|Last modified: 27-03-2015|
"Sony Vegas Movie Studio is a consumer-based nonlinear video editing software designed for the PC. It is a scaled-down version of Sony Vegas Pro. [...] Since Version 6, there have been two versions: Vegas Movie Studio+DVD and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition, which adds AVCHD/HDV and 5.1 Surround capabilities."
Note: VMS cannot open a MOD file coded in MPEG-PS (MPEG video + AC-3 audio).
Commercial alternative to MS' free Movie Studio
Better get a camcorder that saves data in raw format rather than compressed.
Project > Import Media. Check the status bar: On big files, it'll take several minutes for Vegas to read and import it in the project.
"You have opened a media file which contains multiple channels of audio. Would you like to set the current project to 5.1 surround mode? Yes/No": Front, Center, LFE, Rear
This is used when you need to replace some parts of a video with pictures. A typical example would be if you shot a conference with a single camera where the speaker showed some PowerPoint slides through a projector so you'd like to edit the video later to replace some parts of the video stream with the slides that you shot live.
To trim a video, eg. to remove the first part of a segment, first enable Ripple Editing through Options > Auto Ripple. Next, drag and drop it from the Project Media section into the Video track in the lower-half of the screen, then select the start and end points using the yellow triangles above the timeline, and finally choose Edit > Delete.
Double-click on the time at the lower right-hand side, and type the time.
Use the J,K,L keys: L moves forward, K stops, J moves backward. Hitting the L/J multiple times increases the speed.
Edit > Editing Tool = Envelope
Edit > Editing Tool = Normal
Edit > Delete
Noticed this when combining multiple 2GB files into a single project although all were shot during the same venue using the exact same camcorder.