"Working with VEGAS means I can get work done quickly, creatively and at a quality level that I aspire to. It has all the tools I need to edit, to do a creative grade, to refine the image by adding effects and then to finesse the sound to match the image perfectly."
1. What got you into film making?
My father was a film lecturer so I guess that’s where the interest started. Growing up it was always in the background and so I was interested but I also have a background is music so the two kind of went together. At the time I was at University, production was really taking off and people were going into TV and other creative stuff. I ended up with a random opportunity to do production running and it sort of all went from there.
2. How do you start a new project?
As with all projects time spent up front saves you down the line, so it’s always important to start with the planning process. If you’re working with a client, it’s important to be clear about what their objective is and be clear what the essential key messages are. From here it’s important to brainstorm with the crew, the client and others to make sure you start with a great idea.
3. How did you build up such a big set of skills?
At the beginning of my career I worked across lots of small productions. That meant I got exposed to lots of disciplines. One minute I was working on audio as a sound man, then time behind the camera and before long I was a series editor. What's really helped me is I have an interest in the tech sohh I’m happy to turn my hand to anything.
4. Which part of editing is the most challenging?
Looking through all the material at the end of the shoot is time consuming and can get repetative. It’s definitely the least interesting aspect of production but it’s also vitally important. This is where you create the narrative. It’s where the story comes together.
5. What makes VEGAS your NLE of choice?
There are three things that really stand out with VEGAS. The first is the fluid way the editing process works. It’s very natural, it feels more like painting with a brush than a technical process. The second is the way colour correction works. The process is quick and powerful. You can add a camera LUT, do a primary and secondary grade, tweak the curves and add an output LUT if needed. It means I can grade as I go along and that really helps the editing process. The third thing that’s really useful is the ability to take an event into Effects quickly or tidy up a recording with Sound Forge.
6. What advice would you give to newcomers?
When starting out the best thing you can do is make yourself useful to whoever you’re working with, it’s the best way to learn. Say yes to every opportunity to get the most experience you can and try your hand at many things. Once you find what you like and what you’re good at, you can focus. Shoots usually require interaction with lots of people and often people you don’t know. If you’re directing it’s important to learn how to get the best out of people and keep the crew motivated and focussed. Filmmaking is as much about dealing with people as it is about technology and production skills. The more projects you work on, the quicker you learn.
"What I like about VEGAS is that I don’t need any special hardware - it works well on any PC. I can start editing on my laptop and move to my desktop. It is just so smooth and fast that it makes it a breeze."
Miguel de Olaso, aka Macgregor
Commercials: Jeep, Nescafé and Lexus; Films: One Minute Worlds, Vivarium
"I edit during my travels on a laptop, so I need to work with limited computing power, which often becomes an issue with heavy 10-bit 4K video formats. Luckily when I create proxies together with enhanced GPU decoding in VEGAS Pro, the preview runs smoothly even with effects applied."
Director, Cinematographer: "Aaron Hadlow: TWENTY", TheKiteMag, IKSURFMAG, Kiteworld Magazine & People Are Awesome
"VEGAS Post has significantly streamlined my workflow. From keying to advanced color correction, to complex titling and more, VEGAS Post puts so many tools I regularly use into the same ecosystem."
Director, Bucket's Moving Company
Fender, AEA Ribbon Mics and Preamps, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Page, Jerry Lee Lewis, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Stone Temple Pilots, Jennifer Nettles, Brad Paisley, NFL, Bridgestone, Fender, L’Oreal, Spotify, ABC, RAM trucks
"The solid integration of FXhome's compositing tools added to VEGAS Post is something that dreams are made of! The interface is so clean in both pieces of software, and everything is intuitively found where I think it should be. For me, to be able to stay in one cohesive ecosystem, means that my workflow isn't hampered by switching between separate software packages to get the job done.
Combining VEGAS Pro amazing editing capabilities, and staggering selection of audio and video plug-ins, with a very serious piece of compositing software, has been an amazing feat."
Independent Filmmaker, Editor
"In the early 2000's, I started using VEGAS Pro to make anime music videos. VEGAS has always been the most efficient. Since then I've taken on media projects of all sizes, from film editing to sound design, from motion graphics to visual effects. To this day, it remains my content creator tool of choice."
Artist, Producer, YouTuber
Smosh, Popsikl, Sa'ann
"I like how the unified coloring workflow in VEGAS Pro lets me color correct everything in one effects chain without adding multiple effects like brightness & contrast, color corrector, color curves & white balances. Coloring in VEGAS Pro is now much better than ever before."
Dato Aliff Alex
Lensa Langkasa Production
"VEGAS Pro has always been my go-to editing software and in TV speed is super important. VEGAS continues to bring what I need to succeed: speed and dependable performance.
My favorite feature has to be the Color grading workflow and Optical-flow slow motion. We have an amazing community and I'm glad VEGAS makes it a priority to listen to our feedback."
Engagement Producer, The Weather Network
Stormchasers, The Weather Network
"I've tried most editing software, but nothing compares to the freedom of VEGAS Pro's timeline and workflow. VEGAS simply allows you to edit your way so you can worry less about the technical and more about the creative. I'm super in love with the Unified Color Grading. It's a huge time saver that I didn't know I needed."
Coke, Chevrolet, Universal Records
"I have tried other NLEs in my career, but I prefer VEGAS Pro because it’s very intuitive and it allows me to create content in lightning speed, and in my industry sometimes speed is everything. When Cardi B. was scheduled to perform at the BET hip-hop awards her manager called me and said they needed an intro with various clips of her for the performance, and they needed it in an hour. I instantly knew what I wanted to do so I jumped right into VEGAS Pro and was able to create an incredible intro using 3D glitching transitions without any additional plug-ins.”
Director/Editor and Head of Video & Digital Content for the Akonik Label Group
Akon, Ceelo Green, Cardi B., Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Raekwon, Redman, Black Rob, Styles P., Sheek Louch, French Montana, Lil Cease, Lil Kim, Maino
"I have tried many production programs. VEGAS Pro is my program of choice. In this industry, time is a precious commodity. VEGAS has the power that I need to create complex mixes and its ease of use allows me to work fast and efficiently."
Music Veteran, Author, Educator, Speaker
Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Miller, Johnny Cash, Lifehouse, Kasey Chambers
"I’m using VEGAS Pro because it’s among the – if not the single – most stable NLE software out there. I had various issues, crashes and bugs with other programs but then a befriended editor recommended VEGAS Pro. I gave it a try and stayed due to its stable performance and easy to use features. From my experience VEGAS Pro is very easy-to-use for newcomers and veteran editors alike. "
"I never knew how much I needed VEGAS Post until I got my hands on it! VEGAS Effects lets me easily create beautiful visual effects that you would see in any of the latest superhero movies. VEGAS Image makes it simple for me to create posters, cover art, thumbnails and more without hassle. VEGAS Post is truly the ultimate package that I use every single day and don't know how it can get any better than this!"