VEGAS Effects Release History

NickHope wrote on 5/27/2020, 11:21 AM

VEGAS Effects is part of the VEGAS POST Suite for post production that comprises VEGAS Pro, VEGAS Effects & VEGAS Image.

Release notes for updates are taken from the "See what's new" window that can be opened during installation the installation, or for upgrades from the update history for the corresponding version of HitFilm Pro.

VEGAS Effects updates follow and are similar to HitFilm Pro updates.


Tags: VEGAS POST Suite, VEGAS Effects Changelog, VEGAS Effects Release Notes, VEGAS Effects Revision History, VEGAS Effects Updates

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NickHope wrote on 5/27/2020, 11:26 AM

VEGAS Effects 1.0.9207.60296 18th December 2019

First public release

NickHope wrote on 5/27/2020, 11:40 AM

VEGAS Effects Update 2 (version 1.2.9604.14401) Early 2020

I assume the updates in Hitfilm Pro versions 14.1 & 14.2 were largely included in VEGAS Effects Update 2.

NickHope wrote on 5/27/2020, 11:48 AM

VEGAS Effects Update 3 (version 1.3.9931.38487) 27th May 2020

This update is based on HitFilm Pro version 14.3.

This update focuses on bug fixes, fine-tuning the default options of the export process for a better user experience and improving the performance of hardware decoding on Windows systems.

Enhancements

  • The File >  Export option now defaults to exporting the entire contents of the timeline, rather than exporting the In/Out area.
  • The YouTube 1080p export preset now uses a Level of 5.1, for improved compatibility with older video players.

Fixes

  • Improved stability of AMD and NVIDIA hardware decoding.
  • Improved compatibility with AAC media, so it imports correctly.
  • Improved compatibility with ProRes files, so the ProRes 4444 codec now imports correctly.
  • The performance and stability of FBX models in the software has been improved.
  • Motion blur now works correctly with FBX models.
  • Improved a rare stability issue involving deleting media from the Media panel.
  • Composite shots deleted in the Media panel no longer appear in the Viewer, or cause stability issues.
  • Canceling the render of a composite shot containing ambient occlusion no longer causes stability issues.
  • Using the mouse wheel to zoom the Viewer when the frame contains reflections no longer causes stability issues.
  • Editing the timeline location of keyframes on a parented layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • The Gamma handle on the Levels Histogram effect now displays correctly.
  • Exported files will no longer be removed from your hard drive without warning when the software is closed.
  • Changing the configuration of multiple displays no longer causes dialogs to open offscreen and be inaccessible.
  • Composite shots containing the Speed/Duration tool now render correctly.
  • Chromatic Aberration is now downsampling correctly.
  • When a user switches timelines, the scopes now update correctly to represent the contents of the current timeline.
  • Pre-rendering a composite shot now accurately includes all frames, without duplicates.
  • The font used in Parade Scopes now supports High DPI / Retina displays.
NickHope wrote on 8/5/2020, 11:02 PM

VEGAS Effects 2.0.10327.53304 3rd August 2020

Notes taken from the update history for HitFilm Pro 15.0, which VEGAS Effects 2.0 is based on. There may be some differences.

Highlights

  • A new Preference option allows the root folders of a new layer to be open by default, in the controls panel.
  • Additional plugin presets have been added to the Grid and Lightning & Electricity effects.
  • The zoom options in the Viewer panel now allow a wider range of zoom levels.
  • Added the ability to export audio using the WAV format.
  • Added the GoPro FX Reframe effect, for fully customizing the framing of your 360º footage.
  • Added a Track Select tool, to select everything to the left or right of the playhead.
  • New mask shapes allow you to create and customize Rounded Rectangle, Polygon, and Star shaped masks.
  • The Crop / Pan & Zoom effect allows you to crop the contents of a clip, and animate the crop to control which area is shown.
  • Four new templates for lower thirds have been added: Banners, Flashy Double, Peeking with Line, and Smooth Blocks.
  • Added a Motion Track effect, for easily attaching a timeline object to a specific element in the scene.
  • Added the Color Adjustment effect to allow a range of selected colors to be shifted (originally designed for Imerge Pro).
  • The new Auto Stabilizer effect provides easy smoothing of motion in handheld video clips.

