Gary Kleiner
 

Gary Kleiner first picked up a video camera in the mid-1970s. Of course, portable video in those days meant lugging around a suitcase-sized recorder that used open reels of tape that yielded black & white video.

Within a few years, he earned a B.A. in video/audio/film production. while video was still being edited tape-to-tape. Audio editing still involved a grease pencil and a razor blade!
 
His first job out of college was in an animation studio in New York, combining his talents for art and film making. Again, in the pre-computer age, animation was accomplished by drawing one cell at a time.
 
Fast forward to the 1990s and all this groundwork and knowledge served as a solid foundation of understanding the new tools of digital audio and video production. Starting first on the Amiga computer and using the Sunrize audio software/hardware which he became a beta tester for, Gary immediately grasped the implications of non-linear editing. Soon after, with the Video Toaster Flyer, video playing right off the hard drive (9 Gigs for $3500) became a reality and opened a whole new world.
 
Soon after the end of the 1990s, Gary had a long-established video production company with a growing backlog of editing projects and the Amiga platform was dead. Knowing he had to switch to a more contemporary platform and editing software, he researched what was available. A friend suggested Sonic Foundry's Vegas Video, which he explored and liked, but was convinced by a group a of colleagues that Final Cut was the way to go.
After investing in a state-of-the-art Final Cut system, he soon realized that just about everything seemed easier and more intuitive using Vegas, so he sold his MAC, set up two Vegas work stations, and never regretted it.
 
Gary had produced several instructional videos in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as lectured on different aspects of video editing and audio production, and realizing that other folks needed a guide to using Vegas, he released Vegas Video Editing - A Quick Start Guide in 2003 for Vegas 4. It was an instant success, and he has been producing training videos for what is now Sony Vegas Pro, Vegas Movie Studio and DVD Architect ever since.
 
Gary also trains on-location for government agencies, businesses, and individuals as well as via the internet for personalized training just about anywhere in the world.