Magix Vegas Movie Studio 15 is a Windows-based video editing software, formerly it was known as Sony Vegas until Magix bought it from them. Having not really done any video editing at all, I thought it would be interesting to give it a go and see if I can get the hang of it. While video editing isn’t a skill that can be learned overnight, I do have to say that from my experience so far, Vegas does try to make it as easy as possible.
Magix Vegas Movie Studio 15 is offered in three packages. The first is the standard edition, simply known as Vegas Movie Studio 15 and costs only £39.99. The others are known as Vegas Movie Studio 15: Platinum and Vega Movie Studio 15: Suite. There are vast differences between the three and all three have different prices. It would take forever to list all the differences in this write-up, so instead, I’ll refer you to this link for that information.
I’m not going to go all out technical in this write-up as I’m still learning myself and when it comes to video editing, I’m a complete newbie, so instead, I am going to focus on the user interface and some of the features of Vegas Movie Studio 15.
The first thing I noticed upon my initial use of this program is just how clean and uncluttered the U.I is. Being video editing software I was expecting something more daunting and scary to the untrained user like myself, but instead what you actually get is a clean uncluttered appearance with an option area down the left side of the screen, a video preview area on the right side and your video timeline running along the bottom. This actually made my first use of the program a much more enjoyable experience than I had expected.
As a newbie, it was apparent, I was going to need help, even though the U.I was so welcoming. So I thought of going to Youtube, but then I noticed an option labeled ”Show me how” in the left-hand options area. A click on this brought up a separate floating window full of different title options. Clicking on any of these options opens up an interactive dialogue box, that walks you through what to do for your selected option. It almost reminds me of a video game tutorial, where you have to actually do what it shows you before being able to move on. I have to say this built-in help section has been so handy for helping me gain knowledge of the product. There are of course still a few things that I had to look elsewhere for, but all the basics are covered within the help area.
Importing a video into the program from my PC was as easy as I had expected. You start off by clicking the ‘Add video and audio’ option, which in turn loads up a window that gives you various options of where to load a file from such as from your PC or from a disc. Once an option is selected the video appears in the ‘Project media’ tab.
There are also plenty of other media options within Magix Vegas Movie Studio 15. You can add still images, text, audio and various different video effects. Vegas offers you the ability to upload your own media or use any of the media from their vast catalog that is built right into the software.
One feature I have used and will be using a lot when I get around to doing more videos is the adding text feature, which allows you to easily add text to any frame of your video, within the video itself or before or after the video. The text can be placed anywhere you like within the clip, such as the middle, center or bottom and jsut as you’d expect there are many different fonts, colors and sizes to choose from. The ability to add still images is also present, but of course, you’d expect these features from any decent video editing software.
I’m now going back over to the simplicity of Magix Vegas Movie Studio 15, focusing this time on the timeline bar at the bottom. The timeline is one of the most important parts of any video editing software. It becomes your bed for the video, audio, text, effects and images your video is playing host to. Therefore it’s really important to get it right and in all honesty, it appears Magix has got it right.
The timeline is split into four columns, one for text, one for video, one for audio and one for music. As such, each part of your movie is divided into these four columns based on what type of media it is. Once media is placed within its column, you can then start to play around and position things to precise timing, so for example, you want a picture to appear over your video footage, you simply place that picture over the time period of the video where you want it. From here you can adjust the pictures appearance time by dragging it out to make it longer or dragging it in to make it shorter. If you want a break where the picture appears and the video doesn’t, well you simply place a gap where your video stops for a brief period and you insert your picture into this area, before allowing the video to continue.
Overall, what I have seen and done so far within Magix Vegas Movie Studio 15 has been better than I had expected. Yes, there’s still a lot more to it, a lot to touch on, but as I’m still a learner in the infancy stages, it wouldn’t make much sense for me to go on about them, because, in all honesty, I’d have no idea what I’m talking about. What I do know, however, is that if you’re a newbie like me, Vegas Movie Studio 15 does its best to make you feel somewhat comfortable, by offering you a clean user interface and a dedicated help section, however the learning curve is still there and while learning is never fun, it certainly will be a valuable skill to master. As you can see from the video below, I am getting there slowly, but surely.