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Hey all,

Sony claims that Vegas Pro 11 is "fully" GPU accelerated. Tell me if I'm reading this correctly...

1. The benchmarks they list here are with MPEG2 and H.264. Is this just a sample, or do you think it will work with WMV, because that's all I use?

2. Seems like that 570 really does help with render speed, which my machine is in dire need of. It has an i7-930, but it really does lug down under rendering conditions. What GPU would you recommend for me for the specific purpose of Vegas (No Gaming intended)? Budget = $100ish. (thinking 550ti)

3. The page on Sony's website (linked above) only lists OpenCL as the API. What does this mean for me as a DirectX11 user?

TIA

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They recomend 2xx series or later with at least 512mb of ram. I have never used Vegas but I suggest getting something that will also work with Adobe Premiere so that if you change software at anytime or maybe have to do something with a project in premiere your card will still work.

A GTS 450 or GTX 550 with 1gb GDDR5 is all that is needed for Premiere, I can't imagine Vegas needing more and either should fit in your price range.

Don't worry about opencl.
Edited by bigjdubb - 10/18/11 at 5:45am
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Honestly the GPU acceleration in Sony Vegas isn't really that impressive and rarely speeds it up any sizable amount. I would simply suggest a newer CPU since that will speed up all areas of the editing not just encoding.

Edit: After skimming the page it looks like they use OpenCL for video effects and some processing, not just encoding. So theorhetically, even in WMV you'd see a boost as the GPU would help with the resizing, FPS conversion, blur, or any of the optimized effects and the CPU works on encoding. I'm not sure how much it will help considering encoding is by far the most intensive operation while exporting video.

I've been using Sony vegas since version 4 and am currently on vegas 10 x64 and I turned off all of the GPU options as I have to use rather poor formats to use it.

By the looks of it, if you have more complex projects a good GPU would be very useful and help quite a bit. If you're doing some simple cuts, not so much. I would go for the 6870 since it's very close in performance and considerably cheaper than a 570. Remember this is based off OpenCL which is for both manufacturers.
Edited by Crest - 10/18/11 at 7:42am
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