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Good afternoon friends. Today, at the request of some of my readers, I decided to make a short review of the world famous program Sony Vegas Pro 13. At the moment, this is one of the most famous video editing programs.

Now, in the digital age, almost every home has a video camera. Most of us love to travel. During these travels, people shoot a lot of video materials. It is desirable to present this video beautifully. I've already written about video editing programs like Video Editing and VideoMaster on more than one occasion.

Sony Vegas Pro 13 occupies a special place among video editing programs. Since he conducts such editing more professionally than other similar programs. But it also has a more complex interface, which is not so easy to understand. In one article you cannot tell about Sony Vegas, it is too complicated program. But, on the other hand, this program gives one of the best results.

Vegas Pro has many features. The main ones are working with video or audio tracks. Where you can compress the video, expand, re-add, insert an image or text.

Conduct smooth transitions of different types from one to another. You can simply remove the audio track and insert another, lengthen or shorten this track, you can even extract audio from a CD and more.

One of the main disadvantages of Vegas, I would call it high cost. Sony Vegas Pro 13 costs from 399.95 $ to 799.95 $ (depending on the functions), which cannot be compared with the Russian counterparts of this program, the price of which ranges from 1000 to 2000 rubles. The difference, as you can see, is colossal. But, the program has a trial version, which can be downloaded for free.

Also, another disadvantage of Sony Vegas Pro 13 is the hardware requirements of the computer, its power. Now I mean exactly 13 model, although the requirements for 12 are the same. Namely: the RAM for it is desirable not lower than 4 GB, preferably 8 GB. 512 MB video card. Also, Sony model 13 requires 64 bit Windows.

But if the power of your computer does not meet these requirements, do not be discouraged, you just need to purchase Sony Vegas Pro 9 or 10 model. Older versions have lower requirements.

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Codecs for Sony Vegas Pro 13

Also, many Vegas users may get an error while adding videos to the program. Namely, a message will appear:

- cut the clip along the editing line by pressing the S button on the keyboard, having previously installed it in the place you need.

It's all about the codecs on your computer. Not all codecs are suitable for this program. But this problem can be easily solved. To do this, you need to enter the inscription K-Lite codek pack Mega into the Google search engine. We select the top site and go to the page with the site where we have the codec package we need, or just go link…

- then you just need to drag the inserted clip to the place of the cut, aligning the beginning and the end of the first two fragments. So that the fragments do not overlap each other and there are no gaps left, hold down the Auto ripple button on the toolbar, and for precise fit - the Enable snapping button.

I chose mirror 2 and went to another site where we need to click on the blue download button.

To delete an unnecessary fragment of a clip, simply select it in advance and press the Del button on the keyboard.

Then, go to another page of this site and click on the link "Download K-Light Mega Codec Pack".

Now let's move on to transitions. If you add clips to the Timeline while the Automatic Crossfades button is held down, a Crossfade transition is automatically created where the clips overlap. This is the most common transition in Sony Vegas Pro, fading out a previous clip while fading in a new clip.

The codec package will be downloaded to our computer. It remains for us to install it. The installation program is in English, if you do not understand it, just periodically click on the Next button and install the codecs. Then, it is advisable to restart your computer.

Now, it remains for us download Sony Vegas Pro 13 (I mean the trial version). Don't forget, you need a 64-bit system, otherwise you need to look for an earlier version of the program. Next, install Vegas. We have a shortcut Vegas Pro 13. Run the program.

We have a Vegas window with a gray background. Now, we need to add a video, for this, click on the daddy in the upper left corner. We go to the explorer and add the movie we need. A window pops up with a question:

You can also add any of the proposed transitions to the place where clips are joined by dragging it from the Transitions window. The Video Event FX window will appear where you can change the transition parameters. We will talk about them in separate lessons, but now we will not go deeper.

I click "No". Our video has been added.

It's pretty much the same with applying effects ...

At the bottom of the window, we have tracks: video and audio, which we can reduce, move and supplement, both together and separately.

From the Video FX window, drag the selected effect to the fragment you need and a window will appear with the settings for the parameters of this effect, which you can also change at your discretion. In the Preview window, you can immediately see what you ended up with, and if you need to change the parameters of the effect, click on the Event FX button on the fragment for which you applied the effect.

In this case, taking the corner of the tracks, you can control the process of video fading. By clicking on the gray background next to the track, you can select the "Insert Text Media File" command and place the text in any convenient place in our video.

With this knowledge, you can create a simple video sequence from a sequence of clips and embellish them with the proposed templates for transitions and effects.

But the video below will tell you about the possibilities of Vegas Pro.

How to use Sony Vegas Pro 13 video

Customizing the Sony Vegas interface

Conclusion: Vegas Pro 13 is a really great video editing program! Moreover, she does it perfectly! But it has a slightly complicated interface for beginners. Therefore, for beginners, I would still advise first to work with analogs of Vegas Pro, Russian video editors, such as VideoMaster or VideoMontazh, whose interface is much simpler and more understandable for beginners on the Runet. Then, having studied these programs, you can switch to Sony Vegas Pro 13. Success!

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Hello everyone! Today we will move on to video editing with you. And first of all, I would like to give you detailed instructions on how to use Sony Vegas Pro 13, even if you are a novice user. Today this program is one of the best. Of course, you can't argue that Adobe Premiere is better, but Sony Vegas is no less functional and easier to learn. Many professional video bloggers and editors use this application, and the videos are just great. Of course, you can't fit everything into one article, but at least we'll look at the basics, and then we'll slowly get to something more serious.

Program interface

Before starting the work itself, I will briefly tell you about the program interface. The Sony Vegas Pro 13 program includes several areas:

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  1. Main area (windowed). Various auxiliary parameters, effects, titles will be located here, as well as a media window into which all imported files will be loaded. You can hide and add windows as you like.
  2. View window. This window is necessary for video editing, since here is a preview of what we have achieved at the moment.
  3. Artboard. This is where the whole kitchen of audio and video editing takes place. Editing consists of any number of tracks in which you can trim, glue, overlay media files, and much more.
  4. Track control area. In fact, this is part of the editing, as it is responsible for managing the tracks on the timeline and adding effects to them. We will talk about all this in more detail later.

The rest is unimportant yet, since everything will come by itself during training.

In order to open any media file (photo, video, audio) in sony vegas pro, you need to go to the menu "File"  — "Open" ... After that, select one or more files.

All downloaded files will automatically be on the necessary tracks (we will talk about them further), but if you don't need them yet, you can remove them from there by selecting each of them and pressing Delete. All the same, they will remain in the media window and you can take them out at any time by dragging them onto the track.

To transfer video or audio simply to the media window without adding to the track, click on "File"  — "Import"  — "Media" and select any files from your computer.

Besides. you can open the file by dragging it from Explorer into the program itself. To do this, hold down the left mouse button on the video and simply drag it into the program window. If the application is minimized, drag the file onto the application icon and wait for it to open itself.

The advantage of this method is that you can transfer the media file both directly to the track and to the media window. In this case, nothing will appear on the timeline, but you can move it there at any time.

Sony Vegas Basics

Let's take a look at how to use Sony Vegas Pro 13 using the example of creating a small clip. Let's initially have a couple of pieces of video and an audio file.


Open all these media files and drag them all onto the tracks if needed. You should have three tracks:

  1. Video track for two clips
  2. Audio track for soundtrack to these two videos
  3. A separate audio track with a sound file that we will overlay.

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If the video is long, the track will automatically shrink to fit the screen. But you can always zoom in using three ways:

  • Mouse wheel up and down
  • Clicking on the plus and minus buttons in the lower right corner of the screen.

Removing an attached audio track

Since we are making a separate clip with a new sound, we need to get rid of the accompaniment that originally comes with the loaded clips, and when we drag it, the accompaniment is automatically drawn. But if we try to select and remove the attached sound, then the video clip adjacent to it will also be removed. But there is a way out.

To do this, you need to click on the adjacent audio track so that it is highlighted, then right-click on it and select the item "Group"  — "Remove from" , or the key Uon keyboard. Then ungrouping will occur and they will separate from each other.

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After that, you can safely click on the audio and press the key Delete ... You need to do the same with the rest of the rollers on the tracks.

