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Sony Vegas Pro Split Screen PreviewsThere's a handy feature lurking inside your Sony Vegas Pro Video Preview Monitor that can help you work smarter
There is another powerful function in the Split Screen View. Instead of comparing FX on/off in a single shot, you can compare two different shots. When color correcting, using this workflow is particularly effective. For example, you may need to match the color of two shots in different places on the Timeline. Navigate to the clip with the right color and press the 'Copy Snapshot to Clipboard' button icon in the Video Preview. This places a still of that frame on the Windows Clipboard.
Navigate to the shot you want to fix and add the color correction tool of choice to it. Next, click the Split Screen View button. However, this time select the Clipboard option and either the left or right half. The result shows the frame you copied to the clipboard alongside the clip needing color correction. Adjust the bad shot color correction tools to match the two clips more closely. If the left/right feature is not suitable, you can draw your own box in the window to make more precise comparisons.
All this and more
The best part about using either of these split screen views is they work in conjunction with external monitor preview. That means you can see the splits full-screen and at full-resolution and you can make more accurate color correction decisions (when using a properly calibrated external monitor).
The split screen view is another powerful feature inside Vegas Pro that provides unprecedented control when comparing video effects, matching shots, and other functionality. Give it a try and see how it can help you with your projects.
Special thanks to Xristos Productions for footage from the documentary "So You Want Michael Madsen?" used in this article.
Jeffrey P. Fisher is a Sony Vegas Certified Trainer and he co-hosts the Sony Acid, Sony Sound Forge, and Sony Vegas forums on Digital Media Net (www.dmnforums.com). For more information visit his Web site at www.jeffreypfisher.com or contact him at [email protected].
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