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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 ($70)
Released:Apr 18,2017
157 votes

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Latest version

20.6 (April 18, 2017)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Pinnacle Studio 20.5

NEW! Split Screen video
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
Audio Ducking to balance dialog and music
3D import, editing and export
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)

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Pinnacle Studio - DVD menu with motion backround and thumbnails

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Pinnacle Studio - Multilevel DVD Menu

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Pinnacle Studio - PIP video effect (workaround)

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Pinnacle Studio - prepare DVD content for burning

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YouTube Pinnacle Studio video tutorials

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Acronyms / Also Known As

Pinnacle Studio Plus, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, Pinnacle Studio HD

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May 26, 2017 Version: 20.5 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 9/10

Just will confirm, that the program is very unstable and bugged. Incredible. Been using earlier versions for many years and this reminds me of the first version, that was also very unstable. - And had to upgrade because of upgrading to win 10. Also have Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus. No problems here. (slow rendering)

Dec 22, 2016 Version: 20 ultimate OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 2/10

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.

Aug 31, 2016 Version: 20 Ultimate OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

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.


Jan 19, 2016 Version: Several versions OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

Theres alot of better and free alternatives.

Oct 29, 2015 Version: 19 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

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