To prevent an empty track from taking up extra space, right-click on its control unit, then select "Delete Track" ... Now everything is clear ...

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Video editing: trimming and gluing

Now let's proceed directly to video editing in Sony Vegas Pro, so that we get a full-fledged clip. I already talked about this process in my article on cutting out a fragment from a video, but now I will tell you more about it.

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First, let's cut off only those parts of the video that we don't need, for example, we don't need a segment from 15 to 40 seconds at all. Then we get up at the fifteenth second of the track by clicking in the right place on the timeline (on the video). If you miss, then you can move to the right time using the arrows on the keyboard.

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Now press the key Son the keyboard, after which you will see that in this very place the track will be divided into two parts. If you need to separate the entire back part, then you do not need to do anything else, and if you need to remove the whole segment, then in the same way go to the end of the unnecessary part of the track and press the key again S... You may notice that there will be a split again at this point.

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Now, click on this segment so that it is selected, then right-click and select Delete , or press the key of the same name.

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After that, we will be left with a space, that is, an empty space after we cut out a part of the track. In order to connect the two parts and not leave a gap, hold down the left mouse button on the second part of the track and drag it to the first part. Toward the end, it will magnetise itself to the backdrop. Thus, there will no longer be any gaps. By the way, you will also need to do with the second video, which we downloaded separately. But it would also be great to make a nice and smooth transition, which I will tell you about in the next article.

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If you only need to remove the end of the track, then you just need to move the cursor over the back area until its appearance changes, then hold down the left mouse button and drag it until all unnecessary is gone. You can do the same with the beginning of the track. I usually use this feature to create a ringtone for my mobile phone.

Well, the cherry on the cake will be a smooth fade at the end. To do this, stand at the corner behind the very last fragment of the track and start pulling slightly to the left using the held left mouse button. In this case, a white half-arc will be drawn on the fragment, which will indicate attenuation.

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Duplicate a fragment

If you need to insert a piece of a track somewhere else on the track, you can use one of the following methods:

  1. Using standard keyboard shortcuts CTRL + C и CTRL + V to copy and paste the scene.
  2. By right-clicking and selecting an item "Copy" ... Then you will need to click on an empty spot of the track and in the same way select the item "Paste" Sony Vegas Pro 13.0
  3. Hold down the key CTRL and then start dragging the fragment. In this case, the original will remain in place, and you will move exactly the copy.

After you are done, be sure to see how it will look by clicking on the play button and looking in the preview window. If everything worked out as it should, then we can start saving.

How to save video or audio in Sony Vegas Pro 13

There are two types of saving in the program:

  • Saving a working file - it is necessary for an intermediate recording, so that at any time you can edit the material. It is an internal file of Sony Vegas Pro and saves only settings, work and paths to edited files.
  • Export of the finished video (rendering). After you render the video, it will no longer be possible to edit it, since it becomes a full-fledged audio-video file, that is, everything merges together.

Saving a working draft

To make an intermediate recording while saving all the developments, you just need to select the menu "File"  — "Save As" ... after that, select the location on the hard disk where the file will be saved.

You can also select the item in the same File menu "Export" where you will need to click on the Vegas Project Archive (Veg).

Export of the finished project

But when your Sony Vegas Pro project is ready and you need to save a separate file in audio or video format, then go to the menu "File"  — "Render" .

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You will have a whole bunch of formats in which you can save the finished project. There are already several nuances here:

  1. At the top of the screen, select the path and name of the finished project. You can select the path by writing it manually, or specify the path to the folder by clicking the button Browse .
  2. Next, choose a format. If you are making a video for the Internet, for example, for YouTube, then you can choose Main Concept (mp4). And in the expanded group, select "Internet HD 1080" to select the highest quality.
  3. In order not to search for the desired format next time, you can click on the asterisk next to this item. Then it will change color. And the next time you just need to tick the box "Show Favorites Only" to display only your favorite formats.
  4. Finally press the button "Render" then sit back and wait for the save to end. Depending on the duration of the finished project and the elements with effects involved, the save time will be either long or not very long. But in any case, you will need patience. I remember once making a video for a friend and his bride when they got married. So it seemed like it was only 4 minutes, but it lasted 2 hours. But there I just stuffed a lot of everything, including various footages.

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I hope that now you understand the basics of how to use Sony Vegas Pro 13, and now you can make a simple video. But this is just the beginning.

If you want to really learn video editing at a steep level, then I recommend that you watch this a killer course on working in Premiere Pro ... It is a rather sophisticated but highly professional video editor. Thanks to these lessons, you can easily learn how to work in it and can make some really cool videos. Highly recommend.

Well, this is where I end my article. I hope you found it useful and interesting. Stay tuned for updates to my blog, so as not to miss something important and interesting, especially in my new column on video editing. Good luck to you. Bye Bye!

Best regards, Dmitry Kostin

Once I wrote a detailed instruction on how to make video clips in Nero.


However, in recent years, I forgot about this program, I work with a more convenient and professional

Sony vegas

... Tenth version. The 11th and 12th have already come out, but ten are enough for me. You can download newer versions, the principles of work in them are the same, then in the 9th and 10th.

Note dated February 2, 2017. I am currently working with the 13th version. Where to download and how - in the second part of this post.

So, we read about this wonderful program:

Sony Vegas PRO is a professional program for multitrack recording, editing and editing of video and audio streams. The tools contained in 'Vegas Pro' enable real-time editing and processing of DV, AVCHD, HDV, SD / HD-SDI and XDCAM ™ formats, fine audio adjustments, surround sound and dual layer DVDs. You can burn Blu-ray discs directly from the timeline to keep the recording in high quality. Create standard DVDs with complex videos, subtitles, multilingual menus, and add comments with ease.

With its help, you can make such memorable videos.

Or make video clips by cutting film pieces.

You can download it without registration here:


I downloaded from here, but you need to register there:


So, you have coped with downloading and installing the program on your computer. Now let's get to work.

I'm taking my video yesterday about hockey at Madison Square Garden in New York as a reference. I am showing the very basics here. More difficult points are covered in detail in the videos, to which I will give you links.

1. Open the program. This is the picture.

Number 1 denotes the so-called time line, 2 - sound, 3 - screen. Enough for now.

2) We grab the piece of video you shot from the hard disk. First select it with the left mouse button and drag it to the timeline.

3) The video is on time line. Two tracks automatically appear - a video track and an audio track (below it).

4) We move these tracks to the very beginning, to the left. We have a vertical slider (thin black line) at the beginning and a picture is already visible on the program screen. By moving the slider left and right, we change the picture. You can move the mouse, you can use the arrows in the lower right corner of the keyboard, you can just turn on the view below the screen. Very important! With the mouse wheel, you can zoom in / out the overall picture of your video and the scale of the tracks. Useful for precise work on material. Forward the wheel - increase the scale, backward - decrease.

5) Now let's talk about such an important function as the label called "Ignore grouping of fragments". What does it mean? By clicking the left mouse button on it, we can sort of split the tracks. Then move them independently of each other. If you don't like the sound of the video, if you want to play music, click on "Ignore ...", select the audio track by left-clicking on it and delete it. Press the button again - again we connect the video and audio track.

This is the important button.

6) And this is how the tracks work after pressing it. I pulled the sound to the right - 1, having previously selected it - 2.

7) Now a little

about the sound.

... The numbers show yellow - the sound level. If it is strongly yellow, then it is undesirable, it goes off scale. Red is not allowed at all.

8) What to do? With the left mouse button, point to a thin strip at the top of the audio track. It turns out like a hand-cam. So we pull it down a little, reducing the sound level.

9) But if everything in the sound suits you, except for a separate fragment (screeching exclamation, unnecessary noise, remark, etc.), then how to eliminate the unnecessary? Here, too, everything is in principle simple. We click simultaneously with the Shift + V keys - a longitudinal thin blue line appears on the audio track. In the place you need, double-click the left mouse button - such blue squares appear. Then we pull the squares smoothly down (or sharply, as you like), lower the sound to zero and then return it along the track with the same squares.

You can insert another audio track. If you want music to be superimposed on the main sounds. And you can make any track quieter by lowering and raising the white line on it.

See? 1 - omit, 2 - return.

