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Introduction to Vegas Pro 11 Q & A

Introduction to Vegas Pro 11 Q & A

 

    GPU Acceleration

    1. What kind of performance can I expect in Vegas Pro 11 with an i7 2600k and no video card?
    2. What video card do you recommend for Vegas Pro 11?
    3. With regards to GPU processing, is there a difference in performance between the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Vegas Pro 11?
    4. Is GPU acceleration automatically enabled in Vegas Pro 11?
    5. Are you demonstrating the GPU acceleration on two computers? It appears that there is only one machine performing the test.
    6. How do I know if my graphics card supports open CL standard? It's a Sony VAIO computer, which came with no documentation about the graphics card.
    7. I am not seeing that much of a difference in rendering speed with my GTX460. Do you have any thoughts as to why?
    8. Do I need to set up something to use GPU-assisted rendering, or does it work "out of the box?"
    9. Will Vegas Pro 11 use GPU rendering for all video codecs?
    10. Will adding another video card and using GPU accelerator double performance over one video card?
    11. Could you tell me if the graphics card NVIDIA PCI GForce GTX460 1024Mo is a good choice to use with Vegas Pro 11?
    12. I have a laptop that has a Quadro FX 1600M NVIDIA graphics chip. Will Vegas Pro 11 be able to utilize the GPU acceleration in this chip?
    13. Will GPU render support be extended to other codecs in future upgrades/updates?
    14. What video card are you using right now?
    15. No one is as excited as I am about the new features specially the GPU acceleration.
    16. Does the rendering process improve with better graphic cards? And what are the minimum requirements?
    17. Does Vegas Pro 11 work better with ATI or NVIDIA cards?
    18. Is there a list of what video cards are supported for GPU assist?
    19. Does the NewBlue Titler Pro take advantage of GPU acceleration?
    20. What Laptops are good for making use of GPU using Pro 11?
    21. For which file formats does Vegas Pro 11 utilize GPU accelerated rendering
    22. With GPU rendering, should you have two HDD (Hard Disk Drives): one for source video and another for render destination?

    Text and Titles

    1. What improvements are made to the ProType Titler, the mixer window, and the mixing console in Vegas Pro 11?
    2. Can I edit animation presets in the Sony Titles & Text plug in?
    3. Will the new Titler flow text if you resize the window?
    4. Are there any settings in the new Text & Titles plug in that extends or shortens the animations?
    5. What criteria should I consider in choosing among the four titlers in a new project?
    6. Will NewBlue video effects and transitions that came with Vegas Pro 10 work in Vegas Pro 11?
    7. Does the NewBlue Titler Pro come with the upgrade package?
    8. My copy of Vegas Pro 11 shuts down when I'm trying to use the NewBlue Titler Pro. Any idea why?
    9. Can I use video files for textures in NewBlue Titler Pro?
    10. I am interested to know more about the new Text and Title upgrade features in Vegas Pro 11.

    Operating System Support

    1. Is Vegas Pro 11 supported on Windows XP?
    2. Is it possible to run Vegas pro 11, 32 bit on Windows XP?
    3. I see from the specs that Vegas Pro 11 can only be installed on Windows 7 or Vista. Is this correct?
    4. XP will still be supported until 2014. The requirements for Vegas Pro 11 still indicate XP is supported. Is this not true?
    5. Do you recommend Windows Vista or Windows 7 for Vegas Pro 11?

    File input/output

    1. Is it possible to import files from Avid Liquid 7? I have attempted to do so, but it does not work.
    2. The 64 bit version of Vegas Pro 10 did not have the ability to save in the .aaf file format. Has this changed in Vegas Pro 11?
    3. What is the best aspect ratio or output format if I want to upload my video to Facebook?
    4. How deep are the rendering settings?
    5. Could Vegas support Adobe illustrator files like it supports Photoshop PSD files?
    6. Does the 64-bit version of Vegas Pro 11 have the ability to save in the .AAF file format?
    7. Is it possible to export the edited RAW files to a RAW file format like Digital Negative in Vegas Pro 11?
    8. Why doesn’t Vegas Pro support .flv and .mkv files?
    9. I have just upgraded from Vegas Pro 10 to Vegas Pro 11, and when I try to import a .avi file, the software shuts down. Why is that?

