Vegas Movie Studio+DVD

bStro wrote on 8/30/2004, 3:08 PM
Just got Sony's Fall 2004 catalog. Looks like the next version of Screenblast Movie Studio will be called Vegas Movie Studio+DVD. I don't know what Screenblast Movie Studio's DVD authoring component was like, but this one is called DVD Architect Studio, and looks suspiciously like DVDA 1.

I wonder what advantage, if any, V4+DVDA1 had over this new package...considering this one is only $100. Odd thing is, the catalog has a notatin that says "Upgrade Vegas Movie Studio software to Vegas 4.0 software"...which, again, shows that the catalog writers aren't proofreading too well. <g>

BTW, no sign of the 5-part Sony sound effects package this catalog. It was in the Summer edition, even though the package itself was pulled some time ago.



DavidMcKnight wrote on 8/31/2004, 4:01 AM
It appears (from the picture of the timeline) that you can only do limited numbers of tracks, for one, like one video, an overlay, and two or three audio or something like that.
bStro wrote on 9/1/2004, 8:07 AM
Looks like you're right.

Four video tracks, three audio tracks. Ew. <g>

Spot|DSE wrote on 9/1/2004, 8:17 AM
$99.99 for the package at retail. Very nice set of tools for $99.00, IMO. Great for schools, we're putting several of these into a school. Plus a nice upgrade path to Vegas.
You'll see some Vegas Movie Studio stuff in our new INSTANT VEGAS book from CMP. Due out shortly @ $24.95
bStro wrote on 9/1/2004, 11:41 AM
Definitely a good set for $99. In fact, since DVDA Studio looks to pretty much be DVDA 1, and DVDA 1 added quite a bit more than $100 to the Vegas 4 pricetag, it's a steal. If I weren't already a user of Vegas 5 and DVDA 2, I'd sure go for the Movie+Studio package.

But now I'm spoiled by Vegas proper -- to say nothing of DVDA 2!

I'll have to try out the demo to be sure, but I'm pretty sure I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a "beginner's" version of Vegas for a lot less money.

DavidMcKnight wrote on 9/1/2004, 11:45 AM
Absolutely. I bet a lot of us get asked what tools to use to start with, or where to go from Microsoft Movie or whatever it's called. I used Pinnacle Studio to start with, and we should use this oppportunity to get folks to use this new product to get them in the cult. Er, I mean the Vegas Community.
busterkeaton wrote on 9/1/2004, 12:47 PM
I bet it doesn't have AC-3 encoding.

The flyer offers an upgrade from Movie Studio to the full Vegas 4 for about $400
Spot|DSE wrote on 9/1/2004, 1:23 PM
Nope. No AC3 encoding. Missing lots of things that you'll find in Vegas proper. But....still a great tool. We just placed several copies of this app in a school, and along with two full versions of Vegas, the school is set.
Even field reporters are using Vegas Movie Studio, then sending the project along to be finished by someone else.
bStro wrote on 9/1/2004, 1:26 PM
Can't tell on the AC3 mention of it on the product page, so probably not. It would make sense for it not to, since that would add quite a bit to the price. But on the other hand, AC3 is the preferred method for DVDA, and this comes with a stripped down version of that. Maybe it only does PCM.

Wouldn't it be funny if DVDA Studio accepted and preserved MPEG audio? Boy, would some DVDA users have a fit. <g>

busterkeaton wrote on 9/1/2004, 1:41 PM
The DVD portion seems better than Screenblast, but does anyone know if the NLE side has been upgraded?

This is a very good move for the whole Sony line. Makes everything less confusing.
Spot|DSE wrote on 9/1/2004, 2:21 PM
What specifically do you want to know? There is DVD Architect Studio, and Vegas Movie Studio.
Both are light versions of their professional counterparts.
They share MANY of the same behaviors, so much so that the new book contains a boatload of both. Flash import, red eye filters, tons of FX, transitions, built in themes, etc. None of the tools like 2Pass, AC3, etc are available.
busterkeaton wrote on 9/1/2004, 5:15 PM
When a couple of friends were looking to get NLE to edit their baby videos I recommended Screenblast, so I was wondering if would be worth their while to upgrade. I don't know if the DVD authoring would be enough to convince them.

