Looking for a fast, flexible, intuitive, easy-to-learn, but extremely powerful video editor for Windows PCs? Welcome to VEGAS!
Whether you’re just beginning, moving into professional editing, or are working at the top level of the industry, there’s a VEGAS package that’s right for you.
Here’s a list of VEGAS levels and a quick description of each, so you’ll know at a glance which fits your needs.

VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum:
for beginners and intermediates

Don’t mistake VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum for cheap consumer software. While not as full-featured as the higher levels, it offers many of the same tools. Perfect for anyone just starting out but powerful enough for advanced intermediates, expect to deliver professional results with Platinum. When you’re ready to move up, you can open your VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum projects in VEGAS Pro.

VEGAS Pro:
a professional’s workhorse

VEGAS Pro combines incredible video editing and effects features with world-leading audio tools to give you the best video-editing solution available in one package. Unleash your creativity and tell your stories in a fast, user-friendly environment without limits. Take control of your workflow -- configure and customize anything and everything to edit the way YOU want. Grade color in HDR and edit audio with the tools of an integrated, full digital audio workstation. For even greater audio processing power, it also includes Sound Forge Pro 14.

VEGAS POST Suite:
for the highest levels of video creation

Designed for post-production at the highest levelsVEGAS POST Suite combines VEGAS Pro with VEGAS Effects and VEGAS Image, giving you a mind-blowing, complete package for video and audio post. A new standard for high-level post and finishing for commercials, TV shows, and feature films. With unmatched tools for compositing and high-end VFX, get jobs done fast and collaborate with other professionals in your post-production pipeline.

Now, let’s take a broader look at the kinds of software available out there and see how the VEGAS Product line stacks up!

1. VEGAS Movie Studio

2. Filmora9

3. VEGAS Pro

4. Adobe Premiere Pro

5. VEGAS POST Suite

6. Adobe Creative Suite

SOFTWARE FOR BEGINNERS

1. VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum Recommended for: Beginners and Advanced Intermediates

Pros:

  • Easy to learn
  • Feature rich
  • Powerful enough for light professional work
  • Low price

Cons:

  x Not as many tools as true professional software

  x Doesn’t have a full set of professional delivery options

VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum is aimed directly at the kind of beginner or intermediate who has big aspirations. It’s designed with a feature set attractive to advanced hobbyists or even semi-professional videographers, but is intuitive and flexible enough for those with no video experience to start cutting slick, professional-looking videos right away. Its Guided Video Creator leads you through your first few video works, but when you’re ready, you can take full control of an impressive feature set. From advanced color correction to compositing and video effects to a great set of audio tools, it lets you create outstanding videos with confidence – your way. Easily upload your final videos directly to social media to share with the world.

2. Filmora9 Recommended for: Beginners

Pros:

  • Cross-platform (Windows & Mac)
  • Sound effects library
  • Option for subscription pricing

Cons:

x Non-customizable interface

x Limited audio tools

x No direct Facebook upload

Filmora9 is a traditional beginner’s video editing program with some professional features. Available on both Windows and MacOS, it’s a good choice for cross-platform users. With a nice, clean interface and a built-in sound effects library, you’ll be able to create good-looking videos to share with friends and family. Take advantage of basic color-tuning capability and chromakey effects for eye-popping video. It’s especially good for videos meant to be displayed on phones or for clip art-style animations. Its subscription pricing option makes it a good economic choice for the occasional user.

Here’s an in-depth comparison of the features of VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum and Filmora9:

VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum VS. Filmora9

Pricing

Editing

Color grading

Effects

Audio

Export

Platform

VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum Filmora9
Pricing
One-Time Fee One-Time Fee and Subscription Options
Editing
Intuitive, logical, and easy to learn Steeper Learning Curve
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Color grading
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
No Preset Filters Only
Effects
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes (Platinum and Suite only) No
Audio
Yes No
No Yes
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes Only While Editing Audio
Export
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes (no Facebook)
Platform
Yes Yes
No Yes

SOFTWARE FOR PROFESSIONALS

3. VEGAS PRO Recommended for: Video and film professionals

Pros:

  • Fast, intuitive timeline
  • Fully customizable user interface
  • GPU decoding for real-time playback and faster renders
  • Full digital audio workstation

Cons:

  x Non-traditional workflow

  x Doesn’t integrate with Adobe apps

  x Windows-only

  x Weaker titler

VEGAS Pro is a full-featured solution for creatives having high aspirations for next-level video and film production. Professionals will love its incredible feature set, with VFX and compositing capabilities most other editing apps require you to go to outside software for, and the full power of a complete digital audio workstation right on the timeline. Take advantage of full GPU acceleration for more real-time playback and for much faster renders to top-level professional codecs. A flexible, fully customizable interface lets you create the way you want to without your software getting in the way. From advanced HDR color correction in the Unified Color Grading panel to full multitrack audio recording and mixing, VEGAS Pro provides ambitious professionals with everything they need for breathtaking results.

4. PREMIERE PRO Recommended for: Video and Film Professionals

Pros:

  • More like traditional editors
  • Seamless integration with other Adobe apps
  • Lumetri Color panel
  • Cross-platform (Windows & Mac)

Cons:

x  Steeper learning curve

x  No GPU encoding/decoding

x  Fewer VFX tools

x  Fewer audio tools

Used widely in the film and TV industry, Premiere Pro is one of the original non-linear editing computer apps. With a traditional timeline style, longtime editing pros should be very comfortable in its environment. It supports a wide variety of professional codecs, both on the timeline and for export, and features the Lumetri Color panel, an advanced, integrated color correction and color grading system. Premiere Pro also comes equipped with Ultra Key for powerful, precise chromakey capability. Users enjoy seamless integration with other popular Adobe apps. It is available by monthly subscription with a discount for a full year in advance.

