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Vegas Video 4.0

Digital / desktop video editing software review: Vegas Video 4.0Vegas® 4.0 software is the professional choice for video editing, audio production, compositing, titling and advanced encoding on the PC platform. With its sleek, intuitive interface and powerful video and audio production tools, Vegas provides a complete and integrated solution for digital video, audio recording, editing and mixing, streaming content creation, and surround sound production.

Apply high-quality transitions, filters, credit rolls and text animations; create sophisticated composites, keyframe track motion and pan/crop, all with unlimited tracks and unsurpassed flexibility. Vegas 4.0 software provides real-time previewing of effects and transitions from the timeline without needing to render. Perform advanced color correction and scene matching using 3-wheel primary as well as secondary color correction filters.

The Vegas 4.0 application also provides the ultimate in audio flexibility, including unlimited tracks, 24-bit/96kHz audio support, record input monitoring, effects automation, time compress/expand, and much more.

Perhaps the most important development in digital video editing in recent years is the advent of real time functionality. The ability to see the results of your editing tweaks as you work is crucial. Many products take a hardware approach to the heavy lifting required for real time editing. Systems like RT2500 from Matrox, the Canopus real time boards like DVStorm, and Pinnacle's Pro-ONE rely heavily on well-designed and powerful real time hardware for their wizardry. No doubt, they work very well.

However, Vegas Video has been doing real time previews using a software-based method from the beginning. By either rendering frames on the fly, or temporarily caching selected regions of the timeline in RAM, Vegas Video 3 gives you reasonably smooth previews of your editing decisions, leaving the full-rez rendering to be done after you're finished with your project.

Key Features

Powerful Video Editing Tools
Easily edit and arrange events directly in the Vegas® timeline. Apply real-time FX, transitions, envelopes, color changes, time stretching and motion effects. Expertly edit complex long-form projects using mouse or keyboard trimming and new ripple editing modes.

Powerful Audio Production Tools
Apply over 30 real-time effects, including over 10 new automatable DirectX® plug-ins such as chorus, delay, reverb, and EQ. Vegas 4.0 is the perfect all-in-one tool for audio recording, editing, and mixing. No other NLE provides as robust an audio feature set as Vegas software.

Professional Video Effects
Apply customizable video filters including Lens Flare, Light Rays, Film Effects, Chroma Key, Timecode burn, Levels, TV Simulator, Saturation Adjust, plus Text Tools, Color Gradients and Credit Rolls. The Vegas 4.0 application's new built-in effects provide new levels of creativity.

Customizable Video Transitions
Use fully customizable real-time transitions including Barndoor, Clock Wipe, Dissolves, Iris, Linear Wipe, Page Peel, Venetian Blinds, Zoom and more. Vegas 4.0 software includes all the transitions from the Vegas Video Plug-In-Pack, a set of high-quality 3D transitions and effects previously sold separately.

Real-Time Previewing
Preview effects, transitions and color changes on the fly no rendering required. View complex processes, effects, and transitions in real-time while you edit. Every change is instantly viewable on external monitors.

Powerful Color Correction Tools
Color correct and match scenes with unparalleled control - all changes are immediately viewable on an external monitor via a 1394 connector. Use 3-wheel primary and secondary color correctors along with new monitoring tools including Vectorscope, Waveform, Parade, Histogram displays, as well as enhanced broadcast colors filters.

5.1 Surround Mixing
No need to work in another environment when setting up 5.1 surround mixes. Vegas 4.0 software is perfect for creating multichannel mixes for DVD production.

Powerful Media Management
Vegas 4.0 software includes a host of new media management features including bins, clip searches and video capture database integration to help you organize complex projects.

DV Capture and Print-To-Tape Tools
Capture DV with automatic scene detection, batch capture, tape logging, media bins, still image capture and thumbnail previews. Print projects to DV tape directly from the Vegas timeline with NTSC or PAL color bars, tone, and source file or timeline timecode windows.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP
  • 400 MHz processor
  • 128 MB RAM
  • OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394/DV capture card (for DV capture and print-to-tape tools only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 8 or later
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or later

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