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Old March 29th, 2010, 03:02 AM   #1
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Opening a Veg 9 to Vegas 8 - Unsupported Formal error

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Want to open a Vegas 9 project in Vegas 8 but I' getting a message - that the "file is an unsupported format". Surely not, it's a veg file. Tried another Vegas 9 project and that didnt work either. Got any good ideas. Thx
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Old March 29th, 2010, 04:13 AM   #2
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Vegas is forward compatible but not backwards (i.e. Vegas 8 and earlier will play in Vegas 9 but not the other way). That's because each new edition of Vegas is a new programme that has new facilities added and obviously these cannot be read in earlier versions which haven't been programmed for it.

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Old March 29th, 2010, 04:33 AM   #3
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Thx Richard...what APITA though. I would have thought they would have gotten it the other way around - that a new version is an upgrade and that all previous technology would be seen by it. But thx anyway.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #4
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I would have thought they would have gotten it the other way around - that a new version is an upgrade and that all previous technology would be seen by it.
Geoff, that IS the way round it is...

You can open older versions in v9 but you can't open the v9 files in older versions because they don't know about the new stuff - that's pretty much the case with all software.

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Old March 29th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #5
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that a new version is an upgrade and that all previous technology would be seen by it.
That is exactly how it works, and not just in Vegas.

Vegas 8 is older than Vegas 9. When they wrote Vegas 8, they had no way of knowing what kind of files the future versions, such as Vegas 9, would create. So, Vegas 8 can read its own files and those produced by previous versions. But it cannot read Vegas 9 files because it has no way of understanding them.

Vegas 9, on the other hand, is newer than Vegas 8, so Vegas 9 can read the files created by Vegas 8 (and 7, 6, etc) because its programmers knew what kind of files the older versions could produce.

This is not limited to software. A present day electronics engineer can read schematics created in the 1960s, for example, but a 1960s engineer would be scratching his head if presented with some schematics from 2010 because he would have no way of knowing many of the symbols used in them. Or, a modern day audience can enjoy Shakespeare because we can understand the words he used even though we do not speak that way anymore. But an audience of Shakespeare's day would not understand anything we may produce these days because the language has changed and they have no reference to help them understand it.

It is for the same reasons that Vegas 8 cannot read files produced by Vegas 9. It simply does not know what they mean.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #6
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A work around would be to export an EDL from 9 and import into 8 using same clips.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #7
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A work around would be to export an EDL from 9 and import into 8 using same clips.
Further workaround is to copy timeline events from one open instance and paste into another instance of Vegas.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 02:57 AM   #8
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Of course you are all right about "the way it works" and rightly so...just letting off steam. And thx for the advice re how to move a veg or timeline over.
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