    How do I…

    1. Can I legally download Vegas Pro 11 to compare against Vegas Pro 10 like you did before making decision to upgrade or not?
    2. Is it possible in Event Pan/Crop and in Track Motion to adjust curves for smoother animation?
    3. How do I preview my footage in the preview window in Vegas Pro 11?
    4. Can these groupings be saved as presets?
    5. How can I ease in and ease out using the curves in OFX Plugins?
    6. Is there any way to get a copy of the webinar or download a file?
    7. I moved some video files to a different folder by mistake. So, when I open the project the corresponding clips on the timeline are not functioning. I realized the error of my ways and moved the video files back to the original correct folder, but when I open the project those corresponding video clips in the timeline still stay turned off. How do I get them to work again?
    8. Could you explain the Manual and Split Manual keyframe interpolation in the new OFX plug-in architecture?
    9. Could you please explain Pre-Event Effects and Post-Event Effects in Event Pan/Crop tool?
    10. Can you copy and paste (grouped) video OFX events easily?
    11. If I use a Sony 3D Camera, how do I make a 3D project?
    12. What would happen if you put the cookie cutter track in front and then cut everything but selected circle?
    13. Is there any way to webcast from Vegas directly?
    14. If I use a Sony 3D camera and film a video using the same process as a 2D movie, would I end up with a 3D movie that I can play on a Sony 3D TV?

    Miscellaneous

    1. Vegas Pro 11 has lots of new bells and whistles, but what about the basics that were missing in 10, such as smart rendering and 5.1 surround rendering with AVCHD as one file?
    2. After upgrading to Vegas Pro 11, I am running into crashing issues when trying to open up VLN video files in DVD Architect Pro 5.2. What is causing the issue?
    3. Is there an upgrade path from Vegas Movie Studio products to Vegas Pro 11?
    4. Is Sony Creative Software working with Boris FX to straighten out the bugs between the two?
    5. It would have been nice if the Pan/Crop was also brought into OFX, or are there limitations in OFX that prevents that?
    6. Weren’t all of these features available in Vegas pro 10?
    7. My Vegas Pro crashes each time I use any kind of effects.
    8. It's magenta...not cyan.
    9. KUDOS to SONY! I have been testing in Vegas Pro 11 on an i7 2600K with a 560Ti NVIDIA video card. This is a game changer!
    10. Can we use older versions of Sony software (such as Sound Forge Pro 8 –as an audio editor) with Vegas Pro 11?
    11. Is the upgrade promotional price for the Retail Box version or download only?
    12. Is the Vegas Pro upgrade a clean installation or a modification of 10?
    13. Does Vegas Pro 11 work better with an AMD or Intel processor?
    14. Are you webcasting this live using Vegas Pro or another 3rd application?

    GPU Acceleration

    What kind of performance can I expect in Vegas Pro 11 with an i7 2600k and no video card?

    We list the technical specifications for Vegas Pro 11 on our site. As long as your system meets or exceeds those specifications, you should expect to see great performance. If you were to add a GPU-enabled graphics card to your system, you would most likely see substantial improvements in render time and frame rate preview. Please see our documentation on this here.


    What video card do you recommend for Vegas Pro 11?

    Any video card that supports OpenCL and meets other basic requirements works with the new GPU computing features in Vegas Pro 11. We have listed our benchmark test results for a few different video cards here.


    With regards to GPU processing, is there a difference in performance between the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Vegas Pro 11?

    Yes. Other parts of the video engine perform differently between 32- and 64-bit, but more importantly, we have seen GPU driver differences between 32- and 64-bit as well. As this can vary from one platform to another, your best bet is to benchmark the individual machine.


    Is GPU acceleration automatically enabled in Vegas Pro 11?

    If you have Graphics card that meets the requirements of use with Vegas Pro and you have the correct driver installed for that graphics card, Vegas Pro 11 accesses the GPU processing power of that card automatically. To verify this, choose Options | Preferences and click the Video tab. Check to make sure your graphics appears in the GPU acceleration of video processing drop-down list.


    Are you demonstrating the GPU acceleration on two computers? It appears that there is only one machine performing the test.

    The GPU acceleration demonstration in the webinar was performed on one machine simultaneously running both Vegas Pro 10 and Vegas Pro 11.


