craftech wrote on 3/7/2006, 8:28 AM
That's easy. The color correction tools. Absolutely awesome.

AlanC wrote on 3/7/2006, 8:35 AM
Grazie wrote on 3/7/2006, 8:36 AM
Dang Douglas! Too Unfair!

OK .. Subclips Scrubs from Trimmer to T/L . .. plus, pretty please, Media Manager?

DCV wrote on 3/7/2006, 8:47 AM
Nested projects!

FrigidNDEditing wrote on 3/7/2006, 8:56 AM
I'm going to say a toss up between Nested projects and scripting.

I haven't got a huge base of other software to compare it to. mostly just NewTek's stuff, and that wasn't too impressive to me in terms of workflow and ability to do tons of editing stuff in a single app.

Wes C. Attle wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:08 AM
It would have to be network rendering for me.
Jimmy_W wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:08 AM
Nested projects is at the top of my list!
DavidMcKnight wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:09 AM
Only one?

I also don't have a lot of history with NLE's, but...

1. The overall workflow is what I like best. It "works like I think".

followed closely by:
2. Stability

3. Scripting

(I never was much good at following directions)
johnmeyer wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:12 AM
I am incapable of a short post.

Spot, I know you're looking for a feature like what you'd list on a spec sheet. I didn't choose Vegas, nor have I stayed with it, just for one particular feature. However, just to play the game, I tried to imagine what Vegas would be like if someone took away just one of those features. Would the absence of any single one of these make me want to switch to something else? You have to do it this way, because the right answer is going to be something that is really essential, and probably something that has been there almost since day one.

My answer is pan/crop. I use still photos in almost every project, and the ability to animate them, and do it quickly, has let me produce some amazing things in very little time. I sure see a lot of posts from other people, especially those using the various commercial script add-ons, who rave about the ability to quickly create slide shows.

Now, if your real reason for asking is to go even deeper and try to understand what REALLY makes Vegas so special, then I think you have to get into the underlying UI and code structure. The original reason I bought Vegas is that it is so RESPONSIVE. I can experiment and create without waiting -- in most cases -- for even an instant. I can undo instantly. I can cut, rearrange, move, etc. without blinking an eye.

The engineers who did the original design, created a real thing of beauty.
SimonW wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:18 AM
XDCAM support. Vegas was the first NLE in its price range to be able to take both IMX and DVCAM MXF files from XDCAM straight onto the timeline right out of the box. In fact it may still be the only one since other NLE's such as Xpress Pro only take the DVCAM flavour of MXF.
JohnnyRoy wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:26 AM
I would have to say that the ability to drop almost anything onto the timeline without having to get it into any particular format is the most productive feature in Vegas. Also the ability to directly manipulate events right on the timeline is a close second i.e., trimming, fades, opacity, etc. without having to use menus, just direct manipulation. That is the core of what makes Vegas so powerful for me.

TheHappyFriar wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:26 AM
mine's not a feature, just someting it does no other NLE does: opening multiple copies of Vegas at once.

Nothing beats editing the next scene while rendering the previous one on the same computer! :)
corug7 wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:44 AM
I am learning FCP 5 at work (because I have to) and cannot tell you how frustrating it is to see "UNRENDERED" when I come to a simple transition. I've been using various versions of Vegas since 2000, and to not have realtime previews (let alone having to transcode audio if it isn't just right) is unacceptable, IMHO.
Coursedesign wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:46 AM
rmack350 wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:51 AM
Flexibility. You can drag most media directly from Explorer to the timeline, and you can render to many formats directly from Vegas.

Rob Mack
videoboy77 wrote on 3/7/2006, 9:59 AM
The ability to edit video on the timeline like you would edit audio in an audio app... visually and without limitations.

BTW i played with Apple Sountrack pro... it has a lot of flexability like vegas... but it is only audio...
Yoyodyne wrote on 3/7/2006, 10:23 AM
Oh, good thread idea. The main reason I Switched to Vegas was the audio stuff. I was using Premiere to edit and Cubase to spruce up all the audio - The slow workflow was killing me, not to mention the problems with both those programs.

I downloaded Vegas and tried it out and cut my editing time by about a third. I could do all my audio and video goodness right there - in realtime! And it's stable!

The other killer feature is being able to dump anything on the timeline. I recently had to "save the day" by adjusting some audio from a DVD on site with my laptop. Had to dumux an ac3 file and re-render a vob file - not pretty but very usable and the client was very happy. When I went back home the editor (who works in FCP) was asking "how is that even possible!" - Vegas versatility has saved the day for me many times.
Jim H wrote on 3/7/2006, 10:32 AM
...and the answer is: K E Y F R A M E S
BrianStanding wrote on 3/7/2006, 10:34 AM
Color curves.
David Jimerson wrote on 3/7/2006, 10:46 AM
The absotively, posilutely, hands-down, dead-on way in which it NAILED 24p editing, making every other app a piker, also-ran, or copycat in comparison.
winrockpost wrote on 3/7/2006, 10:47 AM
by far
TomE wrote on 3/7/2006, 11:11 AM
Scripting and Presets

mr.beebo wrote on 3/7/2006, 11:26 AM
The absolute stability. Following close is pan/crop but after a marriage to Pinnacle 7,8,9 that was bad from the start I can't understate the feeling one gets from completing an edit without a freeze, dropped fx, crash, or losing a single bit of work to the alt/control/delete gremlin.
kentwolf wrote on 3/7/2006, 11:30 AM
No question: Stability.

That's how many of us Pinnacle-Refugees ended up here.

If you don't count stability as a "feature," nested veg's.