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Pinnacle Studio 12

by Pinnacle Systems (UK)
Windows 98 / Vista
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • It's all in the Timeline
  • Scorefitter music generator
  • Bring still photos to life
  • Keep your memories safe
  • Clean up and rejuvenate
  • Built-in Disc Burning
  • NEW! Web publishing simplified
  • NEW! Enjoy your movies on the go
  • Windows Vista Certified
  • Scalable user interface
There is a newer version of this item:
Pinnacle Studio 16 (PC) Pinnacle Studio 16 (PC) 2.8 out of 5 stars (9)
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 77 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B001AI7RQQ
  • Release Date: 1 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,467 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Everything you need to make home movies. Now with Pinnacle Studio version 12 making great looking movies has never been easier. All new Pinnacle Montage theme based editing designed by professional producers and artists gets you up and running fast. It's simple to get started. Just drag and drop your video and stills to preview your show - complete with Hollywood style multi-layered effects and animated graphics, titles and HI-Fi audio. Edit and polish to your heart's content with the sleek new interface. When you are finished, archive your video memories, publish them on YouTube or enjoy on DVDs and portable devices.

Box Contains

  • Pinnacle Studio Version 11 install DVD
  • Pinnacle Studio
  • Pinnacle Instant DVD Recorder
  • SureThing Express Labeler
  • Pinnacle Studio User Guide

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 13 Nov. 2008
    Having taken a great deal of camcorder footage on a recent touring holiday in Canada, I turned to my long owned(but little used)Pinnacle Studio 9 editing package. After some initial difficulty,I eventually captured the project into the software. That's when the problems started!
    It took many,many attempts to edit the first hour of video because of repeated hangups/crashes, which meant computer restarts each time.