    How do I know if my graphics card supports open CL standard? It's a Sony VAIO computer, which came with no documentation about the graphics card.

    You’ll need to do some research to determine this. First, check your Device Manager for the Display Adapters and find the model of the card in your computer. Once you know that, check online with the card manufacturer to see if the card supports open CL processing.


    I am not seeing that much of a difference in rendering speed with my GTX460. Do you have any thoughts as to why?

    : It is difficult to say exactly why without more details about the card and your system. However, one reason might be that the card is not being seen by Vegas Pro 11. Choose Options | Preferences and click the Video tab. Then, and verify that the card appears in the GPU acceleration of video processing drop-down list. Also, make sure that you have the correct driver installed for your graphics card. We list the necessary drivers for the cards we have tested on our site here.


    Do I need to set up something to use GPU-assisted rendering, or does it work "out of the box?"

    If your card and the appropriate driver meet the listed requirements and are properly installed, it will work in Vegas Pro 11 automatically.


    Will Vegas Pro 11 use GPU rendering for all video codecs?

    The initial release of Vegas Pro 11 utilizes GPU processing during the render of only AVC and XDCAM EX (MPEG-2) formats.


    Will adding another video card and using GPU accelerator double performance over one video card?

    No, Vegas Pro 11 utilizes GPU processing from only one graphics card at a time.


    Could you tell me if the graphics card NVIDIA PCI GForce GTX460 1024Mo is a good choice to use with Vegas Pro 11?

    That card should function properly with the latest updated version of Vegas Pro 11. Visit our knowledgebase for an article that links to the NVIDIA website for more information regarding specific cards.


    I have a laptop that has a Quadro FX 1600M NVIDIA graphics chip. Will Vegas Pro 11 be able to utilize the GPU acceleration in this chip?

    Please check our online knowledgebase for more information about supported cards.


    Will GPU render support be extended to other codecs in future upgrades/updates?

    We have made no announcements regarding future updates or upgrades to Vegas Pro.


    What video card are you using right now?

    The graphics card that we used in the computer on which we demonstrated GPU performance during the webinar was a NVIDA GeForce GTX 570.


    No one is as excited as I am about the new features specially the GPU acceleration.

    Never fear; you’re not alone! We won’t say it’s a revolution just yet, but plenty of users are interested in the GPU acceleration features!


    Does the rendering process improve with better graphic cards? And what are the minimum requirements?

    In terms of speed, yes, higher-quality graphics cards should theoretically provide reduced render times. Please see our benchmarking tests here.


    Does Vegas Pro 11 work better with ATI or NVIDIA cards?

    The performance would depend on the make/model of your graphics card, but in general they should both work well. We have done some benchmark testing with these types of video cards, please see this page for more details.


    Is there a list of what video cards are supported for GPU assist?

    We don’t list specific cards, but any OpenCL-enabled graphics card that meets the other requirements will work. You can find all the details here.


    Does the NewBlue Titler Pro take advantage of GPU acceleration?

    Well, yes…and no. The NewBlue Titler Pro actually requires GPU acceleration, but it supports a different standard than the OpenCL that Vegas Pro 11 supports. NewBlue Titler Pro draws upon the GPU processing of cards that conform to the OpenGL standard. While most modern graphics cards do support OpenGL, some may not. If your card does not, then you won’t be able to use the titler. So, yes, the NewBlue Titler Pro does utilize GPU processing. But Vegas Pro 11 conforms to the OpenCL standard and since the titler does not, it is not accelerated by the Vegas Pro GPU processing. This is something we’re definitely looking into and we’re hoping we can change this for future versions of Vegas Pro.


    What Laptops are good for making use of GPU using Pro 11?

    Any new laptop should work just fine. Perhaps more importantly, the laptop’s graphics card must conform to the requirements for use with Vegas Pro 11. Please see our documentation on GPU acceleration here.


    For which file formats does Vegas Pro 11 utilize GPU accelerated rendering

    AVC (H.264) and XDCAM EX (MPEG-2) utilize GPU for rendering at this time.


    With GPU rendering, should you have two HDD (Hard Disk Drives): one for source video and another for render destination?

    It is always a good idea to have a secondary driver for extra storage space, but this does not really matter in terms of the GPU card that you have. Splitting your source video and rendering destination to separate drives probably won’t matter significantly in terms of rendering speed, but it can’t hurt.


