I graduated from ULead VideoStudio to VP10 after having a play with an earlier version of VP on a friend's system. I have not regretted my move to Vegas Pro. At the time, I tested trial versions of Pinnacle and Premiere but found both to be clunky and unintuitive. Though I liked Ulead VideoStudio for ease of use, it was limited in so many ways, and its color grading was awful (increasing saturation by very much created artifact hell). To be fair though, ULead technical support back then was very good and timely (this was before ULead was absorbed into Corel). But for me, Vegas Pro was a huge step up in every respect.
Happy 20th anniversary to Vegas Pro and the development team. Cheers to the next 20 years.
Been a Vegas user since version 1.0. As I recall , the first version of Vegas was offered to registered Sound Forge users for free, or at a very low cost. I think it was around the time of Sound Forge 5 or 6. The only Sound Forge versions I skipped since SF-3 were SF-4 (though I got 4.5) and SF-7. SF-7 was the first version to support VST plug-ins, though there was a third-party 'wrapper' that would run them on SF-6.
In 2003, being a premiere user, I heard there was this program that could do real time previews of my transitions and effects... A game changer. I had to know more. Once I realized you didn't have to deal with some annoying "transition track" between the A and B tracks, I could just make events overlap to create a fade, there was no turning back.
It's been a bumpy, kinda depressing ride at times, esp in the late Sony days while watching the competition fly past while Vegas scrambled to keep up, but now that someone who is taking the program and community seriously is in control, it's great seeing such a great app have new life breathed into it. Let's hope that moving forward, it'll be the other guys playing catch up to Vegas. Keep improving, keep innovating.
I've been with Vegas since 3.0 / Canon XL1s & GL2 era / around 2001... Working for a non-profit with my own gear & on a budget, on the road I imported MiniDV tape video via firewire onto (2) homebuilt Shuttle SFF computers while editing on a 3rd which all shared 2 monitors. I would tape events during the day & show highlight videos at the nightly meetings which the guys with Premiere/hardware cards or FCP were unable to do with only a single system... Later Vegas allowed me to work flexible hours from my home studio while my kids were preschool age. Today I no longer do full-time editing, but still make decent money accepting part-time work from past clients. I just spent $1000 upgrading one of my 2009 era Xeon workstations to a 9900K in the same case, with same drives, etc. Getting 2X the render speeds without overclocking or tweaking anything...
Yes, Happy Anniversary. I just happened to notice this was the 20th anniversary by accident but it is amazing how fast time is going by. I am very thankful that Magix kept V13 Vegas going and brought it up to date. I have tried other editing programs, but nothing seems to beat Vegas for ease of use, stability, and video and audio rendering options. And despite the simplicity of the interface, there's a lot of sophistication under the hood. So thank you Magix and Happy 20th Vegas!
P.S. I am also grateful to this forum and how helpful everyone is.