Pinnacle Studio Ultimate v 15 [Old Version]
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- Create your best movies ever in clear high-definition video
- All backed with incredible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
- Share your screen sensations on YouTube, Blu-ray, AVCHD, iPod, Nintendo Wii, and everything in between.
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Studio Ultimate v15 Make a name for yourself when you empower your imagination with Pinnacle Studio? Ultimate software. Create your best movies ever in clear high-definition video with stunning effects, transitions and animation, all backed with incredible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and technology from Avid (behind the worlds most-watched movies). Then, share your screen sensations on YouTube, Blu-ray, AVCHD, iPod, Nintendo Wii, and everything in between.
Top Customer Reviews
I was immediately disappointed. I did not see anything new (compared with Studio 14)! The interface is the same. The options are the same. The features are the same.
And once again, if you purchased any Hollywood FX, premium features or plugins for earlier versions of Studio (I bought many for Studio 9-12), you are out of luck. There is no option to revive them. You have to re-purchase. The advertisements falsely claim that Hollywood FX 1-3 will be included. It is a false statement (advertisement). My Ultimate version only included the very basic 2D transitions and a few of the very boring and free HFXs that have been freely available for some time.
The common technical flaws continue to be there. For example, my preview screen went black very soon and so I was no longer able to view any of the clips, video effects etc. The only way to recover the preview playback was to terminate the program and re-launch it. Very poor. If you consult the Studio's users forum, you will see that this is an OLD flaw that continues into Studio 15. If you ask for help, they will tell you to update your video card drive, or upgrade your video card, etc. (My video card in my new desktop system is a very powerful one.)
I wrote a comprehensive review of Studio Ultimate 14. My comments for Studio 14 still apply. The Pinnacle Studio line of software has a very smart and intuitive interface but miserably fails to deliver. My review of Stdio Ultimate 14 can be found here:[...]
One point of frustration right off the bat was importing my files. I took mts files off of two camcorders, copied them to a folder on my desktop, and then renamed them to be in sequential order. When I went to import the files, the software would not allow me to look on my own C drive at all to browse for files. It didn't even list it as an option. I could only import from external drives. So, I had to copy the folder over to an external hard drive, and then import the files for editing.
Once I did get the files loaded, I put them in the timeline and then added titles to the beginning of each video section...one for "Easter Morning," one for "Boat Ride," and one for "Trip to the Zoo." This, I must say, was fairly simple and painless. The software offered a choice of animation to the titles that really dressed up the video. My only complaint is that the titles only appear very briefly before the video segment starts....if you are not watching closely, you'll miss it. I am sure there is a setting to extend the time, but I didn't realize when inserting them how short they were going to be, so I did not try to set an adjustment.
Then came the fun part....burning to a disc. My first effort was to burn to a Blue-ray disc. The software offers a variety of settings, with very little explanation for each...including from the "help" files. It was difficult to tell what kind of quality I was going to get from the various settings. I ended up choosing what appeared to the highest, with HD 1080p output, but from what I could tell the quality output ended up being about 63 percent. Additionally, the computer encountered an error in the process, and up came the message "sorry, but this program has encountered an error and will have to close." Ugh! (by the way, I have a core i7 with 8GB of RAM) On the positive side, when I recovered the project after re-starting the software, it had saved the rendering it had done up until the forced close, and picked up where it had left off.
My next effort was to burn to a regular disc under AVCHD format. After playing around with the settings, I was finally able to get to 100 percent quality. I had to go with a dual layer, because the file size was about 2GB too large for a single layer. This seemed to work fairly well.
Next, I wanted to create an HD file to put on a portable hard drive to play on my WD HD Media Player. Once again, trying to pick the right format with no loss in quality was an exercise in frustration. The software does offer you "custom" settings, but once this is selected you get little or no options to set the output quality...depending on which format you choose. I finally gave up and instead opened up Adobe Premier Elements 9 and loaded the files into that software to get this done.
While admittedly I probably don't know all the tricks to making this software perform as it should, I have found the Adobe software to be much more user friendly. It asks you what you want to do in clear terms, gives you choices that are easy to navigate and understand, and clearly tells you what kind of quality output you will end up with. The Pinnacle software will probably work for you over time if you are willing to invest time to learn it, but it is not nearly as easy to navigate as Adobe is. I really recommend the Adobe software over this Pinnacle software.
This software is not perfect, as previous versions, with occasional glitching in video when zooming and panning photos, but these can be worked around by waiting until rendering has finished for that section of the movie before doing anything else.
Overall, Studio is a fabulous product and is a pleasure to use. I've used several competitive products and they are not worth the time or the money. I've been using Studio since version 8 and possibly earlier.
Good job Avid for bringing this product back and making it truly real once again!