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  • Story Board with Vegas

    Posted by Geoff Chandler on March 31, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Back in the dark ages, I used Premiere 6.0 and it had a feature I learned to love. It was call Story Board I think. It allowed me to go through all my wedding footage and snip out good pieces and drag them into the story board. Once in the story board I could drag clips (actually subclips) around into order and then output to the timelime for final editing. I’ve been using Vegas for many years and currently have the new Pro 14 and am wondering if there isn’t some sort of feature that would allow this kind of work flow?


    Eric Clinch replied 7 years ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Paul Berk

    March 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    >> It allowed me to go through all my wedding footage and snip out good pieces

    The Vegas Timeline allows this too. You could create sub-clips of the “good parts” but it’s much better to learn to work with trimmed events. You can easily (and quickly) “drag” them around too.

    Beyond this is to use the most powerful feature of Vegas, namely additional instances of Vegas open at the same time. You cannot edit everything all at once. Why anyone would want everything on one timeline is beyond me.

    Editing is assembling pieces in a certain order. Mostly editing is used for time compression, to tell a longer story in a shorter period of time. Edit means cutting stuff out. Vegas has all the tools you’ll need to easily move things around and assemble individual events into sequences and then into sections and then into the final edit. It’s mostly a matter of learning how to select and move “events” within a timeline and between instances of Vegas. The “story telling” part of editing comes with your own creativity and experience. Vegas just gives you the tools to work with.

    Here’s where I think Vegas excels. Let’s say you have story where the beginning is also the ending. So the story is told in flashback. So we have a single camera take that at the head end is our beginning and at the tail is our ending. It’s one piece of media, but it is two “events”. VEGAS WORKS WITH EVENTS. So you may have one timeline (veg file) for the “beginning” and another timeline (separate veg file) for the ending. Your assembly on each of these timelines includes this single piece of media, but they are different “events”. You could also have a timeline (separate veg) for “cutaways”, these being “events” that would help you bridge or time compress other scenes. For example, shots of the wedding guests listening to a wedding speech. When you are editing a wedding speech, you can have the “cutaways” all organized and open at the same time.

    Am I making sense?

  • Eric Clinch

    April 8, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I agree with you Geoff. It would be great if clips could be moved around in the Media Pane to get them in the order you want before dragging them to your timeline.

    With the media pane floating and dragged out to fill your screen you can see many clips. On the timeline there is a limit to the number you can see with the thumbnails at a viewable size, unless you have a monitor several metres wide!

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