Output options and verdict

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Sony has also added support for frame rates other than the usual 25 per second (in Europe) and 30 per second (in the US and Japan). Vegas will now work natively with 24p, 50p, and 60p footage. The first of these will mostly be useful to users of digital cameras that offer this frame rate, and further enhancing support for digital camera footage, the QuickTime AVC support has been improved as well. If you mix and match frame rates within a project, Vegas will handle this reasonably well, too.

Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

So Vegas 11 has some cutting-edge features, but the interface is still essentially the same. There are a few tweaks, though. The New Project wizard has been streamlined, so now you can choose a video format and name the project within one dialog. There's now a Titles and Text plug-in, which is a new Video Media Generator, providing more sophisticated formatting tools and a variety of animations. Music soundtrack creation remains a strength, with 360 customisable options supplied. Fixing video problems is another area of strength, too. There's a capable image stabilisation filter, plus a plug-in for adjusting white balance and another for secondary colour correction. In some areas, however, Vegas lags behind both Premiere Elements and Corel VideoStudio, with just 10 video tracks available, although the times when you might need more than this will be few and far between.

Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

When you've finished your editing, the output options have been upgraded to match the new file support options. You can upload 3D straight to YouTube, with the correct tags inserted so the online service recognises the format and adjusts playback options accordingly. You can also burn your projects to 3D Blu-ray. AVC rendering is accelerated on NVIDIA GPUs via CUDA and ATI GPUs via OpenCL, although only with compatible hardware and driver versions.

Verdict

If you're not planning to edit 3D, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD 11 doesn't have a lot of new features to entice users of earlier versions to upgrade. We would also argue that its interface is still a little more opaque than even Adobe Premiere Elements. But it is a capable, well rounded package with a wealth of features, and worthy of consideration alongside the Adobe and Corel alternatives. There's lots of editing power here, and if you want to edit footage shot on your shiny new 3D camcorder, Vegas 11 is currently your only choice.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 9
  • Performance 8
  • Usability 7
  • Value 9

Brian ONeill

July 7, 2011, 3:14 pm

Wow that UI looks horrendous. I tested a range of video editors a while ago, and they where all shockingly complex. I ended up using windows movie maker, basic but easy to understand.

I mean honestly would it kill these guys to invest a bit in usability? Adobe is the same.

Bob Dix Photographer

August 29, 2011, 4:34 am

Although I agree with Brian on the interface, After using Premiere Pro for 7 years , this is not so bad and really works efficiently, especially the GPU Acceleration on AVCHD and H.264 mov out of a Canon 5D Mark II, it's Stabilization is excellent and the unobtrusive rendering smooth, better than Premiere Elements. As this is an 1/8 price of Sony Vegas Pro 10 and based on the same operating system except not 64 bit, it still gives even Premiere Pro 5.5 a go for the money

Bob Dix Photographer

August 29, 2011, 1:16 pm

This is a really good editing suite for AVCHD & H.264 mov clips

Nicholas Staines

January 3, 2016, 10:37 pm

I have used Sony Vegas for a long time. The interface may be "intimidating" at first, but in no time you should feel yourself right at home. It great for professional editors and enthusiasts alike. Great performance. I am using Version 13 Vegas Pro. Not Movie Studio bit have used it before. I highly recommend this video editor along with a photo editor. If you hate subscriptions and want something like Adobe Pr, this is your only other option.

Rick L

March 15, 2016, 12:08 am

Does this work for Windows 10 x64? I'm having problems because it's looking for the old .net 3.5 sp1

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