AAV ColorLab is a free plugin that gives you hardware accelerated effects for Vegas and Movie Studio. It uses the graphics card to offload the CPU, which can lead to massively faster rendering times and smoother previews!

22 September, 2008

Fix: ColorLab on 64 bit Windows

I've been chasing a particularly depressing problem the last few days, which involved ColorLab crashing Vegas on my single core machine. Well, it turns out it wasn't my bug.

If you get a fatal error message about an exception in Vegas the instant you open the ColorLab user interface dialog (e.g. when just adding the effect), AND you are running good old 32-bit Vegas on Windows XP x64 Edition, then this hotfix from Microsoft may help you.

The problem is described in this KB article.

I had the problem in Vegas 8.0b, 8.0c as well as the trial of Vegas Movie Studio 9, it'll probably manifest itself in other versions as well. Just putting the fix out here on the off-chance that someone runs into it.

20 September, 2008

What's next...

Just a short teaser :). The next version will include a new effect: "Blur", which replicates and extends what the Vegas-builtin "Gaussian Blur" does, using GPU power. I'm quite excited about how fast it turned out. My low-end Quadro NVS140M laptop gfx chip can just about do PAL DV at 25 fps for any blur size. The Vegas blur runs at 13 fps using a single core on the laptops Core 2 Duo T9500 CPU.

Also included will be some bug fixes and a garbage collector for video mem usage.

16 September, 2008

AAV ColorLab v1.0 beta 4

Download from Rapidshare (direct)

Here's beta 4 finally, with a new MSI-based installer. This should hopefully work for everyone. You may have to be an administrator to install.

Please uninstall any earlier betas before using this!

Release notes
  • New installer, hopefully fixes the UI not working.
  • No longer installing files into Application Data folder, should help with "All users".
  • Rewrote Direct3D backend for stability and performance.
  • Minor fixes.
  • Changes from beta 3 remain, including crash fixes and major features, see earlier post.
Please let me know of your experience with this beta, either as a comment to this post, or by mailing me (see the readme in the start menu).

I'm working on some better documentation for the next version.

I hope you like it.

Notes about compatibility with earlier versions:

ColorLab won't replace Aav6cc in your old .veg's. This is intentional and due to internal changes. To summarize, please uninstall anything but:
  • Aav6cc v0.95a (if you need it)
  • ColorLab v1.0 beta 4 or later.
I will keep beta 4 and onward settings-compatible.

12 September, 2008

Delays, delays

Beta 4 is taking longer than I expected, partly due to a flu, university starting, and the fact that I'm cleaning up the code to increase stability.

Stay tuned though.

01 September, 2008

Installer problem

Sorry people. I've received several reports of only seeing a blank settings dialog, or none at all. It's likely this is a problem with the installer, which isn't registering the user interface DLL.

I'm changing installer system from NSIS to Windows Installer for beta 4, which should hopefully fix the problem. I'll post a new version as soon as I've ironed out the kinks.