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Pinnacle Studio


Pinnacle Studio is a video editor. The new Pinnacle Studio family is the latest in a long line of multi-award winning video editing software that has empowered people all over the world to tell their stories through movies. Incorporating the latest advances in technology, Pinnacle Studio is the fastest, easiest, and most accurate video editing software available for everyday use—period. With the extensive included video tutorials, you’ll be editing HD and 3D movies like a pro in no time. Simply chose the right product package for you.

Payware ($70)
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20 (August 19, 2016)

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Pinnacle Studio 20

NEW! Stop Motion Animation
NEW! Author DVDs with new menu templates
ENHANCED! Multi-camera video editing
NEW! HEVC (H.265) import
ENHANCED! Live Screen Capture
NEW! Easy Track Transparency
NEW! Motion Tracking
NEW! 360° video editing
NEW! Effects from NewBlue (details)
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Guides and How to's

Pinnacle Studio - dual monitor setup (nVidia) - Read
Pinnacle Studio - DVD menu with motion backround and thumbnails - Read
Pinnacle Studio - Multilevel DVD Menu - Read
Pinnacle Studio - PIP video effect (workaround) - Read
Pinnacle Studio - prepare DVD content for burning - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As

Pinnacle Studio Plus, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, Pinnacle Studio HD

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Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate is very unstable and cannot proceed to the exportation step whatever the various options and tests I made.
The software is then blocked !
In addition, there is no support available.
I lost my money : I do not recommend at all this software.

Posted August 31, 2016 by piotralp38. Tool version 20 Ultimate using OS Windows 10 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I was a dedicated user of Pinnacle products for about 10 years. Upgraded when an upgrade was available and spent plenty of money on extras. I rolled with the punches when the software would crash or would take forever rendering, because I was good as using it and like things about it. I would have loved it if it wasn't so buggy .

After I upgraded to a $5000 super high powered computer only to find that Pinnacle Studio's rendering times were STILL slow, and the software STILL crashed frequently, I gave it up for good.

I now use VideoPad Pro by NCH and it's amazing. It has NEVER crashed on me! Not once. It took me no time to learn, because it's so intuitive. I didn't have to watch any tutorials, just downloaded the free version, made a video in one tenth the time it would have taken in Pinnacle Studio, loved it, bought the Pro version. It's so fast, it does almost everything I want, including Chroma key, allows unlimited video and audio tracks, comes with lots of cool audio clips. It doesn't dumb-down the quality of the video when I export to DVD or MP4, and I haven't noticed any rendering time at all. I don't know why I waited so long.

The only thing the VP software doesn't do (that I want) within VP is create disc menus, but that is done in another product. NCH offers a suite of products, so you only buy what you need. If you make DVDs then you would buy the NCH Express Burn, which creates disc menus and includes templates.


Posted January 19, 2016 by Hobbitlovr. Tool version Several versions using OS Windows 10 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

Theres alot of better and free alternatives.

Posted October 29, 2015 by iohanntachy. Tool version 19 using OS Windows 10 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

Using Avid Studio for AVCHD editing I moved to Pinnacle 16, skip version 17 and now installed version 18.

The overall impresion is very bad - unstable, crashing or doing secret things (GUI is dead, but the background process runs at 88% CPU on all 8 cores). After last update (18.0.2) I'm not able to render any kind of movie(AVCHD 1080p or MPEG-2 for DVD). After a short time (between 30 seconds to 2 minutes) of the movie rendering the GUI is dead and the background process runs for hours without any result.
Similar behaviour was typical for early version of Avid Studio while rendering AVCHD files.

I using INTEL i7 at 3.4 GHz, 16 GB RAM and two Samsung SSD's with 1 TB - so processing power is available. The problem seems to be Pinnacle Studio 18 (64 bit, Ultimate version).

My recommendation - look for Vegas. The knowledge transfer from Avid to Pinnacle to Corel was not good!

Posted December 27, 2014 by drcq15. Tool version 18.0.2 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Studio 18 won't import from VHS without crashing on a regular basis & it keeps either crashing or writing to disc in a corrupt way. I have lost a host of discs thinking that they were written ok only to find that 2/3 of the way through the disc it either starts breaking up on the picture or the sound & picture bear no relationship to each other.
I have never had these problems before & am at a loss to know why Coral have released a product that is so bad.

Posted December 20, 2014 by Ian Reed. Tool version 18.0.2 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

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