Reviews and Problems with Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate
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Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Review
15 December 2012
Excerpt: The other day a friend of mine showed me their new cellphone. I couldn’t tell a difference between their old one and the new one. The new version looked exactly like the old one. This has happened to me before with various things, like software programs for example. Sometimes the new version simply doesn’t provide enough reason to upgrade.
Pros: Improved interface, Faster performance, Great price for what you get, Tons of great add-ons included, More export options
Cons: Novices may be overwhelmed, Timeline zooming needs to be fixed, More expensive than other consumer level products, Need more cloud import options
Summary: Did Corel buy Pinnacle to get its software, or did it merely buy up its competition? I don't pretend to know the company's intentions with its two video editors, but the features, prices, and target market for Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate and Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 are very similar, Studio's newest features notwithstanding.
Conclusion: Corel takes the look of Avid Studio and underpins it with faster code in this full-featured, fast-performing nonlinear video editing program.
Pros: Attractive interface design. Tons of video effects. 3D import, editing and output. Direct upload to Facebook, Box, YouTube, and Vimeo. Disc authoring with lots of menu templates. Decent audio correction and content. Fast rendering performance.
Cons: Multi-track preview is sluggish on AMD graphics hardware. Some interface procedures less intuitive than in other apps. No 4K UHD support.
Conclusion: The new Pinnacle Studio is vastly more impressive than its predecessor, because it's based on the higher-end Avid Studio rather than on its nominal predecessor. I have no problem giving it a very high rating – Corel has taken the smart interface and toolset of Avid Studio and got this package right, with good performance, new helpful tools, and more output options. Pinnacle Studio 16 really does have all the tools any sophisticated amateur video editor would need.
Pros: Attractive interface design, Tons of video effects, 3D import, editing and output, Fast rendering performance
Cons: Multi-track preview slow on AMD graphics, Interface can be unintuitive at times