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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.

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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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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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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

Been using studio since version 9 on wards. 17 is a big improvement. Apart from the odd crash, I have no problems does everything it says. Waiting for the 4k app to be released. I just find pinnacle a better all rounder I have tried / owned most of them. try the trial version. Hopefully with the new patch, most of the crashes will disappear

Posted December 13, 2013 by Frana39. Tool version using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I started with Pinnacle many years ago. I changed to Ulead VideoStudio and found it to be more stable and easy to use. Pinnacle, though easy to use, had too many problem back then. From what I see, in this forum, they have continued to this day. Now, that Corel has bought out Pinnacle, I wonder how they will impact each other.
Which one may cannibalize the other? I hope this is not a negative for Corel. Corel needs up grading: 64 bit software, AVCHD 2 full compliance and a new interface. It will be interesting to see what happens down the road.

Posted July 05, 2013 by pepegot1. Tool version 16 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

pinnacle is a joke
no customer service live. good luck with the email approach--a joke.
slow slow slow--another joke-- are you laughing yet.
blew my money down a rat hole. won't get anymore video edit software without a good service contact. considered cyber power or corel but they are a joke too. no good customer service. they must be all scams because of their return policices. i'm out 65 dollars and and can't get a return. sorry!

interface is not fast and easy as they would lead you to believe. i'm middle age and i don't have 20 yrs to learn this junk that don't half work anyway.
going back to movie maker--at least it is pretty reliable and simple. i guess the best things are free.
ordered corel video editor x5 and i'm not even going to take out of the box---it is going back as soon as it gets here. tired of wasting my time on easy and fast junk and did i mention sorry cus service.

i don't believe there is a good quality editing tool that is for sure simple and with good customer service over the phone that will honestly help you out or money back. bet you can't name one. if there is i apologize.

Posted July 04, 2013 by arcey. Tool version v 15 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10
Guides: stay away from pinnacle v 15 it is already outdated by v 6 and it won't operate on xp platform,

It is claiming 13millions+ customers can't be wrong and i can proof that they are just not wrong but fools living in paradise. First where is the frame rate 23.976fps projects and out put for it. That is the major issue for those who want to purchase this software and they shy away due to this limitation.

Posted December 04, 2012 by addu. Tool version 16 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

I started with Pinnacle 8. Have had problem after problem. When I call support they tell me I need to upgrade. I've done that through Pinnacle 14, with the problems unresolved. I bought a new computer to try to get this to work. Then I upgraded it. I still get flickering. I can't find a way to add fonts I need. I've stayed with Pinnacle because I have created numerous videos and I don't want to redo them. But they can't seem to get it right. Time to leave.

Posted August 23, 2011 by MaxVideo. Tool version 14 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I had been using Pinnacle Studio v7 for ages. I guess it came bundled with my capture board.

Having to edit a somewhat longer video, I felt it was time for an upgrade. The version available for download as trial was v14. Being familiar with v7, it took me no time and no manual/help reading to get going with it. Though the skin is more fashionable, operation remains unchanged.

My very first editing session went OK. Surprisingly, after I shut down everything, and restarted on the next day, it seemed that I was using another computer, another software. Everything was so s-l-u-g-g-i-s-h, that it was unworkable. So I called their tech support via online chat, and it was very good. They asked the right questions, had the right answers, and were in no hurry at all.

The technician gave me a few tips on how to improve my overall computer performance, but said that I MUST have SP3 for Win XP. I have a faint recolection of deliberately not having installed SP3 because of some conflict with software I use, can't recall which. Anyway, if it caused trouble, I could roll back to SP2.

To install SP3 and all the updates released for it afterwards took longer than installing Windows XP from scratch... twice! But I did it. Studio, with SP3 still performed somewhat sluggishly, sound was never in sync with video (however it rendered OK). Work was definitely slow, but what would be the options?

Then my trial period came to an end, and I tried to buy a license. They don't sell v14 any longer. I'd have to download and install v15. Anyway, the payment process via PayPal failed twice (though I had the necessary amount there). Avid CSRs were helpful, but couldn't solve it. And I can't buy by phone and pay via PayPal when it doesn't work.

Amid this confusion, before downloading Pinaccle Studio v15, I downloaded a similarly-priced Sony Vegas v10 trial. The shift felt like moving from an AMC Gremlin into a brand new Lexus. While both will take you from A to B, there is a noticeable difference. Vegas has some excellent tutorials to fill me in on what's done differently there, and everything is done in real time, quickly, and in sync.

