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Q: Why is there no Masking Tool in the Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Event Pan/Crop window ?

Answer: The "Masking Tool" is a Vegas Pro feature only and not included with the consumer grade Vegas Movie Studio Platinum version.

However, Vegas Movie Studio Platinum users can use the Cookie Cutter Tool to do basic shape masking.

I have a tutorial for Vegas Pro and Vegas Movie Studio Platinum users, which shows how to do masking with the Cookie Cutter tool here: Zen Tip #7: How to Pixelate and Conceal a Face or Number Plate with Sony Vegas

If you use Vegas Movie Studio Platinum and cannot afford to upgrade to Vegas Pro, there is another free program you can use to do Masking in your video projects. I highly recommend Hitfilm Express, which is a VFX and Video Editing program. Hitfilm Express is free to download and you can keep it for life, without paying a cent. There is also Hitfilm Pro, which is the fully functional Professional version of Hitfilm.

Screen shot #1 shows the Event Pan/Crop window in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum - no Masking Tool is present.

Screen shot #2 shows the Event Pan/Crop window in Vegas Pro and how to activate the Masking Tool.

Screen shot #3 shows the Masking Tool in action in Hitfilm Express (compositing mode).

 

no-masking-in-movie-studioVegas Movie Studio Platinum - Event Pan/Crop - NO MASKING TOOL!

 

masking-tool-in-vegas-proVegas Pro - Event Pan/Crop - MASKING TOOL

 

hitfilm express masking tool 1Hitfilm Express - Masking Tool

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    Bluestreak · 17:25 05/07/2019
    Masking is now in Movie Studio 16 (Platinum and Suite versions) as the "Bézier Masking" FX. Here's a Youtube video demonstrating it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWElsi1KuiQ

    It appears to be a slightly cut down version of the (revamped?) masking tool in the Pro version. I viewed a video demo of bézier masking in Pro and noticed the Movie Studio version is lacking the invert FX option and that it is also limited to 1 mask area/shape (Pro version can do 5 areas)
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      Derek
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      · 17:09 07/07/2019
      Thanks for pointing this out. I will have to update this FAQ with the new information about Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 16.
      The Masking Tool that comes with Vegas Pro is not available in any version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum. Bézier Masking FX is a new tool which can do similar functions.
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    Smiler Entertainment · 01:06 27/06/2019
    Masking is a HitFilm Pro feature now. This whole article proved useless.
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    ember · 01:30 18/07/2017
    well how do you download the plugin
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      Derek
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      · 13:50 18/07/2017
      There is no plugin to download.
      The Masking Tool is a Vegas Pro feature only! It is part of the program, inside the Event Pan/Crop tool.
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    Katie · 17:06 11/07/2015
    Ummm yes you can do basic masking. If you go to the effects (next to the pan/crop icon) and select cookie cutter you can at least do basic shapes. I think that was worth mentioning here as it would help people to not spend several hundreds dollars on a dang masking tool.
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      Ben · 10:02 09/03/2018
      Thank you!!!
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      Anonymous · 10:06 21/11/2016
      YOU SAVED MY LIFE KATIE
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    ceyda lol. · 05:57 21/04/2014
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i'm disappointed. ;_; *cry*
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      Derek
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      · 11:36 21/04/2014
      Remember that if you would like to upgrade to Vegas Pro one day, you get a discount because you already own a copy of Movie Studio Platinum.
      Vegas Pro 13 has just been released. They have a special promotion on until the end of May 2014. Upgrading to Vegas Pro 13 from Movie Studio costs $399.95. If you are interested, you need to press the banner Ad on this page to activate discounts, then go to Purchase - Upgrades - Upgrade to Vegas Pro 13 from Movie Studio.

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