Final Cut Pro VS Sony Vegas Pro: Which one is better?

There’s a competition in video editing. It’s stiff. Sometimes, it’s close. Sometimes, it gets too close to call. But we can always show who’s better, especially when we are comparing two editing tools that are split by a chasm of differences. I have tried both. I am a huge fan of software reviews. Let’s get our hands dirty with the details, shall we?

Between Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas, which one is better? Straight out, I can comfortably state that Final Cut Pro is ahead of Sony Vegas. It’s not even a competition. For one, Final Cut Pro comes with an amazing set of tools. It’s rendering abilities are way beyond the reach of Sony Vegas. In fact, in rendering Final Cut Pro compares only to Adobe Premier. The only advantage that Sony Vegas has over Final Cut Pro is the fact that it is compatible with multiple operating systems while Final Cut Pro works only with the MacBooks.

How do the two software compare? Is it even affable to compare the two? Well, it is. Though Final Cut Pro triumphs over Sony Vegas easily, the real murk is in the details. Probably we should use the phrase “the devil is in the details, shall we?’

Why is Final Cut Pro better than Sony Vegas?

First, let’s define what the two are all about.

What’s Final Cut Pro?

This is non-linear video editing software. Macromedia Inc. Apple Inc. initially launched it. Later, it was adopted by Apple, which continued selling this editing product as a brand, primarily via its Mac computers. The latest version of this video editing software is the Final Cut Pro X 10.4.6 that runs on the Intel-based Mac PCs.

This video editing software gives video editors the ability to move video files into a hard drive for editing. It also allows video editors to export the edited video file in different formats. The wholly improved Final Cut Pro X was launched in the year 2011 by Apple Company and the latest version being released subsequently: the Final Cut Pro, version 7.0.3.formed for improvement to factor in the needs of video editors who desire to do video editing as a hobby and much more than a professional career.  This software has seen the rise in its use in the movie-making industry, where many filmmakers globally have embraced it for commercial production of videos. The percentage of users of Final Cut Pro is still on the rise, with many finding this software ideal for professional video editing.

What features does Final Cut Pro pack?

One of the primary features of Final Cut Pro is its non-linear editing of videos. You can export edited video files in a wide range of formats, such as HDV, XDCAM, P2, DV and much more, which can be made by using a plugin. With this tool, you can seamlessly edit videos in 2K, 4K, and 5K. This ability sets it apart from other conventional forms of editing suites. Besides, It is easy to import video files from iOS and iMovie.

Though Final Cut Pro allows the editing of a few simultaneously composited video tracks, it still allows limitless types of audio files. It is additionally compatible with different cameras. Video editors can easily manage 360 degrees video editing, including the standard ripples, such as rolls, slip, and a razor blade and also scrub.

Nothing makes it special like the remap time functionality. The in-built audio-visual filters, for example, the vocal de poppers and de-easers, including, mattes and keying functionalities sets this software apart from other conventional video editing tools. Final Cut Pro also has sophisticated color correcting tools and color wheels that make it easy for an editor to choose the right color code. The video scopes, curves, and slides, including slugs and noise, are all functionalities that add more punch to this software

Who is the nemesis: Sony Vegas?

This is a non-linear video editing suite manufactured and retailed by Sony Creative Software Company. The company has introduced several versions of this software over the years, starting with version 7 that was launched in the year 2006 and version 8 of 2007.

Later on, the company launched version 9 in the year 2009 and 10 in the year 2011. Many companies in the US and other parts of the world have adopted this software, based on its fine editing features that contribute to high-quality videos. However, Sony Vegas works best with Windows PC.

How does Sony Vegas compare to Final Cut Pro?

There are plenty of factors that can be used to differentiate Final Cut Pro with Sony Vegas, which includes the features, usefulness, and quality of work. These features can help you understand the value of each software. They are ideal even much more when selecting the best software to purchase that meets your needs or demands. The following are some of the most notable features that help compare and contrast the two software.

On one hand, the argument to support Sony Vegas lacks proper hinges. On the other, it would seem that I am openly biased towards Final Cut Premier. I know, that I compared Final Cut to Adobe Premiere. I also know, that I ranked Final Cut below Adobe because I simply love PCs. For the moment, let’s redo the list. Let’s start with Adobe at the top of the pier, then Final Cut Pro. Sony Vegas comes a distant third. It trails by a huge margin.


Users of Sony Vegas software are required to pay a flat rate of about $600 just to purchase the license of this product, while other video editors are happy to take away Final Cut Pro at only $299.99, which is 50% lower than Sony Vegas. This amount for Final Cut Pro is inclusive of constant improvement updates.

System requirements and platform

Sony Vegas is designed to run on PC, Microsoft 7 or Vista and above, and at least 4GB RAM. For perfect editing, the software requires computers with GPU acceleration and 64-bit architecture. On the other hand, Final Cut Pro is a product of Apple, which proves why it is running on Mac computers.

This software needs MacOS 10.6 for compatibility, including a minimum of 4GB RAM, but many video editing pros recommend about 8GB RAM for excellent editing experience. Have slightly the same features with Sony Vegas, such as GPU acceleration and 64-bit architecture.


