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Scripts and Custom Command for Vegas Pro 8:

http://sony.vegas.1.free.fr/

Batch Replace

Goto

Show Event Length

Proxy Stream[1.0c]  “More Info Here” (This is the Dodgy Like at present)

Sync Events

Add Markers At Interval

Takes To Tracks

Takes2TracksForCDM_V2

Render To Video Track

Open In Graphic Editor

Export Track As Storyboard

Automatic Multicam Editing

Fade Adjacent Events

Add New Take To Multicam Project

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Default Proxy editing and Batch conversion script for Vegas Pro 8

Since I bought an AVCHD camcorder, I had been looking for an easier way to edit on my older PC’s. I bought Neo Scene which is great, but gives you large intermediate files. So I looked at editing in Vegas using proxy files in place of the .MTS files. Vasst gearshift is an option, but although probably “vasstly” superior, it also costs money. During my search, I came across a proxy editing script that works very well:

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/…ssageID=582248

I had not seen this script before, and have found no mention of it on this forum after searching. It’s as much a batch conversion script as it is a proxy script, but nonetheless works very well and makes Vegas into a handy batch converter. As a batch converter, it compliments Cineform IMO, because Neo Scene only allows you to transcode to Cineform at the same resolution as the original file. With this script, you can take any files that you can import into Vegas and batch transcode them to any format (at any resolution) that Vegas will export to. This enables me to batch transcode files from both the HV30 and the HMC150 into 1280×720 Cineform files for easy editing.

The script didn’t come with any real instructions, so I had to play with it a bit to figure out a workflow. It appears as though designed to be more automated with a “switch” tab to switch between the proxy and source files, but I haven’t yet figured out how to make that work. So, with some help from Eugenia’s instructions on proxy editing I figured out a workflow. (It basically takes the place of SUPER and keeps the transcoding within Vegas). I’m gearing this write up toward AVCHD editing as you most likely will not need to proxy edit if you are using a different format, but you can adapt this to other formats as well. I wrote it up as “step by step” as I could, so it sounds like the procedure is a lot of work but it really isn’t. Also, it looks like the script only works in Vegas Pro 8.0c.

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1. Create a folder containing the source AVCHD files and a separate folder to contain the proxy files when they are created.

2. Go to this site:
http://sony.vegas.1.free.fr/
Download the Proxy Stream script. Open the folder and move the Proxy Stream.dll file into the folder on your computer here:

C:Program FilesSonyVegas Pro 8.0Script Menu

3. Open Vegas, create a project using the NTSC DV preset. Go to Tools>Scripting>Proxy Stream, and a dialog box will open. Set your input directory to that of your source files, and the output directory to that of the proxy folder you created in step 1. Under “Media Type” you can use “Select All”, or just choose the files types that you want to input. Under “Files to Convert”, check the “Select All” box. Use the settings boxes under “Convert To” to set the program to batch convert the AVCHD files to Mainconcept MPEG-2 (DVD NTSC preset). Select constant bitrate at about 2,000,000, then save setting as a preset for future use (“Proxy for AVCHD”, etc). This will create relatively small (compared to lossless .avi) and easy to edit MPEG-2 files.

4. Delete the newly created .mpg files from Vegas Project Media (you will need to rename them, then re-import them). Then save and close the Vegas project or close Vegas altogether. If you don’t, the rename utility may give you the error “the files are currently in use” and not rename them.

5. Download and install “Rename-It”, or use another renaming utility. For this workflow to work, you will have to rename the extension (.mpg) of the proxy files to .MTS so that they have the same name as the source files that they are standing in for. This enables the “bait and switch” to work.

6. Open Rename-It: and import the files from your proxy folder. Select Rename>File name with extension. Then Add Filter>Crop Filename. In the “Smartcrop” field, select and highlight all text after .MTS, (example 0001.MTS.mpg with the .mpg highlighted). Look at the “After” field to confirm that the file will be left with only the name and .MTS extension. If everything looks right, click OK,

7. Re-Open your Vegas project and import the proxy (MPEG-2) files that have been renamed as .MTS. Edit away in real time, including effects and transitions, until the project is complete.

8. When you are done editing and ready to render, you’ll want to switch back to the source AVCHD files for the final render. Save and Close the Vegas project, then rename the proxy folder so that Vegas cannot recognize it. Then when you reopen the Vegas project, it will prompt you for the missing files. Specify the new location for the first missing file as the folder where your source AVCHD files are. When Vegas prompts you to apply this to all the files, click “Yes”. Change the project settings to 1920×1080.

9. Your source files are now back in place and you can render away to whatever format you want.

This seems like a lot, but it really is easy and pretty fast. All the time is in converting the source files to proxy files. Once this is done, the process is really only a couple minutes at most (simple renaming of files and a folder) but enables you to edit in real time while rendering out from the original AVCHD files for maximum retention of quality. It’s just another option to enable you to edit AVCHD in Vegas Pro 8 in real time on almost any PC.

Last edited by DaFireMedic; 2009 April 14th at 22:29.

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