Editing Video in Vegas Movie Studio

The Vegas Movie Studio high definition software uses drag and drop editing and commands, which are basics in video editing. These commands are copy, cut and paste, which create professional-looking movies on the computer. You are able to personalize movies with title rolls, scrolling credits and text animations. You can also play your video in either fast or slow motion, reverse your video, or even apply some advanced effects which include picture-in-picture and green screen.

Step 1: Installing Vegas Studio

This software does not require any special hardware, hence you can install it in your computer comfortably be it a laptop or desktop. If you get difficulties in installation and you are on a windows based operating system, then you can have your antivirus software and firewall disabled. The rest can be found from the software’s manual.

Step 2: Starting the Program

After installation, there should be an icon for Vegas Movie Studio on your desktop. Double click on it and you will be good to start. Alternatively, you can click on start on your desktop, choose all programs on the pop up menu, then click on Vegas Movie Studio and a dialogue screen will be displayed ready to start. The program has an option of assigning a portion of your hard drive to be used as your default drive, where you can store the project files.

Step 3: Optimizing Workspace

For maximum efficiency, you will be required to edit environments. These may include high definition video environment (HDV), standard definition video environment (SD) and full high definition video environment (FHDV). You will be required to ensure the matching of these settings with the native format of the majority of your media.

Step 4: Capturing Video onto Your Computer

You can connect the new camcorders to your computer and retrieve video and audio files from the card to the computer and later to the Vegas Movie Studio.

Step 5: Using the Timeline

You can either drag and drop the video files (clips) onto the editing screen, or click on add button and from the pull-down menu you can select them. Each clip can be viewed in a preview window, so you can trim off undesirable parts and split the clip into parts you will desire. You then can drag the clips on the timeline in the order of how you would want them seen in the finished product. At the timeline, you are able to view your clips and see what you are doing.

Step 6: Applying Effects

Simple effects to be applied include brightening and softening contrast, simulation of slow or fast motion or even correcting color balance. Advanced effects include digital picture-in picture, transparency and chroma keying.

Step 7: Adding Transitions

This enables your video to have a professional look. The simplest may include fade-out to black on one shot, followed by a fade-in on the next shot. Make sure the movie flows smoothly from one shot to another.