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Hello, I'm just starting out in video editing and was wondering what everyone thinks about the Sony Vegas Pro 12 editing software?

Is this too much program for someone with little experience? Should I start with something less powerful?

Just wanted opinions...Thanks in advance!


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Since you're an admitted newbie to video editing, I recommend that you start off with one of the various Movie Studio packages. They start off as cheap as $45 for Movie Studio 11 and go up to $125 for Movie Studio Platinum 12 Suite.

Trials are available for all of them so I encourage you to go this route until you find one that you're comfortable with.

If you ever do outgrow Movie Studio, you can upgrade to Pro for a reduced price as you're already a user.

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegassoftware brings you to a page with a description of the various offerings and http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/training is the link to a page with several tutorials to help you get started.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.

 

Mike


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As a user of both Movie Studio and Sony Vegas Pro I agree with Mike completely. Studio has many of the features of Vegas Pro, especially at the functional level. In other words, you can do some pretty sophisticated editing in Studio, you just won't find bells and whistles such as wave form monitors and the like, and there is a limit (more than most will ever need) on the number of tracks that can be used.

 

Our shop uses Studio for light jobs, Vegas Pro for more complex work. The price is right for Studio and, as Mike points out, you can upgrade to Vegas Pro relatively inexpensively in the future.

 

 


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mhageman wrote:

Hello, I'm just starting out in video editing and was wondering what everyone thinks about the Sony Vegas Pro 12 editing software?

Is this too much program for someone with little experience? Should I start with something less powerful?

Just wanted opinions...Thanks in advance!

 

Personally I have found Vegas Pro to be very easy you use, currently we are running Vegas Pro 9 and 11 around here and the only problem I have discovered is while 11 can open a 9 project one cannot open a 11 project back in 9 even if the project was originally worked in 9.

 

You can download a free fully functional version of 12 here and give it a test drive but be forewarned once you get used to using it you will not like FCP anymore, that is if you are currently using FCP. ;-)

 

BTW the image stablizer in the newer versions works miracles on hand or shoulder shot video and if you have the correct video card you will find the newer versions render considerable faster than the consumer versions of Vegas.

 

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/download/trials/vegaspro

 

Also if you want to save a few bucks keep an eye on sites like e-Bay as sometimes you can pick up an older version of Vegas Pro dirt cheap and then you only have to buy an upgrade to 12 versus paying the full price.

 

Have fun and now go forth and create content…

 

Wayne    


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Basically Vegas Pro has the look and feel of Vegas Studio so the experience you gain on the Studio version will not be wasted. In fact it is a good training ground for Vegas Pro later. While Studio tries to be "explicit", Pro assumes you already know what you are doing, such as where to place your tracks. However the documentation delivered with each one is quite different: Studio has a light weight "Quick" manual but Pro comes with a 650 page "brick" that can be frustrating at time: I ended up by typing a few cheat sheets to remember most often used short cuts since there are so many. But Pro is a 64 bit software and can use your graphic processor as well so rendering and other operations are rather faster, no complaint there. Also, Pro has a multicamera module (that's actually why I upgraded recently) that makes the management of coverage a little less time consuming.

I originally came to video production with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate. a nice package which comes with a ton of gadgets you will never use except to show off the in-laws. Bought a new camera  and found that Pinnacle could not handle its digital recording format directly: I had to convert each and every shot to an intermediate format. Absolute pain. What made me move to Vegas Studio was its ability to handle directly all the formats of the five cameras we were working with (Sony, JVC, Canon, Panasonic). That meant I could mix into a single project all those formats with no conversion whatsoever. Neat.

 

Michel


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I just moved from Platinum 11 to PRO 12....  Also a beginner here, so didn´t find all the extra stuff available yet. Moved just because I had a super discount coupon and tought the 64bits GPU acceleration would make a huge difference... (not really! :).     My sugestion is go with Platinum and use it for a couple years. Too much to learn before the PRO makes any sense...  This is my own experience. Also check the add-ins available from NewBlueFX, as they help a lot to reach new options.