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4.0 out of 5 stars Problems with stability but massively powerful, 14 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate (PC) (CD-ROM)
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.

Studio 16 Ultimate is an impressive bit of software. It IS different to previous Pinnacle Studio versions and is closer to Avid Studio in almost every way. There are some elements of the Pinnacle style UI that have been incorporated though, and it shoudln't take too long for anyone familiar with previous versions to get used to it.

The big problem for me, though, is that the instability is back. Five time out of six when I close the effects editor Studio hangs indefinitely and requires closing via the task manager.

[UPDATE: Patch 16.1 - the second patch released for Studio 16 - seems to resolve many of the stability issues. See below for more info]

I am running on a pretty powerful machine (Core i7, 8GB RAM, nVidia 525 with 1GB, Win 7 Pro 64bit) and have Windows Aero switched off to hopefully improve stability but I'm still having problems.

There is also an issue with the surround audio pass-through in that the centre and LFE tracks are swapped - a bit of a show-stopper if you are planning on using 5.1 audio from an external source or from your camera! [See update below]

There is already a patch for Studio 16 (link in first comment as Amazon strips links from reviews), but it does not address these widely reported issues and actually introduces a couple of other complications (it moves some of the hidden folders used by Studio - not a problem for most users, but see the official Pinnacle Sys Forums for more info).

If it was stable then v16 would really be the ultimate semi-pro editing software. See my review of v15 for why I think it is unfair to refer to this software as merely amateur/hobbyist fare. I've worked with professional NLE software and Studio produces no lower quality nor restricts creativity more than the 'Pro' titles. I just hope Corel get the fixes out for the stability and show-stopper bugs soon.

PATCH v16.1 UPDATE

A patch to v16.1 is available on the Corel website which resolves many of the issues I've mentioned above. The Dolby channel swap issue is gone as is the crashing when exiting the effects editor (this appears to have been nVidia CUDA related and Studio preview rendering related). 16.1 also brings a bunch of new features and interface tweaks all of which make Studio 16 even better.

Sadly I have found. Couple more issues. On one PC I am unable to export my completed projects (ie render to file, ISO or burn a disk) as Studio crashes as soon as I try to open the Export screen. it also seems that the new 'Export to Studio Package' function is a bit flaky - the process reaches 100% but never quite completes. Then on opening the package on another machine you find some of the required media wasn't included in the package and so you end up oving it yourself!

So 16.1 makes Studio even better, but there are a few things still to sort out.

(A link to the Corel patch download page is in my first comment attached to this review as Amazon strip links from reviews)
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2013 11:53:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2013 11:53:47 GMT
The Fat Monk says:
The following link is to the official Pinnacle Studio 16 software patch page on the Corel website.

http://corel.force.com/index/articles/en_US/Master_Article/Pinnacle-Studio-16-Patch-History

This page is notoriously difficult to find so I'm providing the link here. Hopefully Amazon will not strip the link out of the comment.
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