Vegas 12 vs. Vegas 13
Here we see the same data but arranged to compare Vegas Pro 12 against Vegas Pro 13. With a GPU to accelerate the render, Vegas Pro 13 is faster. Oddly enough, in the CPU only professional tests, Vegas 13 is slower than Vegas 12 in two of the three tests.
Going into the article, we knew GPGPU acceleration would reduce our render times, but most of us don't spend a lot of time figuring out how much time we actually save. When on location and trying to render and upload multiple videos, time is important. The faster we can get finished with our work, the faster we can attend other industry events.
Most of our videos are similar to yours at home. You need to preview the video, crop the beginning and ending, maybe add some text or a transition or two, and then render. Our testing today shows that with Vegas 13 software and a dedicated GPU, the render time is cut by significant margins.
Users making elaborate videos with heavy FX benefit from GPGPU acceleration even more. Sony Vegas software is in many professional broadcast booths, and postproduction companies use the software as well. A dedicated GPU is the only way to go in these situations.
The professional, all things included, version of Vegas is fairly low cost for professional software, but you don't need to spend $600 to gain GPGPU functions. Sony's Movie Studio 13 Platinum--starting at just $79.95 and including many features found in the professional software--can also produce amazing quality videos.
As we move to high resolution videos, GPGPU acceleration makes it possible to render much quicker than without the feature. 4K cameras are now less than $800, and 4K monitors have dropped in price nearly every week for the last six weeks, down to roughly $600. With movie studios failing to deliver 4K content, we might as well make our own and then share it with the world.
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