Hi. I'm new to this forum, so I hope I'm posting in the correct place...
I have just started a new job and need to decide on my equipment needs. I need to figure out software before ordering a computer. I am creating short stories for the athletics department of a university that will be posted on YouTube and, eventually, posted on an FTP site for local and national media use. I will be doing fast paced highlight videos as well as story pieces.
I am most familiar with Sony Vegas and I find PCs much easier than MAC. I downloaded a trial of Sony Vegas Platinum 10 and I really like it. The only thing it doesn't seem to have that I will need is slow motion and a way to "stop" or pause the frame. I don't know how to do any type of 3D animation but I would like to eventually do some of that. (However, that is minor on my list of needs.) Platinum comes with Sound Forge, which I use a lot, and the price is right, but I'm wondering if Sony Vegas Pro would be better in the long run?
I have had some sound problems when rendering in Vegas. On longer pieces - 5 to 6 minutes - the sound renders really low, even if the volume is up as high as it can go. If I try to fix the sound in sound forge it takes FOREVER to save. I don't know if that is because the computer is slow or if it's the program.
A lot people say I need to move to Final Cut - Final Cut Express is what they recommend - because it's the industry standard. I'm sure I could learn it but my preference is Vegas. I will be working with some of our broadcasting students and they learn on Final Cut but the local news stations here use a variety of software. It seems everyone uses something different. At one station, different reporters use different software. I'm just wondering if I should go ahead move to Final Cut. We have no MACs in our department but they are willing to order what I need. Is there an advantage to using MAC and Final Cut?
Any advice? Thank you so much!!