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Pinnacle Studio 14
Video Editing Software

Are you searching high and low for a good video editing program? Well, one of the products you'll definitely want to consider is Pinnacle Studio 14 from Pinnacle Systems.


Pinnacle Studio is one the pioneers in the video editing software category - and it has been an impressive consumer-level video editor for many years.

The latest version addresses some problems in earlier versions and also adds some new features.

The result? A great product that is a clear stand out in the realm of video-editing software.

Pinnacle Studio 14 software

Pinnacle Studio 14 software


The interface of Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 is quite similar to other editing tools in its class. It is largely based around three tabs; Capture, Edit, and Make Movie. Keeping this style of interface makes it very approachable to novices and helps to keep the editing task focused. For editing, you have two visual modes called Storyboard and Timeline, as well as one file-based mode called Text view.

The main screen in Pinnacle Studio 14

New PiP Controls

One of the most exciting new features in Pinnacle Studio is the set of PiP controls. These controls allow you to add a video into an existing video, like watching multiple TV channels with PIP-enabled TV sets. All you need to do is drag the video you want as the background video to the Timeline and drag the video than you want in the PIP box onto the Overlay track.

Chroma Key Tool

The Chroma Key tool enables you to add foreground objects into a video scene after the fact. That is, you can add someone to a video scene even though they weren't there when the original video scene was captured. This type of tool is usually found only in high-end commercial grade applications, so I'm pleasantly surprised that Pinnacle has decided this in. Lovely stuff.

The Pan and Zoom Tool

Pinnacle Studio also incorporates a new still-image pan and zoom tool. This tool provides both red-eye reduction and image-rotation features, is very easy to use. All you need to do is to set the start and end points within a window, adjust the magnification with a zoom slider, and voila - you get a pan and zoom effect.

Color Correction Tool

The Color Correction tool enables you to adjust a video clip's brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation. Comparing Studio Plus with Adobe Premiere Elements, I found that Studio Plus is way superior in color correction capabilities. I tried color correction on a number of my test video files and the results consistently indicate that Studio Plus gives better output.

Audio Capabilities

If you're a serious audiophile, you'll be glad to know that Pinnacle Studio adds Dolby Digital Stereo encoding. This was unavailable in previous versions and is a definite boon for those who need to create professional level DVDs. The new surround-sound capabilities are also sweet, allowing one to precisely position each audio track within a 5.1 speaker configuration. Cool huh?


One the whole, Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 is a great video editing application. The only gripe I've heard from people is that Pinnacle's online help and customer support fall sadly short of any acceptable standard. There are also instances where the application crashed without warning (usually during DVD burning) - but these are few and far between.


On the whole, there’s not much to dislike about the new Pinnacle Studio. I thought it was already an extremely simple product to use, putting a pretty advanced set of features and tools at the disposal of both novices and intermediate editors alike. The new enhanced tools serve to reinforce the product’s overall appeal, and I'd definitely recommend it or to anyone looking for a simple, yet powerful video editor.

Edit Digital Videos With Ease

If you've been looking for a good video editing program, you may want to check out Corel VideoStudio Pro. This software allows you to quickly create and share a movie using built-in templates, special effects, titles and transitions. You can apply unique effects such as stop-motion animation, time-lapse and chroma key to create brilliant digital videos.

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