Sony Vegas relies on a non-linear traditional editing timeline that includes tracks and track heads. This editing suite’s timeline has sequences that help with managing video clips and ease of editing. This is really easy to use for experienced or pro editors. Conversely, Final Cut Pro uses a magnetic timeline for easy editing, especially for the editor’s eyes.

The user can easily interact with video clips, the titles and dialogue box, including effects and music. It helps video editors to have every editing feature in sync, including clustering video clips quickly.

Media Organization

Sony Vegas contains folders or bins that are used in saving edits. However, it doesn’t have keyword tags as seen with Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro provides even more than the required features. It has features such as keyword tags and roles in a library that help in organizing the editing. This library also helps track your edits and alternatives available.

Format support

Sony Vegas supports a wide range of formats including AAF, AVI, MPEG-1, ASF, MPEG-4, QuickTime, MPEG-2, WMV, and MPEG. However, it does not support direct Camcorder capturing, which is a limit to the users of camcorders, who desire to use Sony Vegas to edit their videos.

Final Cut Pro supports a wide range of formats, including HEVEC codec that is integrated into 4K videos. It still supports iPhone videos and other types of cameras, such as Canon, RED and Latest Formats including XML, which Sony Vegas does not support.

Video output alternatives

Video output is the crux of the whole editing process. It seems so good to fiddle with your videos on a computer, until you can’t let them into the world in the format you desire.

Sony Vegas has an export feature that video editors use to download edited files to an external or internal hard drive for storage. Whereas, Final Cut Pro is characteristically limited not unless you append another application. It can, however, support the following video output formats: MPEG, MPEG-2, and QuickTime (MOV). These video output formats are also similar to the ones that Sony Vegas has, but Vegas adds one more than Final Cut Pro lacks, which is WMV.

The color editing tools

Sony Vegas has Lumetri Color tools, which are designed with different sets and tables for easy use when color editing an image or clip. Color adjusting is even easier with a wide selection of options, such as color balancing, contrast, and even shadows and highlight.

Using key-frames can promote all these options. You can also use the color wheel that offers a wide selection of colors. The color tools in Sony Vegas provide a video editor with a white color editing space for easy editing.

On the other hand, Final Cut Pro uses Lumetri color tools. This is ideal in integrating intense colors in video editing. Moreover, a new update of a color wheel makes color editing even exciting for pro video editors. The puck in the center of the color wheel makes it easy for any video editor to pass a picture over the wheel, while you watch the color changing by the side of the wheel. It is even easy to edit the brightness of an image, including color saturation. The master wheel can also help in adjusting the color shadows and tones.

Even when you find color wheels a bit off your pick, you can work with the powerful color board that is straight-forward as it is in the form of a line. Equally, the color curve is applicable, which gives you even extra controls when adjusting the color quality of an image. Editing the color of your movie or video with Final Cut is even more impressive. Nothing beats this color editing tool that, with the use of a color dropper, you can alter the color intensity of a clip.

User-friendliness for beginners

How would you love to find out that you actually can’t use the editing software you desired so much? It sucks, right? Well, that’s exactly what happens when you buy into the idea that you are good enough to use Sony Vegas. Not only is the time face complicated, it simply is not friendly for anyone who can’t find their way around the interface without using google. That applies to most of us, doesn’t it?

If we took user friendliness as an absolute reason to trash or pass editing software, Sony Vegas would never have made it past the testing stage. That’s a bit radical, don’t you think so. Well, it’s not too far from the truth. The fact is that no one really takes Sony Vegas because it is hard to use. In fact, using it means that you have to relearn some of the crucial editing tricks from the bottom. All over again, aarrgh. Who wants that? You definitely don’t.

Why is Sony Vegas not user-friendly?

Sony Vegas is mostly designed for professional users. It targets professional video editors with a high-level of knowledge of video editing. First-time users may find it challenging to navigate, especially with its traditional forms of editing features and functions. Its interface may appear even complicated to the new user. However, the company suggests that it may not take a lot of time for a novice to master the moves and become a pro-level video editor with Sony Vegas.

Final Cut Pro is a video editing suite that has put the techniques sophisticated but simple to use by a newbie as compared to Sony Vegas, which appears a little more complicated to first-timers. Users can even edit videos directly on its app, which includes importing video files on iPods or iPads. Video editing with Final Cut Pro is a matter of touch and go.

Why does Final Cut Pro take the day when comparing the two?

From the assessment done on Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas, it is clear that Final Cut Pro takes the day with its affordable price for its users, considering its great features. This means that both hobbyists and professional video editors can go for it as compared to Sony Vegas, which is entirely on the high-end.

Moreover, in as much as Final Cut Pro appears designed for pro video editors, this is an editing suite that newbie editors and hobbyists prefer for ease of use.  Sony Vegas is nothing less than complex. With the sophisticated video and audio editing features, both Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas appear to balance in this. In fact, they seem to share almost similar features and attributes.

Final Cut Pro outwits Sony Vegas with the multitude of formats that video editors can select. Besides, there is nothing ideal like a video editing suite that is friendly to everyone, be it novice or professional. If such software can still generate high-quality video quality with, it certainly becomes a better option.

Sony Vegas hinges its resume on sophistication. Sophistication is nothing of value if the tool is challenging to master and use. This is actually where Final Cut Pro takes the day. Final Cut Pro is better than Sony Vegas.

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