Sony Vegas is a professional video editor with a great number of features and options.
On the video editors world, Sony Vegas is one of the more veterans and mature editors on the market. Originally created by Sonic Foundry company in the year 1990, this video editor has managed to grow, evolve and adapt to the needs of, increasingly, users who demand a professional and serious video editor software. The fact that Sony acquired the company Sonic Foundry in the year 2003, indicates the level of demand that developed this product. With more than two decades behind, we can say that this program is intended for anyone who wants to edit video in a professional and effective way.
The program's main window is divided into several sections that we can configure to adapt to our needs.
At the bottom is situated the track editor, where we can drag and drop video, audio, or images files. We can add multiple tracks to include all the elements that we want to appear in the edited video.
In the top right there's the video preview window, that shows in real time all the changes, special effects, transitions and filters applied to the video, without having to render the video to see the results.
In the top left there is a file browser where we can locate the files that will be included in the video, we will also see all the files that are part of the current project.
The program stands out for the simplicity and usability, allowing a very intuitive and very agile video edition. The possibility of using keyboard and mouse together, make the use of the software to be very accurate, and any user with a minimum experience with PCs can control it within a few minutes of use.
One of the main features of the program is the amount of included transitions and video/audio plugins. Among other video effects, the program includes: movie effect, blur, mirror, fill light, glare, sepia, pixelate, deform, whirlpool, black-and-white, and more. These effects can be applied in chain, one after the other, adding the results of each effect to the effects of previously applied.The audio effects that can be applied are also numerous: chorus, distortion, echo, reverb, change of pitch, vibrato, and more. Audio effects can also be chained together one after other.
Transitions are also multiple: blinds, fold, roll, sweep clock, linear sweep, dissolution, spiral, push, iris, zoom and more.
When we choose any of the effects or transitions available, we will be able to preview the result they have on the video in the preview window, being able to change parameters, and check the results immediately.
The program allows to import videos directly from a video camera, so that we will be able to dump video camera's content in the program and start editing right away.Another interesting option in regards to media import, is the possibility of extracting audio tracks from music CDs, so we can easily include in the videos our favorite song of the Original Sound Track that we love.
Another trump card of Sony Vegas, is the amount of rendering templates available. These rendering templates allow us to save edited video at different resolutions, quality and formats. The templates are numerous and varied. We can save in the following video formats: .avi, .rm, .wmv, .mpg, .mp4, and more.The program allows to save our videos directly in Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) video game console. To do this, we must connect PSP via USB to our PC, click on “Export to PSP”, and click on “Ok”. The program will generate a video file that is compatible with PSP and save it in the video game console.
It is worth noting the possibility of exporting our video directly to Youtube. To do this we will need to click on “Upload to Youtube” option, and a window will appear, here we must enter our user name on Youtube, password, and video data. This option is very useful for the vast amount of Youtubers that make use of this program to edit and create their videos.
Obviously the program has many options, and here, we only have scratched the surface. To check the versatility of this program it is best to download 30 days demo and check all tools and utilities for video editing that are included in the program. To be able to install demo version, we must fill in the data required in the first screen of the installer.