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Vegas 4.0 Tutorial


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Index Vegas 4.0 Tutorial

Welcome to Sonic Foundry Vegas
System requirements
Technical support
Installing Vegas
Using online help
Main window
Time display
Marker bar
Command bar
CD layout bar
Track list
Track view
Transport bar controls
Status bar
Scrub control
Window docking area
Keyboard command reference
Cursor indications
Audio signal flow
Video signal flow
Getting Started
Creating projects
Setting video properties based on a media file
Saving a project
Renaming a project (using Save As)
Getting media files
Selecting media
Previewing a media file
Using the Media Pool
Adding media to the timeline
Working with events
Understanding files and events
Moving events along the timeline
Working with tracks
Using the track view
Using the track list
Viewing playbacks and previews
Using playback in Vegas
Previewing to media player
Prerendering video previews
Rendering a Vegas project
Creating a movie
Basic Editing Techniques
Getting around
Moving the cursor
Changing focus
Making selections
Selecting multiple events
Selecting a time range
Looping playback
Selecting events and a time range
Editing events
Copying events
Cutting events
Pasting events
Duplicating events
Inserting empty events and time
Trimming events
Splitting events
Slipping and sliding events
Deleting events
Applying post-edit ripples
Applying a post-edit ripple manually
Applying a post-edit ripple automatically
Shuffling events
Crossfading events
Using automatic crossfades
Manually setting a crossfade
Changing crossfade curves
Sliding a crossfade
Using undo and redo
Using undo
Using redo
Clearing the edit history
Adding project markers and regions
Working with markers
Working with regions
Working with command markers
Working with CD layout markers
Using an external audio editing program
Setting up an audio editing program
Opening an audio editor from Vegas
Advanced Editing Techniques
Snapping events
Turning snapping on and off
Quantizing to frames
Using the event snap offset
Snapping to the cursor or a selection
Pitch shifting audio events
Time compressing/stretching events
Time compressing/stretching video
Working with takes
Adding takes
Selecting takes
Previewing and selecting takes
Deleting takes
Working with take names
Using the Trimmer window
Opening a file in the Trimmer
Moving frame-by-frame in the Trimmer window
Making selections in the Trimmer
Adding selections to the timeline
Adding and saving regions and markers to a media file
Opening a file in an external audio editor from the Trimmer
Using the Edit Details window
Viewing the Edit Details window
Customizing the Edit Details window
Working with Tracks
Managing tracks
Inserting an empty track
Duplicating a track
Deleting a track
Naming or renaming a track
Organizing tracks
Reordering tracks
Changing track color
Changing track height
Using the track list
Using the volume fader (audio only)
Using the multipurpose slider (audio only)
Using the composite level slider (video only)
Bypassing motion blur envelopes (video only)
Using track motion (video only)
Phase inverting a track (audio only)
Muting a track
Muting all audio or video tracks
Soloing a track
Setting default track properties
Working with track envelopes
Adding track envelopes
Hiding track envelopes
Removing track envelopes
Using the Envelope Edit tool
Locking envelopes to events
Using audio bus tracks
Adding envelopes to an audio bus track
Adding effects to audio bus tracks
Muting or soloing an audio bus track
Resizing audio bus tracks
Using video bus tracks
Adding keyframes to the video bus track
Adding a fade-to-color envelope
Adding a motion blur envelope
Adding a video supersampling envelope
Adding effects to video bus tracks
Muting the video output
Bypassing video effects and envelopes
Resizing video bus tracks
Rendering to a new track
Working with Events
Setting event switches
Invert phase (audio only)
Normalize (audio only)
Maintain aspect ratio (video only)
Reduce interlace flicker (video only)
Resample (video only)
Accessing event properties
Adjusting audio channels
Copying and pasting event attributes
Using audio event envelopes (ASR)
Setting an audio eventís volume
Setting an eventís fade in and out
Using video event envelopes
Using opacity envelopes
Using velocity envelopes
Grouping events
Creating a new group
Adding an event to an existing group
Removing events from a group
Clearing a group
Selecting all members of a group
Suspending grouping temporarily
Adding Audio Effects
Using audio effects
Using plug-in chains
Creating a plug-in chain
Adding plug-ins to a plug-in chain
Saving customized plug-in presets
Arranging the order of plug-ins
Bypassing plug-ins on the chain
Removing plug-ins from a chain
Saving plug-in chains
Editing saved plug-in chains
Organizing your plug-ins
Applying non-real-time event effects
Bypassing all audio effects
Using the Mixer
Using the Mixer window
Viewing the Mixer window
Using the Mixer toolbar
Using the Mixer Preview fader
Using busses
Adding busses to a project
Deleting busses from a project
Routing busses to hardware
Working with busses
Assigning audio tracks to busses
Using assignable effects chains
Assigning audio tracks to assignable effects chains
Routing assignable effects chains to busses
Automating busses and assignable effects
Viewing bus tracks
Adding track envelopes
Modifying track envelopes
Recording Audio
Setting up your equipment
Basic setup
Setup with mixer
Setup with digital multitrack
Preparing to record
Arming the track for recording
Selecting recording settings
Using the metronome
Recording into an empty track
Recording into a time selection
Recording into an event
Recording into an event with a time selection
Triggering from MIDI timecode
Working with multiple recorded takes
Specifying where recordings are stored
Changing where recorded files are stored when arming a track
Changing where recorded files are stored when starting to record
Changing where recorded files are stored in the Project Properties dialog
Monitoring audio levels
Monitoring recording input with track effects
Working with 5.1 Surround
What is 5.1 surround?
Setting up surround hardware
Setting up surround projects