10) Now very important! If you are not satisfied with a piece of video or sound, how do you get rid of it?

It's also simple here. Move the vertical slider (thin black line) to the desired location. It is better to use the arrows on the keyboard here - to precisely fit the place. We look at the screen - what is changing and how. And when they drove - hop! - press the letter S. on the keyboard.

Cut your video. Move the unnecessary pieces with the left mouse button and select and delete with the right mouse button.

11) So. But what about our video without text? The text would be needed. What to do? Yes, we create a new video track.

At junction 1, pull the screen up - it will shrink. And the time line will increase accordingly. Free space for a new track - 2.

12) Here it is clear without comment.

13) A new video track has been formed. She usually stands on top. But if you want, you can drag it down by holding down the left mouse button.

14) Next, to insert text, click on the top of the "Insert" panel. We see in the opened window "Text Media".

15) Click on the media text. And this is the picture. Do you see a chess square in the upper left corner? We are starting to work with him. It will contain our text. First, move the video and audio track to the right. So that the text is not superimposed at the beginning of the movie on the image. And then the text can go straight across the screen, where everything is shown. I usually do that.

16) Click the first window on the left - Edit. Decrease the font size first. I usually do either 36 or 48.

17) Erase with the cursor what is in the window and write your own text.

18) But such text on a black background looks ugly. How can I improve it? First, you need to move the text to where you think it will occupy the most convenient place. Click on the "Placement" panel (number 1) and hold down the left mouse button - move the text up-right-left-down. Where to go.

19) Moved? Perfectly! Now we start working with the color of the letters, background and effects. Open a window on the panel called "Properties" - number 1. And there we begin to shuffle with the left mouse button on the colors - 2. Select the desired color. Lots of options. Do you see three such thin lines with sliders above the field of flowers? You can increase or decrease the saturation of the color by moving these sliders with your mouse.

20) I chose yellow for the letters. Now it's up to the background for the text. I wanted blue. Hockey is still happening on blue ice. The screen responds immediately.

21) But here's something I'm missing. Some letters are sluggish. Let's enhance them with an effect! Open the fourth window on the panel called "Effects" - 1. In the window indicated by arrow 2, select a color. And with the slider under the number 3 I frame my letters with such a red halo. Done!

You see - it looks much better.

22) Now is a very important point. I don't want the text to fly out instantly, like the devil out of a snuffbox. And I would like a video with sound to go not immediately, but as if from the darkness, clearing up. Do you understand what I mean? And they would fade out gradually, smoothly, without cutting off immediately and forever.

For this, the program has a special function. You need to move the cursor to the upper left corner of your piece of text or video or audio track. If at the beginning. And if at the end you make fading, then move the cursor over the upper right corner of the fragment. There is such a triangle with a smooth third side (it is not displayed on the screen, for the life of me!) But I drew here what it looks like. You yourself will understand when you will do it.

23) So that's it. Pull this triangle to the right (at the beginning of the fragment) or to the left (at the end) and make a smooth rise and fall). We adjust this process in length as you like.

24) We do the same with the audio track and video track.

25) Done. Now is the time to put your new video files from your hard drive. We put, look, cut them with the letter S as it should.

26) But what about connecting the pieces? You can stick close to each other. Then your video will have a sharp transition from one story to another. I usually stack the pieces on top of each other. Simple: with the left mouse button dragged the fragment from right to left and went to the previous one. Immediately you see how long the overlay will take.

I usually do it for a second. But it is possible for two or three, as you please. Even hundredths can be adjusted (don't forget about the mouse wheel - increase it!)

27) I put another file.

28) Now, in the course of the play, I want to insert the text in the middle. How to do? Select the top video track with the mouse button, where we already have the text at the beginning. We adjust the slider to the place from which your new text will go on the screen. Click "Insert", then Media Text. The chess square is right there! And there we are already joking-editing-writing your text.

29) We continue with the video in the same style - insert files, cut, adjust, join, write text on top of the track. Attention! If you have moved one piece of text along the track, then usually then all the others move. Here you need to be careful, and again correct the fragments by moving them to the right place. It is better to start this business from the left edge - from the very beginning of the track.

Here's what comes out in the end.

thirty). Now let's look at the quality of the recording. Attentively. It seemed to you that you were filming in a room where it is not very light and the video came out a little dark. There are many effects and different techniques to improve the quality. I am showing the simplest one. Click at the top on "View" - 1 and in the window select "Video Effects" - 2.

31) Video effects come out. A lot of them. In the window, select, for example, "Brightness and Contrast".

32) Well, there you choose, for example, "Darker More Contrast" - 1. Panel flies out 2. On it, you move the sliders left and right, watching the changes on the screen. If you do not like the changes, then double-click the left mouse button on the slider and it obediently returns to its original position.

If you like the change, then leave it on this video fragment. It, this change, and will only be here. It does not apply to other segments. Above, you can see that a checkmark has appeared next to Brightness and Contrast. Take it off - everything returns to its own circle.

33) Now we need to burn our video to the hard drive. To begin with, draw the topmost, inconspicuous slider with a yellow triangle. From the beginning of the video to the very end.

34) Now click in the top panel "File" - 1 and "Save As" - 2

35) In the window that opens, write the name of the file. Click Save. The file is written. But not in full. Just as a crude version, which you can change later as you like. He runs away to the browser panel, where "All Programs" and where the black Sony Vegas icon sticks out. Click on the icon and there you are looking for something.

36) Now a very important matter. All videos must be recorded on the hard drive. To do this, click "Calculate as".

37) Such a panel takes off. Above - I have disk D. On it I am writing new videos. But below it is very important!

See? There are settings for which you will write your video. To make it good, there were no black frames around the plot, etc. and so on. I am writing video in V11 (wmv) format. My camera is Sony HDR-CX250E. I always shoot in HD.

How to choose the format you need is described in detail in the next video clip.

Author -

Count Don Dimasso

has posted many videos on You Tube where he teaches the basics of the Sony Vegas program. Very competent. I downloaded all the videos in one folder and sometimes look there to refresh my memory on how to do this or that. Highly recommend!

38) Well, here we click Save on the right and the video begins to be recorded on the computer's hard drive. He does this for about half an hour. Sometimes more. It depends on which video.

That's it, basically. After you have recorded the video on your hard drive, go to You Tube, to your page and download it. I must say right away that the video quality will be slightly worse than if you are watching from your computer's hard drive. Well, well, you have to put up with it.

In the end, this is what I got yesterday.

Addition: here the other day I worked with a slideshow, discovered something interesting. I am giving the text here. Or whoever wants, can look separately:

http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/32455/post406371104/ INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A PHOTO SLIDE SHOW IN SONY VEGAS 13

In the process of creating a slideshow from photographs, I had to overcome many difficulties and this process, to be honest, gave me pleasure. For I didn't know before how to get rid of the black bars on the sides of the screen on You Tube? How to make photos "live" so that they move, do not freeze in place? And how to compress a huge 24GB file, without losing quality, so that it can be easily and quickly uploaded to your You Tube page.

So, I'll start with the selection of photos for the video. Rather, with their adjustment to the desired format. I'll tell you the main thing right away - take a photo that is 1920 in width and 1080 pixels in height! This format is ideal for You Tube. Then you will not have any black bars on the screen, all frames will clearly lay down as needed.

I start to show everything on my fingers (that is, in pictures).

Stage 1. Selection and editing of photos.

This process takes place in my program.


... A small handy program that is easy to download for free. I load one of the photos of the future slideshow into it.

1) We slap the mouse on the top panel on


(action 1) to see - what is the size of our photo? The panel flies out, there we click on Resize (2).

Such a sign flies out in the center. We see that our photo is 800 by 600 pixels in size. Far from ideal.

Therefore, we put a tick (action 1) so that the size in the photo changes proportionally. And we drive the number 1920 into the left window (action 2).

It turns out such a picture.

Now we see that our photo suits us in width, but not in height! As many as 1440 pixels instead of the required 1080. What to do? And it should be done very simply.

We clap the left mouse button on the photo. And then, while holding down this left button, we make the outline with a thin line from the photo. Moreover, we spread the width along the very edges, since we already have 1920 pixels in this direction, but we reduce the height. And we look at the upper panel above the photo, there are numbers in pixels running, showing how much this photo becomes in height. You see there on the right, I have numbers 1920 and 1084? Adjusting exactly to 1080 pixels is a chore, then it's easy to remove 4 extra pixels.

