4 video editors: Pro results for ambitious amateurs

Video-editing software now offers features formerly only available to pros. We review four of the top packages (with video examples).

By Serdar Yegulalp, Computerworld |  Software

One of the features Sony touts is the ability to import projects from other editing programs such as Premiere Pro CS 6 and Final Cut Pro 7. However, when I tried to import a Premiere Pro project, the process worked only for the simplest of projects: After Effects segments didn't survive the import process and Premiere projects with multiple timelines only had a single timeline survive the conversion.

Also included with Sony Vegas Pro is NewBlueFX's Titler Pro, a powerful third-party title- and text-generation app that again compares favorably to the same functionality in Adobe After Effects. The suite version of Vegas Pro includes other programs, too: Sound Forge Pro 10, an audio-editing application that supports powerful multi-tracking and many professional audio formats (e.g., exporting to Dolby Digital AC-3, or 5.1 recording and mixing); and DVD Architect 6, which masters Blu-ray Discs as well as DVDs.

Bottom line

Sony Vegas Pro 12 is a very good all-in-one substitute for both Premiere Pro and some parts of Adobe After Effects. What's more, the entire suite edition of Vegas Pro 12 only costs slightly more than the standalone edition of Premiere. document.write('<object class="BrightcoveExperience">'); document.write('<param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" />'); document.write('<param name="width" value="508" />'); document.write('<param name="height" value="381" />'); document.write('<param name="playerID" value="95678385001" />'); document.write('<param name="publisherID" value="1351824782"/>'); document.write('<param name="isVid" value="true" />'); document.write('<param name="isUI" value="true" />'); document.write('<param name="dynamicStreaming" value="false" />'); document.write('<param name="@videoPlayer" value="2308106045001" />'); document.write('<param name="linkBaseURL" value=' + document.location.href+ '>'); document.write('</object>'); brightcove.createExperiences(); Sony Vegas Pro 12 has a remarkable interactive tutorial system; there's a new way to handle traveling matte effects; some sophisticated programs are included with the suite.


The hardest thing to beat about Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is the level of cross-integration it sports with the rest of the Creative Suite Products. If you use anything by Adobe already, adding Premiere Pro to the arsenal is a no-brainer, now made all the easier by Adobe's rent-as-you-go licensing. (Additionally, if you're a Mac user, Adobe is the only package of the four that offers an OS X version.)

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