So I gave up on Pinnacle Studio, and bought Sony Vegas instead. The latter has been performing magnificently, any shortcomings being mine, as I'm not used to wade in such an immense "sea" of features.

As both offer free trials, I'd suggest anyone to TRY BOTH before buying either one. Maybe different hardware configurations will deliver different performance levels and results.

Posted March 22, 2011 by johel. Tool version 14 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

Overall I really like this software. I have tried numerous other packages over the past year and this one is just easy to use, includes lots of good effects and presets as well as several unique features that no other package has including

Generate Background Music
Generate Music Video

The first one I have used a lot and it works quite well.

The downsides though are
1. Its slightly buggy. Crashes on occasion. However it is decent at recovering
2. Doesn't seem to read my camera videos quite right. My camera shoots at 1920 by 1080 p but it sees them as interlaced. I have yet to verify if this is right or not.
3. Output is a problem. I have had to tinker with it, and contact tech support due to the output appearing very pixelated. It appears to be related to how the previews are generated.
4. Needs to make use of multi-core system. It does not utilize my i7 as good as others.

I been mostly happy with it but am growing tired of its poorer performance, and the output issues.

Posted January 18, 2011 by nteeuwen. Tool version 14 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

Easy to learn and has great features for the home user. Been using Pinnacle Studio from version 8 for all my AVI to MPG conversions. Not real hot on the DVD burning engine. Seems to choke and freeze my PC.

Posted November 17, 2010 by Backpain. Tool version 14 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

*** PINNCACLE STUDIO 14 ULTIMATE COLLECTION *** (my opinion and/or experience)


1) this software is NOT user friendly. There are multiple (many) serial numbers and registration codes, etc that you must keep track of making it IMPOSSIBLE to manage. I pay for all the software that I use, but this is IMPOSSIBLE. THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

2) Studio 14 Ultimate no longer supports Smartsounds as previous editions did. I paid $250 for my Smartsounds audio (music) collection and can no longer use them *as a plug-in) with Studio 14. THAT'S NO RIGHT !

3) Studio 14 has NEVER been updated with a patch to fix the many BUGS in the software. Is AVID trying to pull another by fixing the problems with Studio 15 and charging another $130 ?!!? THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

AVID could have a good product with Studio, but AVID (Pinnacle) refuses to make it user friendly and refuses to correct the problems associated with Studio. THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

BEWARE.... before you purchase this software !

Posted January 07, 2010 by AVCHD. Tool version 14 using OS Vista
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

Bought an HD camcorder recently and have been checking out editors. I installed the eval version of Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate and really like it. My PC is an i7 quad core PC with 6GB ram running Vista 64bit and a good graphics card with dual LCDs and tons of disk space. For video I use RAID 0. I think it is important to mention what AV (anti-virus) you use, as some can have a heavy burden and even cause problems. I use Prevx combined with ZoneAlarm free version.

PS 14 had hung a few times, but didn't bring down anything else with it, and when restarted it didn't loose any work. I am blown away by the feature set and ease of use, however I am aware of the huge negative press, and am reluctant to purchase this in spite of my favourite experiences. Too often I've bought s/w only to regret it later. Unfortunately the eval period is only 15 days, but I am sure I could repeat that for longer evaluation.

I am also looking at Vegas, which has better reputation, but fewer features.

Hope this helped...

Posted December 28, 2009 by pszilard. Tool version 14 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

I am a user of Pinnacle Studio 12.1. My PC is a 2.4 gHz core 2 duo with an Nvidia GF 8400M GT videocard, 4 gb of RAM, and lots of hard drive. I shoot 1440x1080i AVCHD and burn Blu-rays. My prior editing software experiences encompass the Sony 2003 MovieShaker, Nero 7, and the Windows Movie Maker. I have had success with all the products. I purchased PS 12.1 to edit AVCHD and burn Blu-rays with menus. I also burn some standard DVDs from the same project sources.

This thread contains lots of rants about Pinnacle, but few of the complainers clarify whether they found another product that worked better for the same purpose. If people have very simple standard definition video objectives, I'd suggest they use Windows Movie Maker and its companion DVD creator. If they want to edit HD video, they should first make sure they meet the RECOMMENDED PC specifications, not just the minimum.

