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I am putting together a comedic outdoor television program and my partner and I will be doing it all – scripting, acting, shooting, editing, titling etc. We have some experience with Vegas but were wondering about the Avid Product after visiting their website and watching thier demos. Anyone have a reccomendation one way or the other for us. And if you do, could you elaborate a bit as to why?

You really can’t go wrong with any of the editors mentioned here. They are all quality products that do the same thing, just somewhat differently. As one familiar most with Vegas but considering Avid and Final Cut for professional purposes, I am asking myself a similar question.

Vegas, in my opinion, is no less professional than the others, but it most different in its approach from the others. It was developed originally by Sonic Foundry in the shadow of their Acid audio editor and retains a similar interface to this day. I find it to be very intuitive. While I believe its credibility is on the rise with each new release, Avid and Final Cut dominate in the broadcasting and film industries. At that, Avid is still the predominant platform, for what that is worth. This is largely due to the fact that Avid practically invented the digital NLE over fifteen (or more) years ago and developed not just an editor but an editing environment for managing content. Over the years their product has been refined and related products, some targeted to niche markets like electronic news gathering, were developed.

So, if you are going to work in the broadcasting field, odds are you will encounter some form of Avid as the tool in use. Final Cut, due to its pared down cost of entry and similar function, is gaining market share in that realm and will be encountered as well. Essentially, if you know one it is not difficult to learn the other and there are even books on that specific transition.

If you are producing your own work independently, then it makes no difference which product you select and Vegas is a respectable option. Sony has picked up where Sonic Foundry left off and they continue to develop it into a very competitive product with a reasonable cost. Interestingly, Sony has recently partnered with AMD to optimize Vegas for 64 bit computing which demonstrates their intent to be on the forefront.

An easy way to test the Vegas waters is to download the 30 trial of Vegas of just buy Vegas Movie Studio which sells for under $100. Vegas Movie Studio in itself if a powerful product using nearly the same interface as full Vegas. Its main limitation is that it supports only four audio and video tracks, which may or may not be a limitation for what you do. Otherwise, it just might be a very cost effective editing solution for you, allowing for an easy transition to full Vegas if need be later on.

Don’t dwell too long on an editing choice. Pick one and run with it or bite the bullet, buy them all, and be all the more well rounded for it.

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