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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:45 AM   #16
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Old May 29th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #17
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I'm using Vegas 8. I chose to go that path due to the PC base of my knowledge and support, and started with it's cousin "Video Explosion Deluxe." Moving to Vegas from VED was natural.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 02:06 PM   #18
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I've been a fan of Vegas from the start. I did the whole "try out all of them" thing. I used Liquid for a project I did for a client on their hardware.... hated hated hated it. I tried Avid Express HD, Premier Pro, ULead, and Vegas 6. I decided vegas was the fastest to learn, seemed to provide the most number of tools with out needing expensive plugins, and had scripting if you wanted to add functionality. So I bought the full version and haven't even considered anything else. I skipped 7 though. Didn't see a need. But I did get 8. Much improved, if for nothign other than the window layout presets. Such a time savor when I want to switch to my work flow for CC work vs seeing all the time line and doing the rough cutting.
I could not agree more...Vegas is a sweet app.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 07:33 AM   #19
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Sony Vegas 7 and FCP 6
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Old May 30th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #20
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We use Edius. I tried Premiere in 1999, but it was constantly crashing, so I used Rex Edit. It offered real time editing and was super stable, although it was so basic that it had a lot of limitations. I switched to Edius about 5 years ago. Edius is super stable and I can edit real time HD on a laptop or cheap computer tower. No need for special hardware.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #21
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Simple answer is that we use FCS.

The S is important. As a matter of fact, I imagine it is the same with Premiere users or even Vegas users. The NLE is one thing.... but what else can your package do? We have started using Motion, within FCS, to create custom menus for DVDs. Not really all that hard but makes a HUGE impact. We are moving from LiveType to Motion for most of our text. And I see Motion playing an even bigger role in our Highlights edits as we get more and more comfortable with it. We use DVDSP to author the DVDs. Again with custom menus and DVD-ROM access and so on. We just came back from a seminar where they showed some of the things that can be done within Soundtrack. I mean simple things like removing a "thud" of someone knocking the microphone. Or adding ambient effects that you wouldn't know were added but really add production value.

And I guess that's the key sentiment: Production Value. What can you do with your package to add production value. I think most NLE's will be very similar- but what else is in the bundle?

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Old June 6th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #22
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Vegas, versions 4 through 8 Pro. And accompanying DVDA 4.5. Additional other tools too, AE7, Particle Illusion, Paint Shop Pro X2.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #23
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I had been using premier since 97, but switched to Edius last year. So far I am very happy, although I did have to make some adjustments in how I edit.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 08:28 PM   #24
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I'm a PC guy soooo.... Mediachance EditStudio 6, Premier Elements 4.0, Visual Communicator 2 Studio and a load of other software to help my final product look more professional as I keep learning this stuff. I use EditStudio for most of my projects because I feel comfortable using it and most importantly, it does everything I need and more.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 11:15 PM   #25
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Simple answer is that we use FCS.

The S is important. As a matter of fact, I imagine it is the same with Premiere users or even Vegas users. The NLE is one thing.... but what else can your package do? We have started using Motion, within FCS, to create custom menus for DVDs. Not really all that hard but makes a HUGE impact. We are moving from LiveType to Motion for most of our text. And I see Motion playing an even bigger role in our Highlights edits as we get more and more comfortable with it. We use DVDSP to author the DVDs. Again with custom menus and DVD-ROM access and so on. We just came back from a seminar where they showed some of the things that can be done within Soundtrack. I mean simple things like removing a "thud" of someone knocking the microphone. Or adding ambient effects that you wouldn't know were added but really add production value.

And I guess that's the key sentiment: Production Value. What can you do with your package to add production value. I think most NLE's will be very similar- but what else is in the bundle?

Mike
Do you find it cumbersome to bring work from Motion into FCP? I've only used Motion a little bit, but I'd like to experiment some more. Any sources you would recommend for learning?
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Old June 7th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #26
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Each NLE has it's good and bad master one and your doing well

I began with PPro to many problems then i went to a mac and have never looked back FC studio the best investment i have ever made.

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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #27
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I use Premier CS3 only because it's bundled to Matrox RT.X2, otherwise I'd use Vegas. Just like it better, although it pretty much does the same thing as any other NLE.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 01:07 AM   #28
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I second Bissom

I tried a few consumer grade programs on PC and then went whole hog into the FCS package.

I just watched the DVD the box came with and got into motion to create some really killer title sequences. Making changes etc is super easy!

I have been frustrated by the no blu-ray issue so I have been looking at the Adobe products. Really hoping that mac will have a solution soon. I'm not in the mood to learn a new platform but I really want to do HD DELIVERY!!!
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Here Casablanca and FCP.........
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Old June 10th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #30
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Final Cut Pro for us. I love it. For the first few years i took the time to learn all of the basic shortcuts and as i implemented and memorized the keystrokes my workflow become efficient and effortless. I eventually began using my mouse less and the keyboard more and things have never been the same.
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