Sony Vegas Pro 11 Beginner's Guide

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  • Easy and quick steps to make a video
  • Import media from different sources
  • Learn about the various editing tools available in Vegas Pro to save you time during the editing process
  • Add professional, animated titles and transitions to enhance your videos' look
  • Fix the colors in your footage with advanced color correction tools
  • Export your projects to DVD, Blu-Ray, YouTube, and more

Sony Vegas Pro is a widely used video editing tool that provides an efficient and intuitive environment for creating professional quality videos. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced video editor, Vegas Pro meets all your needs

Sony Vegas Pro 11 Beginner's Guide is packed with tips and advice on how to go about creating professional quality videos from scratch. With this book in hand, even a novice can start making a video or a short film quickly and easily.

Sony Vegas Pro 11 Beginner’s Guide takes you through the process of creating a video project from scratch. The book is packed with many screenshots to help illustrate time-saving editing techniques and how to spice up your video with beautiful effects and titles. You will also dive into audio editing, color correction, event panning and cropping along with various other techniques which will enable you to develop a solid foundation in video editing.

By the end of this book you will be able to create and edit videos with ease.

  • Edit slick, professional videos of all kinds with Sony Vegas Pro
  • Learn audio and video editing from scratch
  • Speed up your editing workflow
  • A practical beginner's guide with a fast-paced but friendly and engaging approach towards video editing
Page Count 264
Course Length 7 hours 55 minutes
ISBN 9781849691703
Date Of Publication 25 Jul 2012
Creating a project
Project Properties
Time for action — using the supplied clips to set Project Properties
Time for action — setting Project Properties from scratch
The Preview Monitor
Time for action — importing media
The Smart tool and media clips
Keyboard Shortcuts
Editing: A light history lesson
Time for action — creating a second version of our project
What makes a good edit or cut
Time for action — selecting edit points in our media clips
Method two: Multicamera tool
Time for action — creating edits with the Multicamera tool
Event panning and cropping tool
Time for action — making a creative zoom with the Pan/Crop tool
Time for more action removing an unwanted shadow
Slow and fast motion
Time for action — using slow motion as a creative tool
Important preliminary points
Video effects (a.k.a. FX)
Time for action — applying global FX to our media
Time for action — applying FX to individual clips
Time for action — removing the muted media clips
Time for action — using transitions
Media generators
Time for action — media generators
The advent of 3D editing
Titles and text
Time for action — working with the SONY Pro Type Titler
Time for action — animating our title
Time for action — making a series of credits with the Sony Pro Type Titler
Transitions: The key to a smooth flow
Time for action — creating effective transitions
A note on our project
What are White Balance and Level Correction?
Time for action — using the White Balance tool
Level correction
Time for action — using the Levels plugin
Another way of looking at changes to levels and colors
Time for action — practical use of Levels and the Waveform scope
Time for action — using Levels and the Histogram scope on our project
Time for action — learning to read the Vectorscope
Time for action — color correction
Time for action — removing the redness using the Color Corrector Secondary plugin
Pan/crop and zooming automation
Time for action — automating the pan/crop tool
Parameter automation
Time for action — automating parameters
The Track Motion Tool
Time for action — using Track Motion to move two tracks together
Time for action — adding Motion Blur
Concepts of audio
Audio 101
Time for action — load and listen to the tones file
Time for action — using the EQ plugin to equalize a guitar sound
Time for action — using the Compressor plugin to change an audio clip
The mixing console
Time for action — using the mixing console
Recording the spoken word
Recording a voice over into Vegas Pro 11
Time for action — recording audio into Vegas Pro 11
Music copyright
Surround sound concepts and Vegas Pro
Time for action — using Surround Sound tools in Vegas Pro 11


Duncan Wood

A 35 year veteran of the Music and Video industries, Duncan Wood has certainly seen his share of changes and advances in technologies in these two fields. Having worked with a large range of music artists from household names such as Savage Garden, The Veronicas and Jon English, through to a list way too long to mention of unknowns and up and comers, Duncan has had hands on experience starting in the days of Analogue Tape and Video through to today’s Digital Media Formats. As owner and director of his company Touchwood Productions ( ), Duncan is active on a daily basis pushing the boundaries and forging pathways to have his productions see light of day in this ever changing landscape of the Multi Media Industries. Always keen to help the next generation of Music and Video editors strive to succeed, Duncan hwas been excited to be writeing the Beginners Guide for Sony Vegas Pro 11. His hands on experience combined with his years of experience presented with the PACKT PUBLISHING BOOK format will make for an exciting read for those keen to conquer this powerful software.