Screenblast movie studio was based on Vegas 3 or 4?
TimLong wrote on 9/1/2004, 5:30 PM
I have a friend who is looking to get into the video editing, authoring to DVD field. Not professional, just home movies and things like that. I don't know much about Ulead. I do know I don't like Pinnacle. What would be the advantages of this package from Sony over Ulead?

busterkeaton wrote on 9/1/2004, 6:58 PM
Well if you use Vegas, you can offer help very easily. Also there are these forums which are a huge help.

I recommended Screenblast to a couple of people and they were able to pick it up very easily.

Spot|DSE wrote on 9/1/2004, 7:00 PM
Screenblast was based on Vegas 3 and 4. Vegas Movie Studio is based on Vegas 5. DVD Architect Studio is based on DVDArchitect 2.
Lawrence wrote on 9/1/2004, 9:58 PM
Vegas MovieStudio has 3 video tracks and 3 audio track. Very nice feel and the great packaging. It's can do karaOke type wipe effects. Singapore, the first country to see the Vegas MovieStudio at works before the product launch date. Thanks SPDN and Akiko-san.

Do 8 Stage presentions at the last COMEX Shows, 8 days ago and everyone who see it was just amazed by Vegas MovieStudio comparing it with Pinnacle 9 and Ulead VideoStudio8.

Vegas MovieStudio is the right choice for entry level video editing.

DVDAStudio2 is integrated and goodbye to crappy My Sonic DVD.

Express wrote on 9/2/2004, 7:22 AM
Screenblast was based on Vegas 3 and 4. Vegas Movie Studio is based on Vegas 5. DVD Architect Studio is based on DVDArchitect 2.

I use Vegas 5 and DVDA2 on my editing system. I intend to load Vegas 5 on one or two of my other systems for network rendering (as I understand it, I can have it on 3 systems for this purpose).

Question is, can I also load/use Vegas Movie Studio on a system that already has Vegas 5?
- purpose being, it is not legal to use two simultaneous copies of Vegas, but it is legal to network render on that second machine.
I would like to have Vegas Movie Studio available so that my Son could use it on his system, even though I have Vegas 5 loaded for network renders.

Given my past experience with SF/Sony, I'm guessing it would not be a problem, but given that Vegas MS is based on V5, I want to ensure there is not a conflict when loaded on the same machine.


Spot|DSE wrote on 9/2/2004, 8:19 AM
Yes, you can have both loaded. I've been running both on my laptop, with both open at the same time.
JohnnyRoy wrote on 9/2/2004, 8:36 AM
> I don't know if the DVD authoring would be enough to convince them

It should be. Screenblast shipped with MyDVD which, IMHO, is one of the worst DVD packages you can buy. It doesn't even support chapters!!! Many of the Screenblast customers scrapped it and bought Ulead DVD Movie Factory to make their DVD's. At an upgrade price of only $29, I think DVD authoring is definitely enough to convince them.

But that’s not all. It also has new 3D transitions that Screenblast didn't have and new audio restoration tools. One other new feature is Assignable Still Image Duration. You can't change the still image duration in Screenblast without messing with the internal parameters. Lots of customers were asking for the ability to specify the length of stills that are placed on the timeline. So for $29, I would jump at the upgrade if i was a Screenblast user.

SonySCS wrote on 9/2/2004, 8:54 AM
The Trimmer's there also.
slambubba wrote on 9/2/2004, 10:35 AM
hey spot, since you have both, can you share project files between the two? for example, i know photoshop and photoshop elements can both open the same .PSD files. i was wondering if vegas and vegas movie studio can do the same. that woulld be cool.
Spot|DSE wrote on 9/2/2004, 10:42 AM
You can open Movie Studio projects(.vf) in Vegas, but you can't open Vegas projects in Movie Studio.
busterkeaton wrote on 9/2/2004, 12:53 PM
I didn't see there was a $29 upgrade price.

That should get them.
busterkeaton wrote on 9/2/2004, 3:30 PM
Well that was quick.

One of the two people I recommended this to, just bought and downloaded it.

JohnnyRoy wrote on 9/2/2004, 8:42 PM
> I didn't see there was a $29 upgrade price

Yep, its right here. Even VideoFactory users qualify. It's a sweet deal.