Question: measuring distances using Vegas Pro?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, May 4, 2013.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I know I could look this up in Google or YouTube but the problem is in
    describing what I want to know. So far I have not seen this in the Vegas
    Pro manual.

    What I want to do is to measure the length of part of a video click that is
    on he video track and have he result in minutes, seconds and frames. Maybe
    there is a way of resetting the main counter when I put my cursor on the
    first frame and when I put my cursor on the last frame it has measured the
    distance. Perhaps there is a reference option to give the distance between
    two frames.

    I have a need to freeze the audio track, cut out some shaky video and
    freeze frame the last frame before the shake occurred. I also need to
    freeze frame the frame just after the shaky camera video bit and create a
    still frame for the length of the part that was removed (due to camera
    shake) then like someone suggested I need to cross fade the two still frame
    sections. In order to keep the sound in sync I need to know the exact
    distance that I need for each of the freeze frame video that I'm creating.

    The other thing I am wondering; is there any way of getting the cursor to
    move forward or backwards on the timeline a certain amount of minutes,
    seconds and frames but entering the amount of time you want the cursor to

    Hoping for a reply.
    Brian, May 4, 2013
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  2. Perhaps a better way is to leave the audio and video tracks in place,
    ungroup the audio and video (by selecting both with the "Ctrl" key
    held down, then hitting the "U" key), select the video track (only -
    with "ripple" not selected) and cut out the "bad" part, capture as
    stills the ending and beginning frames around the resulting gap in the
    video track, import the stills, place each in the appropriate
    place in the gap, and then extend their ends to overlap the stills to
    produce the desired dissolve between them, and finally select all the
    parts including the audio (using the "Ctrl" key again...) and hit the
    "G" key to group the parts together as a single clip. (It's easier and
    faster than it sounds...;-)
    David Ruether, May 4, 2013
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  3. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks David.
    Sometimes the easy way is the best way.
    Brian, May 5, 2013
  4. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I found the answer to this problem.
    If I add the video timer effect then a timer appears on the screen during
    playback. This timer is zero at the start of each video clip. I just have
    to remember to remove the timer effect before I render the video else it
    will appear in the rendered video.
    Brian, Jun 9, 2013
  5. Brian

    mkujbida Guest

    To determine the desired length, highlight and then look in the bottom right corner of your Vegas project. You'll see 3 small boxes. From left to right they are Selection Start, Selection End and Selection Length (the one youwant).

    To move forward or backward a specific amount of time, enter the desired length in the Selection Length box and press Enter. The length will be highlighted so lace your cursor at the end of this segment. Use the minus key in front of the length if you want to move backward.

    mkujbida, Jun 9, 2013
  6. Brian

    mkujbida Guest

    "place" your cursor... :)

    mkujbida, Jun 9, 2013
  7. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks Mike for your help.
    I'll try what you've suggested.
    Brian, Jun 9, 2013
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