Enhancements

  • Image sequences can now be imported by dragging one or more images from the sequence into the Media panel.
  • Image Sequences can now be imported using the Import button, by selecting a single image from the sequence.
  • Import image sequences by selecting a file or a range of files in a folder.
  • The layout of the menus in the top menu bar has been improved.
  • Paste Attributes now asks before duplicating the attributes on the source.
  • The Text tool now allows multiple customizable outlines.
  • Upgraded the X-audio component of the installer, to eliminate an error some users were seeing on install.
  • CTRL+W now closes the current composite shot, and CTRL+Shift+W closes all open composite shots.
  • The zoom controls for scaling the timeline have been refactored and improved.
  • Improved performance of embedded composite shots and grade layers through caching.
  • The graphic interface for the Curves control is now available in two sizes, small and large.

Bug Fixes

  • The error messages shown when an export folder is not available are now more accurate.
  • PCM audio in DV-AVI files now conforms more reliably. (PC)
  • Right-clicking item in the top menus no longer displays menu contents incorrectly.
  • Improved rendering accuracy when using Intel Iris graphics for hardware decoding. (PC)
  • The scopes effect no longer causes stability issues.
  • Using the arrow keys while editing a text layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Eliminated an uncommon stability issue with the audio meters during Trimmer playback.
  • The frame rate of MXF files is more accurately detected on import.
  • Exclude. Duplicate of 13854 above.
  • Locked audio tracks can no longer be edited using the audio mixer panel.
  • The Float option in the panel burger menu is now correctly disabled after the panel has been floated.
  • Restoring the Audio Mixer panel in the interface layout no longer causes stability issues.
  • Animated textures applied to 3D models now respect the start frame of the texture layer.
  • Playback of the Denoise effect no longer causes stability issues.
  • Adding a mask point no longer causes multiple items to be added to the History.
  • User created Export Presets can now be selected as the default export preset through the export menu without requiring a restart.
  • Applying an animation file to a 3D model no longer affects the responsiveness of the software interface.
  • Fixed the text styling in error messages which may appear when opening a project whose name contains a degrees symbol.
  • Adjusting the Roundness of a mask containing bezier handles no longer causes unexpected distortion.
  • Export of AAC audio no longer fails when an incompatible bitrate is selected, instead the closest supported bitrate is used.
  • Unsupported audio sample rates were removed from the Export options.
  • Updated the pre-render icon in the Media Panel for high-DPI displays.
  • Improved performance of 3D models using the FBX format.
  • Projects containing composite shots with large numbers of layers now open more quickly.
  • The trimmer now properly retains focus when the cursor is moved over the timeline. (Mac)
  • Improved the layout of the Background Color swatch, in the Options panel.
  • The home page can no longer be used to browse the internet.
  • Exporting using a different sample rate than your timeline will no longer result in truncated audio.
  • New mask points can now be created correctly, regardless of which view you are using.
  • Improved the layout of the color Labels tab of the Options panel.
  • Animation behaviors have been moved into the behaviors folder, where you would expect them.
  • The preview shown for text layers, while they are being trimmed on the editor, is now the correct size.
  • The Pin button now pins the Controls panel from one timeline open, when another timeline is selected.
  • Dragging vertically or horizontally now resizes a mask along a fixed axis.
  • The software can no longer be closed while the Options dialog, or any other modal dialog, is open. (Mac)
  • The option to paste effects via the right-click contextual menu is no longer enabled when it should not be.
  • You can now paste text into a template using the CTRL+V shortcut.
  • The project templates and export presets for Instagram have been updated to their current specifications.
  • The drop zone highlight is now displayed accurately when moving a panel of the interface.
