Vegas Pro Basic tutorial by Andrew Devis (based on Sony Vegas Pro 12)

set wrote on 3/16/2017, 8:59 AM

Thank you Andrew Devis from tale2tell.com for allowing me to post his Vegas Pro 12 tutorial here. Visit his website for more other tutorials or support donation for his work.

 

This series will get you editing with (previously Sony) Vegas Pro 12 which is an excellent pro-level NLE although for some reason not given the attention that some other NLEs receive. Having used Vegas Pro and worked with it for this series, I saw what a well thought out app it is and how powerful it is when offering not just first rate editing tools but some very handy compositing and motion graphic tools all in a well-priced produced and with great integration with other products both by Sony (now Magix) and others.

 

Complete list of the tutorials here (see below this list for each tutorial):

1 – User Interface Intro

2 – Organising Your Assets Creating and Saving Projects

3 – Media Bins and Importing Assets

4 – Tagging Your Media in Bins

5 – Smart Bins and Searching your Assets

6 – Capturing HDV Footage

7 – Project Settings

8 – Preview Overlay and Snapshot Options

9 – Timeline Events and Creating Tracks

10 – Event Clip Features in the Timeline

11 – Timeline Navigation

12 – Understanding Track Headers

13 – Adding Just Video or Audio and Dealing with Multiple Takes

14 – Learning and Customising Keyboard Shortcuts

15 – The Trimmer Window and 3 Point Edits

16 – The Trimmer Window and 4 Point Edits

17 – The Importance of Markers

18 – Previewing Splitting Un-Grouping and Finding Clips

19 – Auto Ripple and Customizing Toolbars

20 – Working with Footage of Different Types

21 – Video Proxies – why and how

22 – Other Useful Preferences

23 – Crossfades And Controlling Transitions

24 – Building Complex Timelines with Multiple Files

25 – Managing Projects with Track Groups

26 – Creating and using Sub-Clips

27 – Time Stretch and Rolling Edits

28 – Slip Trim and Slip Edit

29 – Trimming transitions – Expanded Edit Mode

30 – Animating Clip Speed Changes with Envelopes

31 – Trim, Delete, Copy and Extract

32 – Event Pan/Crop – Basics

33 – Event Pan/Crop Animation

34 – Masking with Event Pan/Crop – Custom Shapes

35 – Masking with Event Pan/Crop – Other Tools

36 – Masking Effects

37 – Layer Dimensionality

38 – Animation and keyframes in Vegas Pro

39 – Track Motion and 3D Track Motion

40 – Keyboard Trimming

41 – BCC UpRez

42 – Additional Tools

43 – What Is Compositing

44 – Composition Modes

45 – Media Generators Pt 1

46 – Noise Textures

47 – Titles And Text

48 – Pro Type Titler

49 – Credit Rolls

50 – 3D Extrusion Overview

51 – BCC Extruded Text

52 – Extruding Text in HitFilm

53 – HitFilm Shatter Extrusion

54 – Zaxwerks 3D Creation

55 – Motion Blur

56 – BorisFX Stylizing Events

57 – Sony Stabilize

58 – BorisFX BCC Optical Stabilizer

59 – Rolling Shutter Correction in HitFilm

 

 

 

1 – User Interface Intro

A quick look over the Sony Vegas Pro user interface.

 

2 – Organising Your Assets Creating and Saving Projects

Organisation of your projects is important as it can save you a lot of time and frustration at a later date. The tutorial starts to talk about organisation and saving your projects.

 

3 – Media Bins and Importing Assets

Techniques for organising your assets into bins will save time and make things easier to navigate. A little preparation at the start will save a lot of frustration later on.

 

4 – Tagging Your Media in Bins

By adding tags to your media you can sort, organise and find media far quicker and in large projects this is a real help.

 

5 – Smart Bins and Searching your Assets

Smart bins are yet another way to sort and search for media. Once again tags are used but this time the bin itself is used to pull all media containing the selected tags into it. A powerful tool.

 

6 – Capturing HDV Footage

HDV is pretty much a dead product, however, there are still plenty of old cameras around which use this tape based format. So, if you still use HDV – here is the way to get your footage captured in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

7 – Project Settings

How do you set up your project in Sony Vegas Pro? Here are some helpful tips and tools.

 

8 – Preview Overlay and Snapshot Options

A look at the preview overlay and snapshot options in Sony Vegas Pro. It should be noted that preview overlays are actually based on older tube screens and so not as relevant to today’s flat screens.

 

9 – Timeline Events and Creating Tracks

Putting your video and assets onto a timeline is the start of editing. So this tutorial talks about timeline events and how to create tracks when needed.

 

10 – Event Clip Features in the Timeline

When a clip is in the timeline there are certain features that the clip has. This tutorial looks at those features once the clip is on a timeline.

 

11 – Timeline Navigation

How do you move efficiently and effectively around your project in the timeline? This tutorial shows how to navigate your timeline in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

12 – Understanding Track Headers

Before the timeline there is a section called the ‘Header’ which is slightly different depending on if the track is for video or audio. This tutorial looks at the header settings and features to help you understand how they aid you in your project.