    Text and Titles

    What improvements are made to the ProType Titler, the mixer window, and the mixing console in Vegas Pro 11?

    We discussed the new features for the Pro Type Titler in Vegas Pro 11 during the presentation. Please review our on demand stream of the Vegas Pro 11 webinar here. The improvements to the Mixer and the Mixing Console mainly center on user interface items. For instance, we’ve simplified the Mixer window and replaced buttons that lead to certain not-so-often-used features with a button that leads to the Mixing Console where you’re more likely to want to be using these features anyway.


    Can I edit animation presets in the Sony Titles & Text plug in?

    Yes, you can customize any of the available presets within the Sony Titles & Text plug in.


    Will the new Titler flow text if you resize the window?

    I am not exactly sure which new titler you’re referring to (there are two) or what you mean by “flow text.” Sorry.


    Are there any settings in the new Text & Titles plug in that extends or shortens the animations?

    You can change the length of the event, which will change the duration of the animation. However, that also changes the duration of the text itself. No modifications are possible to the animation sequences themselves.


    What criteria should I consider in choosing among the four titlers in a new project?

    For basic text elements, this is really a matter of personal preference and which titler you’re most comfortable with. If you want something beyond basic, static text, then you have some choices to make. If you’re looking to create animated text in a hurry, then the Text & Titles tool may be best for you. If you want more sophisticated animations that you have complete control over, than look at the ProType Titler. If you need 3D extrusion, textures, effects, and other special treatments, then you’ll want to use the NewBlue Titler Pro.


    Will NewBlue video effects and transitions that came with Vegas Pro 10 work in Vegas Pro 11?

    Yes.


    Does the NewBlue Titler Pro come with the upgrade package?

    Yes.


    My copy of Vegas Pro 11 shuts down when I'm trying to use the NewBlue Titler Pro. Any idea why?

    We’d need more information to help you with this. Make sure that you have installed the latest build of both Vegas Pro 11 and NewBlue Titler Pro. If you’re still having trouble, please contact our technical support team.


    Can I use video files for textures in NewBlue Titler Pro?

    No. You can use the following image file types for your textures: PNG, JPG, JPEG, BMP, TGA, and DDS.


    I am interested to know more about the new Text and Title upgrade features in Vegas Pro 11.

    We hope to have new training materials available soon that will go into more detail on this and other new features. In the meantime, please download our free trial to test it out.


    Operating System Support

    Is Vegas Pro 11 supported on Windows XP?

    No; you’ll need Windows Vista or Windows 7.


    Is it possible to run Vegas pro 11, 32 bit on Windows XP?

    No, Vegas Pro 11 is not supported on the Windows XP operating system.


    I see from the specs that Vegas Pro 11 can only be installed on Windows 7 or Vista. Is this correct?

    Yes, that is correct. Vegas Pro 11 is not supported on Windows XP.


    XP will still be supported until 2014. The requirements for Vegas Pro 11 still indicate XP is supported. Is this not true?

    That is incorrect. Vegas Pro 11 is not supported on Windows XP operating systems.


    Do you recommend Windows Vista or Windows 7 for Vegas Pro 11?

    As long as you have the proper service pack updates installed, both of these operating systems are fully support Vegas Pro 11.


    File input/output

    Is it possible to import files from Avid Liquid 7? I have attempted to do so, but it does not work.

    You cannot import Avid Liquid 7 project files into Vegas Pro 11. However, as long as you render your files from that application to a format that Vegas Pro supports, you could import your individual video clips to Vegas Pro 11.


    The 64 bit version of Vegas Pro 10 did not have the ability to save in the .aaf file format. Has this changed in Vegas Pro 11?

    No, the 64 bit version of Vegas Pro 11 does not have the ability to save in the .aaf file format. Please see our release notes on this here.


    What is the best aspect ratio or output format if I want to upload my video to Facebook?

    This depends on the file format that Facebook accepts. Generally, for YouTube and other social networking sites, the .mp4 format is most commonly used. For that format we suggest that you render your project to the MainConcept AVC/AAC format using one of the Internet templates. We have an article in our knowledgebase which addresses this.


    How deep are the rendering settings?

