Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

This software has an impressive number of unique editing and audio effects.

The Cons

There's a significant learning curve when you begin using Sony Vegas.


It may take a while to grasp the application, but it will produce amazing videos once you do.

Video editing enthusiasts will want to keep an eye on Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11. Sony Vegas is known for its wide selection of video editing features, but the scope of features has been widened greatly in the latest update, and all signs indicate that this trend will only become more prominent. This is both good and bad, as Sony Vegas will continue to push the envelope when it comes to features while simultaneously increasing the already significant learning curve associated with the software.

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Vegas offers more than 350 video effects that you can use on your clips, with just as many soundtracks and more than 200 transition effects. You can also use the convenient formatting wizard to optimize your exported videos for specific devices such as an iPod, or for specific uses, like posting on YouTube.

Sony has made some efforts to create a more user-friendly experience, but it still requires quite a bit of effort to comprehend all of the aspects of this application. With the addition of some exceptional features such as 3D editing, Sony's video editing software has become more complex, but with the interface restructuring, it manages to break even for usability. You'll still need to brush up your techie chops with a tutorial or two, but you'll be able to get up and running with Sony Vegas without an inordinate amount of time spent on FAQs and manuals.

Helpful and prompt customer support is essential with an application as complex as video editing software, and Sony hits the mark when it comes to service. The FAQs section is extensive, ranging from common, simple concerns to more in-depth and complex issues. If you need more help than the documentation provides, you can contact Sony customer support via email. You can contact support by telephone, but this service entails an extra fee.

The latest release of Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11 packs even more features into an already-full product, making it both more complex and difficult to use as well as more robust. With the interface improvements, the software is a little easier to use, but with the addition of so many more features, it comes back to about the same ease of use it had before. Keep an eye on this product; there's surely much more to come in the near future.

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Software Type Multimedia Software
Platforms Windows
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Required RAM 1 GB
Disk Space 400 MB
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