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Video editing in Sony Vegas

In this tutorial you will learn a few basics of the video editing software Sony Vegas. We will use Sony Vegas 8.0 Pro, but the basics are about the same in different versions.

We will start with just looking around and becoming familiar with the interface.

First, open Vegas.



It may seem a little bit empty, but there's so much in it, let start by actually importing a video into Vegas.

I just opened a folder with some small skateboarding videos and photos in Windows. Now simply drag a video file into Vegas.




Your video will be automatically imported and put on the timeline. If you haven't done this yet, drag the video to the left, so it will start on 0:00. Now your screen should look like the picture underneath.




To check if you selected the right piece of footage, you can preview it by clicking the play button at the bottom of the screen.



If you pause the video, there are three ways to go back to the beginning of the video.

Now that you're getting comfortable moving around in your video, let's try cutting a part of it out. This can be handy to remove bad or boring parts from a video. There are multiple ways to do this.

To cut away parts at the beginning or end of the video, you can simply grab the edge of your video and drag it to the left (if you do it to the right, all you get extra will just be a repeat of what you already had). As you can see, when you click and hold the edge, the edge will glow. Then you can drag the edge to the left or right. You can also do this at the beginning of your footage.



If you want to cut out a part in the middle of your video, you need a different method.

First, you need to split your footage. Move the marker to the point where you want to split it, then press "s" on your keyboard and you should have two clips. You can move them away from each other like this.



Now if you want to delete one of the parts, just select it by clicking on it, and press "delete" on your keyboard.

There's one more thing in this tutorial, just to finish the basics. I will show you how to render your finished footage, so it will become an .avi film and you can put it onto youtube, a dvd, or just on your computer, whatever you want to do with it.

Click "File" > "Render as" like shown in this picture:



The following screen will pop up:



Give your video a name and save it. Don't mess around with the other things, the default values should be good.

I hope this helped you, have fun!

Please press "Like" if this helped you

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talisk3
talisk3
Not bad.

9 April 2009 at 17:18

Not bad.
Jordansup
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I use iMovie to edit on my Mac and you might want to add to the tutorial how you can put skate tricks in slow motion and other effects

9 April 2009 at 21:33

I use iMovie to edit on my Mac and you might want to add to the tutorial how you can put skate tricks in slow motion and other effects
Element_Skaterboi
Element_Skate
is this program free because i really want to make a movie but i dont have a program

12 April 2009 at 22:35

is this program free because i really want to make a movie but i dont have a program
KristianE
KristianE
How do u get it???

17 April 2009 at 19:36

How do u get it???
cortez
cortez
dude where to download

20 April 2009 at 09:21

dude where to download
planbsk8r
planbsk8r
[quote=KristianE]How do u get it???[/quote] You have to buy it, but you can get a free trial at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/ I suggest to use Onetruemedia.com its good and free :)

27 April 2009 at 16:13

KristianE said:
How do u get it???



You have to buy it, but you can get a free trial at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/

I suggest to use Onetruemedia.com its good and free
christian1894
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good program

3 June 2009 at 17:52

good program
thredofdeth
thredofdeth
can you use this rpogram to convert videos to windows format??? :/

8 June 2009 at 12:41

can you use this rpogram to convert videos to windows format???
TREANNATOR789
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I do my editing on Windows Video Maker. It's not the best program but I can't download anything on my computer.

10 August 2009 at 12:31

I do my editing on Windows Video Maker. It's not the best program but I can't download anything on my computer.
yocrazymama
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kool

14 August 2009 at 14:46

kool

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