Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 has less of a consumer feel than some of the other video editing software packages we've looked at and is likely to suit experienced video editors more than the newcomer. Sony includes some excellent interactive tutorials and a Show Me How Wizard to explain the interface. Vegas also installs some external helper applications, such as DVD Architect for some serious Blu-ray and DVD disc authoring.
Footage from DV cameras are imported via another external app, Sony Video Capture 6.0, but the captured footage ends up in the Browser the same as other imported assets. The application also offers a Device Explorer window for importing video from the AVCHD cameras.
As full HD can be hard to handle on a typical consumer PC, Vegas will automatically adjust the video preview size and quality to optimise the frame rate during preview. You can also enable Vegas Movie Studio to make minor changes to your source media properties including cropping/padding frame size or adjusting interlacing to allow media files to work better with your project.
The importing process will recognise if 5.1 channel surround audio is present and automatically adds the corresponding tracks to the timeline. Here Vegas Movie can support up to 10 video and 10 audio tracks. Text, Overlay and Video tracks are created for you automatically and you can insert additional video tracks as needed. Media generators can also be used to create backgrounds, text and textures in your project.
Other nice touches include the Stabilize Media function, to analyse and remove camera shake from the selected video footage. Also if you've used multiple cameras within a project or if the lighting varies between shots, you can use the Color Corrector plugin to minimise the differences, while at the opposite end of the scale, Film Effects simulate different types and qualities of film, with control over the grain, tone, blending with the underlying colour and particle settings.
Export options include (not surprisingly) video for Sony PSP, upload to YouTube and disc export with DVD Architect.
Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 is a technically advanced, well featured and user friendly video editing application at an affordable price.