Meet Edward Troxel
Creative COW Forum Host
is a relative newcomer to video after being introduced to digital video
technology in early 2000. Impressed by the quality image produced by
the Canon XL-1, Edward, his wife, and another couple started a wedding
and event videography business - JET Digital Video.
he started looking to purchase editing software, Premiere seemed the
logical choice until a lesser known product, EditDV, was recommended.
The power, ease of use, and loyal user base made EditDV and, later,
Cinestream an excellent product for DV editing. However, after going
through three companies with no sign of future support, a new editing
program was needed. It was about this time that Best Buy started
selling Vegas Video 2.0 for less than $150.
After upgrading to Vegas Video 3, he "forced" himself to complete one
project in Vegas instead of Cinestream. He's never opened Cinestream
again to edit a project having been sold on the features of Vegas -
especially the realtime preview of all effects. After figuring out the
difference in the interfaces, the power of Vegas has greatly sped up
his editing process. Upgrading to Vegas 4 has confirmed his decision to
use Vegas as the editing program.
He said being involved in the forums has been a great asset. The asking
and answering of questions is a great learning tool. Since many of the
same questions are frequently asked, he started the Vegas + DVD Tips,
Tricks, and Scripts newsletter to cover all topics from the beginning
basics to the more advanced features. The goal is to provide extended
information on individual topics beyond what a quick forum answer could
cover and to provide a repository of information for quick access.
Vegas 4 featured a powerful new feature called Scripting. With
scripting, end-users can write programs to help automate tasks or even
create new functionality. In April of 2003, the first commercial script
for Vegas, called Excalibur, was released expanding the functionality
of Vegas tremendously. Excalibur changed multi-cam editing, and editing
in general, with Vegas forever. Later, the products Tsunami and Neon
were released but the functionality of these products was later merged
into Excalibur. Excalibur has continued to grow in functionality
throughout the years adding a wide variety of new tools and features.
Edward has also written personalized scripts for Sony Music, Custom
Channels, Christian Blind Mission International, Belle Creative, and
many individual editors.
Click here for Excalibur information and download
Click here to find Excalibur review
Click here to read how Excalibur was used for the Stellar Awards
Click here to read how Excalibur was used in Sheryl Crow in-flight concert
Click here to find Newsletter Archives
Articles by Edward Troxel
Sony Vegas 8: What's New, What's Required & More
Edward started the Vegas + DVD Tips, Tricks, and Scripts newsletter to cover all topics from the beginning basics to the more advanced features. The goal is to provide extended information on individual topics beyond what a quick forum answer could cover and to provide a repository of information for quick access. The September issue introduces the new features in the much-anticipated Sony Vegas 8.