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  • Vegas. I just don’t get it.

     Chris Borjis updated 17 years ago 10 Members · 19 Posts
  • Peter Corbett

    April 30, 2005 at 11:10 am

    I’ve been mucking around here with Vegas 6.0 and Decklink, wondering if I’m either mad, Sony are geniuses or the truth is somewhere in between. Vegas is so out of the box that it is either the greatest alternative to NLE systems ever invented or the biggest load of confusing claptrap ever unleashed on the post-production community. It’s so unlike any other NLE, FCP, PPro, Avid, edit, you name it, that it beggars belief. I can’t get my head around how it’s even suposed to work . Nearly every convention of editing I’ve learned is done differently in Vegas. Maybe it’s just me and I’ve caught Grumpy Old Man Syndrome, but it just seems too hard, too difficult and too weird…and life is too short.

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

  • Dom Silverio

    April 30, 2005 at 3:37 pm

    Tip: Vegas roots as a DAW will help you understand its UI.

  • jo. s

    April 30, 2005 at 8:04 pm

    hi peter,

    just forget everything you learned about editing-software and behave like a child – it

  • BJ Ahlen

    April 30, 2005 at 11:26 pm

    You gotta see what you can do with scripting in Vegas, it lets you do many common tasks in a fraction of the time it would take in the “Moviola-simulators”. :O)

    Excalibur is outstanding, for multicam there is nothing better, and there is so much more you can do with one button click…

    Ditto for serious audio editing, no other NLE comes close, and you don’t have to roundtrip to an outside audio app. You can use WAVES plugins, and Izotope, and …

    Mackie (or Behringer if you’re cheap) control surfaces with full automation to run everything in Vegas with your hands in realtime…

    The best DV codec on the market, one of the top two MPEG-2 codecs, realtime preview of lots of tracks with effects, etc.

    Mix 20 audio formats on the same timeline, and just about any video format and frame rate together without problems.

    Very good 60i to 24P conversion built into Vegas 6, and effects and transitions are native 24P (some say it’s the only NLE that has this).

    Exceptional compositing with really advanced features. Free six-vector color corrector available.

    And and and…

    But I agree that it requires some fresh thinking to use.

    Very well worth it though, IMHO.

  • Peter Corbett

    May 1, 2005 at 1:36 am

    Hmmmmm….I think I’ll let sleeping dogs lie and pass on Vegas for the moment. It’s got some cool stuff that I would like to see Premiere incorporate, but not enough to spend time mastering it. It makes more sense to me now to know it started as a DAW.

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

  • Steve Wargo

    May 2, 2005 at 6:17 am

    Try Discreet Edit*. I’ve heard it really rocks.

    Steve W

  • BJ Ahlen

    May 2, 2005 at 10:14 pm

    Where would you buy Edit*? Is that still a supported product?

  • Peter Corbett

    May 2, 2005 at 10:28 pm

    Man, are you for real!!?

    Just joking. Edit got terminated with extreme prejudice a couple of years ago. It’s still chuffing along though without discreet’s help…

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

  • BJ Ahlen

    May 2, 2005 at 10:45 pm

    It was really a rhetorical question.

    I’m using traces of edit* in Combustion.

    Can understand if Discr…, er, AME felt a need to focus their development though, NLEs have gotten more complicated over the years…

  • Peter Corbett

    May 2, 2005 at 11:05 pm

    There’s no doubt that if edit had soldiered on with the latest generation of hardware and WinXP, it would have been a screamer. I really think that the lack of a Digisuite successor at the time and the protracted rollout of T3K were significant reasons for edit’s demise.

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

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