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Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate (PC)

by Corel
Platform : Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Complete pro video and multimedia suite
  • Enhanced HD and 3D editing, bonus plug-ins, green screen, and more
  • Edit on 24 tracks with frame accuracy in HD and/or advanced stereoscopic 3D
  • Add excitement with over 1800 2D/3D effects—even green-screen superimposition
  • Create Dolby 5.1 surround Blu-ray/DVD discs and export to your favourite digital devices and formats
  • Organise, tag, and rate your favourite clips and music with the built-in media library
  • Preview timeline and source clips simultaneously
  • Use the trim editor to set source clip in/out points, then drag trimmed clips to the timeline for perfect cuts—just like the pros
  • Edit on unlimited tracks with frame accuracy in HD and/or advanced stereoscopic 3D
  • Create eye-popping effects with Red Giant Filmmaker’s Toolkit and Motion Graphics Toolkit
  • Add excitement with over 2000 2D/3D additional effects
  • Includes green screen for shooting with superimposition in mind
  • Create Dolby 5.1 surround Blu-ray/DVD discs and export to your favourite digital devices and formats
  • Organise, tag, and rate your favourite clips and music with the built-in media library

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 13.5 x 19 cm
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  • ASIN: B008U5EL5C
  • Release Date: 5 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,734 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate is the easy-to-use power tool for creating professional-looking videos and multimedia. Built on trusted award-winning Pinnacle technology, it delivers frame-accurate editing on an unlimited number of tracks in HD or advanced stereoscopic 3D. Other features include enhanced media tagging, custom-fit soundtracks, Blu-Ray authoring in Dolby 5.1 surround, and one-click sharing. Integral cloud access lets you edit anywhere and even import Pinnacle Studio for iPad projects. Easily superimpose people over different backgrounds with the included green screen. Energise your videos with 2000+ 2D/3D transitions, effects and templates plus awesome Red Giant Filmmaker’s Toolkit and Motion Graphics Toolkit plug-ins.

Start Making Movies Today—It’s Fast and Easy

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is the one powerhouse video editor streamlined to help you quickly and easily create anything from your first movie memories to ambitious movie projects—without an engineering degree. With Pinnacle Studio Ultimate as your creative partner, you’ll spend less time making videos and more time sharing them.

We’ve included an extensive collection of video tutorials from the training experts at Class on Demand, designed to get you creating movies like a pro in no time. Whether you’re just getting started or wanting to enhance your skills, it’s as simple as going online or popping in the included “Getting Started with Studio” DVD.

Import All Your Digital Media

Import your videos and photos manually or automatically from virtually any device—camcorders, digital cameras, webcams, tablets, mobile phones, handheld audio recorders, and more. You can even import 3D clips from cameras like GoPro and formats like Panasonic MVC. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate also supports tape-based3 and analogue devices3, and even audio files in 5.1 surround format.

Edit Anywhere, Anytime With iPad and the Cloud

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate features integrated cloud access so that your media files and projects are always handy, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Project Packages lets you bundle together all of the media files related to a given movie, taking the work out of organising and assuring that you always have all the files you need. You can even start editing projects on the go with Pinnacle Studio for iPad1, then transfer them to Pinnacle Studio Ultimate for polishing. We’ve thrown in 50GB2 of free cloud access from Box to get you started.

Organise, Tag and Polish Your Media

With the built-in media library, it’s simple to organise your favourite video clips, photos, music, and other creative elements so you can easily find and reuse them in various projects. Tag and rate your media files, as well as group them into categories for even faster access. You can even correct and enhance your source media right inside Pinnacle Studio Ultimate’s media editor without the need for additional apps. Crop, pan-and zoom, and eliminate red eye from photos. EQ and clean up noisy audio. Colour-correct video and stabilise shaky footage with Hollywood-proven technology. The changes and effects you add to your files in the media library apply whenever you use them in a project or export them for other uses—saving time and streamlining your movie making.

Frame-Accurate Precision Editing

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate features unlimited tracks to let you create sophisticated picture-in-picture and multi-layer effects in HD or 3D—just like a Hollywood pro. Frame-accurate editing gives you precision control over how you tell your story. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate displays source clips and your timeline edit preview simultaneously for intuitive flow. You can set source clip trim in/out points, then drag trimmed clips right into the timeline for fast precision editing—just like the pros.