  • Favorited effects are now retained more reliably in the Favorites panel.
  • Users are now warned when trying to set keyboard shortcuts which would conflict with existing shortcuts.
  • Adding an effect from the Effects menu to an editor object now correctly opens the effect controls in the controls panel.
  • You can now use the tab key to move between options in the autosave recovery dialog.
  • Recovered projects now use the same name shown in the Recovery dialog.
  • It is no longer possible to create timelines which exceed the maximum supported frame rate of the software.
  • Added a 'Paste' option into the right-click contextual menu for the Effects property group.
  • The ESC key now correctly closes the Effects pop-up. (Mac)
  • Right-click options now work correctly in the Effects pop-up window.
  • Updated the icons used in the effects pop-up, for High DPI displays.
  • Corrected the styling of the tooltip displayed for the Color bit depth controls in the Options panel.
  • The export queue now correctly aligns presets for completed tasks and pending tasks.
  • The overlay used when moving panels is now properly centered in the panel, for optimum visibility.
  • The search bar in the Effects pop-up window now supports input from IMEs.
  • Pausing an export at 100% progress no longer causes it to become permanently unresponsive.
  • All export errors are now correctly indicated on the program's taskbar icon. (PC)
  • The Orbit tool is now correctly displayed for all Viewer angles which support it, when multiple views are enabled.
  • Text-only Behaviors can no longer be pasted onto non-text objects.
  • Using an image with an embedded alpha channel as a bump map for a 3D model no longer corrupts the lighting of the model.
  • Improved the layout and styling of the Text panel.
  • Selecting multiple keyframes using the CTRL modifier now works correctly.
  • The Fade to Color transition no longer overexposes the footage to which it is applied.
  • The Export panel now supports export times exceeding 24 hours.
  • Creating a text layer using the New Layer Menu now correctly selects the Text tool so you can type immediately.
  • Creating a composite shot from an image which exceeds the software's maximum supported resolution now respects the aspect ratio of the image.
  • The "match editor timeline to media" prompt is no longer shown after "do not show again" is selected.
  • Mask outlines are now displayed correctly when multiple masks are selected.
  • Showing or hiding the Scopes panel no longer impacts RAM Previews.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for all viewer tools now work correctly.
  • ALT+arrow keys no longer unexpectedly moves focus in the controls panel property trees.
  • Resetting an effect no longer affects the Transform settings for the layer containing the effect.
  • Tooltips are no longer displayed while rubber band selections are being made.
  • Hovering the cursor over keyframes or bezier handles on the timeline no longer changes the cursor icon when the Selection tool is not active.
  • Updated the styling of the drop indicators shown when adding objects to the timeline.
  • The shortcut to convert a media file to a composite shot (CTRL+M) has been enabled in the Media panel.
  • Deleting media from the Media Panel using the keyboard shortcut now works correctly after resetting the interface layout. (Mac)
  • Rubber-band selecting multiple mask points no longer creates visual errors on systems using AMD graphics.
  • Improved performance of creating the Effects panel.
NickHope wrote on 9/22/2020, 3:06 AM

VEGAS Effects 2.1.10413.14401 September 2020

Bug Fixes

From the pop-up upgrade prompt in VEGAS Effects:

  • Fixed stability issues with NVIDIA graphics cards
  • HE-AAC v2 audio now plays back correctly

From the update history for HitFilm Pro 15.1, which VEGAS Effects 2.1 is based on. There may be some differences.

  • Double-clicking a Transition in the Effects panel no longer causes stability issues.
  • Playback, Exporting, and scrubbing footage no longer cause stability issues with Nvidia hardware decoding enabled. (PC)

 

    NickHope wrote on 11/5/2020, 1:50 AM

    VEGAS Effects 2.2.10629.53694, 4th November 2020

    From the pop-up upgrade prompt in VEGAS Effects:

    Summary

    • This update contains assorted stability and usability improvements, including improvements to the layer picker controls.

