first of all, pls excuse typos, no caps, and 'chat style' b/c im typing one hand since i broke my hand 8 days ago mtn biking. advice: dont attempt to impress ur son on skinnies if you're a beginner.
anyway, i volunteered to fix a badly backlit clip, which i knew i could w/Premire's shadow/highlight. it works like a charm, although the tradeoff is graininess. better grainy than not being able to see the subjects. Here is what it looks like....you only need to watch the first 5 seconds to see the problem. http://youtu.be/Nov-z25SreU
for years i have been using PPcs2.0 on win XP. I recently got a powerful laptop, and decided to buy vegas movie studio pltinum 11 to save money. it's like learning to edit all over again...ugh.
my source file is a 200mb .mts. i loaded that into vegas, and spent a good hour searching google how to brighten subjects in a badly backlit vid, but no luck. So finally i said screw it, ill just bring it into premiere and use the trusty rusty shadow/highlight, but of course my ancient cs2 laughed at me upon trying to import. so i got the cineform trial, so convert to avi. whoa, 200mb is now a 1.3 gig avi. so i bring that in premiere, apply my filter, (looks great in timeline), render and export, and yea i have audio only, black video that is 25 gig!! i give up, and here i am. please tell me i can do this in vegas. ok that took about 35 min to type...