Studio Monthly by Charlie White
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 couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. VegasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ preview window now continues showing the timeline output while you work in the trimmer window, which makes it easier to match the shot youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 programÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to enable a full-screen preview of your work even on a laptop screen, with no second monitor required. Read more...