Now what to do? It is necessary to click on the top panel on Edit (action 1), then in the flown out window on Crop selection (Cut out). Huyak!

And the picture takes on the following fine-looking appearance.

But we remember that the width is 1920 pixels, but the height is 1084. We need to remove these extra 4 pixels. How? Just. We go back to


and then to Resize. There, uncheck the proportion icon, drive it into the height of 1080 and click OK. The photo becomes the required size (1920 x 1080), we save it in a special folder, from where you will take the Sony Vegas program to timeline.

And thus we process all the photos up to this size that you want to include in your slideshow. If the photo is taken more in height than in width, then, alas, nothing will come of it without a sharp cropping of the frame content. So she died so died, shoot better without turning the lens from its normal position.

I processed 32 photos in this way and saved everything in one folder.

Now we proceed to the very process of creating a slideshow in Sony Vegas 13. I downloaded the program and downloaded it without any problems and any tablets, without registering here, at Dyakov's:


In general, as Yuri Polyakov wrote in the novel "The Mushroom Tsar" - "Without any yak!"

We open Sony Vegas.

Then open the folder with photos, click on the square in the upper right there to make the folder smaller. We bring the folder with the photo to the window of the Sony Vegas program. Select all the photos in the folder, then hold down the left mouse button on photo 1 and drag it into the program window.

All photos are transferred from the folder to this window. From there we will take turns putting them on the time-line tape of the video program.

Let's start with photo 1.

Put. Next, we put several photos one after another.


Now let's think - maybe we want to write something in our slide show. Then we need to make another video track. Therefore, click on the top panel "Insert" (action 1), and then "Insert video track" (action 2). Immediately the second track appears on the timeline (from the top)

Click "Insert" again and there we click on "Text Multimedia".

A window flies out, in it I begin to act, to act evilly. Everything is simple and clear there. I delete the text on the screen, make the font 24 Segoe Print, for example, write the text. Then I edit the color of the letters, the background and whatever else comes into my head.

Well, like this, for example.

See what happens. Above is a text file. He pushed it to the left.

Now use the mouse wheel (move forward) to zoom in to work with this text file. With the cursor I approach the upper left edge, there appears this type of icon, similar to a triangle with a smooth hypotenuse, drag it to the right (if from the left edge) (1), or to the left (from the right) (2).

It turns out like a sinusoid. This is done so that the inscription on the screen appears smoothly, beautifully, and does not fly out like a devil out of a snuffbox.

Like this.

Now let's move on to

work on photos

The most difficult part of the action in this case.

We see the first photo on the timeline. If we want to slightly increase its duration, we move the cursor to the right side, hold it down with the left mouse button and drag it to the right. Like this.

Now we want to take a photo in dynamics. That is, in motion. Not a frozen dough. To do this, click on such a diamond on the right side (second icon from the left). The next thing takes off. The window is called

special effects video events


Here we are starting to work with her. It should be borne in mind that the black longitudinal line on the timeline at this time should be in this photo, so that we can see what changes are taking place there.

So, slowly, literally for every move you make.

1) Click with the mouse on the track under the photo (1)

2) Click with the mouse on such a small plus sign (2) on the window panel. That is, we create a keyframe. It will appear in this window near the cursor in the form of such a diamond (number 3)

3) And now - attention! Move the cursor to a tiny square in the upper right corner of the image (4), hold down the left mouse button and drag meeeeeowly to the left down (blue line). Near! For then the images in the photo will scurry to the point of indecency! We observe on the screen how it changes (approaches). We pulled a little and stopped. All! For lovers of variety, on the left of the panel there is such an icon (free movement along X and Y. Working with it, you can move the photo in any direction. But in this slide I only moved towards myself, as if increasing it. Then at the end of the photo movement I have It turned out beautifully.

We close the window of special effects of the video of the event and check how the previously fixed frame will behave with us now? Hover the video run cursor at the beginning of the frame, press "play" and watch. If you see a slight vibration in the frame, it doesn't matter. When recording, then all this will disappear.

In the first frame at the top left, it is better to make a "shift of development", that is, move the triangle to the right so that the photo appears solemnly, slowly.

2) Now move the second photo on the timeline to the first by moving it with the left mouse button pressed. It must be done beautifully so that the photos smoothly replace each other. The easiest way is to move the left photo to the right one by one second (I forgot the word, what is it called). This is how it will look on the track.

Then we adjust the other photos to the left, do all the same operations with them as with photo 1. Do not forget to superimpose them on each other for 1 second. Who wants - can for 2 and as much as he wants.

The track looks like this.

Now we need to put on the music. To make work more fun. We make one more track. You can audio track. We find in the home music library a file with beautiful music corresponding to the mood of the photos and drag it to the time line. (one)

Our screen looks like this.

Two, I forgot to write an important point. In the process of working on the video, you save it from time to time, so that in case of something you do not lose the results of your work.

As a result, I put 32 photos, on top - three text files, and everything took the following form.

Do you see a blue line along the soundtrack? It was I who reduced the strength of the sound, holding down the left mouse button at the top of the track, I got a cam, which I gently moved down.

Now we need to preserve the results of our labor. Therefore, you need to double-click the left mouse button on the free track below. Huyak! And the picture turns

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into this blue.

We saved the file on the top panel in the left corner - "Save As". Now you need to write it to your hard drive. To do this, click on the "Render" icon (1)

The program will freeze a little, think and spit out the next picture.

You see - it shows with a yellow five-pointed triangle, reminiscent of the Star of David, which is preferable (1) to write to the hard disk in the following format (2). We, dummies, have no choice but to slap the mouse on the Render (3) key.

The program will start writing your slideshow to your hard drive.

She did it for me for about 10 minutes.

A wonderful surprise awaits you at the exit - it weighs an insane amount of gigabytes. I had 24!

However, calm down !! Don't panic, citizens, comrades, friends and just interested ones !! We have no hopeless situations. You can, of course, slowly upload these 24 gigs to You Tube, go to smoke for a couple of hours or even visit your beloved girlfriend (friend).

But it's better to download the convector video. In my case it was

Format Factory

, which with absolutely no loss of quality and in a short time compressed my 24 gigabytes into 101 Megabytes, a file that was uploaded to You Tube in a minute.

This is the result of this painstaking and interesting work, which gave me great pleasure.

This concludes this titanic work and I hope that it will be useful to you in the field of creating your own video collection.

The article contains the most basic operations and commands that will help a person who first encountered this program (after downloading and configuring) quickly understand "where what lies" and how to use it. The text is accompanied by screenshots and videos. I want to start with a team that is important, the most demanded, and saves the day very often.

Download and install + settings Sony Vegas Pro 15

1. Computer requirements

Article on the site

2. Sequence of actions

The first is to download and install the codecs first.

The second is to download and install the program.

The third is to set up the program and the project (you need to set it up when you insert the first video or picture, or audio).

This is more correct. If, in the course of further work, suddenly there were some failures in video recognition, then the codecs can be reinstalled again without deleting the previous version. Essentially, it's about making updates.

You can set up a project in different ways. In this tutorial, I recommend setting it up so that you can get a quality video output and post it to YouTube.

3. Where to download and how to install codecs.

Article on the site

4. Where to download and how to install the program.

Download links

5. Program settings.

General program settings.

6. Project setup

Before you start editing, set up your project for publishing to YouTube. It is advisable that you use HD or FullHD video. Project settings are located in the upper left of the preview window.

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Frequently asked questions about the interface during work:

Interface settings

Interface: the article on the site fully describes how to customize the interface for yourself. For example, make the work areas light, not black, remove unnecessary windows, restore the "default" view, etc.

How to return the default view.

Return the default view of the interface - when the button is pressed ALT on the keyboard, double-click English . D(Russian V)

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  • What to do if the track on the timeline became wide and split into several more (see. screenshot below)

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In this case, right-click on the "title" of the track and uncheck the command Expand Track Layers. The track will be restored.

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2. Basic actions and commands

1. Command to undo actions

In order not to be afraid of "spoiling" something, remember that there is always the possibility of undoing the last actions.

