Pinnacle’s HD v.15

Stephen Yagielowicz

Budget-conscious videographers have long enjoyed the power and flexibility of the value-priced Pinnacle Studio video editing software (

While targeting the advanced consumer and lower end professional, Pinnacle’s user base has expanded over the years — along with its feature set. Now owned by Avid, the Pinnacle Studio line has benefited tremendously from the professional video technology of its new parent company; and with its latest incarnation, version 15, starting at less than $60, there is a lot for producers to like about this mid-range product.

Pinnacle Studio HD v.15 makes it easy to edit like a pro with intuitive new features.

According to its publisher, Pinnacle Studio HD v.15 “makes it easy to edit like a pro with intuitive new features, ultra-fast performance, and a massive content collection.”

Users can quickly import videos and photos from a wide range of devices and then edit scenes to “create professional-looking HD movies with over 1,800 included effects, titles, and other content.”

Export videos to popular formats, including DivX Plus HD (.MKV), YouTube HD and QuickTime HD, or burn them to DVD. Intel Media SDK integration provides faster performance with the latest Intel processors, which is handy when scrubbing and playing h.264-based formats, such as when using the newest AVCHD cameras.

The unique Archive and Restore tool automatically backs up projects, while previews are available in real time using the player window or a full-screen mode. The up-market Avid Studio, including green screen, is now available for pre-order at $169.99.


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