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Working With Sony Vegas 10
on 2 March 2011
I have used different types of home and pro editing software on both Mac and Windows based machines but have always reverted back to Sony Vegas for use on my Windows XP computer at home. When it comes to video editing software, there are so many variables that come into play such as actual computer hardware setups, software set ups, operating system, camera types, what you plan to film as well as who you want to share it with along with the knowledge or experience level of an "end user" it is difficult to "recommend generally" but I have never had any issues with Sony Vegas (unlike some other video editing packages), and didnt hesitate in upgrading to this latest version after successfully previously using version 8. I upgraded so that I could work on HD as well as other standard formats and take advantage of any other improvements in the newer version of the sofware.
As well as importing video from your computer or other source, you can directly import from a dv camera into your video project and Sony Capture (within Sony Vegas) allows you to do this using a firewire or dv cable connection. Capturing via firewire is by far the best and most reliable way to transfer footage from a dv camera as there is no apparent loss in quality and transfer speeds are quicker and more stable (Sony Capture doesnt in any case support direct capture via USB from a camera apparently though I did successfully do it when I mislaid my firewire cable for my Sony mini dv camera. Perhaps I was just lucky that it worked on that occasion though my firewire cable has since been replaced anyway).
Any software interface can be daunting until you find your way around it and get to know what you can do and how you do it. Sony Vegas wins for me because when it renders or exports a finished film project, it does it faultlessly and with a quality that matches the orginal footage and thats not something I have found to be true with Adobe Premiere. The online help available in Vegas is as helpful as it needs to be in my book but I can appreciate that may not necessarily be an opinion shared by everyone.
HD video files (AVCHD) are bigger in size than standard definition video files so editing and certainly exporting (or burning) HD video (or even standard definition video) can be a very labour intensive process for any computer and it can take a while depending on the video length and end quality. Video files can be big, HD video files are even bigger and can take up alot of room. Sony Vegas HD 10 successfully imported AVCHD I had recorded on a Panasonic SD60 and allowed me to edit it without any problem or issue, so one improvement thats straightaway noticeable to me is that non Sony camcorder support is getting better within the software through each of the versions of Sony Vegas that have appeared. Also worth mentioning is the different formats that this software now supports in both terms of importing and successfully rendering. As a point of note, I know people who have worked with HD video on aging computers that seem to "whir and clunk" (maybe not literally) as they export or burn it but they have had success. Some also film in HD but put their finished film on a standard DVD disc in a standard definition format waiting for the day that they can afford to buy a blue ray disc writer or even properly upgrade their editing and burning equipment.
As I have said, when choosing software there are many variables and factors that can come into play, so this software won't please everyone because everybodys needs can be different, but I for one am more than happy with Sony Vegas to the point where even though I have successfully used others, I always come back to it and routinely use it for the quality of the result it gives me and for the ease in which I can edit footage to my hearts content because I trust it to do its job.