Studio Monthly by Charlie White Sony Vegas Pro 8 Sony takes Vegas up a notch with Vegas Pro 8. This first-rate video and audio editing software package has been revamped to run on Windows Vista, a feat that its Vegas 7 predecessor couldn’t quite accomplish effectively. Vegas coders enhance the interface, making new users more comfortable. Sony has also created a new title animation tool, beefed up the innards with 32-bit floating point processing and added even better audio controls. Leaps in Layout Ease The first thing you notice when launching Vegas Pro 8 is that its layout more closely resembles that of its competitors with a timeline on the bottom and a preview window, effects controls and file management up top. You could set it up like this independently before, but Sony has made the application easier from start-up with a more familiar layout as default. Vegas’ preview window now continues showing the timeline output while you work in the trimmer window, which makes it easier to match the shot you’re trimming to one on the timeline. That makes it simpler to create three-point edits just like you can in most other editing software packages, such as Bravo. Another subtle but important improvement is the program’s ability to enable a full-screen preview of your work even on a laptop screen, with no second monitor required. Read more...

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