November 26, 2014 at 11:35AM

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Sony Vegas PRO 13 or Adobe Premiere Pro?

I've been using Sony Vegas for a couple of years now and I find it very pretty good. It's not a heavy program, I already know almost every shortcut to everything and it was worked quite well to me.

You might now think, why is he asking then? - Well, in the last couple of months I've asked all my friends who are in the film world on which program are they editing, and 80% of them tell me Adobe Premiere Pro. (The other 20 FC on Mac). So it really makes me doubt, is my editing software not good enough? Is premiere better? Or, It's not that much about the editing software, but more about what do you shoot? If someone can give me a great convincing answer I'd be very grateful since I won't be doubting if I should change to Adobe Premiere and learn everything from scratch again.

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If you know how to edit, which you do, its just learning new button layouts and how much functionality there is. A rolling edit is a rolling edit=) Slipping and sliding clips is what it is. Jumping from one NLE to another really isn't that big a deal anymore. Most have the same features more or less, with some interesting quibbles of how they handle files and what not. I haven't touched Vegas in years.

There are 1 million and 1 tutorials on the web that show you everything you need to know. A few days with the trial should be enough to sell you or not. The Adobe CC suite with Dynamic Link is awesome.

November 26, 2014 at 6:17PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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I think that you are very right. Having had a play with Powerdirector for a while, I tried Resolve and got going very quickly, although they are in some ways very different beasts.

Julian Richards

August 2, 2015 at 4:42PM

I think if you download CC and take the 30 day trial you'll find your questions answered within the month.

November 27, 2014 at 4:48AM

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John Morse
Producer + Director
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I own both, but do most of my editing in Sony Vegas Pro because I prefer the user interface and it's simplicity when doing basic editing work.

For more complex projects where I'm going to use a fair amount of Adobe After Effects I'll do my editing in Premiere Pro. ( it's easier to jump between Premier and After Effects )

November 27, 2014 at 11:13AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Preference is your priority. It depends on your workflow. I'm for Premiere because of dynamic link (Between Premiere, After effects, Adobe Audition,Encore ect) and the way it uses up the computer resources. But use what works for you and give s you the result you need.

November 27, 2014 at 6:12PM

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Wentworth Kelly
Director/DP/Colorist/Drone Op
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I have never used Sony Vegas, but I love using Premiere Pro. I feel like you can do a lot more compared to some other editing softwares I have used.

November 28, 2014 at 4:32PM

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Asking yourself what is your next camera ? and what codec she will used.
Sony Vegas Pro ? why the Pro if they not using codec used by PRO
I start with Premiere and then move to Vegas 3 and i have vegas before Sony buy them
I got a lot of problem with Sony Vegas Pro 11

January 2, 2015 at 11:53PM

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I used Sony Vegas years ago, moved to FC, then moved to FCPX & Premiere Pro in the last year or two. Right now I'm mainly using Premiere Pro and although you're stuck paying $50 a month. It's honestly not a bad bill, its a happy bill. The updates, ability to download all of their programs and work seamlessly (for the most part) with all of them is incredible. You do what fits you best but using the free trial is a good start to figuring out if you like it.

April 10, 2015 at 10:09AM

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ben solo
Director
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I would suggest looking at Premiere, but in the end it really comes down to your preference and your client needs. If you are able to integrate your work into your clients' workflows without any hiccups and deliver a professional level product, then there is little reason to switch.

If you have multiple issues working with client workflows, have to lower your clients' quality because Vegas can't meet something they need, and constantly have to make excuses for some deficit of Vegas, then it's very much time to consider another NLE.

I would also recommend taking a look if you are an editor that works for facilities as contract or fulltime often. It's one of the NLEs that should be in your tool set.

April 15, 2015 at 4:04PM

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Bruce Ingram
Editor and Colorist
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Sony Vegas is certainly easier, very user friendly and a great place to start. Premier Pro is much more capable in my opinion, the learning curve is probably double that of SV.

May 13, 2015 at 7:39AM, Edited May 13, 7:39AM

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Anthony Grey
Bushwalker
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I've been using Vegas for a good 8 or 9 years now. There's something really special about it. Something that makes it so easy to get your feet wet with proper editing. I'm sure by now you've noticed that you can search a tutorial for pretty much any effect, or overlay, or whatever you want with Vegas, and while it will definitely work, will it look as good as Premiere? That's the real question, and I think we know that Premiere can certainly look better.

Now at my university we use Premiere. I definitely don't mind since it's very capable, but I still won't say I've completely mastered it in comparison to Vegas. Now one of the real great things about Premiere these days is the mass integration / cloud stuff. Also you can jump from After Effects to Premiere a bit easier than you can jump into Vegas. Also, as you already know from what your friends are telling you, Premiere is kind of the norm now. Even if you choose to use Vegas for certain project the way I do, it's a great idea to start to get a grip of Premiere because there will be clients in the future that are expecting you to use it.

