Sony Vegas

Videos with Sony Vegas

In this tutorial we look at Sony Vegas. Now I still use the older version 6 which I picked up at a garage sale for $10 because Sony bought out a new version. The same basic format still applies to the newer version.

Setting up your computer

Before you can start making movie projects using your own video footage, you first need to capture video from your video camera into your computer.

Your computer needs to be equipped with the proper capture card (FIREWIRE Card) or interface port for connecting your video camera and for capturing video to your computer.

Installing the Firewire Card

If your capture card is a PCI-based card, install the card on your computer by inserting it in an available PCI slot on the computer’s motherboard.


IEEE-1394 cable

Use an IEEE-1394 cable to connect your digital camcorder to the Firewire card port. Some newer computers already have built-in IEEE-1394 ports (Firewire card).

Before purchasing one, check first the pin connectors used on your camcorder and your computer. Most Digital camcorders have a 4-pin connector, whereas desktop computers that come with IEEE-1394 ports or installed with IEEE-1394 cards usually have 6-pin connectors.

The IEEE-1394 cable that is required for desktop computers is a 4-pin to 6-pin cable.


Forget about all the bells and whistles as you only need a few commands to edit your video and you can do just about anything. Most people try to do everything to start with and make a real mess, get frustrated and never do any more. Just remember to keep it simple. You can pick up the older versions very cheaply and they still do a great job.


Here are 16 online videos that will show you just about everything you will want to know to get you started. These are for the old version 6 but basically it all still works the same.

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