In this second episode looking at VEGAS Pro, we’re going to look at Editing Basics. Vegas is very similar to a lot of other track-based non-linear editors as it includes displays for viewing your source footage as well as the edit in the timeline. It’s also a tool-based editor as you’re able to achieve different tasks in the timeline based on the tool you have chosen. The toolbar is the place for all of those tools. In addition to what Vegas calls the Normal Edit Tool, editors familiar with other NLEs will recognize the Slip and Slide tools as well as the Time Stretch/Compress Tool among others that might be new to Vegas editors. The Time Stretch/Compress Tool is a powerful and quick way to apply velocity to your media events (clips) by simply dragging the edges of the clip on the timeline, which will recalculate the original footage velocity (speed) and create instantly fast- or slow-motion effects.
And like some other NLEs, the Vegas timeline and manipulating clips in the Vegas timeline operates with a familiar click and drag of clips in the timeline (or events as Vegas calls them), clip edges and edit points. Selecting multiple clips as well as snapping will be more familiar behaviors for the veteran editor moving to Vegas Pro.
What might be new to editors just getting their feet wet with Vegas Pro are things like built-in fade handles for both video and audio and a unique way to create a transition between video clips. Vegas Pro’s heritage as a very powerful audio editing and mixing tool is evident with a feature that allows you to automatically create a transition between two clips just by dragging one clip onto another. Depending on your preferences and settings (Vegas Pro is very customizable to meet many different editors’ needs), dragging one clip onto another can create an audio dissolve or a video dissolve / transition. These dissolves / transitions are also customizable with different fade types and transition effects. It’s a great way to save clicks, if you’re working in a project that requires a lot of audio and video transitions.
You too can practice the basics of video editing with Vegas Pro by downloading a free trial.
Click here to watch the first part of this series, Introducing Vegas Pro.
You can watch the finished FINAL STOP trailer here.
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