In short, there's nothing inherently wrong or bad with Vegas, in fact it's incredibly fun and powerful, just know Premiere is probably expected these days.

May 17, 2015 at 2:33AM

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Charles Duoto
Instructor & TV Production Crew
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+1. The learning curve for current Vegas users switching to Premiere is not as steep as it was with the earlier versions. Although I used Vegas exclusively for almost a decade, the Adobe CC suite is really worth the time investment required to gain proficiency. Although Vegas is a far more capable NLE than people give it credit for, bur PPro is an excellent upgrade.

Marc B

May 21, 2015 at 11:05AM

Warp stabilizer...

June 9, 2015 at 6:51AM, Edited June 9, 6:51AM

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If you pay adobe monthly for using their other software, that would make using Premere a no brainer, however, my NLE is off line and that is the way I like it and I will NEVER EVER use Adobe Premiere again. I have used sony vegas pro since V1 when it was an audio editor. So, started using Adobe for video editing, somewhere after Sony bought vegas I switched from premiere. Neither Premiere or FCP has the audio tools Vegas has, you need audition to equal what Vegas does out of the box, I use Vegas alot for audio editing despite have other more expensive DAW. Then out of the box Vegas has superior Compositing tools and its ease of use is legendary, which means you will dive deeper into the program when you are not fighting it.

June 28, 2015 at 1:07AM

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I vote switch to premeire. It has never failed me yet. I learned it in two dayy by just going out and shooting a couple clips, then coming back and making a short out of them. Whenever I had a question I just looked it up. By the end of the short I was proficient enough with it to do my paid jobs as well!

August 5, 2015 at 10:17AM

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Clark McCauley
Spaceman
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I'd go Premiere! Check this podcast out on the DARK ARTS of creative editing (Inside the Edit) : http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/inside-the-edit/

October 10, 2015 at 9:45AM

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Alex Ferrari
Director / Producer
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Use what works and what you know. I used Liquid for years, then switched to premiere. Vegas is really nice, love some of the things I now turn to AE on I used to just do in after effects. Stick with it til you outgrow its ability to handle what you shoot and cut.

November 5, 2015 at 10:04AM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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I'm currently using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015. It has some good features, but it needs quite a few bug fixes, as it's a bit unstable.

Here are a few issues that I've run into:

-- Choppy playback in full HD
-- Error messages when inserting markers
-- Files showing as being offline when I first open the program for the day.
I have to quit the program and then reopen it for all files to be online again.

November 7, 2015 at 6:23PM

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Glenn Bossik
Videographer
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One thought on the offline files. Sometimes (or most of the time) when I edit from an external drive and open a project, files will show up as missing, but right click - link (or locate) media, find one file, and the rest of the files on that drive will populate.

Landon Friesen

March 16, 2016 at 10:24PM

Adobe Premiere for sure. Make sure you understand the post workflow with what ever NLE System you choose. Check this out: How a Post Production Supervisor Can Save Your Butt! - http://bit.ly/1TNL6XE

December 15, 2015 at 12:19PM

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Alex Ferrari
Director / Producer
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It's really a preference. I use Adobe because of the easy access to AE and Photoshop. I personally like it better and that's really all that matters.

January 20, 2016 at 6:53PM

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Ethan Cardoza
Cinematographer/Editor
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The ease of the dynamic link between AE and Premiere are well worth it. Tried Avid, Final Cut, etc., but nothing beats Adobe.

January 23, 2016 at 3:01PM

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Brittany Nisco
Director/Producer
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"nothing beats Adobe" except Sony Vegas Pro. It is superior in many ways. I has superior audio tools and capability, Adobe can't touch it, so you need Adobe Audition or other program to make up for its lack. This is a huge deal for me since audio is a giant part of filmmaking for me, but maybe you and others can get along without it. It is more intuitive, because it is easier to do things, you will get deeper into the program features and become an advance user faster. Many people don't edit every day. The big caution in using Sony Vegas Pro is that it appears that Sony is not developing it if at all, so look at the 3rd party effects that you use and keep an eye out if Sony is still serious about sony vegas pro? I use my NLE off line so Premiere is not usable to me. If that turns out to be the case, I will continue to use Sony Vegas Pro as is.

March 11, 2016 at 6:11PM, Edited March 11, 6:12PM

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Go Premiere or Final Cut. If you have money/good computer try Davinci Resolve and AVID too.

March 28, 2016 at 7:08AM

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An NLE is just a tool, they all cover the basics and that is 99% of what you need while editing.

Use whatever you are most comfortable with.

