IntroductionSony Vegas Pro 13 is one of the best video editing software applications in the market today. You can download a trial version from their official website to see whether you like it and can be comfortable with it. There are plenty of capabilities that Sony Vegas 13 provides which you can use to create video of almost any type with this software alone. The interface of Vegas 13 is fairly easy to understand even for beginners though it is a lot different than the other popular software applications in its kind. There are also many audio features available in it that help you save yourself some valuable time by not having to switch to other software to edit audio. There are some new features added to the latest version where you can collaborate your project with your iPad which we will discuss broadly below. So, let's get started with the features of the software.
Project interchangeProject interchange is one of the coolest features of Sony Vegas Pro 13. This means that you can directly import project files itself from most of the popular video editing software and start working on the project right away without making any conversion from your side. Some of the project formats that Project Interchange can convert between are native .veg files and AAF for Avid ProTools, XML for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X (export only), DaVinci Resolve 10, and .prproj for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. This feature can be quite handy when you have a lot of people working on the same project and all are comfortable with different editing tools. You can interchange the project files easily in such situations.
Multi-format native editingNew technologies are being developed at a faster rate now and so a lot of new media formats have arrived which have different benefits. So, it is crucial to be able to export or import those formats. Well, Sony Vegas Pro 13 supports most of the media formats out there. Some of the latest and popular ones that are supported are XAVC, XAVC S, XDCAM, NXCAM, AVCHD, HDCAM SR, DSLR h.264 QuickTime and RED, Panasonic P2 DVCPRO, and AVC-Intra.
Video effects and compositingYou can create pretty much any type of video by using the video effects and compositing capabilities of this software. You can take full advantage of 32 high quality keyframeable effects to different effect chains and apply them to your media. To let you use cutting-edge editable VFX effects created by professionals in the field, Vegas uses an advanced plug-in architecture based on the OpenFX standard.
Along with all this you can use the masking tools to create some amazing effects to your videos and also color correction tools to make your video look more professional and complete.
4K support4K is becoming more and more popular and common now-a-days and Vegas does justice by giving the user the capability to work with 4K videos. Using 4K feature requires you to have a powerful system to enjoy it completely. In fact, Vegas itself requires a powerful computer to run.
GPU accelerationVideo editing software applications are ones that use a lot of graphics memory. So, along with a large amount of RAM you definitely need to have a considerably high amount of video memory or GPU. Vegas Pro 13 improves performance even more by using GPU acceleration. It support NVIDIA, AMD and Intel video cards.
Multicamera editingMulticam editing is a feature where you can insert all the videos recorded in a live event or a show into the video editing tool and sync all of them using the audio and the only thing remaining is to select which video (angle) you want to use a particular place. This approach greatly increases the speed of editing a video with a lot of videos of the same event with different cameras. Sony Vegas Pro 13 has this feature and it can save you a lot of time in editing.
Multitrack audio environmentAs far as audio is concerned, you have the option of working with high-resolution 24-bit/192 kHz audio recordings and playback. 5.1 surround mixing and effects automation is also available in Vegas. Along with that you get real-time audio effects like EQ, reverb, delay, and more. You can also add 3rd party VSTs to Vegas to get additional features and effects. VSTs are widely available on the internet.
Disc authoringAfter you have completed editing your video, it is now the time to burn it to a DVD to distribute to others. Vegas comes with excellent Disc authoring options. You can burn Blu-Rays directly right from your project file. DVD Architech Pro 6 is included with the software which helps in all your needs of disc authoring. You can choose a template, customize it to your liking. Along with that you can also add subtitles, chapters and even add multiple languages. After that you can preview how it will work on your disc where you can test all the buttons and check whether it will work fine on a TV using the remote control in the software itself.
Vegas Pro ConnectThis is a new feature added to the latest version of Vegas. This is a really cool and useful feature. You can connect your iPad to your computer and access the tools of the software using Vegas Pro Connect. With this, different people can simultaneously access the software and play, pause or stop the playback. Each can add a marker to the timeline. This can be done even online where experts can review your project and guide you in the correct path.
ConclusionSony Vegas Pro 13 is a popular and a widely used video editing software by many professional video editors. The latest version of Vegas has improved most of the features in the software. The new iPad collaboration feature is a new and unique feature to look at. Overall the software is great for anyone interested in buying a complete video editing tool. It is priced US$599.95 on its official website.