Pinnacle has a simple editing interface, but so many effects features and plug-ins that one should not buy it unless prepared to learn them carefully. The Studio forum, supported mainly by users, is a very useful tool to find technical solutions or workarounds, but not a place to air beefs about account billings, download problems, or backorders. Studio 12.1 has some "bugs," but not of the sort that a novice would notice. The usual out-of-the-box obstacle is where someone tries to edit a project with a new HD videocam and has insufficient PC power, or has a hardware configuration that presents conflicts. Anyone contemplating purchase of an AVCHD videocam, especially if it shoots 1920x1080, would best consider getting a fast quad core PC and up-to-snuff graphics card.

People who expect to edit AVCHD and create loss-less results quick and fast must keep their expecations simple and use the simple software bundled with their videocams, which usually can create simple playback discs without recoding. Otherwise, the task demands some patience to learn a software product and bear with the extended rendering and processing times required for a dense, HD format.

Studio does not yet import DD 5.1 sound and preserve the channels. Its digital stabilizer does not work, so one must purchase a Mercalli plug-in to smooth out shaky video. Some Studio plug-ins are brilliant, but take more time to master than the usual household DW Griffith has available. Studio 12.1 does NOT support 1280x720 6op AVCHD "lite" and neither does the current PowerDirector. Sony Vegas can, but costs more, and it's not clear whether the Sony disc burning products can create a BD in 60p.

By August, 2009, Pinnacle's owner, Avid, is likely to release a new product that replaces Studio and Liquid. Version 1.0 may be buggy. Cautious buyers or bargain hunters will be better off buying Studio 12.1 at a discount. Avid may offer lots of plug-ins for free. People who have already mastered Nero or Total Media Extreme, and want more editing tools, will have little to lose by taking advantage. Sony Vegas or Premier Elements users may not give a hoot, except that Studio does something neither of the others can: burn HD video to ordinary DVD media. Of course, the playback must still be on a BD player or suitable PC. PowerDirector users will probably see few differences between their product and Studio, except that Studio's plug-ins and advanced features are a bit more extensive.

Avid bought too many products, including Pinnacle, at high prices between 2004 and 2006. It changed management in 2007 and wrote-off the good will in some of the inflated purchased in late 2008. Revenues of its professional and commercial broadcasting lines have been stagnant or falling. Now it is grappling to reposition itself and make some money. Its NexGen successor to Studio and Liquid will be a magnificent gamble. If it scores, fine. If not, and the firm disolves, people who scoop up Studio 12.1 Ultimate, with plug-ins, at steep discount will still get a good thing. Very likely, some firm will purchase the product rights and keep the Studio forum alive long enough to allow any new buyer to get FREE help.

Posted June 05, 2009 by Persistence. Tool version 12,1 using OS Vista
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

If only I had found this forum sooner!

I have been using Studio 9 now for a while, and am reasonable satisfied with it, but find myself "outgrowing" it, but my budget will not allow for me to purchase one of the higher end products. One of the logical things to do is to "upgrade"

Wow...what a mistake.

I went to Pinnacle sight and shopped. Actually called the support number to ensure that I was purchasing the correct upgrade for what I wanted to do and had them walk me through the purchase. I was elated while I waited on my upgrade to download.

I launched the installer and lo and behold, the file that I downloaded was NOT an upgrade to 12, but instead a plugin upgrade. I again contaced sales support, and they insure me that event he file name that I download was correct, but it was the wrong file...they send me to technical support.

I follow all the trouble shooting steps, all the while telling the robot on the other end of the hooked me up with the wrong file. He assures me that there has been an error, and that he would escalate it.

24 hours later...I'm setting without a product that I paid to download. I call back and wait on hold for them to tell me that the ETA is another 48 hours. But gets better.

I wait another 12 hours and call back. I get another person who instructs me that they will cancel the original order, which will close my trouble ticket, but I can simply re-purchase, and then download the correct file. In the back of my mind I know this is fundementally a bad idea...but what do I have to lose. So, they process the cancellation and refund, tell me that it's complete...and to go ahead and re-order. I actually have them tell me exactly what to select to get the upgrade, not the plugin! They walk me through the process....and guess what.