 

13 – Adding Just Video or Audio and Dealing with Multiple Takes

Sometimes you just want video OR audio and sometimes you want to compare multiple takes in context. This tutorial shows you how to add just audio or video and how to have multiple takes in a single event in your timeline in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

14 – Learning and Customising Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to be a fast, professional editor, you will find that this comes into being once you get to grips with the keyboard shortcuts and learn to use them as much as you can (unless of course you have a coffee in your other hand in which case you carry on using the mouse until you put your drink down). This tutorial talks about important keyboard shortcuts, how to find out what the shortcuts are and then how to customise them if you need to.

 

15 – The Trimmer Window and 3 Point Edits

Three point edits are the basic edits you will be making all the time in Sony Vegas Pro. This means you need to create 2 points on the clip you want to use (the In and the Out points) and have a further third point on the timeline for the clip to land on. This tutorial shows you how this is done in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

16 – The Trimmer Window and 4 Point Edits

Four point edits change the speed of a clip so that it can fit in a specific gap. This tutorial shows you how to specify the 4 points and make sure that Sony Vegas Pro knows how you intend to handle the clip in the timeline.

 

17 – The Importance of Markers

Don’t underestimate how important and helpful markers can be. They can help you synchronise your edits to important point, give helpful information when passing the project off to someone else and lots of other helpful things. This tutorial talks about markers, how to add them and what you could do with them in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

18 – Previewing Splitting Un-Grouping and Finding Clips

This tutorial looks at a series of helpful little features in Sony Vegas Pro including how to preview clips, split clips, group/un-group clips and find clips.

 

19 – Auto Ripple and Customizing Toolbars

Toolbars give you options with the clip of the mouse. However, in Sony Vegas Pro you have the option of being able to choose what you show and what you don’t show on your toolbars – giving you far greater customisation and control of how the application works for you.

 

20 – Working with Footage of Different Types

These days people are using so many different types of camera that the probability that you will end up using footage of different types is very high. This tutorial will prove helpful in making sure you get your setting correct for best results.

 

21 – Video Proxies – why and how

What is a ‘proxy’ and why would you use it? This tutorial helps you to see how to use proxies and what advantages they can give you for speeding up your workflow in Sony Vegas Pro

 

22 – Other Useful Preferences

If you get your preferences right it will save you and help you work efficiently in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

23 – Crossfades And Controlling Transitions

Moving from one clip on your timeline to another is important in that it can enhance your storytelling or it can jolt your audience and ruin the flow of your story. This tutorial is about understanding how to use and control transitions in Sony Vegas Pro

 

24 – Building Complex Timelines with Multiple Files

The more you use Sony Vegas Pro the more likely you are to have complex timelines. So this tutorial talks about some of the issues.

 

25 – Managing Projects with Track Groups

Managing projects is so important, that any help you can get is worth knowing about. Track groups in an interesting and helpful tool.

 

26 – Creating and using Sub-Clips

Suppose you have a talking head that goes on for a long time. You can’t use it all, but you want little bits which you want to put in your timeline. The best way to grab those parts you want it to create sub-clips of them – a very helpful tool.

 

27 – Time Stretch and Rolling Edits

Playing with time is fun and a great story-telling tool. Also, making sure that the edit takes place at the right point and being able to move it to make sure it another powerful and important tool. Thus this tutorial talks about time stretch and rolling edits in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

28 – Slip Trim and Slip Edit

More important tools in Sony Vegas Pro including the Slip Trim and the Slip Edit tools – great ways to refine you edit to make it as good as it can be with as little work as possible!

 

29 – Trimming transitions – Expanded Edit Mode

This is a great tool in Sony Vegas Pro that helps you make the most of the screen space on your monitor to make the best choices you can when it come to polishing up your edit. Well worth knowing about and mastering

 

30 – Animating Clip Speed Changes with Envelopes

Yet another great tool inside of Sony Vegas Pro which allows you to animate time changes using envelopes. This tool is great fun to use and very powerful.

 

31 – Trim, Delete, Copy and Extract

This tutorial looks at some of the basic but none-the-less important features of working with Sony Vegas Pro.

 

32 – Event Pan/Crop – Basics

Sony Vegas Pro has quite an effective motion graphics toolset which can help you to pan and scan any item in your timeline. This tutorial shows to use the event pan/crop tool and understand how it works.

 

33 – Event Pan/Crop Animation

Having learnt the basics of the event pan/crop toolset, we carry on to learn the basics of animating the even pan/crop tool to great great motion and change of your clips in the timeline in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

34 – Masking with Event Pan/Crop – Custom Shapes

The Event Pan/Crop toolset is taken even further as you learn how to use it to mask evens and also to create custom shapes for those masks.

