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Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Ultimate Revealed Paperback – November 1, 2014
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The author knows his stuff and not only covers virtually every aspect of Pinnacle 18 Plus and Ultimate versions, but he provides interesting background and definitions that improve the reader's grasp of what is going on and why. And it is all in a readable form that does not go over the heads of those less technically inclined.
You can turn to any page and find yourself drawn to fascinating information that make putting the book down a challenge. Old media technology and new technology are covered, including importing from tapes, like VHS and DV, to more recent advancements like MP4 and AVCHD used by modern camcorders with solid state memory. Creating DVD's and Blu-Rays are included along with 3D, FLV, transfers, transitions, titling, editing, music and speach, stereo and surround sound, export formats for social media and computer tricks.
About the only thing I think Jeff missed was the difference VHS and Super VHS (a minor detail) but he does explain regular VHS sound versus VHS Hi-Fi. He also covers transferring from DV cameras to newer laptops that no longer support Firewire using capture through the USB Pinnacle Moviebox hardware (an item getting harder to find).
Going a step further, Jeff Naylor provides additional support for the book by giving free access to his own website where images and files can be downloaded that are useful in practicing step-by-step techniques outlined in the chapters. No CD/DVD comes with the book but that is not a problem when you can download.
Well written, well presented and well worth getting if you are starting with, or upgrading to, Pinnacle Studio 18 software.
Large font for easy reading
Exercises for hands on experience
Packed with information
Detailed explanations of buttons, keyboard strokes and concepts
Continuous sentence structure sometimes makes it hard to follow or confusing,
especially when the author goes on a tangent. (these should be in a separate text "box")
Exercises should be presented in bullet form instead of sentence form.
Chapters are long and don't have numbers.
The pros far outweigh the cons. The keyboard tips and experience gained in the first chapter alone will save tons of editing time. This book is Beginner to Intermediate level, perfect if your new to Pinnacle.
I highly recommend this book