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5 Best Plug-ins for Vegas Pro

If you are a pro in the video editing industry, or if you are just getting your feet in, you’ve probably heard of Sony Vegas Pro by now. A masterful video editing software for non-linear editing, it requires a number of plugins in your system if you are to put it to excellent use.

Plugins are basically any element software used to add new features and functions to an existing application. Previously owned by Sony, the Magix Software GmbH-owned video editor is equipped with its own in-built plugin and video effects. Still, new Sony Vegas plugins are required to give your videos that extra polish of class.

You are not alone in the possession of this knowledge (obviously), and many software developers are working overtime to ensure they have just the right Vegas pro plugin solution. So, let's take a look at our top 5 picks from the endless list of plugins out there – in no particular order. Some of these are free, while some are paid with a few days of free trial.

Boris FX Continuum (BCC) Sony Vegas Plugin

The BCC plugin for Sony Vegas is actually designed for OFX, meaning it can be used across multiple platforms. It boasts over 250 tools and filters for motion graphics, visual effects, and video finishing. Depending on the nature of your project, the plugin presents you with thousands of customizable presets from which you can choose.

The BCC plugin also boasts other attractive features, including Image stabilization, Audio effects creation, 360 optimized VR filters, title objects, Light effects, Film effects, Green/blue screen analysis, color correction, and Chroma key. The BCC plugin for Sony Vegas is currently in its 11th iteration. One of its standard features, much like the rest of the Boris family, is the inclusion of Boris’ Mocha technology. While its image restoration tools, transition effects – up to 40 auto-animating transitions with over 500 pre-installed presets, and particle generators, all combine to amazing effects.

Film Looks Sony Vegas Plugin

Film Looks is yet another OFX visual effects plugin used to give your videos a more professional and classy touch. The software is loaded with professional presets ready for use on your videos. These custom presets can be used for color correction and adjustment, and new presets can be saved – up to 10 of them on the free version, and an unlimited number in the pro version – following any adjustments to an original preset.

Its fully customizable cinematic looks ensure you enjoy the benefits of GPU accelerated video rendering and processing. Film looks is generally easy to use, allowing you get color grading work done in your Vegas pro in just one click – no tweaks required. This powerful tool can indeed be used to give your regular video a stylized film look by applying the filters and color grading presets that come in hand with grain plates.

Boris FX Sapphire Sony Vegas Plugin

The Sapphire plugin for Sony Vegas is a power-packed plugin particularly designed to provide excellent visual effects. It has always stood out when you are in need of a tool that simulates any visual effect, from something as “intangible” as room lighting to something a little more tangible like a building, with very realistic results. One of its more notable features has been the shake effect that simulates a shaking camera.

With its most recent updates, Sapphire 11, over 50 more effects and transitions were included in this toolkit taking its total number well over 3000 presets. Its powerful Sapphire Builder allows you try out preset effects and transitions, and also create your own custom effects – which can be saved as a new preset.

Pixelan Sony Vegas Plugin

Pixelan has two particularly great plug-ins for Vegas in the market today, both of which are fairly similar. The Pixelan 3D Six Pack comes loaded with over 250 brilliant 3D transitions. Its particle 3D video transitions offer about 51 realistic flowing particle transitions as well as trails. While you can get another 30 highly natural video transitions that harness gravity, wind and other organic factors for its scenic progression.

Pixelan DissolveMaster is particularly designed for use in developing fades and dissolves of different kinds, from film dissolves to flash dissolves, blur dissolves, and much more. The plugin comes preloaded with about 500 presets and allows you to adjust every dissolve softness until it achieves your desired tone level. As with most Sony Vegas plugins, you can save any new effects you create from the presets.

PowerProduction Software Martini Sony Vegas Plugin

A tad different to the other Vegas plugins on this list, the Martini is an excellent tool if you are looking to visualize any upcoming shots. Its hundreds of already designed and laid out shots afford you the opportunity to select a shot of your choosing, whether that is a running character or one that is walking, driving, typing, lounging, jumping, punching, etc. The coming of the Martini 3, its latest iteration, brings along with it a resizable interface that allows you pre-visualize scenes, while also giving you even more flexibility with your work.

This software pack is loaded with a ton of re-usable characters, locations, add-on props, etc. The add-on libraries have 20 additional add-on prop libraries to improve your range of options while providing you with a detailed view of various scenes. Martini harnesses the power of visualization to take the struggle out of your un-shot scenes, and ensure you finish your video edits faster and more efficiently – without compromising on the quality of course.

Movavi Video Editor: A Worthy Alternative

Sony Vegas Pro hasn’t shot to the top of the video editing market for no reason, it is undoubtedly one of the best out there. Unfortunately, it could set you back as much as $600 and limits its PC usage to just Windows-based systems. Movavi Video Editor, compatible with both Windows and Mac based PCs is an excellent solution to this problem. It gives you the full package of video editing, from basic features like trimming, splitting, and cutting, to more advanced features like effects, green screen etc.

Movavi does not require any plugins to expose you to a world of unending creative possibilities. With over 160 filters, over 100 transitions for still images and videos, a capacity to include titles (simple or animated), and multiple effects – including slow motion reverse, Chroma key, etc. – you certainly have enough to make a professional video that invites the right kind of attention.

By Drusilla Thornsson
September 10, 2018

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