Sony Media Software Now Offering Professional Certification on Vegas Software

The Vegas Certification Tour will take place August 7-8 in Chicago, IL; August 10-11 in Burbank, CA; August 17-18 in Orlando, FL; and August 21-22 in New York City.

The Vegas Certification Tour will take place August 7-8 in Chicago, IL; August 10-11 in Burbank, CA; August 17-18 in Orlando, FL; and August 21-22 in New York City.


MADISON, Wis., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Media Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing software applications, announced the first Vegas(R) Software Certification Tour, a series of classes that provide users with official recognition of their nonlinear editing expertise. The two-day sessions offer a hands-on training course followed by an online exam that measures proficiency in the use of Sony's award-winning non-linear editing application. VASST, a leading developer of professional-quality training and software products, will work with Sony Media Software to oversee the training and manage the registration process.

Through classes that provide a solid foundation in Vegas best practices, students learn valuable productivity as well as workflow techniques and tips. The User Level course provides beginners and self-taught users with basic skills and provides them with best editing practices. The Editor Level classes offer more advanced techniques to those already familiar with the software. Participants who pass the certification test will receive an official "Sony Certified Vegas User" or "Sony Certified Vegas Editor" logo to use as a promotional tool to help differentiate themselves in the video editing field.

"For the first time we're offering official professional recognition and allowing users to utilize the certification as a solid professional reference," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing, Sony Media Software. "Classes are conducted by professional training staff members who know exactly what real-world skills and abilities participants need to not only gain certification, but enhance their marketability as professional video editors."

The Vegas Certification Tour will take place August 7-8 in Chicago, IL; August 10-11 in Burbank, CA; August 17-18 in Orlando, FL; and August 21-22 in New York City. Online registration and details on class locations in each of the cities is available at

The Sony Certified Vegas User course includes lessons in:

* Understanding DV and HDV basics

* Modifying Vegas preferences for optimal performance

* Navigating the Vegas interface

* Mastering editing workflow

* Working with media (video, stills, generated)

* Learning essential editing techniques

* Enhancing your project with titles and essential compositing

* Building professional audio soundtracks

* Rendering and delivering final projects

* Authoring a DVD

The Sony Certified Vegas Editor course includes lessons in:

* Advanced capture techniques

* HDV workflow

* Media Management

* Advanced editing techniques

* Mastering track motion

* Creative masking

* Color correction, enhancement, and image restoration

* Chroma key for virtual sets

* 2D and 3D compositing

* Titling

* Multicam strategies

* Using scripts

* Automation

* Audio and video effects

* Audio post techniques

* Surround sound

* Advanced rendering

* Advanced DVD authoring

The cost of the certification course is $799, which includes two days of training and access to the online certification test. Attendees will also receive the book Digital Video and Audio Production and a "VASST Crew" T-shirt.

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About Sony Media Software

Sony Media Software inspires creative expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. Sound Forge(R), ACID(R), and Vegas(R) software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts. These signature product lines continue to advance the art of providing powerful, accessible tools to unleash the imagination. Today, there is a Sony Media Software application for every level of expertise, including a full line of consumer software based on the company's professional applications. In addition, Sony Media Software produces the extensive Sony(R) Sound Series collection of royalty-free loops and production music, Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series exclusive sound effects, Vision Series video creation assets, as well as, the internet's premier site for independent music and video artists. As a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the company also develops applications that enhance the experience for users of Sony hardware devices including the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. Sony Media Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, students and educators, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and young children exploring music creation.

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