Even beyond Premiere and Resolve, there are still relevant video editing programmes, some of which can simply cover certain applications better than the usual suspected market leaders due to their special workflow. One such programme is Vegas, which has been under further development for more than two decades and is characterised, among other things, by being particularly deeply anchored in the Windows system functions. In contrast to most of its competitors, however, it is not available across systems, but requires a Windows system as a foundation.
With its "PIxel Perfect" philosophy, Vegas distinguished itself from other editing programmes for a long time, because in case of doubt it always preferred one hundred percent correct calculation to faster performance. Thus, the programme was very precise with subpixels and 1/100th of a frame early on, and audio editing was not limited to the frame limits either.
Today, many programmes have caught up in this respect, which is why Vegas is now also catching up in its relatively new functional areas. Like now in grading, whose range of functions grows from version to version. In the latest version, it is now possible to directly select a colour or a saturation level in a video during colour correction and then directly change it - for example, with the new colour curves.
In our eyes, however, the biggest novelty is the zoomable preview. Finally, it is possible to enlarge the preview window almost arbitrarily (up to 2000 per cent) - for example to create precise masks or paths. In our eyes, this function was long overdue.
For 365 subscribers, there are additional new features such as comments and AI-generated thumbnails for file drops. In addition, Abo users can now use a central file repository in the cloud for better collaboration. Here, video and audio files of all participants can be accessed or dragged directly from the cloud to the timeline.
Text-to-speech and speech-to-text functions have also been integrated. Magix promises realistic speech output from texts and subtitles or the automatic conversion of speech into subtitles.
The free VEGAS Hub app also spreads a bit of Camera2Cloud feeling, with which one can upload videos and images from an iOS or Android device and immediately use them in a project.
In addition, users have access to now 1.5 million licence-free video and audio materials, which can also be searched and imported directly in the project browser.
Magix Vegas Pro 20 is available as a subscription ("365", prices depending on payment method) and as a permanent licence (249 euros / 399 euros including additional software), optionally also as an extended Vegas Post version.