Originally developed as an audio editor, it eventually developed into an NLE for video and audio from version 2.0. Vegas features real-time multitrack video and audio editing on unlimited tracks, resolution-independent video sequencing, complex effects and compositing tools, 24-bit/192 kHz audio support, VST and DirectX plug-in effect support, and Dolby Digital surround sound mixing.
Much of the visual effects processing in Vegas follows an audio-like paradigm. Effects can be applied at any stage of the visual signal flow - event level, track level, and output level effects, much like reverb, delay and flange audio effects are applied in a digital audio system, like Pro Tools, Cubase or Sonar. Master output effects can also be controlled and manipulated over time by the use of Master Bus track automation envelopes.
With version 8.0, Vegas now reads MJPEG AVIs (usually from "video" setting on digital still cameras) (With prior versions of the software, installing an MJPEG codec sometimes - but not always - fixed the problem.). Third-party codecs are supported but it can be difficult to see which codec is being used to play back an AVI. Some of Vegas's codecs are 'native' or built-in.
In April 2007, Sony along with AMD jointly demonstrated a 64-bit version of Vegas running on 64-bit Vista. Sony Vegas is designed to run on Windows XP and subsequent operating systems. Since Sony Vegas 11, support for Windows XP has been dropped. Vegas 12 dropped support for all 32-bit machines. Vegas 13 entirely dropped support for Windows Vista.
On May 24, 2016, Sony announced that it sold Vegas (and most of its "Creative Software" line) to MAGIX, who would continue supporting and developing the software. Newer versions of Vegas is expected to be released in the fall of 2016. It has chances to be converted into a subscription-based application.
In AGK parodies
This software was used by AGK makers who wants to make better episodes. This software has superior features, more tracks, better quality, etc.
Because this software costs a lot of money, the majority of AGK makers used a patch and/or a keygen. Some people thinks that this (patch or keygen) can cause viruses, but it was just a myth. Nevertheless, getting Vegas by patch or keygen is controversial. The reason for that is perhaps because some people believe it was considered to be piracy and piracy is illegal and can lead to lawsuits.
- AGK Generations used Sony Vegas 7, but he later changed to Sony Vegas 13.0 on April 25, 2015. He knew this is a way to make better HD videos!
- Joey Slikk and AngryGermanKid82 uses Sony Vegas with a 4:3 aspect ratio for their videos.
- Ivan187 tried to use Sony Vegas, but due to many actions that he found to be bogus, causing the program to be very annoying and complicated to use, he failed.
- MouseVideoMakerAGK70 uses Sony Vegas Pro 11 for making videos.
- UsefulVideos used Sony Vegas 10 for the first time, he practiced using Sony Vegas, but after the trial expired, he moved to Sony Vegas 11.0 (cracked by Exus) to avoid problems. He uses Sony Vegas 11.0 due to his computer using a 32-bit architecture.
- TheCrazinessCat uses Sony Vegas Pro 11 to make his "Angry German Kid Rebooted Randomness" series.
- FallenAGKvideos used "Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum - Steam Powered" but then he cracked "Sony Vegas 1.4" the same way as PVMAGKVIDEOS.