    However,after sheer dogged determination, and taking each editing process very slowly, I achieved the desired edit and moved on to the movie capture stage to start the process of transfer to DVD.
    Hours and hours of attempts to render for this purpose caused variable crashes everytime!
    My computer specifications met all the requirements on the box, but the program would not work and left me Very frustrated after so many lengthy periods of abortive effort.
    I decided to try the free trial offered by Sony of their editing package, which looked fine and certainly appeared much more stable, and was very close to purchasing that package. However, there is something about the Pinnacle software which drew me back to try once more, and when I saw the Amazon much reduced price for the basic Studio 12 package I gave it another go.
    Oh Blessed Relief!!
    The project already created transferred easily to the new version and the movie was processed and burnt successfully to DVD on the first attempt. Also subsequent captures and editing has proceeded smoothly without problems and the earlier frustrations have almost been forgotten. Therefore, it's thumbs up from me to Pinnacle 12.
    But, Pinnacle, I cannot give you the full stars because of the earlier pain.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars There are definitely better alternatives out there! 15 April 2009
    In all theory this should be a fantastic application, the software is very intuitive and there and so many creative options... but (and this is a huge but) there are so many glitches in the software that cannot be overcome! Basically it is an incredibly frustrating bit of software that very rarely runs , if it wasn't was something that I could pick up and smash against a wall I would have done it long ago! Do yourself a favour and look at other video editing software options.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Temprimental - But Good enough 22 Jun. 2009
    After up grading my home camcorder i discovered the Microsoft Movie Maker could not edit my MPG-4 files. So i had to purchase a new software package. I came across the Pinnacle suite on Amazon amongst others, Pinnacle for me stood out, they have a great website that has video tutorials and regualar feature updates to help you create different end results. I read reviews for the product some good....some not so good. I recieved the product and loaded it straight away. Not being one for instruction manuals i opened up Pinnacle and it looked and felt exactly the same as MMM. Video clips at the top, drag them down into the timeline, add music, effects, titles the normal stuff. So on i went adding all my clips to the timeline and got my movie to about 50-60mins long. It was at this point that i became frustrated. It seems when you have large amounts of data on your timeline, the software freezes. You have to exit it completely and go back in. Positivly Pinnacle rememberd it had a fault last time you opened it and takes you back to where it exited, so none of my work was lost. However this posistive was lost when it did it again and again and again. I learnt however that if you just have a little patience with the programme and didnt speed around the interface clicking madly, and just let the programme finish the last task it would start to work better.
    Overall the product is good, with some good basic effects. If i had my time again i would think about paying a little extra for the Pinnacle 12 Plus which has all transistions, effects unlocked as it became frustrating using the limited ones available.
    Dont expect to be wowed, but buy it for a simple home movie editing software to show your friends and family.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stopped working 23 Dec. 2008
    Found this quite versatile, nice dissolves, time line etc. All of a sudden just doesn't work anymore even after reloading programme. 1st scene will drop into timeline/storyboard but impossible to add any more scenes.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Nero 3 Feb. 2009
    By rickyk
    I've been struggling with Nero for some years and decided to give up and switch to Pinnacle. Huge improvement - everything works well, no freeze ups or erratic behaviour and Pinnacle seems to work much more quickly and smoothly. Also very easy to use and I produced my first DVD very quickly without having to thumb through lengthy manuals. I use this basic edition for simple editing of camcorder footage and burning to DVD and it does the job fine.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Latest is even better 4 Feb. 2009
    Verified Purchase
    Have had several versions of this software and bought this one for compatibility with Windows Vista. Several improvements but still the same user-friendly interfaces. A very good buy.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Studio Star 4 Feb. 2009
    Have used Pinnacle Studio 12 (PC) to create two videos so far. Starting from camcorder minidvds I have been able to add photographic images, edit out unwanted video material, add transitions from one scene to another and also add background music. My family have enjoyed the results! The time taken has improved from video 1 to video 2 as I have become more familiar with the provided effects and there is still lots to explore. A thoroughly enjoyable package!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
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    Pinnicle was the very first video software I used some years ago
    But each version appears to be worse than the one before
    Published on 18 Aug. 2010 by J. S. Mills
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    This cheap dvd software did what I hoped it would do for me. Having run version 8.8 for years now, I wanted to improve the picture quality of the video reviews I upload on Amazon. Read more
    Published on 4 Aug. 2010 by W. Rodick
    2.0 out of 5 stars Buying mistake
    I bought this product to try to edit my home movies. I should have realised that it was cheap because there is an updated version. Read more
    Published on 26 July 2010 by Bidge
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
    Although this product works well in general, there still seems to be lock up problems if you try to edit too long videos in one session.Also dissapionted it does not work on HD
    Published on 9 Feb. 2010 by Roy Travers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle studio 12
    [[ASIN:B001AIAN1M Pinnacle Studio 12 . I have been editing my holiday videos for years using one or other of the Pinnacle products. Read more
    Published on 25 Dec. 2009 by C. R. Jennings
    5.0 out of 5 stars Top Program
    This product is a super addition to the studio range,and as usual is quality based. Also user friendly(very) if you have used other studio programs,you will know 1st hand how... Read more
    Published on 13 Nov. 2009 by M. J. Thorpe
    2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a waste
    I am disappointed with the limitations of this programme which give me no more advantages over Pinnacle Studio 10 which I had been using. Read more
    Published on 13 Sept. 2009 by Edward M. Rose
    4.0 out of 5 stars VideoSoftware
    Needs a powerful computer to drive this software. I have 1.6MHz Dual core laptop and it struggled to move data
    Published on 12 Sept. 2009 by J. D. Webster
    4.0 out of 5 stars upgrade for Vista!
    Having struggled transfering video tape from camcorder to edit to DVD this product is great. I've always used Pinnacle, the new system is so ey to use & the same symplicity as... Read more
    Published on 2 Sept. 2009 by Wendy D. Meachem
    1.0 out of 5 stars Ok but flawed
    You know i don't know if its just me but it is very frustrating when this program crashes every five minutes. It's like it doesn't want you to finish your project. Read more
    Published on 26 Aug. 2009 by R. Bagley
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