    When it comes to rendering in Vegas Pro 11, we have a number of standard render templates already available. You can further customize these templates to achieve what you want. So, the render templates can be quite expansive.


    Could Vegas support Adobe illustrator files like it supports Photoshop PSD files?

    Not in the current version, but we’ve passed this on as a feature request to the development team.


    Does the 64-bit version of Vegas Pro 11 have the ability to save in the .AAF file format?

    No, this is not an option in the 64-bit build. However, you can install the 32-bit build on the same machine (at no extra cost) if you need to save in the .AAF file format.


    Is it possible to export the edited RAW files to a RAW file format like Digital Negative in Vegas Pro 11?

    No, Vegas Pro does not support the export of .dng files.


    Why doesn’t Vegas Pro support .flv and .mkv files?

    We’ve passed that question on as a feature request to the development team.


    I have just upgraded from Vegas Pro 10 to Vegas Pro 11, and when I try to import a .avi file, the software shuts down. Why is that?

    First, visit the updates page and make sure you have the latest available build of Vegas Pro 11. It’s possible that your issue may have been fixed in a recent update. Beyond that, I would need more information about the situation. Where are the source .avi files coming from? Did you capture them using the Vegas Video capture utility? And so on. Our technical support team should be able to assist in this matter. Please try contacting them with some more details about the issue.


    How do I…

    Can I legally download Vegas Pro 11 to compare against Vegas Pro 10 like you did before making decision to upgrade or not?

    Absolutely. You can download a free trial here.


    Is it possible in Event Pan/Crop and in Track Motion to adjust curves for smoother animation?

    If you are referring to keyframes, you can change the type of transition between two keyframes. To do this, right-click the first keyframe in a pair and choose the transition shape you want from the menu.


    How do I preview my footage in the preview window in Vegas Pro 11?

    I’ll assume you’re talking about previewing files from the Explorer window or other windows and not your project timeline. By default, these windows preview your files in the Trimmer window. To override that default and have them preview in the Video Preview window, right-click the Trimmer window and choose Show Video Monitor from the menu to deselect it.


    Can these groupings be saved as presets?

    Sorry; I’m not sure what you’re referring to.


    How can I ease in and ease out using the curves in OFX Plugins?

    If I understand what you’re asking, you can use fade types between keyframes to accomplish this. After you’ve added keyframes, right-click the first keyframe in a pair and choose Smooth Fade from the menu. The smooth fade type starts slow, speeds up toward the middle, and then slows down toward the end of the transition. This may give you the effect you’re after.


    Is there any way to get a copy of the webinar or download a file?

    Yes, you can find the archived version of this presentation here.


    I moved some video files to a different folder by mistake. So, when I open the project the corresponding clips on the timeline are not functioning. I realized the error of my ways and moved the video files back to the original correct folder, but when I open the project those corresponding video clips in the timeline still stay turned off. How do I get them to work again?

    In the The following file could not be found in the specified location dialog box, select the Specify a new location or replacement file radio button and click OK. Navigate to the folder where you know the files are located, select the appropriate file, and click Open. We have a knowledgebase article that directly addresses this.


    Could you explain the Manual and Split Manual keyframe interpolation in the new OFX plug-in architecture?

    When you’re working in Curves view with an envelope, Manual and Split Manual curves give you great control over the shape of the curve between the keyframe you’re working with and adjacent keyframes. These two options give you Bezier curve tools that work much like the Bezier tools in the Bezier Masking feature of Event Pan/Crop as well as similar tools in other software applications. The Manual option enables you to adjust the curve shape of both the curve leading into the keyframe and that leading out of the keyframe. The Split Manual option enables you to change one of the curves (say the one leading out of the keyframe) independently of the other which makes it possible to adjust the curve leading out of the keyframe without affecting the curve leading into it.


    Could you please explain Pre-Event Effects and Post-Event Effects in Event Pan/Crop tool?

    With Event Pan/Crop in Pre-Event Effects mode, the pan/crop operation happens before the effect is applied. In Post-Event Effects mode, pan/crop happens after the event is applied. We covered this during our webcast, so for more details check the on-demand version of the webinar here.


    Can you copy and paste (grouped) video OFX events easily?

    The new OFX technology has no bearing on whether or not you can copy and paste grouped events, so yes.


