Newsletter #182 - Dec 09, 2007
Vegas Movie Studio 8 - first
The year is ending and it's time to clean up some left-over
stuff and think about what's in store for 2008. One of my left-overs
is a box with Vegas Movie Studio... Video Editing and
DVD Creation Software... sitting on the sidelines for over
2 months ever since I bought it from Fry's at an offer that was too
good to say no to... $60 (net of zero after free shipping and $60 in
The box doesn't say it can handle HD files, but I thought it
could... I've got a few downloaded 1080i samples from a Canon HV20
camcorder to check it.
As the world turns, I see more cameras and camcorders that don't
work directly with Movie Maker... so my toolbox of software is becoming even
more important than ever. To be comfortable handling all the different types of
video files, to be ambidextrous with XP on the left and Vista on the right,
maybe Vegas Movie Studio will play a key role... or maybe not. Let's take a
Before getting into it, here's a couple notes.
What's Patrick Leabo up to??
Those of you who
use Transition Maker 2 know the great work that Patrick Leabo
does. Although he's not planning to update TM2 to run on Vista, I
see a number of forum posts that shows him exploring and
having fun with Vista.
Click the picture, a link
to his 40 second sample video collage at Putfile.... done in
To see how he did it and
try something similar yourself, here's the forum thread in which he's
sharing the details.
2008 - more about
This year saw the initial wave
of change from XP to Vista... I expect 2008 to be mostly about Vista. And with
all the HD TV sets sold this holiday season, there will be much stronger
interest in HD.
I just signed up at an
active Canon HV20
with over 5,000 members... to help me learn about things like
'24p pulldown'. I don't have an HD camcorder but it's never too soon to find out
more about them.
Today I got my first iCard
from an Apple store in Alabama... as I did my part in
helping some friends and family members move from Windows
to Apple systems this year... I'm hoping they give me better
feedback about how things work... or not... in that environment.
... back to the main
The installation disc is a DVD, not a CD... with two software
Vegas Movie Studio 8.0
DVD Architect Studio 4.5
The default installations go to:
c:\Program Files\Sony\Vegas Movie Studio
DVD Architect Studio 4.5
There were no issues with
the setups, entering serial numbers, and doing online
Initial Startup... immediately followed by
the first updates
There was one DLL error message during the first
opening of Movie Studio (I said OK and kept going). The install
was followed by a notice that updates were available...
I downloaded and installed v8.0c (81 MB) and
v4.5c (58 MB).... no issues installing on top of the previous
installations, and this time there was no DLL error when opening the app
for the first time.
Main Working Window of Movie Studio
After a quick look, and with the aid of
some neat animated built-in help that points exactly to the icon
or button you are looking for, and all but makes the choices and presses the
buttons for you, I had...
I was looking at this timeline, previewing it in
the monitor at the lower right. All was being previewed fine... all but the text
clip, which I need to do more homework on.
That's enough for the first quick check. I don't need any real
content. It's time to turn the project into a video file.
The main menu under 'File' showed 3
possible choices... 'Make Movie...', 'Render As...', and 'Publish...' Let's
see what each offers.
'Publish...' I first opted for 'Render As...' and picked
the widescreen NTSC DV-AVI option.
Bad choice... it happened so quickly that I almost
missed taking a snapshot... 7 seconds to get a DV-AVI
file!!! That give me much confidence that I had a good file. Good
videos take time to render.
I saw only blackness and heard nothing when I
played the saved 80 MB DV-AVI file in WMP and previewed it in Movie Maker 2.1.
The file size seemed OK but the contents were totally
The second try was to the NTSC DV option.
That one took 8-1/2 minutes to render. It was 280 MB in size and
looked great in Windows Media Player... all but the text clip which I
hadn't done right.
I took the sample into Movie Maker to annotate it
and make a
Of course the quality of a website file of 7
MB is far short of the 280 MB DV-AVI file, not to mention the starting HiDef
files... but you get the idea. The rendering worked fine.
Main Working Window of DVD Architect
I put the DV-AVI file I had just created into the
DVD menu, along with two WMV files. One was last week's holiday Photo
Story and the other was a sample file from Movie Maker... the
previews of all three looked great.
I didn't take any time to make a good
looking menu. My goal was simply to run a quick check of the full
Here's a snapshot of the DVD preview in Architect
After a little previewing, I hit the 'Make DVD' icon to do
the transcoding and burn a disc.
This was on my XP laptop. When I got the
good news note and the drive door popped open, I put the disc back in
the drive to check it in Media Center software.
It played well on my el-cheapo $29 DVD player
Conclusion and Closing... and What's
Vegas Movie Studio was a pretty positive experience... here
it was Friday morning and I didn't have a newsletter topic, just this unopened
box sitting next to me for months. A few hours later I've gone from A
to Z and watched a great-looking DVD made from WMV and MOV
high def clips. Video making doesn't get much easier or better.
I now have another software package that is easy to
Have a great week and a Happy New