When it comes to video, you're not a pro, but neither are you a noob. You can use better video tools, but the best is way out of your price range. Pinnacle Studio Plus 16 might be what you're looking for. This full-featured video suite is compatible with the latest HD and 3D standards, including Blu-ray and AVCHD. It offers 24-track editing, multilayer special effects, animated graphics, custom titles, and hi-fi audio quality. You can save your productions in a variety of formats, share them online, or burn them to disk. Pinnacle Studio Plus 16 is free to try and costs $99.99; not cheap, certainly, but within the budget for many sophisticated amateurs. The latest release has an improved user interface, better 3D editing, and integrated cloud storage.
Pinnacle Studio's installer includes an Advanced Option that let us decide what Bonus Content to download and install. An interesting "Learn while installing" feature lets you view a Guided Tour, video tutorials, a manual, and Help flyers (the registered free trial includes technical support) during the lengthy process. The Standard Content Pack is a substantial (but recommended) optional download that needs Pando Media Booster, which required an additional installation step, as well as a current DirectX release.
Pinnacle Studio Plus 16 has an up-to-date user interface featuring a timeline with previews and drag-and-drop compatibility. Despite its many features, this program is actually easy enough for beginners. Pinnacle Studio is first and foremost a video-editing suite, but it also imported all our digital media files, including images and music, to its Library file manager. One of the first things we did in Pinnacle Studio was set up our Watchfolders for automatic updates. Pinnacle Studio's image quality is excellent, and it has too many features to summarize (more than 1,800 effects alone). Like similar tools, some processes take time, though how the program performs obviously depends on your system's capabilities. We started small but achieved better results than we expected the first time out. Though it's no lightweight, Pinnacle Studio Plus 16's trial release is well worth the time it takes to download and install.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Pinnacle Studio Plus 12.1.
From Pinnacle Systems:
Move up to more ambitious video-editing projects with Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus. View and edit footage from up to 4 cameras, add transitions and align clips automatically with Audio Syncing in the new Multi-Camera Editor. Get professional-quality sound with new Audio Ducking, which automatically lowers background sound to keep dialog clear. Accelerate your video-editing experience with 64-bit power, support for Intel's 6th Generation processor (Skylake), and enhanced HD processing and playback performance. With 24-track editing, Live Screen Capture and over 1,800 effects, titles and templates, Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus has everything you need for polished results. Easily share your HD or 3D movies on Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo, on the latest devices, and enjoy an easy authoring experience with Pinnacle MyDVD.
What's new in this version:
New! Multi-camera editing
New! Audio Ducking balances dialog and background sound
New! Optimized for Intel's 6th Generation processor
Enhanced! Live Screen Capture
Frame-accurate HD and 3D video editing
1,800+ effects, titles and templates
24-track frame-accurate HD/3D editing
All Pinnacle Studio software, even the most expensive high-end Platinum version, is a dishonest Bait & Switch Scam that tries to nickel & dime you to death. In order to make any "high quality" videos the user will be confronted with a pop-up window stating that the version 'you have' does not allow for the high-quality feature. It just tries to drag the user to the Pinnacle website TO PURCHASE more features. This is a never-ending nickel & diming 'shakedown' of the user to constantly disgorge more money out of them.
I paid top-dollar for the Platinum version and it was plenty expensive. That should have given me access to all features and functions within that software -- BUT -- I was constantly prevented from using the high-quality features, including the HD features until I paid even more money to Pinnacle. Bottom-line -- this is an unscrupulous and dishonest practice and I will never buy another product from Pinnacle.
None that I could find -- I was do busy deleting the garbage that was installed by the downloader.
It is a Pinnacle program.
