Why invest in professional video editing software?

Trying to decide between free and paid software for your business? If you‘re new to video editing, we’re here to help you understand the benefits of investing in a high-end video editing solution.

Numerous options exist which offer some incredible tools and features. To help you, here are a few main points to guide your choice. It’s important to know how to choose the right program that suits your unique needs. Check out some of the top things to consider.

Video formats

Video formats

  • Different video cameras on the market have distinct recording formats. Determine what video file formats you'll record your footage to. Choose software which supports your video camera.
  • Likewise, make sure the software can edit the formats of stock footage you may want to use.
  • Avoid software which makes you transcode to a different format. Transcoding can cause errors or lost data, resulting in quality loss.
  • Most free versions of editing software only support a limited number of common, consumer-oriented video formats.
  • Professional software supports a wider array of pro formats.

Performance

Performance

  • Cheaper software relies only on your computer’s CPU for video processing, often inefficiently, giving you choppy playback - and long render times when you go to export your video.
  • Professional software also leverages your computer’s graphics card for additional power, taking advantage of hardware acceleration technology to enhance real-time performance and shorten rendering times for certain formats.

Editing

Editing

  • To unleash your creativity and provide major flexibility, look for various professional features, modern effects for cinematic looks, and an intuitive workflow to enable dynamic editing at the highest level.
  • Powerful cutting, color grading, audio processing, visual effects, timeline interaction, and storyboard tools make professional video production accessible to everyone.

Audio production

Audio editing

  • They say sound is 70% of what you see – make sure you’re getting great audio!
  • Look for dynamic audio processing tools to create a robust, expressive sound experience to highlight and heat up your visuals.
  • Choose editing software that gives you a powerful set of tools right on your own timeline, instead of going to outside software to do the job.

Export considerations

Export considerations

  • Options for export could be a decisive factor in your software choice.
  • Most consumer options limit export to web-friendly formats like MP4.
  • Professional software supports professional formats for serious delivery, while still supporting consumer formats and direct uploads for sharing videos on social media.
  • Look for software which supports the kind of exports you’ll most likely be doing.

Hardware

Hardware

  • Got a new, powerful computer system? Make sure your software leverages everything your computer offers.
  • Got an older system? You may want to consider upgrading to take full advantage of the robust tools in professional software suites.

Key advantages of professional video editing software

Workflow flexibility

Workflow flexibility

  • Most consumer software limits you to a set number of video and audio tracks
  • Most professional software allows for unlimited tracks, giving you the flexibility you need to edit the way you want.

Timeline or Storyboard flexibility

Timeline or Storyboard flexibility

  • Nested timelines - work on a section of video independently of the main project and bring that sequence into the project like any other clip. You remain free to edit that segment at will, and it updates itself in the main project.
  • Storyboards - lay out your video in an easy rough cut, with changes appearing automatically in the main timeline so it’s there when you’re ready to start fine-tuning the edit.

Native color grading tools

Native color grading tools

  • Cheap or free editing software usually only comes with basic color-correcting tools, if any, forcing you to go elsewhere for a good color grade.
  • Professional NLEs include powerful color-grading tools, giving you everything you need to correct color problems, create stylish looks, or even change a single color in your image.

Visual effects

Visual effects

  • Professional software includes a wide array of pro-level VFX tools for compositing and image manipulation to match your creative vision.
  • Consumer and free software usually has much more limited options.

Rendering power

Rendering power

  • Consumer and free programs usually only utilize your computer’s CPU when rendering effects or final videos.
  • Professional software often takes advantage of the latest technologies to leverage all of your computer’s hardware, like your graphics card. A powerful GPU can give you much faster, smoother renders than you’d get using only the CPU.

In short, choosing professional software over consumer or free software gives you far more flexibilityfar more productivity, and far more power to unlock your creative energies and take your videos to the ultimate level.

And now that you know exactly what to look for, it’s time to introduce an editing powerhouse that ticks all those boxes, and more!

