VideoSystems By Franklin McMahon Vegas6Faster new version supports external capture. With Vegas 6 Sony Media Software continues its tradition of improving features while continually developing a robust software system. If you've never used the Vegas NLE before, it's a little different from some other timeline editors. The interface design was extracted directly from the Acid Pro product that, like Vegas, was developed by Sonic Foundry. Sony Vegas takes a little getting used to and some exploration to find out where everything is, but once you're comfortable you'll find a powerhouse editing system that is speedy and packed with features. This new version of Vegas supports HDV, and it's great to be able to edit the format directly within the software. (To edit HDV, the previous version required the separate Cineform Connect HD software, which is now incorporated into Vegas 6.) Be aware that you do this through conversion via an intermediate codec. Editing in HDV requires capturing and converting, editing in realtime, then converting again during export. Vegas does all this work, but you also can look toward third-party solutions, as Vegas can be set up to accept external capture/conversion programs. The program now has built-in support for SD and HD decks via Blackmagic Design's DeckLink boards. read more...

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