Vegas Pro has an array of standard tools, but you can expand its functionality with Sony Vegas plugins.
Currently, there are many extra plug-ins for Vegas. Some of them are paid while others are distributed for free.
I have compiled a list of the best Sony Vegas plugins that will allow you to facilitate your workflow and boost the program’s functionality.
It is rather difficult for the developers to meet the requirements of all users. With this in mind, they allow third-party developers to fulfill these suggestions by creating plug-ins.
Some Sony Vegas Pro plugins listed below are created by enthusiasts, while others – by large companies engaged in software development.
LUTs are widely used in video editing. Even professionals use these tools for fast and high-quality video color grading. Download our collection of LUTs, and you will get several universal color solutions for any type of footage.
Currently, Vegas Pro doesn’t offer built-in tools that allow applying LUTs. Nevertheless, you can do it with the help of the latest versions of the Magic Bullet Looks plug-in.
Magic Bullet Looks allows you to improve, adjust colors and shades in the video, and apply LUTs. This Sony Vegas plugin includes more than a hundred different presets divided into ten categories.
You can choose one of 65 pre-installed “Looks” (built-in presets) or create/upload your own ones. The developer claims that this tool will be useful for almost any project, whether it is a wedding video or a video presentation for work.
This is a mini-program for flexible and highly effective compositing and creation of special effects. Wax allows you to create 2D and 3D effects and can work both as standalone software or a Vegas plugin. With the help of Wax, you can download and use VirtualDub filters, DirectX plug-ins, and Windows Movie Maker presets.
This is a package of awesome video filters that includes over 240 great effects for video editing. You can work with multiple categories, such as lighting, stylization, sharpness, distortion, and transition settings. Also, it is possible to adjust or animate all the effect’s parameters.
Vegasaur contains numerous automated tools that boost the functionality of Vegas Pro. Thus, you can considerably simplify your workflow while dealing with large projects.
A number of advanced tools and scripts automate some common video editing tasks, saving you from daunting manual work.
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Smart Smoother is a tool based on the VirtualDub filter. It is designed to correct smooth/blur effects while keeping the structure of the video preserved.
Dynamic Noise Reduction is based on the DNR filter for VirtualDub and is designed to remove digital noise.
JetDV – Excalibur lets you switch between cameras in real-time and add the majority of tools individually to the toolbar. Also, it includes features for video editing and creativity, which you can integrate into Vegas. To get access to all these functions, you will need to use a single button on the Vegas toolbar.
SpiceMASTER is widely recognized as a plug-in for creating soft/organic video transitions. Apart from offering cool visual effects, it will help you accomplish all your creative goals. More than 250 000 professionals worldwide have enhanced their clips with SpiceMASTER.
CreativEase is a brand-new set of efficient and easy to apply video effects. You can make the best use of affordable 11 Sony Vegas effects plugins that are organized in five Packs. With these video effects, you can streamline the process of video editing and create vibrant and catchy visuals.
CreativEase is a redesigned version of SpiceFILTERS plug-in. It comes with numerous new filters, features, and capabilities.
This plug-in is designed by the Boston company BORIS FX. Now, its 3rd version BORIS Red 3GL supports Vegas. BORIS Red is a widely used tool in the video editing sphere since it is an all-in-one plug-in for creating transitions, titles, 2D and 3D models, compositing, and more.
With this add-on, you can enhance your videos using 3000+ amazing special effects. Moreover, you can adjust all the necessary parameters of the particles, such as size, quantity, speed, etc. You will no longer need to look for special effects on the Internet because this plug-in will easily replace them.
This Sony Vegas plugins list would be incomplete without NewBlue Essentials. It includes 7 unique video effects that allow you to bring your footage to perfection. All filters have easy and convenient settings. With this plug-in, you can turn your videos into metallic scenes or give them virtual reality look and feel.
This is also a set of 7 video filters to create motion graphics and amination. Use this add-on to simulate an earthquake, add such motion effects as a matrix, and more. Like all other products from NewBlue VideoFX, these filters have convenient and straightforward controls, as well as high-quality results.
The pack includes over 58 utilities, features and tools created based on scripting plug-ins for Vegas. Ultimate S 2.0 contains 30 new additional features, 110 presets, and 90 tools for video editing.
It also comes with new features, such as iZotope audio plug-ins, the ability to view the footage of all cameras simultaneously, switch between cameras in real-time, and more!
You can use these methods to streamline the installation process.
If you download the plug-ins package in *.exe file format, you just need to specify the root folder in which your Vegas is located. For example:
C:\Program Files\Sony\Vegas Pro\
After you specify this folder for installation, the Installation Wizard will automatically save all the plug-ins there.
If your Sony Vegas Pro plugins are in the *.rar, *.zip file format (archive), you need to unpack them into FileIO Plug-Ins folder, which is located here:
C:\Program Files\Sony\Vegas Pro\FileIO Plug-Ins\
After you’ve installed the plug-ins, launch Vegas Pro and go to the “Video Fx” tab to see whether the new adds-on have appeared there. You can recognize them by the blue labels next to the names. If you haven’t found new plug-ins on this list, it means that they aren’t compatible with your version of the video editor.