3 star rating

Pinnacle Studio HD 15 Review

Pros: This version of Pinnacle Studio makes marked improvements over previous versions of the software.
Cons: You only get four audio tracks to work with.
The Verdict: 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.

Article Continued Below

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.

Pinnacle Studio HD 15

Tags: Pinnacle Studio HD, reviews

Technical Specifications
Pinnacle Studio HD 15

Software TypeMultimedia Software
Required Processor1 GB system memory recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD
Software Required OS:Windows 7, Vista, XP
Required RAM
Disk Space3.2 GB
All Product Types Accessories eReaders Laptops Networking Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS AVADirect Averatec BeagleBone BenQ CTL Corp. CyberPowerPC Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Eurocom Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Google Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo Maingear MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Razer Sager Samsung Sony Sony PlayStation Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv Vizio VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1136 x 768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1792 x 768 1900x1080 1920x1080 1920x1200 2560 x 1440 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1700 2880 x 1620 2880 x 1880 3200 x 1800 3840 x 2160 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options