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Articles By David McKnight
David McKnight | The new Vegas Movie Studio 11 builds on version 10's feature set with several useful upgrades, and it even includes some fun extras such as Hollywood-style special effects. If you want to get your feet wet with the Vegas interface without a big investment, version 11 of Vegas Movie Studio is a great way to do it. Who says you can't get a lot out of Vegas with just a few bucks?
Posted 21 Nov 2011 By
David McKnight | Vegas Pro 11 was announced at IBC in September and is an exciting and much-anticipated upgrade to the cornerstone in Sony Creative Software's (SCS) media production line. It's available now at www.sonycreativesoftware.com for immediate download. There are some important changes afoot and in this review we're going to take a look at what's new, what's changed, what's missing, and whether or not you should upgrade from your current version.
Posted 17 Oct 2011 By
David McKnight | The Continuum Complete package from Boris FX is unlike any other FX package I've seen. It combines video filters, transitions, motion tracking, a titler, a particle generator, greenscreen utilities—more than 150 effects in all. Moreover, each of these comes with actual usable presets right out of the box. You can see the gushing coming down Interstate 45 with the doors wide open: "If you buy only one plug-in this year ..."
Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
David McKnight | After months of speculation about what would be in the latest full-step upgrade to Sony Creative Software's popular pro NLE, the new version has brought users new features and increased performance—without sacrificing stability. In this overview we'll cover many of these new features in Vegas Pro 10 that will benefit event videographers and filmmakers. Also, bookmark this page: we'll be adding new Vegas Pro 10 video tutorials every month through the first half of 2011.
Posted 27 Jun 2011 By
David McKnight | So there we were, my wife, Christie, and I, reading a familiar email: "Can you send me your packages for a wedding? We are on a budget." Sigh. "So am I. Maybe the bank will let me skip the mortgage payment this month because you are on a budget," I mumbled to no one in particular...
Posted 30 May 2011 By
David McKnight | Sony Vegas expert and 2009 EventDV 2009 finalist Rusty Brown consider the pros and cons of Sony's feature-enriched $99 Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 for pro wedding and event videographers and others contemplating taking the Vegas plunge.
Posted 31 Aug 2010 By
David McKnight | Since most Vegas users work with the companion DVD Architect program to author DVD and Blu-ray Discs, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to showcase some snazzy motion menus that integrate well into DVD Architect. We'll be working with Sony DVD Architect 5, Adobe After Effects CS3, and Pro Motion Menu Kits from Precomposed Motion Menus.
Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
David McKnight | Synchronizing multiple camera tracks and audio sources continues to be a popular task with the proliferation of video DSLR devices, since most users are creating multiple files, recording audio off-camera, and syncing everything up in post. PluralEyes can be a useful tool for expediting this process.
Posted 30 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | McKnight Video shot AVCHD footage with the Panasonic AG-HMC150 all over the Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise, ingested it and edited in in Vegas, and lived to tell the tale. Do the advantages of AVCHD production outweigh the postproduction challenges? The point is probably moot.
Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | Does your video business make a profit? How do you really track if you're making a profit, and how can you bring home more on every project? VASST's Making Money Making Videos instructional DVD purports to teach us how to do it.
Posted 20 Mar 2010 By
David McKnight | VASST's AVCHD Training DVD that carries the following tagline: "Learn the ins and outs of AVCHD and how it affects you." Your host is the well-known Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot); imagine if you ran into Spot at a coffee shop, pulled up a chair, and said, "Tell me everything there is to know about AVCHD!" That's pretty close to what you get with this DVD.
Posted 20 Mar 2010 By
David McKnight | Over the next 2 months, I'll share my top 10 tips that I've picked up over the years using Sony Vegas. They may not be immediately apparent to other Vegas users, but they're all very useful and can save you time in post.
Posted 12 Nov 2009 By
David McKnight | Over the next 2 months, I'll share my top 10 tips that I've picked up over the years using Sony Vegas. They may not be immediately apparent to other Vegas users, but they're all very useful and can save you time in post.
Posted 12 Nov 2009 / November 2009 Issue By
David McKnight | Whether you upload video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook or host it on your own blog or website, at some point you need to get video from the Vegas timeline to the web. In this tutorial, we're going to discuss exporting from Vegas to Flash and H.264/MPEG-4.
Posted 15 Jul 2009 By
David McKnight | The latest and greatest in Vegas Pro 9 for videographers
Posted 11 Jun 2009 By
David McKnight | The latest and greatest in Vegas Pro 9 for videographers
Posted 11 Jun 2009 By
David McKnight | This month we'll feature more audio tips plus information on compression, the audio utilities found in UltimateS Pro, and the best way to prepare audio files for use in Vegas's disc-authoring companion program, DVD Architect.
Posted 09 Apr 2009 / April 2009 Issue By
David McKnight | For those instances when your captured audio leaves something to be desired, it's great to have postproduction tools that can make a difference. Here's a look at how to use Vegas's rich complement of audio tools to normalize your captured audio and eliminate unwanted noises.
Posted 31 Jan 2009 / February 2009 Issue By
David McKnight | Video Essentials claims to be a Swiss Army knife of postproduction designed to enhance, optimize, and accelerate your productivity. It includes 10 tools that serve a variety of effects needs. Sometimes you need to fix a problem, and sometimes you want to enhance an image. Video Essentials includes tools designed to do both.
Posted 30 Jan 2009 / February 2009 Issue By
David McKnight | In this installment I'll extend the discussion of color correction techniques we began in November 2008 with a look at using some of the new color-enhancing filters that come with Vegas Pro 8 to solve a real-world problem with exposure.
Posted 01 Jan 2009 / January 2009 Issue By
November 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
David McKnight | Welcome to our new series of Vegas tips and tricks tutorials! We'll begin by discussing one of the most important features of any pro NLE: color correction.
Posted 01 Nov 2008 / November 2008 Issue By