The need for good video editing programs has grown in recent times in order to satisfy the need for quality videos. In that line, programs like Vegas Pro have been crafted and have been at the forefront to bring in innovation and new features to the video editing industry and in doing so present you a customizable experience but also ensure that you have the ultimate flexibility. Every feature about this program is just top-notch and that makes it be the top dog in this industry.
One of the features you will love is the nested timeline that opens you up to a limitless experience when it comes to adding your media assets. In case you took shaky footage, you need not worry much since Vegas Pro will deshake the video using state-of-the-art technology to stabilize it in a way that you will not notice the shaking anymore. With the smart split feature, you are empowered with that ultimate precision to clip and cut videos in order to have the hot frame in addition to realizing the chance to apply professional transitions.
Actually, with the features, Warp flow transition, clips are stitched together and the jump cut is hidden. Other features cut across, lens correction, PiP mode, automatic slideshow creator, motion tracking, multicamera editing, automatic crossfades, color grading, special effects, without forgetting the powerful audio editing features. Better yet, with the included hardware acceleration, the rendering process will not take ages to complete. This article also includes a tutorial on how you can undertake your first video edit in the subsequent section.
How to Use Vegas Pro in Video Editing
I have to point out that Vegas Pro is a pretty robust program that brings in a cornucopia of features and can be a headache if you are meeting it for the first time. That should not worry you now as you are in the right place. On top of introducing to you some of the features you are to enjoy, we go the extra mile to arm you with a step by step guide on how to get around Vegas Pro. At the end of the day, the interface and layout navigation should no longer be intimidating. One thing you can rest assured is that, after going through this guide, you will be able to undertake video editing projects and make the most out of the features delivered at your disposal by Vegas Pro. It is now about time we dive right into the tutorial assuming that you already have Vegas Pro installed on your Windows PC.
Step 1: Import Media Assets To Use
On the top left corner of the interface, click on the “File” menu then navigate to “Import” and from the side menu, pick the “Media…” option. This will open up a file explorer dialog box which you will use to navigate to where the media files you need to work with. The media assets will show up under the media tab on the top left window.
In reference to this article’s guide, the added media files will be displayed as shown below. Here, I have added a sample video and audio file in readiness to add to the timeline. On the same window, usually referred to as the trimmer window, it is possible to trim the video and audio even before you add them to the timeline. You should actually be able to identify white lines on the sides that indicate placeholders that you can drag to trim.
Step 2: Add Media Files to the Timeline
Easy peasy! Click on each file, audio or video, and drag it onto the timeline as directed below. Label 1 shows from where you drag the file and the destination on the timeline. As you can observe, the track is categorized accordingly after you have added as shown by Label 2, unlike other apps that predefine specific tracks for audio and video. A highlight feature here is the nested timeline one that lets you add an unlimited number of tracks on the timeline and as a result, get to organize your projects in a way that speeds up the workflow while at the same time giving total control.
Step 3: Add Necessary Video Effects
Vegas Pro opens you to a plethora of video effects that go a long way to spice up the video to your liking. To add an effect, click on the “Video FX” tab button labeled 1 which will open up a wide list of video effects as shown by Label 2. Here, pick the effect category you need in order to open the window labeled 3 that has various presets you can choose from. Simply drag the specific effect you want onto the video clip on the timeline as shown by Label 4. When you do so, the pop-up window labeled 5 will appear so that you can refine the effects even further while checking the effects live using the preview window labeled 6.
Step 4: Split and Add a Transition
In the instance you need to apply a transition, the process is the same as above only that there are some prior steps to take care of. First, you need to select the video (Hint: It will be marked with a yellow border when selected) on the timeline and then move the play head labeled 1 to the position where you want to apply the transition. This position must be where two clips join or where you need to split the video. Let us assume that we need to split at a certain position and then add a transition. To achieve this, click on the target clip as shown by Label 1, move the play head marked with Label 2 to your preferred point and then hit the split icon labeled 3 which you can also substitute by simply hitting the “S” hotkey. The same method is used to trim audio to match the clip length
Once that is done, click on the “Transitions” tab labeled 1 below which will give you the various categories under Label 2. In this window, select the kind of transition and then choose one from the subs under Label 3. Next, click and drag your preferred transition as shown by Label 4 to the position where we did the splitting. On dropping the transition, you will be provided with the window labeled 5 where you can tinker with the transition parameters to your preference. As usual, all this can be previewed on the window labeled 6. Vegas Pro boasts of GPU acceleration that ensures you have a smooth timeline playback no matter the number of effects, filters, or video streams that you have added.
In a similar way, you will be able to apply video stabilization, slow motion, PiP, blur, lens correction, film effects, crop, dual fisheye stitching, color grading, chroma keyer, masking among others all available under the Video FX tab. For instance, let us look at how to add masking in the next step.
Step 5: Apply Masking
This is a pretty versatile tool that comes in handy to cut down objects from any clip without the need for a green screen. You need to first move the play head labeled 1 to the point where you need to mask an object, then from the Video FX categories – Labels 2 and 3, pick the “Bezier Masking” then from the available presets, choose one and drag it to the exact position you placed the play head as shown by Label 4. The window labeled 5 will pop up where you can adjust the various masking parameters as you check for changes in the preview window labeled 6. You even have a chance to adjust the size by moving the place holders with yellow marks to your precise position of choice. From there, you can use the masked object as you see fit.
Step 6: Render the Final Video
Rendering the video is an important step since it determines who will get to watch the final video. And now that we are done with the video editing process, Vegas Pro lets you render the projects conveniently by simply navigating to the “File” menu labeled 1, and in the resulting menu click on the “Render As…” option as shown by Label 2.
In the resulting Vegas Pro render window, select the format couple with a suitable template as shown by Labels 1 and 2 respectively. Under Label 3, pick the destination folder for the output file where you can opt to choose your own folder or just rock the project location directory. Next, you just need to give a preferred filename as shown by Label 4 and you have the chance to get information about how big your file is expected to be as shown by Label 5. After confirming all is set as expected, hit the “Render” button labeled 6 to start the export process.
To know that Vegas Pro is working its magic, you will have the small pop-up labeled 1 and the live conversion preview in the window labeled 2. You will be let in on the approximate time left, the time it has taken and handy buttons to open the file or even the output folder directly without much hassle.
Whether you choose to open the file or the folder, Vegas Pro has the file ready for you once the rendering process is over. Being able to locate or to open the rendered file means that you have successfully managed to edit and export a video using the powerful Vegas Pro. You will definitely have a watermark on your video since we have used the free download trial version so do not get shocked to find one.
Now that you are familiar with the basics of editing videos with Vegas Pro, it is time to take the game a notch higher and push yourself to realize even more features that this amazing program for Windows opens you up. Arming yourself with this guide will ensure that you have a fallback place in case of anything. It is time to get your boots even dirtier by undertaking other video editing projects using Vegas Pro.