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I've produced hundreds of videos for television, DVD and the web since about 2002. I worked briefly with a number of video editing programs including Apple's Final Cut Pro. But when I started working with Vegas, I was done looking for video editing systems.
Vegas and I met when it was still a Sonic Foundry product and before Sony picked it up. Vegas was and still
For the most part, I look at software merely as a tool. It's the skill of the person using the tool that really creates either a poor, average or awesome video. You can have every bell and whistle available, but if you don't use them, or use them well, your end product won't be great. As with anything in life, the more you practice and play with something the better you get. Watch the short demo below to get an idea of how to create some basic effects in Sony Vegas Pro 12...
As a tool for video production, Sony Vegas is fantastic for these key reasons:
- It's easy to navigate and become proficient
- It's loaded with built-in effects & transitions
- It exports to all kinds of files
- Is a terrific audio editor
- and did I mention it's easy to use?
I can go on and on about Sony Vegas, but nothing will take the place of personal, hands-on experience. I suggest downloading a free trial version of any Sony video editing program and just try it out. Try the demo version to A) make sure Sony Vegas is compatible with your computer; and B) that you like how it works - which is a very big deal if you plan to do video production on a professional level. Editing can be very tedious and time consuming. It's harder and much less fun if you hate your editing program!
I use the top of the line Sony Vegas Pro 12, but you may not need all that. Sony has other video and audio editors that may completely suit your needs and give your wallet a break as well. Again, I strongly suggest that you try the free demo first, see if it fits you and your computer, and if it does, get the full version and make your movie!