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Using Nested Veg files in Sony Vegas 6

By Douglas Spotted Eagle

Sony Vegas 6 offers file nesting, much like sequences or collapsed timelines in other applications, except that Vegas treats these file sequences as though they were common bits of media, or video clips. Speed changes, color correction, effect filtering, and more may be applied to a file as though it were a standard video file. Nested veg files are simple to use, but more importantly, nested veg files can be used to accomplish many tasks that are quite doable in Sony Vegas, but are done more efficiently with nested veg files. More importantly, nested veg files allow for individual scenes or packages to a larger program to be assembled without requiring rendering to insert these packages to a maser project.
Nested projects are wonderful for assembling chapters of a full length project, building a demo reel from previous projects, or bring large composites to a project without having lots of tracks apparent, providing for more efficient track management.

In this quick look at nesting, we'll refer to any timeline containing nested projects, as a "Master Timeline/Master.

To create a nested project, save any active veg file you may be working on, or that you'd like to include in the Master timeline that will contain the nests.
If you've not closed Vegas since saving the veg file, you'll need to refresh the Explorer view by pressing the Explorer Refresh button.

This will allow Vegas to see any recently saved files without having to close Vegas and reopen it.

Locate all veg files to be dragged to the Vegas timeline, and drag them down one by one, or as a group to the newly created Vegas project/timeline. Depending on the length and content of the veg file, Vegas may need to draw an "sfap0" file, which is the proxy file that Vegas uses as an editing file in the master project.

These proxy file renders take just a few seconds. In the case of this fairly complex veg file seen above, it took less than 3 seconds to render the entire 60 second project as a proxy file that Vegas could work with on a master timeline.

Once the proxy file is rendered, it becomes a standard clip/event on the Vegas timeline

The 15 tracks of media in this project are now collapsed into a single audio and video track as shown below, but no rendering has taken place. Vegas sees the 15 tracks as an editable video file with audio.


Veg files may be transitioned, color corrected, velocity filters applied, composited, etc.,once dropped on a timeline.


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