The cancel button is located in the top menu.

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2. Uploading and moving files to the timeline

How to upload video, audio, images to Sony Vegas. To download and further work, simply drag the desired file onto the timeline with the mouse - the desired track will be added automatically and the file will stand on it.

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Then, with the mouse, you can move the media anywhere on the track, or even drag the file to another track above or below.

3. How to split video and audio tracks in Sony Vegas to work with them separately

How to separate audio from video in Sony Vegas Pro? Place the cursor anywhere in the video and press on the keyboard U... Now you can move (edit, delete, copy, etc.) each track separately.

4. Cut video (audio) and delete fragment

Place the cursor in the place where you want to cut the file and press on the keyboard S.At this point, the file will be cut. All separate fragments of the mouse can be moved on the track, swapped, transferred to other tracks.

To delete part of a file cut in the necessary places and press DEL from the keyboard or with the right mouse button bring up the context menu and select the "Delet" command.

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5. How to trim video in Sony Vegas Pro: shorten, video (audio or duration of the picture in the frame)

Option 1. Drag the mouse over the edge of the file, moving the border in the desired direction to the required length. The file will automatically "collapse" what you move. If you have moved the border further than necessary, just pull it back.

Option 2. Place the cursor where you want the new file boundary to be. Press S and remove the cut piece (see point above).

6. Insert a picture or video (audio) between separate pieces of video (audio).

If you need to insert a picture or video into a whole (not cut) fragment, then first you need to cut (see above how) it in the place where the insert is supposed to be made.

Then expand the resulting pieces of media and drag the video (audio) or picture to the resulting place on the track.

All individual fragments can be moved along the track, swapped, etc. ordinary dragging with the mouse.

7. Sony Vegas transitions: How to make simple transitions from one video fragment (audio) to another

Arrange the video (audio) files in the desired order on one track.

To move, move the adjacent fragments so that one is partially on top of the other. Crossed transition lines (blue and white) will appear. The duration of the transition is adjusted by shifting the fragments. The more they overlap each other, the longer (longer in the frame) the transition from one video (audio) to another will be. The number of frames is indicated, you can't go wrong.

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8. Sony Vegas transitions: using Transitions (with different effects)

Select in the tab Transitions the desired transition and drag it with the mouse to the section for changing fragments, which is described in paragraph 6.

If you don't like the result, select another transition and drag it onto the track. It is not necessary to delete the previous one, the last superimposed transition will take priority.

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9. Sony Vegas transitions: Smooth and / or with effects the appearance of video (picture) in the frame

To make the video (picture) smoothly appear in the frame or smoothly leave it, you need to find a small blue marker in the upper left (when entering) or in the upper right (when leaving).

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Move the cursor over it so that the transition icon appears - a triangle. Pull it to the side and a transition line will appear.

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The pictures show the execution at the entrance. The same is done at the end of the file to exit.

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Tab Transitions used for beautiful command or departure (in and out). Drag the selected transition with the mouse exactly as shown in step 7. The video will appear with the selected Transitions effects.

If you want to change the transition to another, then it is not necessary to delete the previous one, the new one will be in priority.

10. Sony Vegas Pro increase volume, gain and attenuation of audio.

It is performed in the same way as in clause 8, only without overlay transition. Just shift the triangle at the beginning or end of the selected fragment.

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Decrease or increase the volume can be done in different ways.

The first - drag the upper border (there is a blue marker-strip) of the audio track down / up on the timeline with the mouse. This is how the volume of a particular file changes. Others remain unchanged.

Second option - on the track control panel (in blue in the picture), move the volume slider. This changes the volume of the entire track, that is, for all files located on this audio track.

009 Cancel action button in sony vegas pro 15The maximum possible volume can be set in the mixer in the Master Bus window

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Sony Vegas Pro how to save a video project and render a project

The concepts of "Saving" and "Render" are different.

Save project means to save it in the project format, in the program itself, so that later you can load this project and continue working in it.

Render project - this is the output of the editing results already in the video format, you get a video that can be uploaded to social networks, etc.

11. Sony Vegas Pro How to save a project

The save button is located in the top menu (floppy disk icon) and in the drop-down menu when you click on "File". If you want to save the existing project with a different name, then use "Save As / Save As".

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12. Render the project

Check the project settings before rendering. Check the resolution. The project renderer command is located in the "file" tab: "Render as"

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Sony Vegas Pro in what format is it better to save video? Rather, render.

The render theme is too large to fit into the basic rules, so choose the most common render format, Sony AVC / MVC, and the INERNET 1280 by 720 and 30 frame rates.

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If you have a selected fragment of the project for rendering (when you want to get not everything that you have done, but only the part of the project, which is highlighted with yellow markers), then check if the checkbox is ticked in the render settings tab, as shown below.

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In other special cases, a different format may be required. For example, when saving Alpha channel - files with the ability to make a transparent background.

13. How to select a fragment for rendering

If you need to render only part of the project, then it is necessary to highlight this part with markers.

Click on any fragment of the video and drag the appeared yellow markers to the points that you want to limit the rendering to.

The selection can be changed.

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4. The most frequently used operations and commands for video or image decoration (applicable to titles)

Effects are often referred to as presets or plugins. Before choosing a preset, you need to click on the fragment to which the effects will be applied.

1. Brightness, contrast

Video FX tab, next Brightness and Contrast (Brightness and Contrast) and the choice of effect from the proposed. A settings window will appear where you can change the default values.

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2. How to make a transparent background in Sony Vegas Pro

A common question is how to make a video transparent in Sony Vegas.

On a fragment (video, picture), drag the horizontal line down / up with the mouse, thereby changing the transparency. The percentage of transparency is indicated in the small box as the line moves.

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3. Blurring

Video FX tab, next Gaussian Blur (Gaussian blur) and the choice of effect from the proposed. A settings window will appear where you can change the default values.

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4. Vignette or darken the edges of the screen

Video FX tab, next Vignette (Vignette) ... A settings window will appear where you can change the default values.

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5. Titles and text

1. Inserting template titles

Tab Media Generations , Further Titles &Text (Headings and text) and a choice from those offered. A settings window will appear, where you can change the text, select the style, color, size, position of the text in the frame, etc.

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2. Appearance and disappearance, effects

All the possibilities apply to text as to other media - transitions, fading in and out of the frame, brightness, contrast, transparency, etc.

6. Moving media elements in the frame using Pan / Crop

1. Format for YouTube videos

Click Pan / Crop. In the window that opens, select the aspect ratio of 16 to 9.

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2. Changing the view scale in the Pan / Crop window

To change the view scale, click on the picture and roll the mouse wheel.

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3. Setting the synchronization of the picture in PanCrop and in the Preview window.

Synchronization allows you to see in the preview window all the changes you make in PanCrop. The exact place where the slider cursor is on the timeline is shown.

For synchronization, the Sinc Cursor button must be blue. Click on the button if it is disabled.

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4. Zoom in and out of the picture

Drag the corner handles and the image or video will shrink or enlarge. To maintain the aspect ratio, change the size while holding down the CTRL key.

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If the synchronous display button is active, then in the preview window you will see all the changes.

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Working with a project - important rules

  • Store all media files (footage, pictures, audio, video, etc.) for each specific project in a separate folder. Save your project and render there too.

Why is that?

The project does not contain the files themselves, but only indicates the path to these files that you are using.

  • You can already use the resulting video for your own purposes. Post on YouTube, social networks, website.

You will not be able to edit the finished video, this is a separate file without tracks. If you want to change something, then return to the project, that is, to the Sony Vegas program. And in it you change everything you need.

This concludes a brief introduction to the basic commands and operations. This "Cheat Sheet" will help you if you suddenly forget how this or that operation is performed, where to look for buttons, tabs, etc.

Remember that this is only one hundredth, if not less, of the Vegas opportunity. It is better to get acquainted with the rest in the course of work, since different operations are used for different tasks.

The document has been prepared for beginners who want to master Sony Vegas.

All screenshots and descriptions are based on Vegas Pro 15 and may differ in other versions. But the essence remains the same, so it will be easy for you to deal with other options as well.

You can download all the material with screenshots in pdf format by paying a symbolic amount for the development of the project. Button below.

