I started with version 6 too. The only real trouble I ever had with Vegas was when I bought a new PC and at the same time bought the newly released Vegas 11. A new PC always has set up challenges (for me at least) and I was also moving over to HD at the same time and having a few 1080 50p rendering issues.
Once that was all sorted I was a happy bunny again. In fact rather lucky I had none of the crashing issues lots did. I'm still running Vegas 11 now and see no need to upgrade. Maybe on 14 just to keep current.
I've never tried any other NLE and am very happy with what Vegas can do.
I have been a long-time user of Premiere and some other NLE's. I have used VegasPro 7.0d, 8.0b, 9.0e, and VPro13 build 373...all of which far surpass my previous benefits of Premiere. I can truly say that VegasPro has allowed me to develop as an editor in ways I had never thought possible before. It has been an eye-opener for me.
I've been using it since just before 4 came out. got 3 LE with a book by Spot (I think).
There's been quirks, but nothing I couldn't handle. *STILL* disappointed the nice motion lines in pan/crop & track motion aren't back from 4, but it's not a deal breaker (64-bit was until Jan this year).
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Been a Vegas editor since 3.0. In fact, I still have the original CD and packaging ;-)
Fourteen years here! Started with it back in 2000 when it was Sonic Foundry Vegas Video as I recall. Bought 2,3,5,7,8,9,10,11,12 and now 13!
I do still have grumbles eg random crashes on exit; no way to apply separate masks to separate effects without lots of multi-tracking and mucking about (I like the way Edius does it with a 'mask' effect into which you can then plug a chain of other effects); GPU playback and render still unstable; and playback to TV via my Intensity Pro is unreliable so tends not to be used.
But compared to Avid's awful pile of poo that is Media Composer 7 which I am required to use at a place of work, Vegas is - despite the incessant mocking scorn of the Avid fanbase - the most intelligent, quick, excellent editor there is.
"Been a Vegas editor since 3.0. In fact, I still have the original CD and packaging"
Same here. I still have the exact same CD. I only experienced problems after the release of v11. Since the beginning I've only upgraded on every Odd version of Vegas, so I never saw the problems that people pointed out with v10. Having said that, I'm still of the opinion that the Vegas benefits far outweigh its flaws.
I was going through some old software discs just yesterday. Found my Sonic Foundry Video Factory (1.0?) disc. Based on where I was living at the time, that would have been around 1999/2000.
So there. ;-)
My first direct experience with an NLE was a $120,000 Media Composer system (crashed at least once a day). I then went out on my own using Speed Razor on a DEC Alpha and when they went belly up I went in search of an affordable NLE that would run on a fairly basic PC system. I saw Vegas Video demo'd at the Sonic Foundry booth during NAB (in Vegas ;-) and went out and bought me a copy. It's been a few years and a few upgrades since then, but I still find it as dependable as I need it to be.
I agree with John Cline. I use Premiere (4.2, 5, 5.5, 6.5) with Bravado 1000, Miro DC30 and Pinnacle DV500. With the end of analog video, goodbay Premiere. Hello Vegas Video. I edited shorts, medium and feature film with Vegas. Quick and flexible. Love the audio side, the best over every software editor of video.
I teach Vegas to my students. And they loves Vegas.
I upgraded from Video Factory to V3 in 2002. Downloaded on dialup. It was for the time a "massive" 27meg file and I warned everyone in the house to on no account touch a telephone. Started the d/l at 11.00pm, it finished about 6 hours later. Currently using v10 (v12 crashes) could probably get by with the features in v3 or even Video Factory. :-)
I think we've all gone down memory lane with this one before.
In any event, I began with Studio7, then heard about SonicFoundry and their DV codec that allowed multiple encode/decode cycles without degradation. Checked them out, saw Vegas3 and was mightily impressed by the flexibility. That was 2002.
Moved to V5 a few years later for the color correction wheels, then V7 for HDV friendliness. V7 worked great but I would get occasional black frames which were maddening to track down. Finally migrated to V9 because of AVCHD competence but primarily for the wonderful Elastique feature. Also very pleased to discover that V9 could do a fast no-recompress mpeg2 render if I needed to make a few tweaks. And, the black frames are gone. Happy camper.
Have no need for any features coming after V9, so here I stay. The software is very robust, crashing maybe twice a year, if that.
I do think Sony makes a big mistake not continuing to sell earlier versions of the software for people who don't need or want the incremental features (3D, GPU). Support would be trivial because they already have the expertise. People on this board who complain bitterly of V13 would probably be thrilled with V9.
Hell I just turn on Vegas for fun to watch the blue snaps and the pink out of syncs and automatic playing of the timeline resetting when it gets to the end. Of course there are other surprises. Watching the "Deshaker Thing" go through its progressions is another. Life is just a bowl of "Vegas" cherries.
I have to agree with you on the "developing as an editor" point..
I never expected to have such an understanding of NLE editing until I started using Vegas Video editing software.
Drag and drop is the first miracle for me.