Vegas Pro: Professional quality video and audio production at an affordable price.
April 09, 2020

Vegas Pro: Professional quality video and audio production at an affordable price.

Richard Hogan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VEGAS Pro

We use Vegas Pro for creating, editing and converting a variety of video and audio projects. We use it for both internal projects and projects for clients. We make our own videos for internal use, videos for marketing and videos for educational purposes. We also do video work for clients. This ranges from creating new videos from scratch to editing, converting formats, and otherwise manipulating existing videos.

We've been using Vegas Pro for many years. It has consistently proven to be reliable, efficient and economical. It works with a very wide range of source materials in various formats. We can mix and match many different sources together on the same timeline and then output the final product in a variety of formats for different purposes, such as Internet videos, Blu-ray and DVD discs, etc.

The tools that come with Vegas are all quite good and offer many advanced capabilities. We also use some 3rd party add-ons, including NewBlue FX, Vegasaur and Excalibur. Vegas does nearly everything we've ever had a need to do. The few times we've come across something unusual that Vegas couldn't do, it was easy enough to find a 3rd party application that added the functionality that was needed.
  • Vegas Pro handles all manner of source materials, including a wide variety of video formats, still photos in a wide variety of formats, etc. It handles them all in a consistent manner and outputs everything in a consistent manner. Other video editing programs we've used in the past often had problems with mixing different sources.
  • Vegas Pro works well and performs efficiently without requiring super high-end hardware. It doesn't need a $1500 video card or other high-end components to work. Of course, it will work better with better hardware, but it doesn't require top-of-line hardware to be useful.
  • Vegas Pro comes with many transition effects, video filters, audio effects, audio filters, etc. Almost everything you need to do professional-quality video and audio is built-in. With a few low-cost add-ons, you can do even more.
  • While Vegas Pro does handle 4k video, I find that it still struggles a bit to keep up when playing back or processing 4k. I suspect this is at least partially due to the fact that the computer I am using for Vegas is not quite powerful enough to really handle 4k efficiently.
  • By providing an economical, efficient system for creating professional quality video and audio materials, Vegas Pro has had a positive impact on our overall business. It has enabled us to do many video projects for our clients in an affordable, efficient manner.
  • It enabled us to create professional-quality DVDs and Blu-ray discs, along with Internet videos to meet our clients' requirements.
  • It enabled us to create professional-quality marketing materials to promote our business with affordable videos.
When we used Adobe Premiere Pro, we found that it was much more limited in terms of the types of source formats it would accept. It also had more trouble mixing and matching different formats on the same timeline. It also crashed more frequently that we liked. Other products we have tried seemed decent, but since we already had a large investment in time spent learning all the ins and outs of Vegas Pro, we found that it wasn't worthwhile trying to learn different software. Since Vegas Pro was doing what we needed to do in an efficient, reliable manner, it was just too hard to justify starting over from scratch with something different.
Support for Vegas Pro has been somewhat inconsistent over the many years we've been using. In part, this is because Vegas Pro has been through some changes in ownership. We started using it when it was from a company called Sonic Foundry. At some point, Sonic Foundry sold out to Sony. Sony supported Vegas quite well at first, but then seemed to lose interest after a few years. Sony eventually sold Vegas to Magix. Now Magix is doing a good job of supporting Vegas.

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Vegas Pro is well suited for any situation where professional-quality video and audio editing, conversion, and manipulation need to be done in an affordable, efficient manner. Vegas Pro provides a great deal of power and performance at an affordable price. It's fairly intuitive and easy to learn.

Where Vegas Pro is less appropriate is in high-end productions, where there is a very large budget for high-end, top-of-line video production systems. In high-end, Hollywood studio situations, it makes more sense to stick with the video editing systems that are more commonly used in these environments, rather than try to introduce something different into the mix.