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Powerful yet simple
on 1 November 2009
I am a bit of a Sony junkie, owning all manner of Sony devices from TVs, MP3 players, consoles and cameras. But I have had a reservations about Sony software after a couple of bad experiences with the software for their MP3 players a couple of years ago. I recently bought a new Hi-Def Sony camcorder and my video editing software was just not good enough to handle the new format. And of course the camera didn't come with any reasonable editing software... Thanks Sony!
After a bit of searching I found that I could download a trial version of this software on a 30 day evaluation. I did this, and within a few minutes of using it I was astonished at how easy it was to edit my Hi-Def videos. My previous software would chug away and crash frequently, but Vegas was smooth and fast - even running it on a laptop (Vista with 2 gig of memory and a 250 gig HDD). The software is intuitive to use, and the show me how feature helps you to understand some of the trickier bits and bobs.
Of course now I realise that this should be the case - Sony cameras and software are used by many professionals in the TV and video industry so they should know what they are talking about with editing software.
I am not totally satisfied - the installation is quite an involved process. Not just one serial number to enter but five or six. And for nearly one hundred pounds, a comprehensive user guide should be included - not a flimsy paper booklet and online help and PDF guide. The update process also requires you to download the full version again.
The pro pack includes some very powerful audio editing features as well as a few more transitions and loads of sound effects - worth the extra money I think!
But once you do have it installed and learn the basics you will find a very powerful and user friendly piece of software which allows you to produce excellent videos and experiment to your hearts content. My faith in Sony has been restored!
Oh - and the price halved about 3 days after I took delivery... Thanks Amazon!