    Fixes

    • Boris Continuum plugins are no longer loaded to prevent a stability issue on launch.
    • Improved OpenGL implementation to prevent systems which exceed the minimum requirements from displaying an error which says they do not meet minimum requirements.
    • Importing faulty preset files no longer causes stability issues.
    • Layers whose visibility is disabled are no longer ignored by the Set Matte effect.
    • Particle systems referencing a composite shot as an animated texture now render the correct texture frames.
    • The last created point in a mask can now be repositioned correctly.
    • Switching timelines while a tracker is active no longer causes stability issues.
    • Layer pickers now update properly when the effect containing the layer picker is moved to a new layer.
    • Layer pickers now update correctly when the layer stack or layer order is changed.
    • Layer pickers now update correctly when the referenced media asset is deleted from the media panel.
    • Layer pickers no longer allow selection of layers which would lead to cyclic rendering, thus improving stability.
    • Drag-and-dropping an effect to a location that doesn't allow dropping no longer causes unwanted timeline scrolling.
    • The Favorite star no longer renders in the wrong place within the Effects panel.
    • Improved the visual styling of the drag-and-drop process for effects.
    • The export preset dialog now only commits changes once the changes are confirmed.
    • Export using constant bitrates now correctly uses the chosen bitrate value.
    • MP4 export now correctly uses the bitrate specified in the chosen export preset.

    Further bug fixes listed for HitFilm Pro 15.2, which VEGAS Effects 2.2 is based on. These may or may not apply to VEGAS Effects:

    • The export preset dialog now only commits changes once the changes are confirmed.
    • Transitions applied to composite shot objects on the editor timeline are now rendered correctly.
    • Select All on an editor timeline which includes a text template no longer causes stability issues.
    • The folder containing the Camera Tracker has been renamed to Foundry to correctly reflect the developer's branding.
    • Uninstalling one version of HitFilm from a system where two versions are installed no longer removes the interface font needed for the remaining version. (PC)
    • Improved OpenGL implementation to prevent systems which exceed the minimum requirements from displaying an error which says they do not meet minimum requirements. (PC)
    • Adding the Camera Tracker effect to a layer no longer causes system instability.
    • Transitions applied to sliced composite shots that contain grade layers now render as expected.

     

    NickHope wrote on 4/5/2021, 7:53 AM

    VEGAS Effects 2.3.11116.40737, 30th March 2021

    From the pop-up upgrade prompt in VEGAS Effects:

    Summary

    This release introduces several major new features, including custom light flares, voiceover recording, HEVC/H.265 support, and support for GLTF 3D models, including physically-based-rendering. Various interface improvements and bug fixes are also included.

    Highlights

    • Added support for software decoding of HEVC/H.265 video files, and on hardware for systems with supported GPUs.
    • The new Custom Light Flares effect introduces over 60 new presets, and a new interface for building your own custom flares.
    • The GLTF format is now supported for importing 3D models and animation.
    • Voiceover audio can now be recorded directly in HitFilm, through the Media panel or the File menu.
    • The new Motion Lock effect allows effects to be applied directly to a video layer and be tracked to the movement within the video.

    Enhancements

    • Export Frame functionality has been extensively reworked, with more options and greater control.
    • The new Remove Unused command deletes all unused assets from the Media panel with a single command.
    • Commands for importing media and recording voiceover have been added to the File menu.
    • The new Export menu provides access to all export functions in a single location.
    • All spinbox values in the interface can now be edited by click-dragging with the mouse.
    • The keyboard shortcuts for adjusting the scale of the timeline can now also be used on the Controls panel's internal timeline.
    • The motion blur settings now use a default shutter phase of -90.
    • 3D model formats which support animation no longer generate animation files on import, unless the model includes animation data.
    • The names of imported 3D animation assets are now displayed in the Media panel.
    • The default radius for Highpass Sharpen was adjusted, and the blend modes have been reordered based on intensity.
    • The GoPro FX Reframe effect has been renamed and is now GoPro Lens Reframe.

