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.

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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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Derek · 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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    ember · 01:30 18/07/2017
    well how do you download the plugin
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    ANONYMOUS · 10:06 21/11/2016
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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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    ceyda lol. · 05:57 21/04/2014
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i'm disappointed. ;_; *cry*
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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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    guest · 12:59 26/03/2014
    Thats very bad...

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