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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 $60
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Latest version

24 (August 11, 2020)

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Payware $60

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Pinnacle Studio - dual monitor setup (nVidia)

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Pinnacle Studio video tutorials

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I've used Pinnacle for many years and have also dealt with issues. I recently was having a problem with crashing and inability to export with Studio 23 and 24.
I did some testing with different files and realized my drone footage worked fine which was .mp4 format. My file type with my Sony HD cameras is .MTS. That seemed to be the problem because I ran all my files through Handbrake and converted to .mp4 and had NO further issues with crashing or export.

Review by arspromo on Jul 7, 2021 Version: 24 Ultimate OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

For me the most stable and working version was Studio 12. After that it just turned to garbage.
Studio 12 still works with Windows 10 but unfortunately, because I have a 4K UHD monitor, there is no way to change the way it looks, even with compatibility mode the program looks "miniscule" and almost impossible to work with.

Review by tmelo67 on May 27, 2020 Version: Pinnacle Studio 23 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

Yes, I know it's an old version. I've used it since v13 and it was fine up to that fateful day when I thought it was time to upgrade.

Not so much!

Since the upgrade I've had to cajole it with all sorts of tweaks that nobody should have to do to get it to function well. Yes although older, my desktop was hopefully upgraded to make it work: currently it a Dell Precision 490, dual quad-core Zeon 3.73GHz procs, 16GB fast ram, all SSD's, nVidia Quadro FX3500 GPU. I really don't think horsepower is the issue...

Numerous times I've submitted requests to the forums and....crickets from Avid; other users have responded well and THAT'S where I got 99.999% of my help...from folks who are in the same boat I'm in.

Sorry AVID, your boat's leaking badly (from what I can tell from these reviews) and I'm tired of baling the water with a thimble. At this point, I'm not sure whose software I'll use, but I can flatly say it won't be yours.

Review by Jimbo R on May 26, 2020 Version: Studio OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 4/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 3/10

The software is a master at crashing down that too at the most important time. Initially I thought it was my computer problem (i7-4th gen,3.2ghz, 16GB ram,2gb dedicated) Hence I purchased the latest Dell XPS 15 i9 8th generation. Paid more than $2,000.

A simple task of editing a 25 minutes recording that too without adding any effects, all I did was trimming off unwanted parts of the video, no chroma, no transition, no effects but still it crashes. What a joke after spending all that amount on a system and on the latest version of Pinnacle.

The worst problem is the video and audio is always out of synch. Even though I have an avhd sony camcorder !

Review by PSM Kokkur on May 1, 2020 Version: ultimate 23 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 4/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

I was using Pinnacle/Avid/Corel products for ages. Since I think version 9. Till now. And now I have finally switched to Resolve Studio. And I feel like I have left some ugly prison. A great feeling. I am amazed by the ergonomy and functionality put into Resolve after struggling with Pinnacle's problems, which are:

* unreliability! the longer and more complicated project the bigger chance that it will never render correctly, start crashing including black or red fragments inside your movie etc. What is worse: the files become unusable and you have to re-create the project from scratch.
* lack of logic in basic edititng functions. The timeline was functioning logically till about version 11 and then they changed it so, that there is no possiblity to do true trim edit mode where all the material behind the cursor is logically pushed / pulled when you delete or extend the clip at the cursor. Such a simple thing and Pinnacle never did it right. At least after destroying it.
* overbloating software with a lot of pathetic effects and other crap - completely unnecesary. And what is worse: with every version those addons are incompatible with previous versions. You cannot expect re-rendering of the project created with earlier version of Studio. Theoretically it should work but my experience is - sorry no way. Unless project is very simple.

Now I have comparison with Resolve (which is FREE!!!! compared to paid version of Studio) and I don't believe I didn't trash it much earlier. The learning curve is much steeper but as soon as you learn basic editing concepts with that software the whole process is SO much faster.

My mind was blown by the possiblity (In Resolve) to very quickly go through many hours of footage, quickly choose clips I need, put them into timeline, edit, add titles/effects etc and render 4 different versions simultanously, and then automatically copy only used parts of source material to a backup drive deleting unused clips and extracting only used fragments of long clips. To do the same in Pinnacle would take 3-4 times more time. Even if it would not crash.

Don't understand me wrong: Pinnacle Studio is very easy to use, and has ALL the functinality any prosumer would ever need. And this is true since about 5 last versions or more. I think version 15 was more than enough for me. The problem is that those functionalities either crash/are buggy, or there is something illogical (like lack of true trim cut mode), or hidden in the pile of crapware (if you have 1000 transitions to choose from it does not make sense - even if you find the perfect one you will waste a lot of time searching).

The problem is not in the price (even if you compare it to free Resolve), not in the lack of functions. The problem is that for Pinnacle/Avid/Corel it was always more important to add new crap than to remove bugs, and polish existing functionalities.

Review by damago1 on Dec 17, 2019 Version: 23 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

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