VEGAS Pro vs. Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve

How does VEGAS Pro stack up to other popular professional NLEs? Check below for a preview, then click the links for a full breakdown.

Timeline Flexibility

flexible timeline is a must for the fastest, most efficient editing, where you spend your time creating instead of working around the limits of your workspace.

The VEGAS Pro timeline gives you unlimited tracks you can arrange any way you want, whether they’re video or audio tracks. It also provides simple but powerful touches like automatic crossfade transitions when you overlap media clips.

Premiere Pro also offers unlimited tracks, but video tracks and audio tracks are grouped separately, and you need to do manual dragging to create transition areas between clips.

DaVinci Resolve also separates tracks into video and audio track groupings, and to create transitions, you right-click and choose a transition length rather than manually overlapping media clips.

Powerful Built-In Visual Effects

For cinema magic, a robust set of visual effects which doesn’t make you reach for outside software lets you find your most efficient, creative space, without worrying about leaving your editing timeline and shifting gears between programs.

True advanced, cinematic compositing often requires dynamic movement in your image. You need to be able to place objects into images and have them blend in seamlessly. That’s challenging where there’s a lot of kinetic motion or complex shapes, but VEGAS Pro provides two powerful tools up to the job, right on the timeline. Planar motion tracking lets you pin objects to elements of your video which aren’t square to the camera and change perspective as the camera moves, automatically changing the shape of the pinned objects to match. The mesh warp tool lets you map objects around complex shapes in your image.

Premiere Pro offers basic pinning and motion tracking, but for changing perspectives or complex mapping, you’ll have to leave the Premiere timeline for other software.

On the Fusion page of DaVinci Resolve, you’ll find planar motion tracking and the Grid Warp tool, which is very similar to the mesh warp in VEGAS Pro.

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VEGAS Pro Edit

Key features of VEGAS Pro Edit:

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Everything in VEGAS Pro Edit, plus:

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  • End-to-end HDR environment
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  • Advanced, pro-level compositing & masking tools 
  • Full pro-level digital audio workstation for audio editing & mastering
  • 8k support and more professional codecs

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Everything in VEGAS Pro, plus:

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Editing. Work smarter, not harder.

VEGAS Pro is a full-featured non-linear editor (NLE), allowing you to edit video in any order for a fast, efficient workflow, and (of course!) it’s non-destructive, leaving your media files unchanged no matter what you do on the timeline. It boasts a multitude of powerful video editing tools making professional video production accessible for everyone. But more importantly, VEGAS Pro fully unleashes your creativity, because ideas flow freely when you're not preoccupied with clumsy editing tools. Nobody edits faster than a passionate creative with VEGAS Pro.

multitude of powerful video editing tools is important as they make professional video production accessible for everyone. But more importantly, they bring out your creativity, because ideas flow freely when you're not preoccupied with clumsy editing tools.

NLE (Non-Linear Editors)

NLE (Non-Linear Editors)

Non-Linear Editors (NLEs) allow you to edit video in any order you want, for a fast, efficient workflow tailored to your own needs and preferences. They also work non-destructively, so your raw media files are unchanged no matter what you do on the editing timeline.

Nobody edits faster than a passionate creative with VEGAS Pro at hand. The timeline editing tools make editing fast and easy

Nested timelines

Nested timelines

Provides the user the ability to have more than one timeline in a single project, so users can organize their projects into several timelines and then "nest" inside the main timeline.

You can then organize projects and speed up your workflow. Move easily between timelines within the master project, or access your nested timelines as stand-alone projects to work on them independently, making it possible for users to organize and work more effectively with long-form projects.

Dynamic storyboard & timeline interaction

Using storyboards, you can quickly create rough cuts and alternative sequences, making the whole production faster and easier. The work you do in the main timeline storyboarding is dynamically reflected in the project timeline.

Dynamic storyboard and timeline interaction are improved in VEGAS Pro and go way beyond what competitors are doing. Take your rough cutting to the next level by creating separate storyboards for each nested timeline in your project.

Color Grading. Simple as a brush.

Powerful, professional-level color grading tools empower you to do your best work, providing the final perfect look of your film.