    Fixes

    • Improved handling of hardware decoding, to prevent stability issues with certain ProRes files.
    • MPEG-1 .ts video files now import correctly.
    • Improved the handling of audio files containing floating-point PCM values.
    • Merging audio from two recordings of the same event with noticeable variations has been improved.
    • Media files containing pre-multiplied alpha channels now render correctly in the Trimmer, the Media panel, and the Editor thumbnails.
    • Playback in the Trimmer now includes the last frame of the video.
    • The audio sample rate for new composite shots created via the Start panel matches the audio sample rate of the project.
    • Creating a composite shot from an audio-only asset now uses the project resolution, rather than a resolution of 1x1.
    • Textures for 3D models support linear color once again.
    • 3D models using the Override Texture option now properly respect the viewer's downsample mode.
    • Repositioning masks now registers correctly, so the mask does not move again when the mouse is clicked.
    • Double-clicking a mask shape now finalizes the mask after adding it.
    • Rounded rectangle mask controls now update properly based on the size of the mask.
    • Editing the border color for a mask is now processed on the Viewer immediately.
    • Zooming the Viewer with the mouse wheel is now disabled while creating a mask.
    • Resetting an orthographic view now updates to display all objects correctly.
    • Improved the styling of properties containing non-editable text, to make it more apparent which properties are read-only.
    • The built-in particle system textures no longer show as invalid in the Controls panel.
    • The illumination property of the Sphere effect no longer shows as invalid in the Controls panel.
    • Making the Scopes panel visible when there are no composite shots open no longer causes stability issues.
    • Scopes are now only calculated when the Scopes panel is visible.
    • The histogram for the Levels Histogram effect is no longer calculated unless the histogram is visible.
    • Deleting an effect no longer adds it to the Recents category.
    • Clicking the Favorite button with multiple effects selected now favorites all selected effects.
    • Applying multiple effects from an Effects panel search no longer clears the current search.
    • Searching for "4 point" in the Effects panel now returns the 4-point gradient in the results.
    • 360º effects can now be searched for in the Effects panel without including the degrees symbol.
    • Adding an effect now consistently opens the effect controls in the Controls panel, and selects the object on the timeline.
    • Adding an effect which does not include any controls no longer switches focus to the Controls panel.
    • The large Curves interface in the Controls panel now displays correctly when enabled.
    • Adding Curves to a layer which contains a mask no longer causes stability issues.
    • Making a composite shot from a clip with Curves applied no longer causes stability issues.
    • Trying to add a preset to a layer which does not support certain types of effects no longer causes stability issues.
    • Parenting a camera to a 2D layer which is parented to a 3D layer no longer causes stability issues.
    • Deleting a layer after cut/pasting the layer and source asset no longer causes stability issues.
    • The controls for the Atomic Particle effect now update correctly when the effect is applied to a 3D model.
    • The GoPro Lens Reframe interface is now resized to fit the selected Projection preset.
    • Dragging to reposition the view in GoPro Lens Reframe now moves the view in the expected direction.
    • Eliminated an artifact at the center of the GoPro Lens Reframe effect when running on Intel 600-series graphics.
    • Exporting a timeline which contains the Auto Stabilizer effect no longer causes stability issues.
    • Saving a project no longer prevents the font in the Text effect from being changed.
    • Exporting a project no longer stops the Text effect from updating in the Viewer.
    • The export button is now correctly disabled when there is nothing to export.
    • Reduced the bitrates for Instagram export presets.
    • Selection of a folder in the Export panel presets list is now clearly indicated.
    • The Export Now > Contents command now creates a folder at the chosen location, if the folder doesn't already exist.
    • The export preview now properly renders when the Export panel is re-opened during an ongoing export task.
    • Switching projects while an export task is ongoing now stops the export.

    VEGAS Effects 2.3 appears to be based on HitFilm Pro 16.0, with at least some additional updates from HitFilm Pro Version 2021.1 also included. Some changes from those HitFilm Pro versions may have been included in VEGAS Effects 2.3, but not appear in the above list. The HitFilm Pro release history is here.