You can download all the material with screenshots in pdf format by paying a symbolic amount for the development of the project. Button below.

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More information on the topic:

  1. Introduction
  2. Beginning of work
  3. Description of the main window
  4. Capturing video
  5. Built-in tutorial
  6. Installation start
  7. Installation Basics

1. Introduction

Sony Vegas Video Editor was originally developed by Sonic Foundry as a multi-track professional audio editor for high quality mixing and processing of unlimited audio tracks. From the very first version, the user interface of the program was very well thought out and functional, despite its simplicity and clarity, and, thanks to this, has practically not changed until now.

Subsequently, the program added the ability to combine not only sound, but an unlimited number of tracks with video material, and then the development team was acquired by Sony. Starting with the fifth version, the program is released under this brand, as well as the rest of the Sonic Foundry software products (it is worth noting that they are also very well-known and high-quality: a professional sound editor Sound Forge and a program for creating music Acid).

Lyrical digression. It is no secret that a certain group of consumers “organically does not tolerate” the name Sony for being dissatisfied with the marketing policies of this corporation. Without going into the details of the reasons for this attitude (often subjective), we note that to software products Sony has no basis in this attitude. As mentioned above, these products were originally developed by another company that laid the foundations for high quality, and, fortunately, Sony continues to develop them without sacrificing quality, stability and functionality, constantly mastering new technologies and video editing capabilities.

Let's note the main advantages of the Vegas editor:

  • even in the "younger" version of Vegas Movie Studio, you can use up to 4 video and 4 audio tracks, in the Vegas Pro version the number of tracks is unlimited;
  • visual, easy to learn, intuitive, but at the same time highly functional and well thought out user interface;
  • the ability to capture video and output the result to DV / HDV-tape, as well as create a DVD (using the additionally installed DVD Architect program);
  • when working with video in DV, HDV, MPEG2 formats, unprocessed sections of the video are saved into the resulting file (provided that its format is the same as the original one) without recompression and loss of quality (for HDV this feature has appeared since version 8 of the program);
  • the ability to use material in different formats in one project: AVI, MOV (QuickTime), Windows Media (WMV), MPEG2; images in JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and others; audio files in WAV, mp3, Windows Media (WMA) and others (the list of supported formats was previously given in the program reviews: http://www.ixbt.com/divideo/vegas5.shtml, http: //www.ixbt. com / divideo / vegas7.shtml, and the current list of formats is on the manufacturer's website);
  • high stability of work: it is extremely rare that a program "crashes" during editing, importing data or saving the result (even when using video in one project simultaneously in AVI, MPEG2, Windows Media and others does not cause any problems);
  • undemanding to computer resources - to work with SD-video (720x576 for PAL and 720x480 for NTSC) 512 MB of RAM and a processor with a frequency of 1 GHz are enough. Although for high-definition video (HDV / AVCHD), it is desirable to increase the amount of memory to at least 2 GB, and use a modern multi-core processor (however, to work with such video, similar requirements are imposed on any other video editors);
  • processing of video in real time: by default, no preliminary rendering of transitions and processed sections of video material is required - you can simply start playback and immediately see the result of processing in the preview window (this does not create any temporary files), although the smoothness of playback depends on the complexity of video processing and computer performance;
  • a fairly large number of transitions, effects and image generators (including for imposing titles and text) in the kit, and it is possible to connect additional sets of effects (for example, Boris Red, ProDAD Heroglyph);
  • powerful capabilities for recording, multitrack mixing and sound processing, a large set of sound effects for processing (equalizers, compressors, echoes, etc.), there is also the possibility of "stretching" the sound in duration while maintaining the pitch;
  • the ability to create "surround" sound in 5.1 format, as well as input (starting with Vegas Pro 8th version) and output it in AC3 (Dolby Digital) format;
  • for both video and sound effects and transitions, the processing parameters can be made dynamically changeable in time: set the profile of their change on the tracks, which gives almost unlimited processing possibilities;
  • the ability to accelerate / decelerate video (overlaying the playback speed profile on video clips);

Certainly, it is worth noting some shortcomings of the program:

  • the program does not have a Russian-language interface (however, unfortunately, the absolute majority of other programs for working with video do not have it either), although you can find unofficial localizers for different versions on the Internet;
  • at the time of this writing, the program does not know how to save video in AVCHD format without recompression (we hope that this feature will appear in future versions);
  • a set of effects, especially the ability to overlay text on video, may not be enough for an "advanced" user; in this case, you will need to install additional sets of effects and image generators (for example, the well-known Boris Red, ProDAD Heroglyph packages);
  • some note the not very high quality of acceleration / deceleration of interlaced (interlaced) video in comparison with some other video editors and specialized programs (however, in most cases this does not really matter, and for the vast majority of people this is insignificant), more about this is described in the article about slowing down the video;
  • at the time of this writing, there are known problems when using a large number of high-definition video (HDV) files in one project: this leads to a high consumption of physical computer memory (however, the same is known about other editors, in particular Adobe Premiere Pro). Hopefully these problems will be fixed by the developers in the future;
  • Unlike Adobe Premiere, there is no tight integration with Adobe Creative Suite products (Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, etc.), which can be significant for professionals (however, they are unlikely to change their tool for another).

The listed disadvantages for most fans of home video editing are most likely insignificant, and more than overlap with advantages, especially convenience, stability in work, stability and quality of the result obtained. For those who are interested in having a high-quality and convenient tool for video editing, we suggest that you start reading the description of working with the program.

2. Getting started

For the sake of clarity, this article describes how to work with SD-video in DV format (video shot with MiniDV and Digital8 camcorders), but in general, the style of work does not depend on the video format in any way, and all the information given is also valid for other formats (in particular, HDV , MPEG2, or video captured by TV tuners or other capture devices). In addition, since the program interface almost does not change, starting from the 4th or even the 3rd version, most of the recommendations are valid for any version of the program.

In our country, most camcorders comply with the PAL TV standard, so after launching the Sony Vegas program, we will create a project of this format. To do this, call the menu File / New , and in the new project creation window that appears New Project select from the list Template (pattern) format PAL DV :

This will automatically select the size and frame rate, as well as the order of the half frames (fields) Lower field first ... It is recommended to immediately enable some options:

  • Full- resolution rendering quality : rendering quality of the final video - choose Best;
  • Motion blur type : type of motion blur (only in motion-processed video areas) - select Gaussian;
  • Deinterlace : video deinterlacing method - it is better to choose None and do not do deinterlacing unnecessarily (for more details, see the FAQ);
  • Prerendered files folder : folder for intermediate rendering files - it is better to choose some temporary folder on a non-system disk (however, as it was said in the introduction, this folder is usually not used anyway, unless you do a preliminary calculation of transitions and video effects);

In case you need to create a project of a different format (for example, HDV), you need to select the appropriate template in the list Template .

It is advisable to immediately enable the option Start all new projects with these settings , and all subsequent projects will be immediately created with the specified settings. It is also recommended to specify the following sound parameters in the Audio tab:

For the convenience of displaying timestamps, it is better to choose the format Time & Frames in the bookmark Ruler :

Then you can press the button OK and start working on the created project. It is recommended to save the created project immediately using the File / Save As ... menu command.

3. Description of the main window

Those who have already worked, or at least tried to work with older versions of Vegas, when starting the 8th version of the program for the first time, may find that the main window looks unusual: the pasteboard (or timeline, timeline) is at the bottom of the main window, and not at the top. To change this, you need to open the settings window (menu Options / Preferences ), select a bookmark Display and disable the option Display timeline at bottom of main window ... After that, the pasteboard will be located at the top of the program window.

