A multifaceted yet user-friendly solution, Pinnacle Studio makes movie production both fun and rewarding. Whether you're just adding titles to your home movies or spicing them up with 3-D animated transitions and audio effects, this affordable video-editing software is perfect for all your home-editing projects.
Although it may take days and perhaps weeks to become truly proficient--as indicated by the program's 300-page user's manual--Pinnacle Studio should have you tweaking your footage within minutes. Its intuitive and extremely polished interface, generous help section, slick tutorial, and massive online FAQ section are superb rookie aids. Unfortunately, you'll be far better off asking specific support questions via e-mail than through the company's telephone support lines, where hold times can be very long indeed.
Pinnacle Studio has been designed to look both elegant and visually appealing. It is divided into three main areas--Capture, Edit, and Make Movie. To upload a video, merely click the Start Capture command in the Capture interface. Control your video device by clicking various buttons on the program's large camcorder icon, and formulate edits on a large filmstrip spread across the bottom of the Edit screen. Pinnacle has smartly hidden secondary functions in pop-up windows to keep the screen uncluttered and easy to navigate.
The program offers several perks not found in other budget editors. When a video is uploaded, it automatically deciphers each new scene and creates a corresponding thumbnail image that may then be drag-and-dropped to any position on the filmstrip. Screen transitions can be drag-and-dropped, too, as can titles and sound effects such as music or voice-overs. If you want to deviate from the prefabricated special effects, Pinnacle Studio allows you to modify or create your own from scratch. For pinpoint edits, you'll want to access the timeline view, wherein you'll see an exacting second-by-second account of every video frame and every special effect you've added. Furthermore, the program helps conserve valuable hard drive space by converting your full DV-quality video to a more economical format for editing purposes, then reconverting it back to DV quality for the final product.
Veteran moviemakers may find some of the program's special effects rather basic, but anyone new to video editing will undoubtedly have a blast turning their home-grown movies into dynamic works of art, saving them in any number of video formats, and perhaps even sharing them at the Pinnacle Web site.--Gordon Goble, Amazon.com
Create professional quality videos for home and business. Choose your best shots and arrange them in any order, then add professional quality titles, scene transitions, music, narration, special effects and more. Jazz up your video with more than 100 professional-style scene transitions, and over 300 styles for titles, including neon, metallic, drop shadows and more. Create video tapes or digital video for the Internet email, CD-ROM or playback on the PC. You don't need a lot of disk space - an entire tape can be captured in as little as 360 MB.
Smart Start, Smart Stop,br> Pinnacle Studio saves you time and effort by instantly detecting where each scene starts and stops - so you don't have to.
More Video, More Fun
Only Pinnacle Studio can capture a 1-hour DV tape in under 400 megabytes. Other products take up to 14 Gb - 35 times more disk space!
Real Time, Saves Time
Only Pinnacle Studio lets you instantly see and hear your transitions, effects, and audio without any rendering time.
More Effects, More Magic
Only Pinnacle Studio offers you professional 3D transitions from our award-winning HollywoodFX software. Add the same stunning effects you see on television in only a few seconds.
More Power, More Creativity
Pinnacle Studio provides frame-accurate control of your movies, so advanced features like colour correction, slow and fast motion and title effects are quick and easy.
No Sound, No Problem
Pinnacle Studio will compose a breathtaking musical soundtrack to fit the length and mood of your movies.
SmartSound lets you choose from many unique musical presets, you simply drag and drop them to instantly match the length of your movie masterpiece - ideal if you wish to re-edit your video footage.