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  • in reply to: Sony vegas 6 or platinum? Need help! #164765
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    Go for Vegas 6. If Im not mistaken, the Vegas Movie Studio series is the consumer oriented product line while as Vegas is the professional version.

    in reply to: Help with Computer specs for HDV editing #183009
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    You most certainly need a powerful CPU- dual core for sure or perhaps even a quad. I don’t know about an exact amount of RAM but I’d suggest 2GB at least. And you can never have too much hard drive space.

    in reply to: production music companies / music libraries in EUROPE..? #172074
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    What does the geographical location of the library’s headquarters have to do with anything? Most are very internet focused whereby it makes little difference where you’re located so thereby you can choose from any production music library in the world.

    Just Google “Production music Europe” or something like that and you’ll be sure to find plenty of results.

    in reply to: editing video from a hard drive based camcorder vs miniDV #192194
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    I just had a not so good experience editing from a hard drive recording camera. It was a Sony model but can’t remember the exact one and for some reason the geniuses who came up with it decided to have the camera record in .mpg format which no normal editing program (Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas or Avid) can read. Thereby I had to convert the files first which caused a loss in quality (I suppose I could have avoided that if I had an enormous hard drive) but even if there was none of that, the converting step is still very annoying. Why can’t they have the camera record into a format that editing programs can read?

    in reply to: LONG rendering times in PP2… #187735
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    What are the specs of your computer? If your PC isn’t powerful enough, you will get long render times no matter what.

    in reply to: Silence of the Lambs–night goggles effect: help #164548
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    A lot of NLEs do offer presets for the night vision look. I’d personally go for Adobe After Effects since that offers so many more possibilities. You can tweak the green to be just right, add some grain/noise, perhaps even some very military looking numbers and lines on the edges.

    in reply to: How to make my videos look professionals? #187709
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    You could try a little color correction. Try using curves to add some nice contrast for example.

    in reply to: What I have done so far #179277
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    Overall, that is a pretty nice website but seriously, go over the spelling. There is no such thing as ‘chrona’ keying among a few other similar mistakes. If I were looking for a company to hire for video work, a website filled with spelling mistakes would automatically discourage me.

    in reply to: advice on purchasing system / software #172002
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    Perhaps you can get a variety of systems so that the students can have experience with as many programs as possible. I’ve personally mostly worked with Sony Vegas and would really recommend it. Adobe Premiere is ok as well. But of course you need to have Avids to teach those who want to work in the professional world later on. They’re not as easy to use as the previous two (or at least take a longer time to learn) but they’re most certainly widespread.
    Also, consider getting Adobe After Effects. Actually, I strongly recommend it. It is an excellent post production tool that is also very widely used in the professional world.

    in reply to: Amazing Effects #164558
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    No. After Effects is actually quite easy and straightforward once you get the hang of it. It wouldn’t take any less or more time doing it with that than with some other compositing program like Autodesk Combustion or Apple Motion.
    I can’t really think of a way you could make presets for such effects as are described here.

    in reply to: Amazing Effects #164555
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    Adobe After Effects.

    in reply to: How much does a documentary cost to make? #172003
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    Well it depends on whether you’re filming your cat with your home DV cam and then editing it with Movie Maker or if you have a full blown professional crew with whom you’re traveling to the four corners of the earth to get never seen before footage, licensing some really high end production music and then adding some fancy 3D animation. Seriously, be specific.

    in reply to: Looking for transitions #187686
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    The dip to white flash is exactly the thing that I don’t want. As for the luma fade, can it be done in After Effects?

    in reply to: Video Editing Software Selection for the Project? #171957
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    The version of Vegas 7 that I’ve got doesn’t support flash and as for Premiere, I don’t know.

    Which one is better: adobe premier elements, sony vegas basic

    I haven’t tried those versions but I do have experience with Premiere Pro CS3 and Vegas’s professional version.
    For the most part, I’d say that Vegas is slightly better but these two programs are actually quite similar to each other.
    Sony Vegas- very easy to use but just as professional as any other high end editing program. I really like its easy to use drag and drop timeline which allows you to adjust quite a few things right on it. It also offers automatic transitions which are applied when two consecutive video clips overlap which I find extremely logical since a transition is nothing more than going from one scene to another and the duration of the overlap is the duration of the transition (which by default is a crossfade but you can choose from a whole bunch of others). So far it is also the only software I’ve found that allows you to do very quick fade ins and fade outs, something you’ll use a lot, especially when working with multiple audio tracks at the same time. And Sony Vegas is also extremely flexible with formats whereby it doesn’t care about the codec, file extenstion, framerate or resolution but simply allows you to stick everything onto one timeline.
    Adobe Premiere is also pretty good. The timeline isn’t as flexible as that of Vegas (like how you have to go into trim mode instead of being in it all the time by default) and I haven’t found a way to create automatic transitions and fade ins/outs but instead have to drag and drop those one by one onto the timeline. It also offers some nice compositing possibilities by allowing you to adjust the size and position of your video right in the preview window but on the other hand, it doesn’t handle video playback very well or at least with the formats I’ve tried (.mov and .avi).

    in reply to: Hey everybody, I’m back. #171953
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    Awesome idea! I love the idea of people around the world submitting free stock footage and sharing it.

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