    If I use a Sony 3D Camera, how do I make a 3D project?

    You need to view the archived version of our Stereoscopic 3D workflow in Vegas Pro webinar! You can find it in the training section of our website here.


    What would happen if you put the cookie cutter track in front and then cut everything but selected circle?

    Then in the circle you would see the contents of the top track (the one with the Cookie Cutter filter) and outside of the circle you would see through to the second track in your timeline. In fact, this is exactly what we did during the presentation.


    Is there any way to webcast from Vegas directly?

    No; you need some sort of webcasting software.


    If I use a Sony 3D camera and film a video using the same process as a 2D movie, would I end up with a 3D movie that I can play on a Sony 3D TV?

    If you’re talking about connecting your 3D camcorder directly to your television, then it should work. However, if you’re talking about first editing your footage in Vegas Pro 11, then you need to follow the proper editing procedures in order to end up with a 3D file. View the archived version of our Stereoscopic 3D workflow in Vegas Pro webinar in our training section for details on the 3D workflow in Vegas Pro.


    Miscellaneous

    Vegas Pro 11 has lots of new bells and whistles, but what about the basics that were missing in 10, such as smart rendering and 5.1 surround rendering with AVCHD as one file?

    One man’s “bells and whistles” are another man’s essential tools. Hopefully you’ll agree that the new GPU capabilities are far more than just bells and whistles! We honestly do wish we could give everyone everything they need in the new version, but until we can achieve that impossible task, we’ll keep working to build as many improvements into each release as we can. We’ve passed your specific request on to the product development team.


    After upgrading to Vegas Pro 11, I am running into crashing issues when trying to open up VLN video files in DVD Architect Pro 5.2. What is causing the issue?

    We would have to know more about this file format, and how this file is being created. Please contact our technical support team.


    Is there an upgrade path from Vegas Movie Studio products to Vegas Pro 11?

    Yes, you can upgrade here.


    Is Sony Creative Software working with Boris FX to straighten out the bugs between the two?

    Any known issues that have been escalated to our development team are currently being reviewed. If you have a specific issue you are concerned about, please submit a technical support question to our technical support team.


    It would have been nice if the Pan/Crop was also brought into OFX, or are there limitations in OFX that prevents that?

    As we discussed briefly in the webinar, the Pan/Crop window is now treated as a member of the event effects chain for each event in your project. Although the tool has not been updated to utilize OFX technology, that is a great suggestion and we’ve passed it on to our development team.


    Weren’t all of these features available in Vegas pro 10?

    Definitely not. There are a number of features covered in this webinar that were not included in Vegas Pro 10.


    My Vegas Pro crashes each time I use any kind of effects.

    There are many reasons that crashes occur. These include a lack of memory, a corrupt install, and many other reasons. Since I cannot know the details in this situation, you should send an email to our technical support team. We also have a knowledgebase article with some general information about crashing which you can find here.


    It's magenta...not cyan.

    Yes it is; I misspoke. Sorry.


    KUDOS to SONY! I have been testing in Vegas Pro 11 on an i7 2600K with a 560Ti NVIDIA video card. This is a game changer!

    Thanks for the feedback. We’re glad to hear everything is working so well for you.


    Can we use older versions of Sony software (such as Sound Forge Pro 8 –as an audio editor) with Vegas Pro 11?

    Technically, you would not be able to. Sound Forge Pro 8.0 is not supported on Windows 7, and Vegas Pro 11 is not supported on Windows XP. However, Sound Forge Pro 9.0 and 10.0 will work fine.


    Is the upgrade promotional price for the Retail Box version or download only?

    The current upgrade price until November 30th 2011 is listed at $139.95 for the download, and $149.95 plus shipping for the packaged version.


    Is the Vegas Pro upgrade a clean installation or a modification of 10?

    The Vegas Pro 11 upgrade is a completely separate version of Vegas Pro. You do not need to uninstall/re-install Vegas Pro 10 at all and (just as we showed in the presentation) both versions can run simultaneously on the same machine with no problem.


    Does Vegas Pro 11 work better with an AMD or Intel processor?

    Vegas Pro 11 works great with either type of processor.


    Are you webcasting this live using Vegas Pro or another 3rd application?

    We use the Livestream service and their Procaster software to stream these presentations.







     
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