Sony Vegas basics
So, I had a few friends asking me before how can they use sony vegas and, since I’ve been recently asked again, I decided that maybe using images will be more helpful than just..Write everything.
First of all I will start with the way you can import media.
One of the ways you could do so is by: File-> Import-> Media . Then a window will appear and you select the files you wish to import into Sony Vegas. But honestly, a much easier way to do so is to drag your files in SV instead.
Good. You’ve got all your files? The next thing I will show you now is some basic things you can use.
Fade in or out:
To do that you will have to go to the corner of your file/image/song and slowly drag it ( left or right depending on the corner you choosed ).
After that you can choose how long your file/image/song to be by going to the edge of it, and slowly drag it.
You can choose to make it shorter, or longer than the file already is. It’s an useful thing when you’re editing with a song because you might want to put the images depending on the lyrics, rhythm or other elements. Also an other useful thing for both images and songs/other files is ‘Edit’->'Split’. I honestly use it more for songs so I can choose the exact part I want to edit with.
Now, moving on we have two options:
We got two buttons on the image we got right now. One is for masking and some other settings of the image ( position, make it move etc ) and the other for effects. We won’t talk right now about effects but there’s another way to put effects on your files too.
If we click the first button, a window like this one will show up
When you decide masking, be sure that 'Mask’ was checked. If not check it before you start working ( but it’s not a big deal if you check it after that either, it will still be the same result )
Once you are done masking all you will see on your preview screen will be the element/character you choosed from your image as in the picture above. You can choose to zoom in your image in the window opened for a better masking and move your image around as well so you could do everything easier. If you don’t like how it came out you can choose to undo and mask it once again.
Other than this you can go to the first line ( Position ) so you could choose the position of your image on the preview screen, zoom in or out, move it.
Keep it in mind that if you choose to move your image you must keep a certain size you first choosed for your image(this is not mandatory for backgrounds too if you want to play around with that) and once you want to change the position ( so you could make it seem like it moves on screen ) you must choose another place on the position line too ( check picture to see what I mean). You can play around with the 'Lock aspect ratio’ and 'Size about center’ buttons as well.
Other than that you can go to the 'Media Generators’ where you can add a background (or elements that can create a background) or text in your videos.
For each one of them ( background, text or other elements) you can choose to do the same thing as you did with your pictures. You can change their size, move them and so on ( for text and background I must note also the fact that you can change its color as well. It won’t be hard to find the way to change colors because a window will show up in the moment you drag the media on a video track)
Now we are almost done. You can choose to go to 'Video FX’ or 'Transitions’ to add effects and transition like in this image:
Sure, this is just an example. Go on and test all the other ones you can find (ps: Newblue FX can’t be found in SV unless you download them first–which most of the times can be a problem because of the watermarks).
Also, fade in and fade out are some kind of transitions too if we think of them. And the same way you could choose their duration you can do the same with the other transitions.
Now, above the preview screen there’s a saving button. This one will save an image of the frame you choose (to do that you must zoom in as much as you can the video track to make sure you get the exact frame you want). It’s useful as a trick to zoom in or out the whole image you just created ( background + text + other images/elements ) or even for transitions (if you want to change everything at the same time). After you click the button a window will appear. You write the name of the image and then save it.
The image you got should be like this:
Instead of 3 separated elements (initial image,background and text) now you got a whole picture. Sure, it’s just a frame so none of the initial elements will move differently or something like that. You can’t edit them separatly now that they are a whole image. There are other tricks for zooming in/out and other things like that while it moves but I won’t complicate things right now ( I probably already did…)
If you haven’t finished your video you can go to 'File’->'Save’/'Save As’ and return later to your project, or if you are done with your work you can go to 'File’->'Render As’ to get your actual video. It can take a short while or it can take a lot of time depending on how long your video is and the effects you used too.
Now I am done. I will leave here the usual settings I got as well since they are different than the usual ones SV initially has:
To change your settings go to 'File’->'Properties’
Picture in the tutorial can be found on ask-hitman-jones.tumblr.com