i'm considering purchasing Vegas Pro but Mr. Osborne's "free" suite of tools for PC video capture is interesting. i've used other free software for DVD rips so i don't need a polished program. conversely, for web development, while one could certainly manually edit code with free programs, i found it more efficient to use Dreamweaver.
would the same be true with Vegas? what am i getting that cant be done with HDVsplit, AVIdub, Blender3D, and Nero/Roxio?
sorry for the noob question...i could download the progs and start playing but i'd like to save some time if, in the end, Vegas is the more appropriate option. FYI, all i plan to do is get the raw footage from my tapes, archive the tapes, and then burn the footage to DVDs (i guess) to watch (vids of family and etc.).
thanks in advance for any info,