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.
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Studio's marketers never boast about Windows 7 64-bit native programming, like others do; yet Studio performs much better than those others (at least on my kick-butt HP Pavilion Elite Intel 64-bit Quad Processor working under Windows 7 with 8GB RAM and all SATA drives.
The trial version of Studio 15 Ultra was tested against PowerDirector 9 Ultra (full version) on a common MPG file captured from a Canon DV camera at 1080i resolution. Also Studio was set to display editing preview at high resolution while PS9Ultra was set to a lower resolution that was quite poor, and yet...
* Studio aced the slider test while the competition fell flat and sometimes turned white and required a forced shutdown by the Task Manager. This is a test of the software's ability to keep up while the slider is being slid along the timeline, and if it can't keep up, at least find it's way to the slider in reasonable time.
* Studio managed to stay in control even when the slider was unreasonably slid back and forth. This action caused a white-out in the case of the 64-bit competition!
* As always with Studio, the GUI in 15 Ultra is warm and friendly, intuitive and sensible. And, the product simply works better than any I have tried, which includes products by CyberLink and Corel.
* There's a lot not covered here, like capture and output -not to mention details of new capabilities- this review was limited by design to performance and comparisons.
Finally (for now), Studio 15 Ultra's new Archival strategy is awesome! No more lost files, no more craziness after inadvertently moving project files. Now, you optionally create (before closing your project) a named archive. If you return to the project without having moved files around, you can simply open the projects as before. But if you start to see file location errors, just opt to open the archive instead, and everything comes together! Archives take longer than working strictly with projects, but the time invested in archiving insures you will have everything together when it's time to resume a project. Also, archive files are transportable! Yes, you can carry them around on portable media and load them anywhere that Studio 15 resides and all is well!
1093/2011 Update: I was so positive in the above review that I now feel it's time for balance and even a word of caution along with a negative comment about Avid rebates... My review above was based on the trial version; now, I'm working with the full retail version, and it's performance is not as good as the trial! There is an overall slowness that was not evident before (with the trial version). Racking my brain to figure this out, the only explanation that I can figure must have to do with those add-ons that were proposed and accepted at install--these came with the full retail version but not with the trial version. At some point, I will uninstall add-ons to see. On to the rebate issue... A rebate form came in the box along with a conditional promise of a $30 rebate. This rebate was not advertised on Amazon so maybe I have no reason to feel cheated out of it, but the fact is that I am disqualified from pursuing the rebate because my past two purchases of Pinnacle Studio were not "full retail" but download-only purchases. This means there is no "original owner's manual front cover" to meet one of the conditions of the rebate. Calling Avid customer service and explaining that I am a longstanding customer who always (except this last time) purchased my Studio updates via the Internet earned me a shrug!
digital. Studio claims that v15 was capable of dealing with HD, but that appears not to be the case. Since Studio is now owned
by Corel rather than Avid, no technical help is any longer available to help correct the defects. I did purchase v17, but found it so radically different from all previous Studio programs that I gave up on it.
The software was a little buggy though. Sometime it would freeze while rendering and if I had not saved my project in a while, I'd hve to start editing all over again.
I recommend this for the beginner-intermediate video editor. This is not a good software for those just starting out, but if you're familiar with general computer functions you should be able to pick up on the basics rather quickly.