Jimco Software Reviews - Ultimate S 2.1 (continued)
For me, the Quad-CAM feature (see figure 7) is one of the greatest features in Ultimate S. I do a lot of work with more than one camera. It's a lot of work creating dissolves and cuts between more than one camera in Vegas. It also takes a lot of time. With Ultimate S, creating dissolves and cuts is easy, fast, and fun.
Figure 7 - Quad-CAM
To use the Quad-CAM tool, you simply choose from up to four different video tracks to include in the preview pane. Once you've chosen your tracks, Ultimate S displays your selected tracks in a split-screen display. As you watch in realtime, you can choose which camera to cut or dissolve to. Choosing which track is the active take is as simple as clicking a button and you can easily modify the cuts and dissolves if necessary. Finally, multiple camera editing is fast and easy in Vegas, and it's fun, too!
Finally, multiple camera editing is fast and easy in Vegas, and it's fun, too!
VASST has a great video tutorial on using the Quad-CAM feature on their Web site. It will effectively demonstrate to you just how powerful and flexible this feature is.
Creating cool (and animated) lower thirds and sides is a cinch with Ultimate S. I typically use Photoshop to create my own, but doing so takes a lot of time. If you want to add animation, you're going to spend even more time. With Ultimate S, you can add lower thirds and sides with a few button clicks.
Ultimate S offers several lower thirds and sides by default. Additional ones can be purchased from VASST and you'll definitely want to pick up a few. Once you've selected the lower third or side that you want, you can configure how it enters and exits (see figure 8) in addition to how it is applied in Vegas.
Figure 8 - Lower Thirds and Sides Made Easy
The Special FX tab (see figure 9) offers a powerful array of special effects. These range from artistic effects to Hollywood-style effects that are fun and impressive. You can use the Hollywood Squares effect to create a Brady Bunch type of effect, the Hall of Mirrors effect to make wild, distorted effects, or the COPS effect to place a pixilated blob over someone's face.
Figure 9 - Special FX