Edit Your Movies—Fast

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate gives you the flexibility to make movies the way that best suits you or a given project. For instant results, drag-and-drop your desired media elements from the library into SmartMovie or SmartSlide to automatically make great videos—complete with music. You can also use Storyboard mode to easily create first drafts and visualise how your story will unfold. At any point, you can switch to the timeline for more traditional and precise editing. It all happens at state-of-the-art lightning speeds thanks to optimisation for the latest acceleration technologies like 64-bit operation, NVIDIA CUDA, and Intel Quick Sync Video.

Make Movies in Advanced Stereoscopic 3D

From importing to editing to sharing, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate puts the power of industry-leading, Hollywood-proven stereoscopic 3D technology right in your hands. Import 3D video clips from sources like GoPro 3D cameras and Panasonic MVC format. Edit in various viewing modes, add true 3D effects, and enjoy the best quality with NVIDIA 3D Vision optimisation and exclusive GeForce support. Export to YouTube 3D, AVCHD™ 3D, and more for viewing on 3D HDTVs, Sony PS3, and other 3D devices. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate even lets you mix 2D and 3D in the same project.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate also has advanced stereoscopic 3D features you won’t find anywhere else, like editing 3D in the timeline just like HD. Our partnership with NVIDIA allows exclusive NVIDIA 3D Vision display in both full-screen and window modes. View 3D on dual monitors and export “side-by-side” formats recognised by most 3D HDTVs. Auto-colour correct for both eyes and control stereoscopic 3D depth (parallax effect). When you’re ready to go 3D, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate has everything you need.

Red Giant Plug-ins and Over 2000 Keyframe-based Effects

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate includes bonus effects and tools from the professional effects gurus at Red Giant. Filmmaker’s Toolkit includes Magic Bullet Looks, Magic Bullet Mojo, and Magic Bullet Cosmo. Motion Graphics Toolkit includes Trapcode Particular, Trapcode Shine, Warp (Reflection/Shadows) and Knoll Light Factory. Add excitement and polish to your movies with some of the coolest effects around.

You also get over 2000 additional 2D/3D effects, animated titles and transitions. Keyframe-based control gives you precision timing over how your effects, titles and transitions move. The included Montage templates provide preset themes—weddings, sports, holidays, sci-fi, comics and more—for instant professional results with just a few clicks. You can customise the Montage templates for exactly the look you’re after. Use stop-motion capture to create amazing animations and fast-motion effects like you see on the big screen.

Superimpose People on Different Backgrounds—Green Screen Included

Big-screen movies and TV shows constantly superimpose people over other backgrounds—ranging from “the weatherman effect” to alternate locations to exotic sci-fi scenes. This chromakey or “green screen” effect is achieved by shooting talent in front of a special green screen, then knocking out the green background while editing over a new background. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate not only lets you do the same with your movies, but we’ve included an actual green screen to get you started. Hollywood’s got nothing on you!

Music To Your Ears

No movie is complete without a soundtrack. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate lets you add music with the included Scorefitter library of royalty-free sounds and songs—and they even automatically adjust to fit the length of your movies. Of course, you can also import tracks from other sound libraries or add your own original compositions.

Share Your Masterpieces Online and Burn Blu-ray

When you’re ready to share your videos, a single click in Pinnacle Studio Ultimate posts your HD and 3D videos on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. You can also easily create DVDs and AVCHD discs, as well as author Blu-ray discs complete with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Export to popular formats like Adobe Flash FLV, MPEG-4, and DivX, as well as popular devices like Microsoft Xbox, Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Apple TV and Apple iPad. With Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, the world is your screen.

System Requirements:

  • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP2) (64-bit OS recommended)
  • Intel Core Duo 1.8 GHz, Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+2.0 GHz or higher; Intel Core2 Duo 2.66 GHz, Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD*, stereoscopic 3D & Intel Quick Sync Video support
  • 2 GB of RAM or higher, min. 4 GB for Windows 64-bit (strongly recommended for S3D)
  • DirectX 9 (or higher) graphics device with Pixel Shader 3.0 support such as:
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or higher (CUDA enabled required for CUDA support)
  • ATI X1000 series or higher
  • Intel GMA X3000 series or higher
  • 128 MB VGA VRAM; 256 MB or higher recommended, required for AVCHD, stereoscopic 3D & CUDA
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 600 or higher
  • Windows-compatible sound card (multi-channel output required for surround preview)
  • 4.5 GB HDD space for installation
  • DVD-ROM for installation
  • Internet connection required for online activation and cloud or online services

¹Pinnacle Studio for iPad app not included
²25 GB included, additional 25 GB with product registration
³video capture hardware required

Manufacturer's Description

Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Collection

Complete Pro Video and Multimedia Suite

Enhanced HD and 3D editing, bonus plug-ins, green screen, and more

Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Collection is the definitive limited-edition suite of tools and effects for easily creating professional-looking videos. Use trusted award-winning Pinnacle technology to edit accurately in HD or stereoscopic 3D on unlimited tracks - even import Pinnacle Studio for iPad projects. Superimpose people over different backgrounds with the included green screen.

