Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Boston Mike, there is a bit of a learning curve with Sony Vegas, but it's worth it. Start by dragging and dropping your clips on the video timeline. If the file is huge, give it a few seconds to draw out the clip's outline before letting go of the mouse button.
The software starts out with three audio and three video tracks. You can add a fourth of each if necessary, but that's it for the Platinum Edition. However, most people will rarely ever need more than four of each.
Once you get used to manipulating the video clip (trim, fade-in, fade-out, cross-fade), start adding text in the other video tracks, and extra sounds in the audio track. Try dumping a bit of everything on the timeline to see how the software will support nearly every audio/video format in existence, without any need to convert or alter the original files.
My only complaint with the Platinum edition is that I can't create a video with an MP3 audio track higher than 56 kbps. If I try to use LAME, the render crashes at start-up. So I render the movie with a raw audio track, then use VirtualDub to convert the audio track to MP3 using LAME.
Aside from that, the software does exactly what I need it to do.