Routing to hardware in the mixer
Assigning audio to the LFE channel
Panning audio
Panning tracks
Panning mixer controls
Using the Surround Panner window
Automating panning
Turning on panning keyframes
Adding panning keyframes
Working with keyframes
Rendering surround projects
Creating a DVD with DVD Architect
Using Advanced Video Features
Cropping video
Adding animation
Working with still images
Creating still images for use in Vegas
Capturing a timeline snapshot
Creating a slide show
Creating titles
Creating titles from images
Fading titles
Adding closed captioning to Windows Media Video (WMV) files
Adding closed captioning line-by-line
Adding closed captioning from a script
Displaying closed captioning
Resampling video
Using Edit Decision Lists (EDL)
Creating an EDL
Opening an EDL
Working in DV format
Selecting source media
Setting project properties
Selecting templates
Eliminating out-of-range colors
Modifying video properties
Modifying project video properties
Modifying media file properties
Modifying output properties
Using Video FX, Compositing, and Masks
Using video effects
Adding a video effects plug-in
Working with video effects plug-in chains
Modifying a video effects plug-in
Saving custom plug-in settings as a preset
Using keyframe animation with plug-ins
Using generated media
Adding a generated media event
Duplicating a generated media event
Understanding the parent/child track relationship
Selecting compositing modes
Changing the overlay mode for a parent track
Creating masks
Creating image masks
Creating video masks
Fine-tuning masks
Using the Mask Generator
Adding Video Transitions and Motion
Understanding basic transitions
Using transition effects
Adding a transition
Adding a transition to the end of an event
Adding a transition to all selected events
Understanding track layers
Converting a cut to a transition
Converting a crossfade or transition to a cut
Previewing a transition
Modifying a transition
Saving custom settings as a preset
Using keyframe animation
Understanding the keyframe controller
Adding keyframes
Deleting keyframes
Navigating in the keyframe controller
Modifying keyframes
Working with keyframes in track view
Sample uses for keyframe animation
Animating event panning and cropping
Animating video effects plug-ins
Animating generated text
Adding track motion
Using the track motion shortcut menu
Controlling the track motion workspace
Using keyframes in track motion
Creating a picture-in-picture effect
Animating the overlay
Rotating the overlay
Flipping the overlay
Previewing and Analyzing Video
Understanding the Video Preview window
Using the Video Preview window shortcut menu
Optimizing the Video Preview window
Reducing preview quality
Prerendering video
Building dynamic RAM previews
Using split-screen previewing
Previewing affected and unprocessed video
Showing the video at the cursor position and the contents of the clipboard
Changing the selection for displaying split-screen views
Identifying safe areas
Viewing the grid
Isolating color channels
Monitoring video with scopes
Displaying chrominance using the vectorscope monitor
Displaying luminance using the waveform monitor
Displaying color levels and contrast using the histogram monitor
Displaying RGB components with RGB parade monitor
Previewing in a player
Using an external monitor
Setting up an external monitor
Configuring an external monitor
Verifying the external monitor configuration
Saving, Rendering, and Printing Projects
Saving a project
Creating a copy of a project (using Save As...)
Saving a project with media
Autosaving a project
Rendering a project
Selecting a file format
More about the MPEG format
More about the Wave64 and Perfect Clarity Audio formats
More about video formats
Customizing the rendering process
Customizing the Render As settings
Saving custom settings as a template
Creating custom rendering settings for AVI files
Project tab
Video tab
Audio tab
Printing with Video Capture
Printing to DV tape
Establishing a connection to the recording device
Printing to DV tape
Burning CDs
Understanding track-at-once and disc-at-once
Disc-at-once (Single Session or Red Book)
Understanding tracks and indices
Setting up to burn audio CDs
Viewing the ruler and time display
Setting project properties
Setting preferences
Importing CD Architect files
Creating audio CD layout projects
Adding media as CD tracks to a new project
Marking tracks in an existing project
Working with tracks and indices
Navigating to and selecting tracks and indices
Moving track and index markers
Renaming track and index markers
Deleting track and index markers
Editing markers using the Edit Details window
Copying a track list from the Edit Details window
Burning audio CDs
Burning single tracks (track-at-once)
Burning a disc (disc-at-once)
Burning video CDs
Creating a multimedia CD
Using Scripting
Running a script
Creating shortcuts for frequently used scripts
Storing a script
Recalling a stored script
Creating a script
Editing an existing script
Customizing Vegas
Displaying frame numbers
Changing the ruler format
Editing the ruler offset
Changing grid spacing
Using the Time Display window
Changing the time display settings
Changing the time display colors
Setting the time display to monitor MIDI timecode
Working with project properties
Video tab
Audio tab
Ruler tab
Summary tab
Audio CD tab
Using the toolbar
Hiding and displaying the toolbar
Reordering toolbar buttons
Adding buttons to the toolbar
Removing buttons from the toolbar
Setting Vegas preferences
General tab
Video tab
Video device tab
Audio tab
Audio Device tab
Editing tab
CD Settings tab
Sync tab
Troubleshooting resources
Common questions
Why are some of my DirectX plug-ins not working correctly?
Why do I hear gaps in my audio playback?
Why do mono events increase 6 dB when panning a track hard?
Why do buffer underruns occur during a test or real write to a CD?.
Why canít I work with footage captured using an MJPEG card?
Trouble-free video: software solutions
Trouble-free video: hardware solutions
Video subsystem
Hard disk
CPU and RAM (memory)
Audio proxy files (.sfap0)
Interlacing and field order
SMPTE timecode types
Timecode in Vegas
Troubleshooting DV hardware issues

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