If you have a recent Nvidia Card (and a recent Intel processor), you can render something that used to take 52 seconds in Sony AVC mp4 into a very similar format (Magix AVC mp4) in 7 seconds. :) How 'bout that reason? If you do have the aforementioned hardware, you will also have much smoother playback on the timeline when dealing with AVC files. The software is much, much prettier. The render dialog is better. You can now selectively paste event attributes. There is now an in-built LUT plugin (not yet GPU accelerated, tho). You can now do one-click freeze frames, and they introduced a new customizable menu that shows up on all the events. Vegas Pro 15 is definitely not what I would call a finished product, but it definitely is a MAJOR step forward. From VEGAS 14. From VEGAS 13, it's a LEAP. Try it out for yourself.
Thank you for your honest answer.
I believe that if VEGAS PRO is to go up in popularity, it should definitely find a way to be ported to Macs as well. After the modernization process will have reached a certain point, and VEGAS will be in a stable, functional and efficient form, MAGIX will have the entire blueprint for a KILLER NLE. Most probably, large sections of code will be re-written from the ground up. That would allow not only important optimizations, but also an easier porting to other operating systems, most notably the Mac OS.
The really good thing about all this is the fact that the aforementioned tipping point is closer than ever now! And that is SIGNIFICANT, since it was only in May last year that people thought the decaying VEGAS PRO was done for, and that there was never going to be a version 14. Not only was there a V14, but we are now looking at a shiny new, sleek looking version 15, that is already capable of rendering faster than Adobe Premiere.
I urge you No Film School fellas to give it a try when you can. Experience its incredibly intuitive and POWERFUL interface and write about it. I think VEGAS PRO can be a valuable tool in any filmmaker's arsenal.
And still, nobody has ever written a piece on VEGAS PRO on this site. Ever. They have articles about everything. Even some that are basically silly jokes about the cinema industry. They even wrote about Catalyst Edit :))))) I mean, COME ON.http://nofilmschool.com/2015/04/meet-catalyst-sonys-brand-new-nle-media-...
I'm beginning to think this is intentional. Either that or every single writer here is a mac owner that never uses Windows.
No, not all NLEs can do what VEGAS PRO can. Premiere can't do automatic crossfades, which are the single most important thing when doing proper audio work fast. VEGAS has a PLAY from cursor functionality, which is immensely helpful for checking your edit is perfect without having to manually move the cursor every single god damn time. VEGAS has overall a better, faster cutting interface, that is universally praised. You simply can't contradict me on that. VEGAS can apply effects on the media level, the event level, the track level and the master level. And you know what, the list can go on, like a lot...
Yes, VEGAS was the "alpha" NLE, in many ways. It was WAY ahead of its time when it first got released. FCP and Premiere implemented after years and years what VEGAS had from the very first version. Again, unfortunately, it did not have a chance to solidify itself as a standard because at some point SONY began marketing it as a tool for prosumers that came with your SONY camera. They also did not bother to port it to Macs.
It surely must have puzzled you why that freelancer refuses to use any other NLE but VEGAS. Maybe he's onto something, huh. I know why I do it. Not because I don't want to learn using a new piece of software. I do that *all* the time. I literally use close to a hundred programs and plugins, for video / audio / 3D / compositing / photography / etc. It's just that I get frustrated when something so easy and fast and powerful and intuitive cannot be done without resorting to a clunky workaround. And yes, I'll agree VEGAS PRO also has moments when you have to use clunky workarounds. Just not in areas that are so goddamn essential to speedy and precise editing. That's why I want more people to give it a chance and use it, so that the software may grow more and more. This new team that is behind it, even if small, are really working hard to breathe new life into this program.
I don't have a problem if you don't like VEGAS, man. I have a problem when people attack it for no reason, more often than not, without knowing what they are talking about. VEGAS PRO is an underdog right now. No Film School always seemed to root for underdogs. Which is why it puzzles me that there are literally 0 articles about it. It literally is an indie filmmaker's best friend.
And you're telling me you don't miss the blazing fast, intuitive editing interface? :) The extremely-powerful audio capabilities? The compositing features? Sure you do. Get out of here :)))
Of course once you get used to something else (which does come with its set of advantages besides being a industry standard -which Premiere only kind of recently became btw) you don't wanna look back and try to get the best out of everything. You just wanna work with the same tool everybody is working with.
Fun fact, I started on Premiere actually, back in 2003. A mate recommended VEGAS PRO and I was HOOKED.
I've tried to adapt to Premiere COUNTLESS times. Mainly because of people harassing me over not using "a standard". I am so sorry, but it just feels inferior, in most ways that matter to me. I keep asking people "how do you do that" "hey where can I change the setting so that it does that" and people keep telling me "well you can't do that-wait, you CAN in Vegas?" "oh, there is no setting for that, sorry" "oh, you have to use Audition".
It boggles my mind that people think VEGAS PRO is just some tiny little software that videographers and gamers use instead of Movie Maker or iMovie (I really think SONY is to blame for that), when instead it's probably the most powerful and customizable NLE out there. Davinci is making some strides too, no doubt about it. But last time I tested their brand new Fairlight audio system, it just would not work at all. And pity that when they introduced the editing capabilities they went for a Premiere-like experience instead of making it simple, intuitive and FAST.
I've been using VEGAS PRO since 2004 (professionally since 2010), and I haven't met another piece of software as capable. I also think that it's important to have a challenger to the current king of the "prosumer-professional" NLE market, that also sports a different kind of an approach, one that I feel makes much more sense and provides more power to the user. If MAGIX, this rather small German company will be able to deliver such a thing in the form of VEGAS PRO, it remains to be seen. IMHO, they are doing a pretty decent job so far. Look. The more they improve the software and pull it out of the ditch SONY had left it in for almost a DECADE, the more ballsy and confident they will be with their promo materials too. I agree they need to drastically improve on that front as well. Glad to have a proper discussion with you, Andrew.
Ummm, do elaborate please.