Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11
Sony Creative Software continues to enhance its collection of consumer media editing tools with Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 for "professional-quality" video editing and disc authoring, at a consumer price just below $100.
This new version features end-to-end support for stereoscopic 3D editing, along with enhancements including GPU-accelerated AVC rendering and the Blu-ray and DVD authoring in the separate DVD Architect Studio 5.0.
This splitting of functionality into separate focused applications is a trademark of the Sony venerable Home Studio line, which also includes two other separate audio tools, focused on audio vs. music (see earlier post): Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 for audio editing and production ($64, see earlier post) and ACID Music Studio 8 for music creation and mixing ($64).
Vegas Movie Studio is designed for people who want to do significant editing -- It's not an "EZ" editor with lots of one-click fixes and step-by-step wizards. Instead, it's a pro-style editor, with timeline editing, keyframed video effects and transitions, text animations and effects, and audio effects down to the event level. Plus it incorporates pro technology including stabilization, green screen, color correction, and support for pro cameras including DVCAM.
Another Sony trademark is deep access to options and features, with a wide range of options and features available in the menus and dialogs. The profusion can sometimes be overwhelming, especially with Sony's sometimes idiosyncratic design and terminology.
But Vegas Movie Studio continues to satisfy if you're looking for a consumer-priced editing tool that will keep offering options instead of getting in your way as you fine tune the subtle details of your production.
The core Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 is priced at $94.95, with AVCHD video, 5.1 sound, and DVD Architect Studio. And the Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite for $124.95 bundles Sound Forge Audio Studio and more effects.
See my full article: Summary: Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11
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