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Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 (PC)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
2.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Achieve sophisticated effects and transitions featuring light rays, colour matching, artistic film looks and much more
  • Add drama and documentary-style motion to high resolution stills with StageTools MovingPicture precision pans and zooms
  • Create multi-layer effects like Picture-in-Picture, Chroma Key or A/B editing with two video tracks
  • Automatically create background music to fit the length of your movie
  • Select from hundreds of real-time, key-frame-able 2D and 3D effects and transitions to give your movie polish and style
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Item Weight: 236 g
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  • ASIN: B000PIPV06
  • Release Date: 8 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,791 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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This does (with the 11.1 patch) seem to be an improvement on 10. However beware that the the Audio soap add in will only work on ONE PC. It has to be registered AND locked in to that PC and if you forget to de-register it - even if the whole thing is uninstalled, it is impossible to use it on another PC - you have lost it. I found this out to my costas I work in the UK and overseas and forgot to de-register it on my UK PC and it is now impossible to use it on my overseas PC. Also as usual Studio includes a lot of effcs & transitions that you have to pay extra for - which if you optred for the lot wold probably cost in total many more times the ost of the oirigional program. Pinnacle 10 Titanium included RT FX2 in the price. Even though this is sold as 'ultimate' the extra transitions & effects in vers 10 Titanium are NOT included.
However the chroma key sheet is a nice bonus.
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I'll give this one star for being good on the rare occasions it works. With Studio 10 I experienced many problems with the programme crashing. However when it worked it was good, and in an attempt to solve the problem I bought 11. I loaded it on to my laptop, and within minutes it crashed. I then reloaded it, but the same old problems. At which point I emailed the help desk, who replied with what appears to be a very standard reply telling me to try reloading it!! In the meantime I loaded it on to my PC. For one night it worked well, but on loading the project again the following night, it crashed, and now instantly crashes as soon as it reaches 100% open. If this was a problem on just one computer I might give it the benefit of the doubt, but not on two. It is also worrying to read the number of references to crashing problems in the trouble shooting in the manual, indicating that I'm not the first. To rub it in, my email reply to their "customer care" response has just been rejected despite my following their instructions to the letter. I'm now looking elsewhere.
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Like many, I only bought the upgrade as I had the previous version which was OK when it wasn't crashing, but wouldn't work on Vista. And it was reasonably cheap on Amazon - in fact the full product was cheaper than Pinnacle's own "amazing" upgrade price.

First the good: It rarely crashes (and I haven't put any updates on it). And it comes with a green cloth thing for your "chroma-key" effects.

However, that is about it for the good. It's OK. But so's Windows Moviemaker, and that's free.

The bad: It's comes with a few decent effects and transitions, but 90% of the listed ones you'll have to buy add-ons to use. The reviewers who mentioned the incorrect product keys and manuals are right, and that's REALLY annoying. This was the same in the previous version, but I expected it to have changed at least a little...

The ugly: The sound mixing controls are still fiddly and clumsy. Changing an effect or something with the soundtrack makes the program regenerate the transitions and effects for the whole film again. That means waiting an awful long time if you've got a half-hour film with lots of effects and transitions, and I've got an OK machine (2-core 3GHz 3GB RAM)

I wouldn't buy this again given the choice. I'd maybe stick with Moviemaker or more likely buy Adobe Premiere Elements.
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To help my review credible here's a brief background to my experience...

I always used to use Studio 8, 9 & 10 for normal DV editing and DVD creation, I absolutely loved the easy editing interface and transitions, it was heavily bugged at first but patches eventually sorted that out.

Then I started shooting HD Video and Pinnacle 10 was no longer up for the job (slow and jittery plus crashed) so started using the hugely frustrating & complex Premiere Pro 2, makes you appreciate Pinnacles easy editing interface.

I always missed Pinnacle even though I was getting great results from Premiere Pro.

Then Studio 11 was released and I eventually decided to try it again so bought the Ultimate package...
(I should have downloaded the trial version in hindsight)

Installation was straight forward if not long winded with all the extras and I was pleased to see the interface had not changed too much, I was also very pleased to see it scaled to fit the window now, off I went and captured and edited my HD video, smiling away at how easy it was, so all was great up to the 'Make Movie' part......

I really have to say the encoding sucks, very limited size options and only single pass encoding which produces simply awful quality compared to Premiere's Media encoder, Interlacing was also a big problem with no option found to 'De-Interlace' the video and the help files had no mention of De-Interlacing at all, so tried the online help, again no results and resigned myself that Pinnacle doesn't De-Interlace. I could be wrong but I've spent a lot of time reading and trying to find info on it with no results.
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The added features in the Ultimate version such as StageTools MovingPicture are great. But the software is a big letdown in terms of usability. Even following the first major patch, there are frequent crashes. This seems to be following the trend set by Studio 10, which took several months before becoming stable enough to use on a consistent basis.
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