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Vegas Pro 12: Match Project Settings

Sony Vegas Pro 12 has made it easier for you to match your project video properties to a video clip. When first adding a video clip to the timeline, a prompt will appear asking if you’d like to match the project video settings to the media. You can also right-click a video clip in the Project Media window and choose Match Project Video Settings from the shortcut menu.

Sony Vegas: Draw Envelope Points

To quickly adjust envelopes in Sony Vegas, you can draw envelope points freehand using the Envelope Brush. With the Normal Edit or Envelope tool active, hover over an envelope. Hold Shift to display the Envelope Brush cursor. As you drag the cursor along the track, a trail of envelope points are created. When you release the mouse button, the points will remain.

Sony Vegas: Fade Type

When applying fades to video or audio in Sony Vegas, you may need to adjust the speed of the fade. To adjust the Fade Type, right-click the fade and under Fade Type adjust the curve of the fade. You can also right-click when hovering over the fade offset to bring up the Fade Type menu directly. Different types of curves will give different fade speeds so be sure to experiment with the different fade types.

Sony Vegas: Velocity Envelope

Velocity Envelopes can be used to speed up, slow-down, and freeze video in Sony Vegas. To use a velocity envelope, right-click a video event and choose Insert/Remove Envelope > Velocity. Drag the envelope up to increase the clip speed or down to decrease the speed. Drag it to 0% and the clip will freeze. Setting it to a negative value will cause the clip to play in reverse. Double-click to add anchor points to speed or slow down the clip at different points.

Photoshop: New Layer Below

One little function that can be easily overlooked in Photoshop is the ability to create a new layer below the current layer. Normally, one would simply click the Create a New Layer icon (Ctrl+Shift+N) to add a new layer above the current layer. To add a new layer below the current layer, hold Ctrl while clicking the New Layer icon.