I'm taking a page from our friend Craig Anderton and I'm going to use the forum here to write a rather lengthy review. This review is going to happen in steps over the next few weeks, if you have questions I'll do my best to help - I'm also going to try to get some of the staff from Magix over here to answer questions too, if I can't answer them myself.
Vegas 17 from Magix
, formally a Sony product but the legacy goes back to many of the products from Sonic Foundry. I worked at Sonic Foundry back in the day as the Director of Training. Sound Forge was (and in many ways still is) my weapon of choice for sample editing and I had the pleasure of traveling the country for a year teaching music store employees, musicians and producers, DJs and broadcasters and even law enforcement the capabilities of Sound Forge. I was at Sonic Foundry right up until the launch of ACID which was a game-changing product at the time - I left Sonic Foundry for a job at Kurzweil Music Systems.
Vegas has been a multi-media editor of choice of mine since the beginning. Certainly a ton of familiarity for me simply due to the amount of time I spent with Sound Forge and Acid. The workflow, appearance, shortcut keys are all very similar. So for me it has always been the easiest choice for video editing. Sony unfortunately let the Vegas product line go stagnant before Magix took over. Myself and I think many other Vegas users were looking for other solutions for a while. I've personally spent a lot of time using BlackMagic's Davinci Resolve the last couple years but kept finding myself coming back to Vegas when there was a more complicated edit.
Magix claims Vegas 17 is the "The fastest NLE. Vegas 17 brings a lot of new things to the table. For passionate creatives." Features include:
- Nested Timelines
- Unified Color Grading
- HLG HDR Color Support
- Optical-Flow Slow Motion
- GPU accelerated decoding for AVC/HEVC
- LUT Support
- Planar Motion Tracking
- Storyboard Support
- "Auto Looks"
- 8k Video
- Many new transition effects
....and much much more
Is it "The Fastest NLE". I think in some ways, yes it is. In some ways it may not be but I'll be doing some comparisons along the way.
Magix is offering a subscription pricing model called Vegas Pro 365. At $11.67 per month it is an easier pill to swallow compared to Adobe Premiere Pro which is $20.99 per month. Magix also has a Free Trial that may help you follow along with this review if you're interested.
I'll fully admit that video product is not my area of full expertise, that being said I've personally shot and edited almost everything Casio has produced in the last 11 years so I have enough working knowledge to be dangerous. That is where I'll leave it for now. Through this review I'll be editing the MPN Nashville Keyboard Summit
which due to the way it was shot, has its challenges from an editing perspective. More on that soon...