Video Systems Edit Review — Sony Vegas 5.0

By Steve Mullen Aug 1, 2004 Capable NLE supports a streamlined HDV editing workflow. Vegas GUI In the spring of 2003 when folks began trying to edit HDV, someone made a great discovery. If they used the i.LINK capture application bundled with the JVC HDV camcorder to input MPEG-2 TS (Transport Stream) files, the files could be edited in Vegas 4. The trick was to change the .m2t extension to an .mpg extension. Now the captured clips could be imported into Vegas. Next, by setting the Project to 1280×720 MPEG-2, clips could be trimmed and inserted into a timeline to create an HD movie. Back then, this seemed like a miracle. The bundled KDDI MPEG Edit Studio Pro LE application could do the same, but it was extremely feature-shy. All other options — Aspect HD, XtractorHDV, and my own HDpartner — employ a more complex process. Either during or after capture, the MPEG-2 TS is converted to intermediate media in order to be edited. Because the KDDI and Vegas solutions don't require a media conversion and instead directly use MPEG-2 TS files, they are considered “native† NLEs. At NAB 2004 Sony announced that Vegas 5.0 was shipping. For Vegas 4.0 owners (see the Vegas+DVD review in the June 2003 Video Systems), the new release provides many new features alongside its increased capability as an HDV editor. Read the article at

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