April 4, 2016 at 7:16PM

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Cary Knoop
Member
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The editor is the artist. No NLE system will make you cut better, only experience. But from a technical perspective, hands down go with Adobe Premiere. It integrates other Adobe files like After Effects and Photoshop files so smoothly and can handle almost any video format. You may be fast on Vegas but after setting up your keyboard on Premiere you'll be just as fast in a week or two.

April 14, 2016 at 8:41PM

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Maury Shessel
Editor
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I hate premiere pro with a passion and will never pay monthly for any software. I have the feeling tho that Sony has abandoned Sony Vegas Pro and I don't think it has been updated and their main online sales guy is working now for for IBM his name is John Renfro? I have used both programs and once I found Vegas I was home, but will not be buying more effects for it and may in the next couple of years move to another NLE that does NOT have a monthly subscription.

April 19, 2016 at 10:17PM

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Sony has now sold and the original programers that Sony bought Vegas are now working for Magix a german company and a new release will be here in the fall. So not only is the future of Vegas rosey, but it will work with all 4k codecs and has all the advantages it ever has over the competition. Something I think is significant and not brought up yet, is that when software is intuitive to the user, then the user instead of fighting the interface will quickly dig deeper into the software, there is no major software as intuitive as Vegas Pro and is designed from the user point of view, not copying film editing or an engineer pov, but is written for the end user to USE!

Lofar Fopah

July 16, 2016 at 1:31PM

I used Sony Vegas for 10 years (several upgrades). I also began experimenting with Fusion and Resolve for special effects (node based), but then found out that my work flow had become over-complicated because of the necessity to do file conversions between the programs. I liked Sony Vegas, and still do, but, I have found the Adobe Premiere editor and After Effects to be a much more versatile and powerful suite of programs. I'm still a novice in Premiere Pro, having only using it for less than a year, but I will NOT be going back to Sony.

April 22, 2016 at 10:19PM

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Gaines R Johnson
Video Editor, Voice actor, Production specialist
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Sony Vegas Pro is no longer Sony, it was sold and is being updated, am sticking with Vegas for sure. The important thing is what you can do with an NLE? The audience doesn't care nor can anyone tell. I abhor Adobe products, but that doesn't mean you cannot worship them. At the end of the day any NLE is just a tool.

June 6, 2016 at 12:35AM, Edited June 6, 12:35AM

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When I first got into editing for real dollars (instead of those dang "exposure" dollars) I started out working in a small business with Sony Vegas Pro, and that's what I worked on for my first year there. By the end of that year I had switched to the newly released Adobe CS5.5 and absolutely fell in love with Premiere. Here's why I switched:

First off, an NLE is just a tool, the editor is the craftsman. A good editor will produce wonderful pictures in Windows Movie Maker, and a newbie will still produce poor quality content in a million-dollar edit bay.

I found that Vegas did do a lot of things that I liked, and it did them very quickly and painlessly. There were a lot of template settings and effects that saved me time, and thus saved the company money. Where I ran into trouble is when I wanted to make something that was close to their template, but not quite. I would use Vegas, and get very close to what I wanted, but never could quite get things perfect without having to turn around and do the effect with plugins or from scratch.

Meanwhile, I pulled down the Adobe trial and ran it through its paces. I found that I had to learn how to build the same effects and settings that Vegas had out of the box, but I could get it exactly how I wanted it. Yes, it was a lot more work, but I had the control I needed to get the job done. When I discovered DynamicLink, I was sold and so convinced my boss at the time to buy me a key for work. For my workflow, directly mixing Premiere and After Effects with PSDs and AI files from our graphic designer became so much easier. As soon as Adobe Creative Cloud was open, I signed up and have been gladly paying out of my own pocket ever since.

That said, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere Pro are both great tools. I prefer Premiere and that's okay. If somebody wants me to sit down and cut their footage on their Vegas, Avid, or Final Cut system, I'm still going to just sit down and get to cutting. Heck, if I have to learn to splice film by hand or dub with a pair of VTRs for somebody, I'll do it.

When comes down to it: I'm not an Adobe editor, or a Vegas editor. I'm an editor, I just string frames together in a really cool way.

June 30, 2016 at 10:44PM

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Mike Racine
Filmmaker
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I've a very low end pc , and Premier works very nicely , real time playback is nice in Premier , i've used vegas too , but wasn't as good as premier ...

January 10, 2017 at 2:13AM

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Arsh DSJ
Director Editor Producer
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I've edited all my project in sony vegas. I edited a short on sony vegas pro. Editing an upcoming short also on sony vegas. All you need is the cutting (s) tool. I think I will be one of the first to edit a full feature on sony vegas. Sony vegas/fast editing = more time to review and re-edit, review and re-edit, review and re-edit, review and re-edit,...

February 4, 2017 at 1:59PM

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Daniel Montiel
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