Long, long ago (it seems so, after all the trouble I've experienced with this line of programs) I bought Studio 10 and the Dazzle hardware for importing analog video. Bought it at Circuit City in June 2008 and installed it on a new Vista Home Premium computer. Upgraded the video card, etc. It worked fine for importing analog, but I soon discovered that Windows Movie Maker was a superior program for my needs. (Let me emphasize -- the Movie Maker that came with Visat, not the Movie Maker that comes with Windows 7, which is worthless.) A year ago, I had a hard drive crash on the Vista 'puter, so I bought a new one with Windows 7. After discovering how bad MM is in 7, I bought and downloaded Studio 14. It was clumsy, non-intuitive, and wouldn't capture analog. Wanting to do a video of a recent 3-month trip to Europe, I had the old 'puter repaired and Vista re-installed. Stuck my Studio 10 CDs in and -- not compatible! So, here I am with $200 of Studio programs that don't function. I know, I know -- must be Windows, eh? Maybe. But you know what -- who in 'ell did Pinnacle write these program for? Take a guess. Yep -- Windows! So who is to blame here? Pinnacle is to blame, especially in light of their absolutely worthless support site. If you want to do fairly complex home videos, get a Vista 'puter with MM. If you want to upload old analog video, buy a digital video camera that has S-vido pluts and the pass-through function. That's what I did, and it works great. And it is a lot easier and cheaper than a Pinnacle program.
Well, I have worked with this program for several years and I have never had any problems with it. It works just perfectly. My problem is that it is impossible to redownload and register it again. I have all the license keys, but it seems impossible to get any information about a reactivation of this program. I had (unfortunately) to change my computersoftware from WindowsXP to Windows7 and I have tried to communcate with Avid about the problem, but no solution was available. I am really frustrated about that, because I purchased this product and I am not interested in newer versions. I would even be ready to buy this trial version, but your system will not let me. It says that this product is not available - so why a trial version.
Will not memorize settings used to make disks or files.
Help files are weak.
This software is the WORST. Crashes all the time when you try to create the DVD. Adding titles? They offer only the very basic of titles. Nothing like what you can create in Apple Movie Maker. In fact this software is years, no decades, behind Apple Movie Maker. I do not even own an Apple product, but I watched my brother-in-law create movies... WOW. I will be purchasing an Apple notebook soon. DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE. There must be somthing better for PC users.
The Pinnacle Dazzle DVC 100 hardware allows for easy connection of old video devices using Composite (RCA) Red, White, Yellow cables.
Even as of 2012, the product's user interface has numerous easily-replicated bugs, is extremely SLOW, CPU-intensive and very limited in regard to video editing effects and features; even for someone at an amateur / beginner level.
Pinnacle Dazzle STUDIO HD DVD is an extremely resource-intensive application. On my Core-i5 with 6GB RAM, the CPU stays peaked between 60% and 94% of CPU while rendering videos that are a mere 500MB. That's a resource pig. Also, the user interface where media is chosen and the video timeline is assembled is very sluggish; the context menus and option property windows are VERY slow to open. The #1 complaint I have, however, is that the rendering process HALTS if the screen-saver launches and/or you manually lock (WINDOWS KEY+L) the computer. That is absolutely the biggest oversight yet; no one wants to wiggle the mouse or disable screen-saver preferences just to suit one application.
Also, despite have purchased a license, in-app nag advertisements are STILL presented and nearly 90% of features are considered PAY-FOR add-ons which are displayed as links that take you to their storefront. Lame and pathetic.
Additionally, there are significant bugs in the Pinnacle Dazzle STUDIO HD DVD Version 14 release, as of May 2012, and they are easily replicated.
Amongst the list is a GREEN SCREEN that suddenly appears in the Preview window, while working in the Edit pane, instead of the photo or video that is otherwise shown in the timeline at that location. The only way I was able to get rid of the green screen was to click FILE then DELETE AUXILLARY FILES (ALL). And, no, I didn't have Chroma Key enabled.
The other consistent issue I have experienced is, again; while editing, the Preview window will only show the photo or video that is at the currently-selected location in the timeline when Play was clicked.
I am forever in wonder if companies like Pinnacle have a QA quality assurance department at all. If it weren't for needing the Dazzle hardware, I would certainly be returning this product for a FULL refund.
In summary, I would not recommend this sluggish, limited product to anyone. I've used PROSHOW GOLD in the past and felt that it out-performed Pinnacle's product, hands down.
I guess I'm just stuped-38 years as a systems analyst didn't help me to get this stuff working as advertised. I tried it with the highest hopes, having over 100 VHS tape and almost as many rrecords to rescue.
Never did get this stuff to work as advertised. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!