Sony Vegas Pro is a video editing suite aimed at professionals needing to produce high quality HD videos. This Professional version includes some features which are missing from other versions such as support for gigapixel images, multilayer Adobe Photoshop files and a wider support of capture cards.
Covers all professional needs
Sony Vegas Pro is comparable to other industry standard video editing packages such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro but follows Sony's own workflow logic which is a little different to both Premiere and Final Cut.
You may therefore struggle at first if you've only tried the latter, though Sony Vegas Pro is well documented with a very detailed manual. Sony Vegas Pro offers support for pretty much everything a professional needs including the ability to import media from multiple devices (including HD video), use more than 300 filters and special effects, specific tools to work with text layers and subtitles and easily optimize image quality.
But as you might expect from Sony, a lot of attention is also paid to how videos sound and the quality of the video soundtrack in general. There's also a huge number of sound effects to choose from, support for VST plug-ins and Sony Vegas generally gives you a very high degree of control over sound settings.
Standard timeline interface
The Sony Vegas Video interface follows a standard video editing interface. There are several windows to preview your media and current work, as well as a timeline to organize the various audio and video tracks. The best thing about the Sony Vegas Video interface is that it's totally customizable: you can freely open, close and arrange the program's diverse modules to best suit your needs.
This use of interchangeable modules may be confusing at first for those used to Premiere and Final Cut but it does offer a high degree of control of your editing interface. There are also other nuances that Premiere or Final Cut users will have to adapt to - some tools are find under different menus for example and it definitely takes some time to get accustomed to the Sony Vegas Pro interface.
A highly accomplished video editor
Sony Vegas Pro is an industry standard video editor and if you're looking for an alternative to packages such as Final Cut and Premiere, or need something more powerful when it comes to audio editing, Sony Vegas Pro is definitely worth a try.