You got it...I got the plugin file again. So I ask for a refund....which they gladly refund the download price, but inform me that the back up DVD has already shipped, so they can not refund me that amount. When we get to looking, I'm not getting two copies of the backup DVD...which I'm stuck with. I can't get the correct file to upgrade, but have upgrade disks in the mail totalling 30 bucks....which I will never use.

I throw a fit...and they agree to escalate to the refunds department who promptly send me a URL for an agrement to destroy the disks. Funny thing is, the only option on the page is "decline".

So my suggestion to you is this. STAY AWAY...Pinnacle needs to rename itself to BOZO THE CLOWN software company.

Posted April 01, 2009 by Oak Ridge. Tool version 12.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I regret I didn't check out from website for the comments on this software. I have used many free software to edit home videos and got fairly good return. However, when I decided I would like more professional movie makers on my valuable home videos, I bought this software at 2007 Christmas, now it is August 2008, I have had single time work out a smallest piece of video for my 80 year old father-in-law in China who has been longing for watching his 4 now 5 year old grandson's daily life. Today I sit down since morning and tried again and again to make a simplest movie to allow my husband bring it to my father-in-law on the early morning's flight, I total give up now when there will be no time to make anything!

Shame on those who sale the junks!

Posted August 22, 2008 by lalanawa. Tool version pinnacle plus 11 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I bought Pinnacle Studio Moviebox about a month ago and I have to say its the biggest piece of crap software i have ever used. First it took at least 3 times to install the software since the pixietool.exe a registration tool kept crashing now finally that i have it installed it works once and a while. It doesnt always detect the usb input device that came with it. Now I am having the same install problem with their recent patch. It stoped at two bars and the was it. I waited an hour before I killed it. Stay away from this crap. I warn you.

Posted May 06, 2007 by buttzilla. Tool version 10.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Hi all, well as a past extremely frustrated user of Studio 10.5 I believe I have finally cracked an installation configuration which actually works, notwithstanding the occasional freeze. I have a Pentium 4 3Ghz with XP installed on a 200GB Sata drive (My "C" drive), 2 x 320GB Sata drives configured as a striped array giving 640Gb capacity, called my "D" drive, and 2000MB (2GB)DDR2 memory which doesn't seem to have much to do with the performance at all. I have installed the Studio 10.7 update but cannot honestly say whether that has solved the myriad of extremely frustrating problems I had before, or whether my latest installation configuration was the reason.
This is what I did:
Installed XP on the 200Gb "C" drive. Installed Studio on the 640 GB striped array "D" drive. Everything started to work really nicely, while working on a large slideshow project of some 850 slides with menu's, transitions, music etc. Then I setup Studio to capture my video straight to the same "D" drive on which the program was installed. Well the manure hit the fan so to speak. DROPPED FRAMES abounded. I tried all sorts of things to no avail then switched the program to capture video to the same "C" drive that XP was installed on. Eureka! Not a single dropped frame. Smooth as silk. Note also that when using the program to build your DVD, I have found that turning off background rendering makes things much faster, but takes longer to create the finished project, but nowhere near the 9 hours claimed by other users. Once you have captured your video to the "C" drive you can then move the whole lot to your super fast drive (My "D" drive which reads and writes at over 100MB/sec in the striped configuration)then build your project from there. Let's face it, we all love this program (or would if we could get the darn thing working properly) and I am pleased to say that I have finally got the darn thing working properly. The interfaces and facilities of the program are infinitely better than anything anyone else has to offer - including Adobe Premier Elements, which runs very smoothly but isn't a patch on the ease of use of Studio. Also, depsite the whinging of many users about having to purchase extra effects etc, don't even bother. There are more than enough that come with the program (and the others you can access after registration) to create a fantastic, fun project that will have your audience spellbound if you apply a little creative effort. The next thing I am going to try is uninstalling the program from the "D" drive, re-installing it on my "C" drive, then setting up Studio to capture to the super fast "D" drive. This should help to find out whether the improvement in performance was related to the latest patch or whether it was the drive configuration which saved my sanity! Note that if you can setup the program to save all of its files in the same directory, including the project files (the .stx files) you won't have any problems if you move any of the components around. I think the .stx file is a reference of sorts to where all the bits are kept. Moving any of those bits is a pretty good way to bugger up your project. Incidentally, I have noticed that even when Studio still occasionally hangs, when I reload and continue working on the same project, nothing seems to have been lost.