The main window of the program consists of several main parts (from top to bottom):

  • menu and toolbar with icons (toolbar);
  • current time window Time Display, to the right of which is the time ruler;
  • the actual timeline (timeline) with video and audio tracks (in the Pro version, their number is unlimited);
  • Playback speed slider Rate, which allows you to preview the project both at normal speed (single, 1), and in multiples from -20 to +20 (negative speed means reverse scrolling);
  • a project scroll bar, which also allows you to change the scale of the project view (move the mouse cursor to the left / right edge of the "slider" and drag it left-right with the left mouse button pressed);
  • under the scroll bar there are playback control buttons: loop playback, start / stop, pause, jump to the beginning / end of the project, as well as the sound recording button (if you move the mouse cursor to the button, a hint will appear above it indicating which button on the keyboard you need click to perform the same action);
  • to the right of the scroll bar there are buttons for changing the scale of the project view both horizontally and vertically (there is also a Zoom Tool button that allows you to “circle” the desired part of the timeline with the mouse for a detailed view of it in its entirety);
  • window with several sections (toggled by tabs at the bottom): Explorer (Explorer, similar to Windows Explorer), Trimmer (window for "trimming" clips), Project Media (list of project source files - in earlier versions of the program this section was called Media Pool), Media Manager ( source files manager), Transitions (cut transitions), Video FX (video effects), Media Generators (image "generators", including for imposing text on video);
  • audio playback level indicator and control (Mixer);
  • video preview window.

This is the default content of the program window. The main convenience of the program interface lies in the fact that almost any section can be "dragged" by the mouse by the heading and placed in another place of the window, changing its size as it is convenient for the user. If you have two monitors, any section can also be "dragged" to the second monitor, which further increases the convenience of work. If a section is not needed, it can be closed by clicking the cross in its upper right corner, and, if necessary, shown again using the View menu commands.

If the video you want to edit is already on your hard drive, you can skip the next section. If the video is not yet on the hard disk, you can capture it from a video capture device or from a digital video camera.

4. Capture video

The capture module is called by the menu command File / Capture Video ... It allows you to capture video from almost any device, including tuners, video capture cards, digital video cameras. When you first call the command, the program will offer you to select the capture format (DV or HDV - select the one you need depending on which camera is used), as well as specify the folders into which the entered video files will be placed. It is best to specify the folder in which the editing project itself (file with the .veg extension) is located before each capture.

Capture by default is carried out with automatic splitting of video into scenes. The beginning of the next scene is determined by the moment the camera starts shooting, and the end - when the shooting stops. In this case, each scene will be placed in a separate video file (for the DV format this is a file with the AVI container format, for HDV - with the MPEG2 Transport Stream format, a file with the m2t extension).

For DV / HDV cameras, video capture is carried out automatically - the program itself will start the camera when the input is started and stop when the recording on the cassette ends (of course, the input can be stopped manually if necessary). It should be noted that digital video cameras do not actually capture, but simply copy video and audio data "as is" in digital form, without any processing, recompression and quality loss.

At the end of the capture, the program will offer to add all the received files to the window with the source files of the project (Project Media), from where they can be easily added to the timeline by simply dragging the mouse.

It should be noted that modern hard disk drive (HDD), DVD and Flash camcorders do not require video capture as such. Data from the storage media of the camcorder can be transferred to a computer by simple copying either from a DVD-disc, or from the camera as a removable disk media by connecting it via the USB interface. This is sometimes done using the software that came with the camera. More details on how to do this for a particular camera are usually written in the user manual and / or in the description of the software included in the package.

For DVD Cameras Sony copy video to computer and editing project Vegas using the menu command File / Import / DVD Camcorder Disc.

The capture module also allows you to output the video file back to the camera tape (provided that the file format exactly matches the format of the camera, and the digital input is not blocked in it). To do this, in the View menu, switch to Print to Tape mode, and then use the Transport / Print to Tape menu commands.

If you need to output the project editing result to tape, then in the main Sony Vegas program you need to use the Tools / Print Video to Tape (for DV-cameras) or Tools / Print Video to HDV Tape (for HDV-cameras) menu commands.

Naturally, you can use third-party capture software to capture video from DV / HDV cameras - for example, ScanalyerLive for DV.

However, it is recommended to use the built-in tools for HDV input. Various sources report that HDV files inserted with HDVSplit can cause editing problems and even crash Sony Vegas. HDVSplit generates not quite correct m2t files. We hope that this will be fixed in future versions of the software.

5. Built-in tutorial

The 8th version of Vegas has a wonderful built-in tutorial on how to work with the program. This is not just a static text user manual like most other programs. This is a set of interactive lessons that allow you to study the structure of the program interface elements in action, as well as the basic techniques used in editing (moreover, these techniques can be useful when working with other programs). If the reader knows English, then this textbook can greatly facilitate the development of the program.

The tutorial is invoked by the menu command Help / Interactive Tutorials ... In the window that appears, you need to select a lesson by name (for example, An Overview of Vegas - a general overview of the elements of the program), and then it will be presented as a sequence of pages with instructions, with the transition between them with the button Next ... The clarity of these instructions is increased due to the fact that if any element of the program window is mentioned in the text, then it is surrounded by a red frame. Moreover, if the element was turned off (hidden), then it will be offered to perform an action (for example, call a menu item), which allows this element to be activated (shown).

In addition, in some steps the user is asked to perform various actions himself: to press a button, click on the window title, invoke a menu command, perform an action with a clip on a video track, etc. And the lesson will not continue until the user takes the required action. Since there are explanations of what it is for and what will happen as a result, the process of mastering the program becomes simple and intuitive, and the actions become easy to remember. We can say that a textbook is not just a set of instructions, but a virtual teacher, showing the necessary sequence of actions as an example.

For many, the main disadvantage of the textbook (and of the program itself) is that, unfortunately, it is presented only in English. We hope that the following sections of this article will help to compensate to some extent for this shortcoming, and will allow you to understand the basics of using Vegas for fast and efficient video editing.

6. Beginning of installation

For beginners who are not familiar with the general basics of nonlinear editing, it is recommended that before reading this section, study the article “ Installation Basics for Beginners ".

When the program is launched, the first thing to do in the Explorer section is to find the folder with the original video files (for example, entered from a video camera). When you select a file by clicking the mouse, the program tries to get information about the file format, and if it succeeds (i.e. the format is supported by the program), then the video and / or sound format, as well as their duration is shown below:

If the file format is not supported, then the inscriptions with information about the format do not appear, and if there are problems in determining the format, then the inscription appears in the format field: "Stream attributes could not be determined". This usually means that the appropriate codec is not installed for the video or sound format in the file (Vegas, like other editing programs, supports Video for Windows codecs for video and Audio Compression Manager for sound, but does not support DirectShow decoders). For MPEG2 files, the MainConcept MPEG plug-in must be installed and registered. In the latest versions of Vegas, DVD Architect must be installed to support MPEG files.

Sometimes it happens that the codecs are installed, but the AVI file format is not recognized in the program for no obvious reason. This happens if the headers in the file are not entirely correct (do not fully comply with the Video for Windows standard). This can be fixed by opening the AVI file in VirtualDub and saving it to a new one using Direct Stream Copy (select Direct Stream Copy from the Video and Audio menus). After such an operation, the file usually opens successfully (of course, if the necessary video and sound codecs are available in the system).

If the file attributes are defined, it can be dragged and dropped onto the pasteboard. The corresponding tracks for video and / or sound will be automatically created on it (depending on what data is in the file). If the file contains both video and sound (for example, an AVI file from a DV camera or from a movie), then the video and sound will automatically fall into a group of two clips moved together. To process them separately, the group must first be split (more on that below). A wave picture will be built for the sound, which will take some time (depending on the duration of the sound in the file). At the same time, a file with the .sfk extension will be created next to the original file, in which the wave picture is stored, and subsequently the same file will be opened (for example, in another editing project) almost instantly, since you no longer need to rebuild the wave picture of sound.

If you select many files at once in the Explorer section, and drag them with the mouse to the timeline, they will be automatically added to the tracks as a sequence of clips. Thus, it is possible to carry out the simplest "end-to-end" editing with overlapping clips - the clips will overlap each other at the point where they join. The amount of overlap can be set in the Options / Preferences window, Editing tab, using the parameter Amount group Cut- to- overlap conversion - it determines how many frames the video clips will overlap (if you specify 0, then there will be no overlap). You also need to enable automatic overlap - enable the option Automatically overlap multiple selected media when added ... In this case, you can specify which type of transition will be used between video clips by selecting it in the list Video default group Envelope fade types ... By default, the transition type is Smooth ("blend", also called Dissolve), the most commonly used in editing.

