When Did You First Use Vegas?

DGates wrote on 6/2/2015, 10:42 PM
For me, it was way back with Vegas 3.0, purchased in 2003.

I had been using Pinnacle Studio 7, which I think came with some hardware I had bought. Studio 7 had a nicely designed UI, but was unstable and crashed a LOT. I remember seeing the Vegas 3 software box in Best Buy of all places. I had never heard of it, and quite frankly, it looked like the kind of software that says it does everything, but doesn't do any one thing well. So I went home and did an internet search, and that's when Vegas' reputation came into play. Everybody who used it was praising it. It was ahead of the big boys back then, doing things that Premiere hadn't implemented yet. I went back to the store and bought it and have never looked back.


Chienworks wrote on 6/2/2015, 11:10 PM
I had been using SoundForgeXP 4.5 for a few years when it suddenly struck me that i could actually go to a website named sonicfoundry.com and poke around. I discovered they had a video editor named VideoFactory 1.0 for only $39.95 so i bought it. It took about 2 minutes to learn how to use and it was a few thousand times more powerful than anything else i had looked at so i was instantly hooked.

A couple years later i upgraded from VideoFactory 2 to Vegas Video 3. I remember being completely lost at first because there were no tracks!
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john_dennis wrote on 6/3/2015, 12:31 AM
In the mid to late 1990s, I used CD Architect and Sound Forge 4.5 to transfer a large number of my open-reel audio tapes to CD. [I] I was a professional musician in a past life.[/I]

In 2003, I bought a video capture card to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. After using the software that came with the capture card for a while, I tried Pinnacle. I thought the interface was well designed for a person just learning the concepts of video, but the bugs drove me to use more than the normal number of swear words at high volume.

After a while, my wife encouraged me to get a "professional" editor so we could have some peace around the house. I visited a local system builder that specialized in workstations for video editing and tried Adobe Premier briefly. Then, I decided to buy a Canopus capture card and it happened to be bundled with Vegas 4.0. This worked fine for my VHS tape transfer project but with the arrival of my first grandchild, my son bought an HD camcorder so I upgraded to Vegas Pro 8. Since then I've upgraded to every version.

I've used video editing as a distraction and a technical pursuit. If I have any artistry at all, not many people in the world are likely to ever see it.
set wrote on 6/3/2015, 1:05 AM
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PeterWright wrote on 6/3/2015, 3:38 AM
I started out computer editing with a miro dc30+ capture card, which came bundled with Adobe Premiere, and used it for a year or two.

Amongst fellow users on a miro Forum was a character called John Cline, and one day he told us that it was no longer necessary to wait for rendering, or "Make Movie" to see how a transition or title looked - there was a program that did this in real time using software!!!

Enter Vegas Video 3.0, and like many others, I haven't looked back.
Byron K wrote on 6/3/2015, 3:59 AM
First used Vegas Movie Studio 6 (whenever that came out) up thru Platinum 9. because it could handle my .mov files from my point and shoot cannon camera.

Previously I was using Pinnacle Studio 6 or 7 and Ulead Video Studio which was a piece of junk kept crashing and hanging.

Upgraded to Pro 9 because Sony had a deal to upgrade to the pro version and I was needing more than 4 tracks. I remember it was one of the most painful upgrades of my life. Had to revert back to Platinum 9 until Vegas Pro 9c.

Upgraded Vegas 10a, which is MUCH better and stable out of the box than Vegas Pro 9 was.

Because of my version 9 issues I've been keeping up w/ the even upgrade versions. Currently on V12. (:
Gary James wrote on 6/3/2015, 6:44 AM
Like you, my first version was Vegas 3.0 from Sonic Foundry (before Sony bought the product from them). I saw a review of the program on one of the tech TV shows that was on the air in the early 2000's. They really liked it, and gave it their highest rating.
Serena Steuart wrote on 6/3/2015, 6:59 AM
Vegas 5, 2005. Transition from 16mm to HD video and this was my first video editing software. Found it very intuitive and very similar to editing film: cut with scissors and stick it together. I don't get 'ins' and 'outs' in other software; of course I know that it is a carry over from linear video tape.
cbrillow wrote on 6/3/2015, 7:00 AM

Guess it's not worth trying to look up the date, but it was in the early 2000s sometime. I had cut my teeth -- and nearly slit my wrists -- trying to use Pinnacle Studio 8, that notorious cobbled-together POS that caused many to tear their hair out and drove them screaming to other software solutions.

After having my fill of Studio, I bought a copy of Sony Screenblast, the predecessor to Movie Studio. After that, I picked up a copy of Vegas 4, and have been along for the ride since then.