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I bought Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate version partially because of the promise of extra transitions and effects, but mostly because Amazon were selling it at almost half the cost of buying direct from Pinnacle. As it turns out, I don't think it is worth the extra over the Plus version, unless you are desperate for a piece of green cloth and a pair of very cheap paper 3D glasses. Even so, once I registered the product, I was welcomed into the Pinacle fold and offered the full Help service.
Having had experience of many other video editing suites, including Ulead Video Studio and Sony Vegas Movie Studio, I have always come back to Pinnacle for its ease of use and dependability. Yes, earlier versions used to crash frequently but usually recovered well, and by version 12 it was pretty stable and user-friendly. I tried upgrading to version 15 (the Avid one), but while it gave me a taste of what was to come, it hadn't installed properly and crashed irrecoverably on my first project. Weeks of trying through the Help Desk failed to get it working again, and then I discovered it would not uninstall either, leaving traces all through my system despite thoroughly editing the registry. It was therefore with some trepidation that I opted to install Studio 16, but it does seem to be an improvement. It is certainly not without its bugs, however.
My computer runs Win 7 64bit, has a core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 system RAM, and two 1TB fast hard drives, but still progress is very slow. It is essential to proceed with amendments and additions slowly, otherwise Studio is easily confused. It will appear to freeze completely (usually because it is rendering the movie in the background), but with patience it eventually recovers. I did experience a complete crash on one occasion.
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I have been using Avid Studio for well over a year. When the Pinnacle brand was bought by Corel from Avid, they released Pinnacle Studio 16, which is really Avid Studio 2. The naming has caused some problems for those that thought is was legacy Studio being upgraded to only find out that it was not. It is not a program for someone who casually edits once in a while, but a program geared more for the enthusiast and those seeking more flexibility and power in editing. The feature set further expands on what was available in Avid Studio, and with the additional Red Giant plug ins, well, that's just icing on the cake. Also, if you purchased any plug ins for Avid Studio, you can use them in PS16.
I have looked at the feature set of other competing NLE's and found that while they might offer some things that PS16 doesn't, as a whole, they offered less. If you plan on editing footage from your HD camera's, make sure that your computer meets the recommended specs. If not, do not expect a good editing experience, if any at all. I use footage from my Canon AVCHD camcorder and Canon DSLR and have no problems having both sources on the same timeline color grading so that they match.
While not a perfect piece of software (nothing is), for the price, I do not thing that, as a complete all-in-one package that this can be beat. Before purchasing, you can download the 30day trial of the Plus version. Do that. And if you have any questions, the Pinnacle Forum is the best place to get help and answers much faster than tech support. The days of getting fast response from any software vender (unless you pay for it) are just about over. There is a wealth of information and very knowledgeable people that frequent the forums helping others.
Now for me, back to editing!!!
Oh, BTW, I have used many editing programs from 1990 when I started editing doing a/b roll with the Amiga/Video Toaster.....
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I've been a Pinnacle Studio user since v7 and have also worked with prfessional NLE packages from Avid, Sony, Pinnacle etc.

This version of Pinnacle Studio is actually Avid Studio v2 renamed - though it inherits a few Pinnacle Studio like features.

I've upgraded through almost every Studio version since v7, but held off upgrading to v16 for a couple of reasons:

a) Pinnacle Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate Version 15 is very stable and very powerful
b) Pinnacle Studio 16 is not really Pinnacle Studio, it is a different software package re-branded.

I finally took the plunge and purchased Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Collection (PC) (see my review of Ultimate Collection for the differences between Ultimate and Ultimate Collection) because of a few key features.

i) Unlimited video timelines - previous versions of Pinnacle Studio have always had a limited number of video layers.
ii) 64 bit optimisation - while Studio is not a native 64bit application the important parts have been re-coded to take advantage of a 64 bit architecture/. This means that compatability with older plugins etc can be maintained.
ii) Dolby 5.1 surround import and preservation of the 5.1 audio tracks (previous versions always down-mixed surround ausio files to stereo then allowed you to pan them in a surround space).

And there's more, such as the 3D capability which Pinnacle have been a bit late to add compared to others.
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