rec.709 to rgb.

looks like its assuming that the file is Rec.601
2G wrote on 7/8/2008, 9:15 AM
Cautiously optimistic.... :-)

I had a solid repeatable crash (Vegas exception and exit) just loading the media for a certain project over the weekend. It failed every single time and I never did get it to load. I just installed the patch and loaded the media successfully. So I'm thrilled (so far....). Much more testing to come.....

Thanks SO MUCH!!
frazerb wrote on 7/8/2008, 2:19 PM
Summary: The Beta HDV Reader passed all of my tests.

Tested on two PCs
1.Dell Precision 380 with Pentium D 3.46 GHz (dual core x2), 4GB RAM, Win XP SP2.
2. Dell Inspiron 1520 with Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T7500 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Vista Home Premium SP1.

Captured files with Vegas, HDV Split, On-Location & Firestore FS-4 Pro HD. HDV Split captured files worked perfectly, whereas they had appeared corrupted with the original HDV Reader. The others captured as before the Beta reader (some red frames when the camcorder was started during Firestore capture as before).

I saw no black or red frames with Vegas or HDV Split captured files. Unfortunately, I did not have an old project that experienced black or red frames to test.

kb_de wrote on 7/8/2008, 3:00 PM
hi DH,

I've found out that the DLL version from the ftp site you gave is (which means beta, right?).
And the version of DVDA5 is, higher and offcial.
Can I just copy it using in V8pro?
Nx wrote on 7/8/2008, 3:28 PM
I had the same black frames and sound drop-outs in a 44 min. HDV project.

Strangely, the rendering (Mainconcept mpg2 1080x1440) from stills sections would generate black frames and sounddrop-outs in such sections.

With the beta dll, my old rendered mt2 file no longer shows these black frames and sound drop-outs. Very good so far !!

riredale wrote on 7/8/2008, 3:32 PM
For those of us sticking with trusty old 7d (for now, anyway) is there an equivalent dll for that version?
Darren Powell wrote on 7/8/2008, 3:57 PM
Yes Yes Yes ... I'm in ...

Darren Powell
Sydney Australia

(Could this be the light at the end of the tunnel ... or is it the train coming? :-)
risce1 wrote on 7/8/2008, 4:02 PM
Xander, where did you get 8.0 c ?