Images from graphic files can also be placed on video tracks (all common graphic formats are supported: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and others). When adding an image, a video clip with a still picture is automatically generated, the duration of which is set by default by the parameter New still image length in the same settings window. If a non-zero amount of overlapping clips is specified (see above), then the clips obtained from the pictures will also automatically overlap with each other by the specified amount. Thus, by setting the desired duration, overlap and type of transition, you can get a slideshow of pictures with one mouse movement by "dragging" them from the explorer section to the video track. If you do not need automatic overlap, disable the corresponding option.

After the necessary files are placed on the tracks, you can proceed to the actual editing of video and sound.

7. Basics of installation

In general, editing is carried out in the same way as in other similar programs: the vertical cursor, moved by the mouse cursor or the left / right keys, determines the current position on the timeline from the beginning of the project (that is, from the beginning of the video material that will result from editing ). The frame corresponding to this position is shown in the Video Preview window, and when you press the "space" or the "Play" button, playback starts from this position. You can change the scale of the project view by pressing the up / down keys, or using the mouse wheel. When the "Shift" key is pressed, the mouse wheel scrolls the project window left-right while maintaining the current time position in the project, and when the "Shift" and "Ctrl" keys are pressed, it moves the current position similarly to the "left / right" keys.

The choice of the necessary clip (in the program clips are conventionally called "events", or Events) by clicking on them. If you need to select several clips at the same time, then you need to click on them sequentially while holding down the "Shift" key. To exclude a clip from the selection, you need to click on it again with “Ctrl”.

Consider the simplest operations carried out during video editing .

  • You can cut the clip (s) on the timeline at the current position by pressing the "S" key on your keyboard, and delete the unnecessary piece (clip) by clicking on it with the mouse and pressing the "Delete" key.
  • If you need to "trim" the beginning or end of a clip, then you need to move the mouse cursor to the left or right border of the clip rectangle, the cursor will change its shape to a rectangle with an arrow. After that, you can press the left mouse button and "drag" the edge of the clip in the desired direction. You can preselect the place to which you want to move the edge of the clip, setting the current position there by clicking the mouse and / or arrows left and right, then when "dragging" the edge of the clip will "stick" exactly to the desired place. You can also “cut off” the unnecessary part of the clip by first cutting the clip in the desired place, and then selecting the unnecessary part by clicking the mouse and deleting it using the “Delete” key.
  • If you need to move a clip or a group of clips on the track to the left / right, you need to select it by clicking the mouse and "drag" in the desired direction while holding the left mouse button. If you need to move several clips that are not combined into a group (see below), you must first select them by clicking the mouse while holding down the "Shift" key.
  • If you need to combine a set of clips into a group, you need to sequentially select them by clicking the left mouse button on each one, while holding down the Shift key, and press the G key on the keyboard. After that, the entire group of clips will move as a whole. As mentioned earlier, when a file with video and sound is added to a project, two clips appear (one with video, the other with sound), immediately combined into a group. If, for example, "trim" (see above) the beginning of one of these clips (for example, with video), then the second clip (with sound) will also be "trimmed". If you want to separate video and audio, and work with them separately, then the group must first be ungrouped.
  • If you want to remove a clip from a previously created group, you need to select it with a mouse click and press "U". If you need to ungroup all the clips in a group, you need to right-click over one of the clips and press "Ctrl + U". Also, commands for working with a group are available in the "Group" menu by right-clicking over a clip.
  • The simplest effect used in editing is the so-called. FadeIn, or smooth "fading" of video from "darkness", and sound from silence. This effect is often used at the beginning of a scene (for example, an entire movie). The opposite effect, called FadeOut, is applied to the end of the plot. To FadeIn to the start of a clip, move the mouse cursor to the top-left edge of the clip rectangle in the track until the cursor changes to an arc with left-right arrows. Now hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse to the right - an arc will appear at the beginning of the clip, indicating the presence of FadeIn.

The duration of the effect is determined by how much you "dragged" the mouse to the right of the beginning of the clip - then release the left button. Now, in the place where the effect ends, there is a vertical line - it can be "dragged" with the mouse left and right, changing the duration of the effect (the value is shown in the "Fade Offset" tooltip). Try replaying the clip from the beginning and see what the effect looks like and adjust the duration to your liking.

The FadeOut effect is applied in the same way, only it is applied on the upper right edge of the clip rectangle, and the mouse must be moved to the left. The FadeIn / FadeOut effects can be independently applied to the sound, causing the sound volume to fade from silence to normal volume, and vice versa.

If you press the right mouse button over the arc, then in the submenu Fade Type you can select the shape of the effect profile. Shape affects the smoothness and speed of volume change for audio or transparency for video. Experiment and choose the profile that best suits your application (usually the default profile shape is fine in most cases).

  • Perhaps the most commonly used editing effect is the transition from one clip to another, or Transition. The simplest, but also the most commonly used type of transition is a smooth "blend", or "Cross Dissolve". If there is a gap between the two clips (an empty space on a track), first move the clips side by side by dragging the second clip so that its start sticks to the end of the first clip:

Then move (by clicking on the desired place, or using the left / right keys) the current position (vertical cursor) to the left of the end of the first clip to the moment where the “overflow” should start, for example, one second before the end of the first clip:

Click in the middle of the second clip and, holding down the left mouse button, drag the clip to the left so that its beginning "overlaps" the end of the first clip. Move the clip until its beginning “sticks” to the current position, exactly in the right place:

The duration in seconds will be shown on top of the transition. Please note that it is the entire second clip that needs to be moved, not its left edge. This will also give the effect of transition from one clip to another, but the result will be different, because the duration of the second clip will change.

By default, the Cross Dissolve transition effect is applied between clips, which is usually sufficient in most cases (aside from simplicity, it is the least intrusive looking). You can select the shape of the transition profiles (how the transparency for the video and the volume for the sound will change during the transition) by right-clicking above the transition and choosing the desired combination of profiles in the Fade Type submenu (25 options are available in total).

If you want to apply a different transition effect, then there is a fairly rich selection of them ("sheet wrapping", "curtains" and others) in the "Transitions" tab at the bottom of the main window:

On the left there is a list of transition types, on the right - some typical sets of effects (Presets) for the selected transition. If you move the mouse cursor over an icon, then its animation will clearly demonstrate how the selected effect looks. Letters A and B conventionally show the first and second clips, between which the transition is made.

To apply any effect, first "overlay" two clips on top of each other (see above), then select the desired effect in the Transitions window, and "drag" the effect icon to the transition between clips with the mouse. You can do this as many times as you like, applying different transition effects to choose the one that works best for you. Some typical transitions can be quickly applied by setting the current position to transition between clips, and pressing the keys "/", "*", "-" on the small (numeric) keyboard, or by right-clicking above the transition, select the desired transition in the submenu Transition.

If you move the mouse cursor to the cross-shaped icon on the right side of the transition between clips on the track (the inscription "Transition Properties" will appear), then clicking on it will open the window for setting the transition parameters:

Each type of transition has its own parameters, and it is impossible to describe all of them in this article. We only note that changing the transition parameters allows you to get an unlimited variety of effects. The adjusted set of parameters can be saved in a Preset, and a corresponding icon will be added to the effect selection window, allowing you to quickly apply the saved effect.

The listed set of operations (moving, cutting, deleting, "trimming" clips, applying FadeIn / FadeOut, as well as transitions between clips) form the basis of almost any, even the simplest, nonlinear editing.

In the second part of the article, we will look at more complex operations carried out during installation. They are usually required less frequently, but they often confuse beginners who have to use such operations for the first time.

Before starting to create a project, it is better to prepare all media files by moving them to the hard disk of your computer, so as not to be distracted by capturing and searching for files in the future. Editing a film is a creative process and the result largely depends on your imagination. The capabilities of Sony Vegas are not as small as they might seem at first glance. You can customize all templates of titles, transitions, effects at your discretion.

First, let's add a video to the Timeline.

We see that in the editing window we have a video sequence accompanied by an audio track, located on two tracks (video and audio, respectively).

You can move clips anywhere in the track, as well as from track to track by simply dragging and dropping while holding the left mouse button on the selected clip.

While holding down the right edge of the clip when the cursor changes to

you can drag it to the left to reduce the length of the clip, thereby cutting off its right end. The same can be done with the left end of the clip.

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