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Sony Vegas Pro 11 offers GPU-accelerated performance, as well as stereoscopic 3D tools

In testing Sony Creative Software’s Vegas Pro 11, I took advantage of the recent arrival of a loaner HP EliteBook 8560w laptop computer, as well as the HP Z800 Workstation (dual hexacore, 3.47 GHz CPUs, 18 GB, NVIDIA Quadro 5000). The EliteBook sports an Intel Core i7, 2.30 GHz, 64-bit, quad-core CPU with 16 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended), installed... Read more

Introducing Final Cut Pro X

Apple’s controversial makeover of its landmark NLE system

The dust has settled, and you’ve now probably read all the reviews on various filmmaking websites and blogs, as well as viewed the infamous Conan O’Brien sketch ( Apple’s Final Cut Pro X has been out for a couple of months, and in all of the years I’ve been covering production and postproduction... Read more

Accelerated Editing

Taking advantage of new features in Avid’s Media Composer 5.5 and Pro Tools 9

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Or, more prosaically, we often can extend our creative skills through access to slightly more advanced tools than those with which we’re currently familiar. Video-editing software falls comfortably into this category, especially if we have aspirations to move into more sophisticated productions,... Read more

What Goes On In Vegas

Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 provides an intuitive environment for editors

My article “The Cutting Edge” in the December 2009 issue of HDVideoPro surveyed the range of PC-based NLE programs available. This review of Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 is more detailed and incorporates improvements made since that issue. Briefly reviewing the criteria for evaluation of any NLE, let me suggest intuition, stability and speed, codec... Read more

The Suite Spot

Adobe’s unified, all-in-one CS5 Master Collection allows you to move into new platforms

Now is the time to augment your “in-house” creative skills, and the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Master Collection has something for everyone. The CS5 Master Collection is a PC/Mac bundle of 23 programs and online services. You may already know Premiere Pro CS5 (a $799 NLE), After Effects CS5 (compositing, $999) and Soundbooth CS5 (recorder/mixer,... Read more

ProRes Version 2.0

Apple releases three new flavors to Final Cut Pro 7’s lossless editing codecs

For indie filmmakers, Apple’s Final Cut Pro currently wears the NLE (nonlinear editing) systems’ crown, and with professional editors such as Walter Murch and renowned filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher and the Coen Brothers having already made the switch, Final Cut Pro has been steadily moving in on Avid’s professional... Read more

The Cutting Edge

Profiling the latest nonlinear editing systems to challenge Final Cut Studio’s buzz

In the earliest days of nonlinear editing, programmers attempted to regain traits of film editing, such as grabbing a clip from a flannel-lined bin and feeding it into a Steenbeck or Movieola edit machine. Today, many nonlinear editing systems (NLEs) still feature drag-and-drop (D&D) editing to a timeline. Later NLEs, emulating online video editing... Read more