Let’s compare the details of what VEGAS Pro and Premiere Pro have to offer working video professionals:

VEGAS Pro VS. Premiere Pro

Pricing

Editing

Color Grading

Visual Effects

Audio

Export

Platform

VEGAS Pro Adobe Premiere Pro
Pricing
One-Time Fee and Subscription Options Subscription Only
Editing
Intuitive, logical, and easy to learn Steeper Learning Curve
Extensive Hardware Decoding with support for AMD, Intel, and Nvidia Effects accleration only
Yes No
Yes Nested Sequences
Interactive Non-interactive
Multiple monitors and audio sources No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Color Grading
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
ACES 1.1 Non-ACES
Yes Yes
Visual Effects
Planar, adjusts to changing shapes, pin objects, 3D tracking Single shape only, can't automatically pin objects, 2D only
Yes No
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Through plugins
Audio
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Export
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Platform
Yes Yes
No Yes

PROFESSIONAL POST-PRODUCTION SUITES

5. VEGAS POST Suite Recommended for: Top-level video creation

Pros:

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Clean, crisp interfaces
  • Highest-level video creation
  • 3D model integration

Cons:

  x Not as many apps as Adobe Creative Cloud

  x Collaboration limited to VEGAS POST Suite users

VEGAS POST Suite is a one-stop, complete solution for video and audio post-production. It includes VEGAS Pro and Sound Forge Pro 14, as well as the extremely powerful VFX tools of VEGAS Effects and the image processing capabilities of VEGAS Image. Produce pro-level, mind-blowing visions in a high-end, top-level environment. Create whole new worlds with particle generators and cutting-edge compositing tools. Process images with the complete freedom to edit individual layers at all times. Integrate and render 3D models in a unified 3D space.

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6. ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE Recommended for: Top-level video creation

Pros:

  • Longtime mainstay of professionals
  • Includes After Effects and Photoshop, the industry standards
  • Greater number of apps
  • Individual apps or full suite available

Cons:

x  Subscription only

x  Expensive

x  May includes apps you don’t need

x  Need 3rd-party plugins for some features

For top-level video creation, Adobe Creative Suite includes Premiere Pro and industry-standard visual effects and editing apps such as After Effects and Photoshop. It also includes Audition, an advanced audio editing app, as well as Spark and Animate, specialized graphics- and animation-creation software, and other mainstays such as Illustrator and Lightroom. It’s a very powerful, integrated suite for demanding professionals. Select individual apps, or get all Adobe products in a single suite for a lower monthly price.

Let’s directly compare some of the apps available in VEGAS POST Suite and Adobe Creative Suite:

VEGAS POST Suite VS. Adobe Creative Suite

Pricing

Platform

VEGAS POST Suite Adobe Creative Cloud
Pricing
One-time fee and subscription options Subscription only
Platform
Yes Yes
No Yes

VEGAS Effects Adobe After Effects
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes No
Yes Yes
No Yes

VEGAS Image Adobe Photoshop
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes Yes
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No
Yes No

Understand which of our VEGAS options
fits your level of video creation

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Movie Studio 18 Platinum
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Easy and intuitive editing
with advanced tools

What VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum brings:

  • Full NLE- fast, easy, intuitive, flexible editing
  • Editing using the same tools as the pros
  • Powerful, super-friendly, easy-to-learn interface
  • Unified color grading workspace
  • Huge library of video effects 
  • Powerful audio tools & techniques 
  • 4K support and common video formats
  • Full GPU acceleration- fast rendering, and smooth playback
  • Direct upload to social media

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VEGAS Pro 18
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$449.00 Regularly $599.00

Professional video editing with powerful pro-level tools

Everything in VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum, plus:

  • Additional pro-level tools for professional editing & delivery
  • More powerful versions of the same tools available in VMS Platinum
  • Customizable UI, intelligent workflow, more automation options
  • Expanded pro-level unified color grading panel
  • End-to-end HDR environment
  • Even larger video effects library
  • 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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VEGAS POST Suite
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Top-end, cutting edge video editing &
post-production content creation

Everything in VEGAS Pro, plus:

  • Top-end post-production tools aimed at the highest levels of post, compositing, & VFX
  • Four professional editing products in one suite* 
  • VEGAS Effects- VFX solution with full HDR, 2D, 3D, & 360 environments
  • VEGAS Image- powerful RAW & standard image editing

*(VEGAS Pro, VEGAS Effects, VEGAS Image, & SOUND FORGE)

VEGAS – YOUR WINDOWS EDITING SOLUTION

Whether you’re starting out, looking to move up, or at the top of the industry, VEGAS has everything you need for beginning and professional editing in Windows. Take advantage of excellent media management tools and powerful Storyboards. The Unified Color Correction panel brings all your color grading tools together into one convenient window. Create professional titles, and leverage visual effects tools right on the VEGAS timeline, with no need to go to outside software. For Pro users, polish your soundtrack with world-class audio tools. And because professional editing is often done with others, utilize the collaboration features in VEGAS Pro and VEGAS POST Suite for communication with other members of your team.
All of this and more makes the VEGAS family the best video editors available for Windows.

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