Vegas Video 3: Digital Video Editing Hits the Jackpot
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When you see your Mac friends getting all starry-eyed over the new Final Cut Pro 3, rest assured that the PC side has a software package that's every bit as good, and in some ways, better. Although, granted, Final Cut Pro 3 is about as good as editing gets on the Mac, its coolness factor as dictated by cult-figure Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his acolytes gives it more mileage than it deserves, in my opinion. All Vegas Video 3 needs is a cheerleader extolling its virtues, elevating it to supernatural status, and it could rule the digital video editing world on PCs. I write this because processor power dictates the fundamental power of Vegas Video 3, and undoubtedly that's going to double every 18 months, if not sooner. Even as it stands now, Vegas Video 3, with its pro-level compositing, speedy multiprocessor-aware codec, deep configurability and user-friendly functionality is a tour de force in digital video editing on the PC platform at less than half the price ($420) of its Mac-based nemesis. When PC processing power moves beyond 3GHz by the middle of 2002, it will be absolutely invincible. I give it a ten out of ten. [an error occurred while processing this directive] System Requirements
400 MHz processor (get the fastest chip you can find)
Windows-compatible sound card
CD-ROM drive
Supported CD-Recordable drive (for CD burning only)
7200 RPM hard-disk drive
OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394/DV capture card (for DV capture and print-to-tape tools only)
24-bit color display recommended
128 MB RAM (1 GB or more is best)
40 MB hard-disk space for program installation -- (get at least a 40-gig disk!)
Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP
Price: Packaged $479.96, Downloadable $419.97

Charlie White, your humble storytellerCharlie White has been writing about new media and digital video since it was the laughingstock of the television industry. A technology journalist and columnist for the past seven years, White is also an Emmy-winning producer, video editor and shot-calling PBS TV director with 27 years broadcast experience. Talk back -- Send Chazz a note at [email protected].

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