I'm currently at Vegas 12 Pro, and my video experiments are largely in the past. Probably won't indulge in future updates unless something changes, or Vegas comes up with something that compels me to change my mind.
Steve Grisetti wrote on 6/3/2015, 7:30 AM
I was using it back when it was called Sony Screenblast!
dxdy wrote on 6/3/2015, 7:49 AM
2004 or 2005. I was working on the launch of a new car in Belvidere Illinois, living in a hotel for over a year. I had a copy of Pinnacle Studio, which I deeply disliked. I went into a Media Play retail store on the outskirts of nearby Rockford, and Vegas Studio was on the shelf. (The Rockford store was the first Media Play, a little TMI for this discussion.)

Somehow the transition from Pinnacle to Vegas Studio was hard work - but I had lots of hotel nights to work on it. Transition to Pro around version 7. I have never found a NLE I like better.
TheHappyFriar wrote on 6/3/2015, 8:09 AM
Vegas 3 LE that was included with the book Spot wrote. I bought that so I could get the upgrade discount to 4. I saved a couple hundred.
Haven't looked back!
Kit wrote on 6/3/2015, 8:40 AM
I got VideoFactory 1.0 and 2.0 as well. Never really did much video editing as I was using Acid heavily at the time. I got more use out of Acid 2 than any other version. I think Vegas 6.0 was my first Vegas.
VMP wrote on 6/3/2015, 8:52 AM
With (Sonic Foundry) Vegas Video 3, I think it was in 2002.


I came to know about Sonic Foundry via my internal PC Cd-rom drive, recorder.
There was a CD included containing Acid.

Before that I had the Pinnacle Studio Deluxe, it had a break out box with analogue input/ output and a DV capture card.


Later I tried using the DV capture card with other software, but it only works with the pinnacle software. Members here at the forum suggested I get a canopus card. Later on I have bought a firewire card instead. (Yeah I am that long a member here - Join Date: 6/13/2002)

I was 18 back in 2002, nice memories :-).

OldSmoke wrote on 6/3/2015, 9:01 AM
I used Ulead's Media Studio Pro 5 from 1998 until version 8 for DV editing. I switched to Sony VP 7 in 2007 with the purchase of my first HDV camera, the HDR-FX7 and have all versions up to 13.

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Tech Diver wrote on 6/3/2015, 9:12 AM
Been using every version of Vegas Pro (formerly called Vegas Video) since version 6 (2006).

rs170a wrote on 6/3/2015, 10:24 AM
I started with it at version 1.0 when it was still Vegas Audio. I was putting together a 3/4" tape-based A-B roll edit system and needed some audio sweetening tools. I looked around and decided on Vegas and it worked like a charm. I later upgraded to a dpsVelocity system (big $$$) but never forgot Vegas. I went to Vegas Audio 2, skipped version 3, came back to it at Vegas Video 4 and have stayed with it to this day.

wwaag wrote on 6/3/2015, 10:30 AM
I started with Adobe Premiere 1.0 around 2002 that was packaged with a firewire card and later upgraded to 1.5 along with a dedicated Matrox card. Must admit that I never liked Premiere. Couple of years later, I tried Vegas Movie Studio 6.0, liked it, and then bought the Pro 6.0 version from B&H when they had a promotional sale at $99. Since then, the only upgrade I've skipped is V11. For me, V13 is the best yet. I also bought Sound Forge 9.0 and later upgraded to V10, but thus far have declined upgrading to V11.


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Tom Pauncz wrote on 6/3/2015, 10:43 AM
Been using Vegas since v3, I guess since around 2001.
JohnnyRoy wrote on 6/3/2015, 10:45 AM
Started with Video Factory 2.0 and then moved to Vegas Video 3.0 as my first version of Vegas. I still have the installation CD's. ;-)

Satevis wrote on 6/3/2015, 10:48 AM
My first Vegas was version 9 early in 2010. Quite the newbie.
rraud wrote on 6/3/2015, 11:42 AM
If I recall correctly, Vegas 1.0, it was an 'audio only' DAW, then V2 and V3... I think V3 had the video option... or was it V2.. In any case, long time ago and it was Sonic Foundry software. As an audio person, I didn't use the video tools at all until VP6.
Richard Culver wrote on 6/3/2015, 12:47 PM
I started with either version 1 or 2 in 2000 when it was a DAW. Jumped all over the video version when it came out. By version 4 I used it to edit a DV Feature. Been using it ever since.
Dale7 wrote on 6/3/2015, 1:05 PM
I Started in the mid 90's with a Videonics Thumbs-Up linear edit controller, + a Videonics titler.
Moved to Pinnacle Studio 400 computer-based edit controller.
Then I used an Avio Casablanca stand-alone editor for several years. That ultimately was thrown into the trash.
After that, Pinnacle Studio 5 or 6.
Started with Vegas 4.0 in 2003 or 2004. Still used the titler in Pinnacle Studio for credit rolls.
Currently using Vegas Pro 12.