Sony Vegas Pro 12 Edit review
Lots of welcome workflow improvements and a lower price, but stability issues spoil things somewhat
Review Date: 22 Oct 2012
Reviewed By: Ben Pitt
Price when reviewed: £160 (£192 inc VAT)
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There are other new effects. Layer Dimensionality, which works with masked clips, provides drop shadows, glow and emboss effects. There’s a tool for matching colours from one clip with those in another, based on an imported frame from the first. Our attempt to match footage from different cameras wasn’t very successful, but it was useful for fixing subtle white balance mismatches. The LAB Adjust effect provides colour correction using the Lab colour space, where green-magenta and blue-yellow spectra are handled independently; a handy addition to what was already a powerful, precise colour correction toolset.
Expanded Edit Mode, meanwhile, shows the contents of a timeline track over two sub-tracks, revealing the unused sections at the start and end of each clip, and showing a split preview of the frames either side of the cut. Elsewhere, new keyboard shortcuts make it delightfully easy to trim the picture and soundtrack asynchronously (known as L cuts), and to trim the selected clip at the current marker position.
There are various other changes, such as the ability to apply fades to and adjust the properties of multiple clips simultaneously, arrange the interface in rows of docked panels, and match the project settings to imported media. It’s now also possible to transfer projects to and from Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and others, although as always, this is subject to numerous limitations. Our attempts to share projects with Premiere Pro were partially successful at best.
This is a solid update, and there are enough worthwhile improvements to warrant the upgrade price. For potential newcomers, the price drop gives a greater incentive than ever to graduate from consumer software. However, we’re hesitant to give Vegas Pro an unreserved recommendation, as it suffered more than its fair share of crashes during testing. Vegas’ auto-recovery function meant we never lost any work, but it isn’t what we expect from software aimed at professionals and serious enthusiasts. It’s also surprising that support for 32-bit Windows and XP has been dropped.
At such a low price for the Edit version you might have thought it would be worth waiting to see what future updates bring - but the gotcha is the £160 exc VAT price is a time-limited offer and reverts to £250 at the end of October. That makes it less of a tempter than it first appears.
Author: Ben Pitt
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