Filmmakers and videographers who know me can attest that I’ve been a Sony Vegas Pro user for nine years now. I actually started using it back when it was owned by Sonic Foundry. It is so easy to use and intuitive that it allowed me to just create, without having to think about the software. Back in high school, before I fell in love in with Vegas, I used Adobe Premiere 6.0. It worked okay, but was a bit clunky, so I switched to Vegas once I discovered it. Vegas has always been cutting edge. They were the first NLE to offer HDV editing, 24p, and native R3D support with RAW. Among other things, it also happens to be a top notch audio editor, allowing you to keep your project within one program.
Two years ago I started learning After Effects in order to broaden my skillset for “Leap: Rise of the Beast”. I can say now that there is no way I could of done the film for as low cost as I did had it not been for AE. My workflow was to cut an offline in Vegas, then conform the online, effects and grade in AE. Then I’d mix the sound in Vegas. Pretty simple.
Almost a year ago I got a job working for a TV show where we used Premiere CS5 for editing. I personally thought that not much had changed since I used it all those years ago, except that Adobe had modernized the interface, which Vegas has failed to do. Although it was more pleasant on the eyes, Premiere was just as clunky to cut with as it had been. But it made me start to wish that Vegas would update their look.
Just a few weeks ago, Adobe released their CS6 product line. Less than 24 hours ago, I downloaded the trial on my 2008 MacBook Pro. I was intrigued after hearing about all the improvements that had been made. After a few minutes of using it, I knew the press was right. Cutting in CS6 is a whole new experience! It almost feels like Vegas! They’ve added a bunch of features that Vegas has, updated the look again, and overall did a fine job! I struggled for a bit with my old plugin’s from CS5 (which I was using on this laptop before) but after fiddling around I was able to move them to the new directory.
I hate to say it, but unless Vegas can seriously update their interface, I might be cutting my next feature in Premiere CS6. The only thing I haven’t really tested yet is the audio abilities. That was Vegas’ biggest strength, and one of the most important factors of a film is the sound. But I just wanted to say, well done Adobe. Well done.
After getting my plugins installed, a frame grab from some Leap 3 tests, graded with Colorista Free in AE CS6