In this review, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look at The Vegas Pro collection which combines Vegas Pro 8, DVD Architect Pro 4.5, and Dolby ® Digital AC-3 encoding software to offer an integrated environment for all phases of professional video, audio, DVD, and broadcast production.Vegas 8 Cow Well let's go back a bunch of years to my first Vegas review. At the time, I was finally converted to the Vegas Workflow after having rejected it the year before. It's hard to believe that it's 6 years since that original review. Well a lot of things have changed since then. I've gotten completely used to the Vegas interface as is evidenced by my reviews of version 5, 6 and 7. I have also gotten much better looking since then--well, okay; I thought I could slide that one by you. What hasn't changed is the fact that Vegas keeps getting better. Not necessarily by leaps and bounds, but slowly and inexorably, it evolves and adds features to each new release of the program. The audio portion of the program is still one of the best that you can find in any NLE you're likely to be working with. We need to remember that Vegas started out as an audio editing program and only later added the video editing component. So we have some very powerful audio tools that we can work with right in the program itself. This alone for some people is worth the price of the software. But there is much more to Vegas than just audio tools, and when you sit down and do the math, you can quickly come to the realization that is virtually everything that you will need to complete productions quickly and with a minimum of drama. Another perk is that Vegas isn't a snob. It will interface with virtually any file type that you're likely to work with, it accepts After Effect Compositions, QuickTime files, Jpeg's, Wave Files, MP3's, MPEG-4 and on and on. read more...

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