Pinnacle Studio HD 15 Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

This version of Pinnacle Studio makes marked improvements over previous versions of the software.

The Cons

You only get four audio tracks to work with.


The product may be a barebones solution, but its simplicity carries it through its flaws.

The Avid brand is well known in the video editing universe as the industry standard for creating Hollywood films and television shows. Its consumer-level product, Pinnacle Studio, makes a well-deserved appearance on our top 10 lineup.

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When you shop for a video editing solution, there are a few main features you must make certain the product you buy includes. First and foremost is the ability to import files and footage from your camera or other device onto your computer and into the video editing software. If you can't do that, then the software is the digital equivalent of a paperweight. We were impressed with Pinnacle Studio's wide array of importing options. The latest iteration of the application adds AVCHD support - something missing from previous versions of the software.

The next thing to consider is the software's editing features. Once you have your footage imported into Pinnacle Studio, you'll be pleased to find the software's improved editing tools. The most recent version of Pinnacle allows you lay down four audio tracks alongside multiple video tracks. Granted, four is a relatively small number of audio tracks compared to what you get with other video editing software we reviewed, but it's an improvement on earlier versions that gave you only one or two.

The final point to consider is the video editing software's export and production options. Pinnacle Studio has a wide array of export options. Chief among them is the ability to create a digital media file that can be viewed by media players. The application also gives you the ability to create DVDs. There is no option to create Blu-ray Discs. However, that is not an option we see on many consumer-level video editing applications.

A well-rounded video editing solution has at least three features critical to creating video projects. They include capturing/importing files, editing features and export options. Pinnacle Studio has all three covered. It does not contain many of the extras and niceties found in products further up the line of our review. However, if you are looking for a simple, elegant solution for editing home movies, Pinnacle Studio fits that bill nicely.

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Software Type Multimedia Software
Platforms Windows
Required Processor 1 GB system memory recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD
Software Required OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
Required RAM
Disk Space 3.2 GB
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