Posted January 03, 2007 by cliffo22. Tool version Pinnacle Studio version 10.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

Using Studio software has been one of my strangest experiences. I've been all over the map from a flaming, disgusted user who gave up and quit the software, to an avid user and singer of its praises. My concise advice - If you are looking for a software product that works well right out of the box, and if you do not intend to do some work to get it working for you, then don't buy this product. You will be disappointed.

Now - why am I a satisfied user?? I have tried competetive products by Ulead, Sony, and Microsoft, and can't find the functionality for the value that is offered by the Studio line. But I need to put a huge qualifier on that. Pinnacle (now Avid) has a strange habit of selling their product prior to having it debugged. So you need always to have the latest patch, and most users don't update their software. So they work with a buggy product and get dissatisfied. Next, you need to use their forum (which they call a "Webboard.") There are lots of users there who have become like family to me and I generally can find an answer to my problems.

So there you have it. If you're willing to continually update the product and to post on the webboard for workarounds or to find out what you're dong wrong, then you won't find a better product for the money. If you want something that works as expected right out of the box, then forget it. Use MovieMaker or some other product. You'll be cussing Pinnacle frequently.

Posted November 06, 2006 by lbeck. Tool version 10.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This product is very easy to use if you have the time and patience to restart every two minutes AND have NO expectation of ever producing anything. I continue to get error messages about insufficient just isn't so.
The support staff at Pinnacle Sys isn't much help at all. Remove, reinstall and so forth.
I've used version 7, 8, 9 and 10. By far Studio 10 was the worst of any product they have produced so I reverted back to v9.4.3. I will never do business with Pinnacle again.

Posted November 01, 2006 by Jelly Bean. Tool version 9.4.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I have recently begun the task of creating DVDs, mostly home videos so far.

I have yet to find one comprehensive package, and this product isn't it either.

For capturing I use PlextorGoCap. (My Plextor PX-TV402U PVR recorder came with an OEM version of InterVideo's WinDVR. That package would have been perfect for capturing except it would only schedule once and then have to be uninstalled and reinstalled to work again. I bought the commercial version of WinDVR and it wouldn't work at all with my Plextor. Kudos (a little) to InterVideo at least for refunding my money. I also purchased Roxio's package with VideoWave but don't like it. In the end I settled for the primitive but highly functional GoCap.)

For editing I use "Video Edit Magic v4.2". I love this tool and VERY highly recommend it.

For authoring and rendering I use Pinnacle Studio Plus. My only issue with this package is how EXTREMELY slow it is rendering.

It took the package 9 HOURS - yes HOURS - 540 MINUTES to render a 42 minute video. On average nearly 13 minutes per minute.

I know I'm at the current patch level of the current release on a very beefed system and am bothered by this seemingly excessive render times.

Posted September 24, 2006 by johnaparker. Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

I've spent the last two years trying to get my money's worth out of this software, but it seems an impossible task since I keep ending up spending more money on updates, plugins, and upgrades to my own system that are promised to solve all my problems. For the past year I've been working with an all-new system specifically chosen to work with Studio, and still it keeps coming up with new bugs to stump me. Besides the fact that it crashes about once every half hour (and this on three different systems,) hangs during rendering, and the dvd import function has never worked, it also likes to randomly pick effects and transitions to mess with. Like one week, the transitions will flicker, or another, the zoom option will keep disappearing and reappearing from the features menu. These are the kind of features that draw consumers to the product, because few if any other editing programs seem to offer such a level of editing control--but beware, just because Studio offers, doesn't mean it delivers. Like a hydra, every time one problem is "resolved" or worked around, another sprouts its ugly head. The support is clueless and I don't really blame them because with all the different kinds of bugs to keep track of they are probably dealing with new ones every day. I do blame Pinnacle, which should not be allowed to earn money off of this software without accountability for the endless hours, dollars, and yes, even priceless home video, it has wasted.

Posted August 09, 2006 by meganann. Tool version 9-10 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

I don't get it ppl...on my system it runs great and yes, it has crashed on me too but it does what you tell it to do and is really easy to use. I grab the video with WinDV, edit in Studio and output it to DV and mpeg2. Have you tweaked your systems to run smoothly? I have had my XP installed for a year now with lots of installs and un-installs and yet Studio doesn't give me the nightmares you are writing about. Enough bashing already!

Posted August 01, 2006 by pizzamandk. Tool version 10.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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