It's not Sony's responsibiltity to fix CineForm products. All Sony can do is provide an API and CineForm comes up with whatever they do. Just like the BlackMagic and other third party tools. Sony says "Hey, we changed this...." and it's up to third parties to get up to speed. VASST had 40 products to update; while it wasn't a party, it got done. Other third parties such as Pixelan, New Blue, and Velvet Matter had to do the same.
I don't think it's quite that simple, Spot. If I understand correctly, Cineform provided a codec and API for Sony, not the other way around. Regardless, the Cineform codec is a built-in part of Vegas (from the user's perspective) that gets distributed as a Vegas feature. That's a big difference from being a completely external, outside 3rd party plugin (as are the VASST products you mentioned).
Playback of the Cineform codec is slower for all Vegas 7 users, not just the ones who bought Cineform's HD Connect. If people buy Vegas 7 and the "out of box" solution suffers compared to the previous version, those users look at who delivered the product to them (Sony). And anyway, Sony really pushed and touted the use of the Cineform codec as a workflow solution. Now they've got customers hooked on it, and they've effectively downgraded their performance with it. Was this an oversight or a marketing decision? We don't know. But we are disappointed.
And yes, Cineform has a role in this too. They knew that Sony was coming out with a new release of Vegas. And what did they do to prepare for it? Apparently nothing. They reacted quickly, but there was nothing proactive about their actions.
Hopefully both companies will respond to the needs of their customers and work together to improve the situation.
Oh, sorry :) Dont get me wrong - Vegas and the madison guys are absolutely amazing! It's almost creepy how the progression of the software has mirrored my own needs - When I first started using it I always figured I would have to migrate to some big hardware system at some point.
Now with Vegas 6, Cineform and my Dell 2405 I can show clients full res/ full framerate HD in all it's jaw dropping glory! On a fairly inexpensive home built computer! I get guys coming in from huge money FCP and Avid suites and my little set up looks just like the big boys.
I'm sure the V7/Cineform thing will get figured out - the developers of this software rock! But for full HD preview I'm still using V6 for right now -
So far I too am happy with V7, and I'm really interested in the tie-in with Cinescore (which I purchased in the bundle deal).
For now I'm using the "takes" feature to switch between .m2t and CFDI for playback vs. render. It's not frame-accurate, though. Converting from one to the other slides the audio a bit and the video too (by about a frame or so). Nonetheless, it's working ok and I love the faster playback with .m2t. In my earlier posting I simply wanted to express that I hope both parties (Sony and Cineform) take an interest to fix the issues with CFDI playback, as they should (based on customer need). And I too trust that this will happen.
I haven't actually encountered any of the fixes or enhancements of v7.0b, so I've been relatively quiet on that subject, however, I think we can all appreciate the robustness of this update (roughly 30 notable fix/changes?). That's almost 1 notable change per day since the release of 7.0a; very impressive.
V7 is just like Vegas 6.0d, but with HDV scene detection...
I accidentally started a small project in V6 this week. It took me three days to notice that it was not V7. In fact, I am going to read the "what's new in V7" post now, because I can't really tell the difference for my every day Joe editing habits.