 

35 – Masking with Event Pan/Crop – Other Tools

More tools for the Event Pan/Crop options in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

36 – Masking Effects

Learn how to be selective with which part of the clip an effect is applied to by using masking in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

37 – Layer Dimensionality

This feature of Sony Vegas Pro helps layers to work together to give the sense of depth and thus give more presence to you assets in your timeline and a more professional end result.

 

38 – Animation and keyframes in Vegas Pro

Animation adds powerful compositing options inside of Sony Vegas Pro. In this tutorial learn how to animate and create ‘keyframes’ to control where and when things should happen.

 

39 – Track Motion and 3D Track Motion

Moving things around in 2D and 3D space give you more options and other ways to polish your edit and impress you audience and customers.

 

40 – Keyboard Trimming

As has been said before, the ability to be able to make minimal use of the mouse and maximum use of keyboard shortcuts will save you a great deal of time and help to make you a fast and efficient editor. One of those key keyboard shortcut toolsets is for keyboard trimming of events in your timeline. Well worth mastering.

 

41 – BCC UpRez

BorisFX make a whole series of plugin effects for Sony Vegas Pro and in this tutorial I talk about a helpful tool to increase the resolution of standard definition clips up to that of High Definition. This is not the same as scaling a clip as scaling will bring in all kinds of artefacts while uprezzing a clip will increase its resolution and minimise artefacts. Please note these effects are extra cost items.

 

42 – Additional Tools

A look at some additional tools not covered so far in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

43 – What Is Compositing

Understanding what ‘Compositing’ is will help you understand the powerful toolset within Sony Vegas Pro and HitFilm more clearly.

 

44 – Composition Modes

A basic understanding of compositing modes and how they work in Sony Vegas Pro can be very helpful and save you lots of trouble once learnt.

 

45 – Media Generators Pt 1

Sony Vegas Pro allows you to generate all kind of synthetic assets – things that are produced inside of Sony Vegas Pro and not imported from outside. These Media Generators form the basis of much of the compositing in the application and are very helpful.

 

46 – Noise Textures

Another media generator tool that allows for creative compositing of items in your timeline.

 

47 – Titles And Text

A key part of any edit is the use of text within the project. This tutorial shows how to use one of the media generators to produce title and text in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

48 – Pro Type Titler

The Pro Type Titler is a very advanced animatable titler to use within Sony Vegas Pro. And while it may take a little time to get to grips with, once mastered it can be used to create very high quality animated titles.

 

49 – Credit Rolls

Credit rolls tell your audience who did what in your production and are essential. Sony Vegas Pro has some great tools to make the process of creating credit rolls simple.

 

50 – 3D Extrusion Overview

There are different way to extrude 3D items in Sony Vegas Pro. But the chances are you will want to be able to do this at some point so this tutorial shows how.

 

51 – BCC Extruded Text

This tutorial show how to use the BorisFX BCC plugin inside of Sony Vegas Pro to extrude 3D text (note this is an extra cost item).

 

52 – Extruding Text in HitFilm

HitFilm is another product that offers extremely powerful compositing and visual effects tools but which also integrates very smoothly with Sony Vegas Pro. While it is an extra cost product and does take some learning, it it well worth the effort as this tool can be used to transform you work in Vegas Pro.

 

53 – HitFilm Shatter Extrusion

Another HitFilm options for extruding 3D text in Sony Vegas Pro.

 

54 – Zaxwerks 3D Creation

Zaxwerks ProAnimator is a dedicated motion graphics 3D text and logo creation program. While this is a specialist product, if you need to create lots of high quality 3D items – text, logos and backgrounds – this is a serious product to consider purchasing as it is so quick and powerful.

 

55 – Motion Blur

Motion blur can make an item really look as if it belongs in a scene. However, the downside is that to add motion blur may really slow your machine down and increase render times …. worth knowing how to do this although only use it when you really need to!

 

56 – BorisFX Stylizing Events

A look at another tool in the BorisFX BCC range of plugin tools for Sony Vegas Pro. This time I look at stylizing events so that they can be seen more as cartoon items than real film – great fun – but will slow down your renders

 

57 – Sony Stabilize

How do you deal with footage that is shaky and unstable? Answer: Use the Sony Stabilize tool – this will help you even out the shakes and help make the footage more watchable and usable. This tool takes a while to apply!

 

58 – BorisFX BCC Optical Stabilizer

While the Sony Stabilize tool is great, it can take a while to work especially if you have long clips! The advantage of the BorisFX BCC Optical Stabilizer tool is that it only works on the selected portion of the clip you are actually using – which can save a lot of time. Downside of course is that it doesn’t come with Sony Vegas Pro and will cost extra to buy.

 

59 – Rolling Shutter Correction in HitFilm

Rolling shutter is a problem with items in your footage warping as you move your camera. HitFilm has a dedicated tool to deal with this – but as said before, you will need to purchase HitFilm to use this tool – but it is very effective!

 

Once again Thank You to Andrew Devis for making this Vegas Pro tutorial series. For more tutorials list I (Set) have collected, see this tutorial list in the forum.