Native color correction tools Native color correction tools

Native color correction tools

With so many new cameras shooting in logarithmic color profiles for post-production color correction or grading, choose an NLE with a robust set of color correction tools.

Here VEGAS Pro competes with the best in the market. Take your color grading and correction to the next level with the new unified workflow in the Color Grading panel. It brings together the most important color grading tools and presents them to the user in an easy-to-discover, easy-to-use manner, with great flexibility and power. Import and export LUTs, adjust colors with color wheels and curves, and much more.

HDR

This concept has been used in photography for years, but modern video cameras have begun offering increased support for HDR video.

VEGAS Pro is a leader in HDR support among all competitors and supports it natively. Powerful, professional-level color grading tools empower you to do your best work, and the color grading workflow in VEGAS Pro provides fast, flexible options for everything you need to do, all in HDR. Get that final perfect look for your film in HDR!

Visual effects. Captivate your viewers.

Add more creativity to your videos with amazing video effects! You should have all the room you need to get as creative as you want turning your travel footageinto amazing videos and truly cinematic experiences .

Mesh Warp

Mesh Warp

From something as simple as mapping a video to the side of a building in another video, to creating crazy distorted video effects, the possibilities are endless.

VEGAS Pro includes a fun tool for interesting special effects, which can also be useful for correcting lens and other distortion problems. The Mesh Warp Tool allows you to distort an image, or portion of an image, using a highly customizable grid comprising of nodes and lines.

Slow motion

With high-frame-rate cameras, viewers are getting more and more used to seeing super-smooth slow motion. Editors are demanding the ability to create the same effect using normal frame rates. In the past, you’d have to go to third-party software to achieve it, but now, you can have it right in your NLE.

With carefully-crafted proprietary optical flow technology, VEGAS Pro creates new video frames to fill in between actual frames and give you incredibly smooth slow motion, even with 24 or 25 fps footage.

Audio Editing. Set the tone.

A great film needs great sound to underscore and intensify your visuals and create a moving auditory experience for your audience. Audio production, graphics, effects production, and other different elements are used in creating professional-grade videos.

Multitrack audio environment

Multitrack audio environment

Enjoy powerful video editing and robust multitrack audio in real time on unlimited tracks for the most demanding productions. No other NLE provides a digital audio workstation feature set as robust as the tools in VEGAS Pro - a complete audio environment with tools for professional audio editing all built directly into the main timeline.

Extensive audio effects

Extensive audio effects

VEGAS Pro supports standard VST interfaces. You can apply effects to tracks, individual events on a track, auxiliary audio buses and the Master Bus. Choose from more than 40 included signal and effects processing tools and automate effects with real-time envelope control.

Final Delivery. Render, don't surrender.

All your hard work would mean nothing without the ability to deliver it in the formats you need...and as quickly as possible

GPU Acceleration

GPU Acceleration

When working with very high-resolution video, you want an NLE which can leverage your GPU’s hardware performance for playing back, scrubbing, and pre-rendering your timeline.

VEGAS harnesses the power of GPU processing from the most popular graphics cards to accelerate rendering of popular AVC and HEVC formats, giving you up to twice the render speed. This critical update is key to supporting, higher-resolution files, RAW files, and other formats that require heavy processing.

Native proxy support

Native proxy support

When working with older, less-powerful editing rigs, this feature enables you to generate low-resolution proxies for smooth performance on your timeline. 

Modern productions push the limits with higher and higher resolutions. VEGAS Pro supports up to 8K files from beginning to final delivery by automatically generating proxies, so now you can deliver stunningly high-resolution files for super-large format projection or any other high-resolution need.

AVCHD or MTS

AVCHD or MTS

Many high-end cameras these days record in AVCHD video format (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) for high-quality video. You want to work smoothly with AVCHD video files straight out of high-end cameras, so you can use the footage straight from the camera without having to transcode to a different format first.

VEGAS Pro gives you a leg up on other NLEs with full support of AVCHD for improved editing performance.

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