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Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 is a Windows app for editing all types of videos, whether shot on your phone or a high-quality camcorder. The tools available in this app let you adjust all aspects of the video and audio, insert a video overlay, add text, and introduce new sound effects. There are also many tools included to help you take full advantage of all that the program has to offer.
You will have to register Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 before you can use it. Once you've done that, you can jump right in and start importing videos for editing. The interface of this app may seem daunting at first because there is just so much displayed, but it is actually quite intuitive, and starting a new project is straightforward. Various types of transitions are available for breaking up a longer video or for combining multiple video clips, and there are all kinds of video FX you can take advantage of, as well. You can also preview your changes before they become final to ensure your finished product comes out just the way you want it.
You can use a free trial version of Vegas Movie Studio for 30 days or purchase the full-featured version for $79.95. With so many features and options to explore, this app can be a bit overwhelming for someone unfamiliar with video editing; but with practice and the available tutorials, it's a very manageable and useful program.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 (32 bit) 12.0.1183.
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From Sony Creative Software:
Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum software has everything needed to produce spectacular HD movies. Edit video in nearly any format including HDV and AVCHD. Powerful features for video compositing, color correction, and soundtrack creation help you get feature-film results in your home studio. Use the surround sound mixing tools to create 5.1 soundtracks. Choose from hundreds of professional 2D and 3D video effects, titles, and filters. Upload movies to YouTube, burn to Blu-ray Disc, or author DVDs using beautifully designed themes or your own custom menus and graphics.
Best at effects, I've used FCP before and this is soooooo much better for that. You can do just about anything on it! It gives you the pieces, and you can put together just about anything from that!
It doesn't really have templates that are all put together like FCP, but if you know what your doing that's not a problem.
It is AMAZING for effect videos or every day videos! It also has a button that says "how to" and it tells how to do the basics. It's pretty powerful stuff! The good and bad thing about it is it gives you basic pieces, and you have to put them together. That means you can make soo much more than FCP, but it takes longer. Overall, If you want an editing software that you can do effects with, of you like to put together your own stuff, Vegas is your best bet, but if you wanna do simple stuff, stick with WMM.
If you need help learning how to use the effects, I do tutorials. My youtube is EnglishBarrelRacer.
POWERFUL, EASY TO USE!! I like the option of having as many tracks of audio and video has you want One of the greatest feature is the ease of managing the program Capability of editing and storing a WIDE range of formats and resolutions
Just a few effects, transitions, etc. to enhance the video! The lack of a professional audio enhancing Just like two or three different types of text styles ( I would like to see a specialized option for that)
A like the program really much. I am a geek, I've always interested myself for technology. I had a great experience editing my first video; just awesome!
I am a student, therefore I cannot afford paying the Pro, neither the Platinum. It would be nice to have a DRASTICALLY lower price for student that need this kind of software. Much better I would l prefer to be sponsored by Sony to use the products. I love the way you "flow" while editing videos in this wonderful software.
Lots of features and controls (transitions, video effects, audio effects, pan and zoom controls) Audio and video effects are amazingly comprehensive 3rd party plugins can be used to further expand the possibilities
Not nearly as stable as Window Live Movie Maker, though more powerfull. Can not handle more than ~20 HD clips before it runs into memory issues. Very buggy when this number of clisp or greater is on the timeline. Crashes very frequently.
This software is the equivalent of an Italian sports car. It is very powerful in its abilities, but leaves you terribly frustrated since it's always broken. I have 8gigs of memory and have tried for weeks to make the software work for editing together a lot of short HD video of family events. I like to switch between shots every 5 to 10 seconds in the videos to keep things interesting for the viewer. Vegas can not handle this. It continually crashes during the render events once more than about 20 clips have been added. For me this equates to about 1.5 to 2 minutes of final video which is less than a quarter of what I'm trying to edit.
Technical support will leave you equally as frustrated. The word memory does not score a hit in the built-in help files. I've tried all of the recommendations placed on-line with their FAQ. From here you must buy more services from Sony. $30 for a single call, $100 for 60 days of calls, or $150 for 180 days support. Why would I pay more for something that has not worked from day one? Why does 180 days support cost more than the software itself? I think I know why, but in the end techincal support is just plain horrible and not really an option for the average user. I'd really like my money back but I can not get customer service to respond to my emails. Go figure since the emails are free. The lights are on, but no body's home.
Windows Live Movie Maker on the same computer has been remarkably stable. I've created 18 mintue HD videos using the same size and quantity of clips I'm using in Vegas. Lots of transitions and video effects. I doubt it crashed even a single time. What it did not do so well was sync the underlying MP3 music track with the video files. When previewing during editing, the music would play back several seconds from where it would be if the video were started from the beginning of the song instead of from the middle. That makes timing transitions with the music nearly impossible when you rewind to repeat a section you've built. At least I could finish the project in the end. FWIW, WLMM was able to keep things synced if still pictures were used instead of video. That was very stable and reliable.
Neither software is perfect but I'd have to give the nod to Window Live Movie Maker. Vegas is generally unusable with the consistent and frequent crashes. WLMM cames bundled with Windows 7 so its essentially free. Vegas costs $100+, does not work, and asks for more money to help you with their broken product. It doesn't get more lame than that.
very thorough, exactly what you would epect from SONY . i have used many video editors , and i find no WOW factor anywhere, but topnotch editing, and compositing tools that gives you what others lack fluidity,reliabilty and flexibilty.
too bad i cant afford the full version.
Sony Vegas platinum 10.0 is a solid professional grade work surface.i wish Sony would realise that if they made the platform itself accessable free, with paid addons people could use it to develop their skills , and use it to make the money to pay more for added usability.instead it seems they lack the confidence i have in their product .although i can only use it for a month (and that stings) i will stay with a competing product because i can afford it. and can get more usabilty from the competing product with small affordable investments here, and there.
cannot handle high definition - preview cannot keep up not matter what setting is used (Preview, Draft, ETC.) - PREVIEW gets way out of sync with audio. Synced video and audio file is out of sync when loaded into timeline.
just can't handle HD. I am reviewing it as a possible replacement for Pinnacle Studio 14 HD. The first thing I tried was HD. I brought in a 1 hour HD file and Vegas couldn't handle it - Pinnacle could. I plan to try other features. I wrote this review because it is so hard to find video software that works as advertised. My PC is a quad with 4gb memory and 2 fast hard drives - so that's not the problem. I am using trial version of Vegas Movie Studio which is advertised as full featured. It gets an F in HD.