For several months now I have been testing Vegas 19 and it has become my go-to video editor. Not only that but I’m just as likely to use Vegas Effects as I am After Effects depending on the situation. I have always been a fan and user of Vegas Pro and I quickly adapted from a previous version with no problems.
I’ve used Vegas in the past to put together lots of different types of videos, including uploads to YouTube and other places as well as use it for contracted work and it has never failed me. There was never a time a clip wouldn’t render out. Anyone that has ever run into a rendering problem with little time left before delivery knows that helpless feeling of failed render after render.
For this and other reasons, I have stuck by Vegas. Being able to confidently spend more time on the work and less time on the mechanics is almost priceless.
Vegas 19 is an improved version of what I’ve used in the past. It is part of a respectable bundle of software (Vegas Post) for less than $20 (US) per month. This bundle includes:
- Vegas Effects
- Vegas Image
- Vegas Streaming
- Boris FX Primatte Studio
- Sound Forge audio studio
There is also Vegas Edit and Vegas Pro for different budgets.
One of the reasons I liked Vegas early on is its easy-to-use timeline and I still like its user interface’s familiar menus and available layouts. The large video thumbnail has always been a nice feature and though common today that wasn’t the story early on.
Vegas is also very quick while previewing during the edit. No surprises when an edit is rendered out since what you see is basically what you get. Some editors, particularly years ago, could drop frames at the worst times causing a skip or blip that wasn’t noticeable during edit and render. By the time it’s discovered in Post you are backing up the entire pipeline correcting it. Vegas never let me down for this reason either.
Quick turnarounds are another important aspect of contract work and Vegas excels at it. Its user interface is easy to navigate even for newer users as it uses a commonsense approach to putting whatever windows are important to your task in your immediate workspace which can be customized to fit your needs or multiple needs for that matter.
The other applications like Vegas Effects and Vegas Image are just as easy to adapt to and are productive applications with Effects being an incredibly effective and somewhat familiar application to anyone with After Effects experience.
In regard to Vegas Stream, I still have to confess ignorance as I have never had a need to use so I have not tested it. The broadcast interface is nice enough with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a streaming solution including graphics, lower thirds, and other aesthetic assets that can enhance your stream.
None of this takes into account Sound Forge, the audio component in the package that is very familiar to many multimedia users over the years. It has effects like Chorus, Compressor, Flanger, Gate, and Tube Distortion to name a few. There are also tools for Loudness/Normalize, Truncate Silence, and Fade In-Out.
For the price, it is a competitive, productive package of creative software. It’s not just fluff for the buck either as the tools are solid performers that accomplish the tasks at hand. Without much of a learning curve, it is easy to see how Vegas 19 as an editor or a suite make a formidable solution.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.