Probably the most powerful home use video editor for the money. Stable, uses hyperthreading and dual core to speed rendering.
The manuals included talk a lot about individual features but not about how to put them togther to make this package sing.
After trying and failing to get Pinnacle Studio to work (great user interface but a very, very buggy product) it's a joy to use software that does much more AND is very stable. Sony Vegas Movie Studio is not that difficult to use. Once you understand the the basic user interface it opens the doors and you can quickly do a lot with this package. Basically you drag videos, pictures, or audio from a windows Explorer tool onto the timeline. If you overlap them slightly it automatically creates a crossfade effect to smoothly transition from one item to another (or use a special effect transition). Cut, copy, paste work too (although there are several modifiers such as Ctrl drag creates a duplicate). You can overlay (composite) text, pictures, and other video clips together which lets you build up more compelling movies.
The real beauty of Vegas is that if you want to do a bit more, it's chomping at the bit and lets you create a wide range of special effects such as,
- "Ken Burns" pan and zoom on still pictures for slideshows
- Video and sound compositing
- Picture in picture
- Color correction
- Chromakeying (layer a video over another image or clip like the weather reporter)
- Text generators
- Tons of filters to modify what's happening
The other good part of this package is that it includes DVD Architect Studio to author custom DVD menu systems, ACID music editing software and extra special effects filters.
There is an active user community from Sony and users alike (look at Sony's user forums and their www.acidplanet.com sites where you share clips and information). If you do need some extra help learning Vegas there are 3rd party tutorials available and a very active user community that shares advice and tips online.
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