Here's a quick update on the sale of Sony Vegas to Magix, including Magix's response to the sale, and Sony's own statement.
OK, nothing much new to see here, but confirmation that Vegas, Sound Forge etc. seem to be in good hands. We emailed Magix this morning and the company gave us the following information:
"We purchased the Sony Creative Software products, including the full Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro, and ACID Pro product lines. We'll continue to innovate and support all SCS customers who purchased products from Sony. We already plan new versions of Vegas Pro and Movie Studio this autumn. The SCS Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Production Suite will continue to be developed by Sony for professional broadcast and production applications."
I get the impression that this is a very important purchase for Magix and that the Berlin-based company will continue to develop the former Sony products.
A lot depends on whether Magix takes on the Sony developers - at least to some extent. I have a feeling that Magix will.
More answers soon. I’m sending some specific questions to the company. So far, I’ve found them approachable and open. This bodes well for the future of this much-liked suite of software.
We've just received a statement from Sony which sheds more light on the sale of the Sony Creative Software (SCS) products to Magix.
Sony seems to want to reassure Vegas customers that they'll be in good hands:
"The MAGIX team has a unique expertise in software and will breathe new life into these storied media titles for professionals and consumers".
Crucially for the wellbeing of Vegas under its new owner, Sony says that Magix has hired some former SCS employees:
"MAGIX will continue to support all current SCS customers to ensure a seamless end user experience. The company has also hired several former SCS employees."
And Sony itself will continue to employ developers for what remains of SCS in Middleton/Maddison Wisconsin.
Here's their statement in full: