Pinnacle's 17.6 Software A Good Choice and Reliable!
There are a lot of bad reviews on Pinnacle Studio 17.0, but let me assure you that I've tried their latest Version 17.6 update and it worked reliably for me. I've used Studio 11 for years and decided to upgrade after purchasing a new Canon XA20 pro tapeless camcorder. Please understand your computer may be at fault if the software doesn't work and doesn't meet the software requirements.
I first purchased Cyberlink Power Director 12 software after being a happy Pinnacle Studio 11 user for many years. I changed to a new Canon XA20 prosumer digital camcorder and decided to change video editing software companies due to the high reviews on PD12. As it turns out, PD12 wouldn't work with my Canon XA20 after several guarantees by Cyberlink it would work satisfactory in either AVCHD or MP4 formats. I tried it for one week with a project that needed to be completed in one week. The video wouldn't sync with the audio, which surprised even me. After multiple chats with Cyberlink tech support and recommended audio driver patches and software updates, they couldn't resolve the problem. The CyberLink tech support was responsive either by phone or email.
So I returned the software after calling Canon's technical support, who recommended several other video editing vendors including Pinnacle Studio. Canon says they never tried PD12. I liked the features of PD12, but later found out Pinnacle's latest Studio Ultimate 17.5 has many of the same features that I needed, thus I purchased it one week later and it worked well. No crashes as described in earlier Studio 17.0 versions.
The reason I didn't select Pinnacle Studio latest software originally was due to bad reviews on OnlineShopDealer, but as I discovered, the reviews may have been false or may apply to only Studio 17.0. I've used the Pinnacle software for two weeks and it worked flawlessly using their latest 17.6 patch. That doesn't mean it won't work for you as computer systems do make a difference. I have an older HP PC (2007) using an Intel Quad Core 2 2.4 GHz processor with 4 GB of RAM, 640 GB HD, and NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT video card with 256MB of RAM and an Realtek digital audio card. I still use Windows Vista SP2 OS, which works very well with all the latest security updates. I'm sure Windows 7 or 8 OS works just as well with the required updates.
CyberLInk said my computer and Windows system would work, but unfortunately didn't. I use this PC solely for video work and never had any problems before. I'm disapponted the PD12 didn't work, but Pinnacle Studio 17.6 saved the day for me. However, I have noticed the Vimeo uploading feature doesn't work as it indicates a login error. Haven't had time to see why. Probably something simple!
Regardless, after working with Pinnacle Studio 17.6 for several weeks, I am very satisfied with the editing results and all the great features. Nothing is user friendly at first when changing software programs after many versions. I found Studio 17.6 to be very easy to use after several hours of reading their instructions. I like the new features of adding Powerpoint slides in jpeg format or any graphics into the video without endless cut and paste function used in my previous Studio 11.
The tech support at Pinnacle is satisfactory, but can only be accessed online. They dropped their warranty phone support, unless you want to purchase it. The previous bad reviews on Corel tech support may be correct, but I did get Pinnacle tech support responses via email. There seems to be two different tech support groups at Pinnacle and Corel, who now owns Pinnacle. There are two different websites for the tech support provided by Pinnacle and Corel.
Incidentally, I create online videos for a media company (whom I work for) with one to five minute video testimonial and customer ads, a senior network with different video interviews annually, and a genelaogy society with one hour monthly presentations. The Pinnacle Studio 17.6 software works very well for all these applications.
IT'S A TOSS-UP TO GO WITH 17 ULTIMATE OR 17 PLUS!
First, I don't get where people are saying Pinnalce Studio 17 Ultimate and 17 Pro are not user friendly. I've had no issues with installing either nor have I had any problems with it removing other programs and such from my computer. It may be something their system administrator on their computer or possibly their anti-virus software. I think this version(17 Ultimate) is slightly better than last year's version due to it being a bit easier to use and having a few more bells and whistles. However, for me, Pinnacle Studio 17 Plus is good enough for me. Why? Because of the extra options you get with Ultimate. Such as the 4K Ultra HD video support. I don't have a 4K television so that option does not benefit me. I don't use Blu-Ray for movie making so the Blu-Ray authoring also doesn't benefit me.
I do like the addition of the Red Giant Filmmaker's Toolkit/Motion Graphics Toolkit and the Izotope Music & Speech Cleaner, but I don't think they are absolutely necessary unless you are doing something professional. Me, I use these Pinnacle Studio programs as a hobby and to play around with, so my needs are basic. Ultimate isn't much more in price than Pro, so if you think you might use the additional options now or in the future I say go for it. Otherwise, go with Pro 17. Either way though you can't go wrong with Pro or Ultimate. You may even want to track down a copy of last year's edition at a discounted price as it's much the same with a few less options and a tad more of a learning curve.
I love this software
I've had some experience with about five different video editing software packages now and have heard good and bad things about Pinnacle, and finally got a chance to try it out.
I don't want to sound like I'm an expert at video editing, but I never did find it difficult with any software except a couple of products that simply wouldn't work no matter what.
This well known software installed easily, if not quickly, and to me looked pretty straight forward from the start. It has the usual storyboard for slicing and adding effects. It captured video off my cam without problems. But it is those effects that I love. This has more and better effects than any other software I've seen yet. You can really get creative and have fun with this.
I also love the screen capture feature, and the audio capture and editing feature, something not found in most other video editing software. The video editing software has a series of effects you can add to the entire video to change colors, warmth, light, etc. and this is something you can play around with to make your video look professional.
My experience with video editing software is that it falls into three catagories:
1. not usable at all due to crashes and problem with installation
2. usable and capable but not really full featured as far as what you can do with it
3. full featured, usable, with a great array of effects and options.
This falls into the third category and while it isn't kid's play to learn to use it, within an hour or two of uninterrupted study you should be up and running and able to use this to create some basically edited videos. Play with it for a few more hours, and you will be able to use all the features to really get the most out of the amazing array of effects.
This is excellent software for someone who wants to take it to the next level of video editing. It isn't for someone who wants to sit down and immediately start editing with no prior experience. But if you have played around a bit with video editing and found that you want more effects and more creative options, this will fit your needs. Naturally you will expect to put in a few hours learning all this can do, but the results will be well worth it. I found this problem free and a full featured editing software for the creative genius hidden within.
Power-Packed Software; Intuitive User Interface Makes Video Editing A Joy
Pinnacle Studio is my first "real" video editing software. For years, I have been using Microsoft Movie Maker, simply because it's free. I found Pinnacle Studio intuitive, easy to use, and much, much more powerful than Movie Maker.
I use Pinnacle Studio mainly to edit the Full-HD videos I shoot with my Sony alpha. From my perspective as a newbie Pinnacle Studio user, I find the use of this software to organize and edit my videos very streamlined. I'll just touch on some of the features that are important for me.
o File Operations
I like being able to open and save my file right in the app without having to go to explorer. When the application starts up, I head straight for the Watchfolders, which are the folders you store you videos, photos, and other media. Pinnacle Studio monitors these folders and update them accordingly whenever you add or delete files. The Watchfolders are customizable (Setup/Control Panel/Watchfolders).
The organization interface is pretty "standard." It allows you group your media by folder, rating, date, and file type. It also allows you to sort by name, file size file type, and tags.
You can add, remove, or edit the resources that you use most often in a window, which will be tabbed for quick access. Very nifty!
The timeline, preview, resources, transitions, effects, navigation (side bars and such) all tie in seamlessly to make editing videos a joy!
o Plugins Exclusive To Ultimate
There are a few plugins from Red Giant Software included in the Ultimate version. To access these, right-click on Timeline/Open Effects Editor/Effects/Addons. The plugins are a filmakers "toolkit": Cosmo, Magic Bullet, and Mojo. They help to give your video that filmic characteristic.
> Cosmo is used to smooth out skin and change skin tone.
> Magic Bullet allows you to customize the look and feel of your video. This plugin includes such special effects as Blockbuster, Film Grain, New Noir, Dream Look, Warmish, and Warm and Fuzzy.
> Mojo is a very quick way to color grade your video. A default set of settings are applied to your video when Mojo is loaded up. You can customize these settings to your liking.
I have to say I'm very impressed with Pinnacle Studio -- it offers a very powerful suite of tools to make your video editing relatively quick and easy. I love it!
A nice suite once you get it installed
For some reason, I had to install this three different times to get it properly installed. That was quite annoying, but once up and running I found the layout/user interface to be quite attractive and pretty intuitive. My learning curve was pretty fast. I liked the video effects and 3D editing and I found the live screen capture to be quite useful for those sites that impede downloading. I thought the video editing to be superior to the Sony Movie Studio I previously had been using. The isotope speech cleaner came in handy for some old video files I had converted from old VHS tapes.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with this software once I finally got it installed on my laptop properly.
Great and Easy Photo Editor
I take photos of my dogs and cat, my grandchildren and sometimes I need to crop, brighten, remove objects, but keep the background this makes it very easy. I would recommend to anyone that likes to do different things to the photos they take.
I reccommend it
The software is amazing..easy to use very light... even the update you dont feel it when u update... I really recommend it for VD editor user..
Quality as usual
Pinnacle products have always been up to par whenever I've needed them. Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate is no different. Setup was a breeze, I had no issues with installation and was working within 10 minutes. I've been using Pinnacle Studio for about 3 years now and it's still just as easy to use as it was back then. Recommended.
I have tried others but Pinnacle is my first choice
I have been taking video since my teens, more than 60 years ago! I have used Pinnacle since I first switched from film to digital. It is fairly easy to use and I rarely need to seek help. I have tried software from Adobe and Sony, but prefer Pinnacle. I am looking forward now to completing any videos I start on my ultrabook when away from home, on my desktop when I get home. A nice one Corel.
I have never tried to make and edit my own movies before but this was surprisingly easy. I didn't create even an amateur masterpiece but my little project came out nice enough for me to appreciate. I am thinking now of trying something more ambitious so I will keep you updated with my progress.